NeveHarms Ray White graduated from Woodruff High School in 1945. He was an All-Conference Guard in football and when his Navy career was over, he played football at Bradley under Coach A. J. Robertson.
Always active in sports, he volunteered and was the head scorekeeper at Bradley from 1955-1983. He also kept score for the Bradley women's basketball team from 1981-1988. Ray also kept score for the IBCA All Star games at Illinois State and Bradley. He was also responsible for the supersectional games at Robertson field house in 1979 and 1980. He also kept score for Peoria Central basketball games and also at the Pekin Holiday Tournament.
If there was a high school basketball game or football game, Ray was there in some capacity. His volunteering continued when he co-founded the Peoria Girls Sport League Softball and Basketball leagues, along with Carol May, last yearís Neve Harms winner.
He coached in Peoria Central's Little League program, and in 1993 Ray was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a friend of basketball.
Every quality that Neve Harms had, was exemplified in Ray White's life.
Peoria and the sports world lost one of its finest when Ray was stricken with a fatal heart attack last Thanksgiving night. [written 1998]
Ray is survived by his wife Marge, daughters Patti, Julie, Mary, Annie, and son Mike.
Ray White graduated from Woodruff High School in 1945. He was an All-Conference Guard in football and when his Navy career was over, he played football at Bradley under Coach A. J. Robertson.
|1978 AOL-Spalding Girl's Golf Team|
Good beginnings! Coached by Mickey Schallau and in its first season as a team sport, the 1978 AOL/SI Girls Golf Team finished 3rd in the IHSA State Finals. The Lady Irish finished only behind 2nd place Palatine (Fremd) and 1st place Quincy (defending champion). Showing impressive consistency, the team finished no lower than 3rd in any tournament all season. The team’s top performers were senior, Therese Ehrhart, and sophomore, Mary Jo Ferlman. Ehrhart finished the 2 rounds of the finals with a score of 176 (89-87), and Ferlman was a stroke behind her at 177 (84-93). After graduation, Ehrhart continued playing competitively at the University of Iowa Golf and was named the MVP for the Lady Hawkeyes in 1983. Coach Schallau actually played double-duty for the State Finals, spending Day 1 with the Lady Irish in Bloomington and Day 2 with the Spalding team in Springfield, where the Boys earned a 2nd place finish.