Inductees Though perhaps best known for his outdoor writing, Jack Ehresman covered many high school, college and professional sports events during his 43-year career at the Journal Star.
A graduate of East Peoria High and Bradley(1954), he began working full time at the newspaper in 1953. He retired in 1997.
His early assignments included the Peoria Chiefs when they played at Woodruff Field in the 1950s and prep sports. Later he covered Northwestern and Notre Dame football, Bradley basketball under Chuck Orsborn, and whatever came up on the sports calendar.
Jack became Outdoor Sports Editor in 1967 and turned out columns for thirty years.
During those years he authored more than 7,500 stories and columns, becoming well-known throughout the Midwest. Ehresman became widely respected among his peers. He was invited to sit on a variety of state and national boards dealing with various environment issues.
His writings won numerous awards. For many years he was a trustee for the nationally respected Ducks Unlimited. Upon his retirement in 1997, Jack chose to continue that relationship. He is a charter member of the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Though perhaps best known for his outdoor writing, Jack Ehresman covered many high school, college and professional sports events during his 43-year career at the Journal Star.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.