TriCounty A third place finish by Illinois Central College in the National Junior College Division II national basketball tournament along with the notching of her 700th career win assured Lorene Ramsey of being honored for the fourth time on the Tri-County sports scene.
A shot at the buzzer gave ICC an 82-80 overtime win in the third place game in Hagerstown, MD., last March to not only give Ramsey her 700th win, but assured her Cougars of a 30-win season in 11 of the last 16 seasons.
One of the nation's most respected coaches in both basketball and softball, Ramsey was named 1992 Coach of the Year after her basketball team won the first of two consecutive National JC Division II titles.
She then was voted Female Coach of the Year the following year when her team repeated as national champions. She also coached ICC to the National Junior College softball crown in Rockford in 1982.
Earlier she was named Sports Figure of the Year for 1979 and was voted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 for her brilliant softball pitching career with the Pekin Lettes.
A third place finish by Illinois Central College in the National Junior College Division II national basketball tournament along with the notching of her 700th career win assured Lorene Ramsey of being honored for the fourth time on the Tri-County sports scene.
Waddell has played a prominent role in the advancement of women’s athletics as an athlete, coach and administrator. A 1978 inductee into the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Waddell earned 16 varsity letters at ISU, playing basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball for the Redbirds. After graduation, Waddell continued to compete by playing women’s major fast pitch softball for the Pekin Lettes from 1958-63. She also was a member of the Central Illinois Field Hockey Association and the Midwest Field Hockey Team, earning selection to the second EAM All-National Tournament. She also continued her basketball career as a starter for the Peoria/Pekin Independent AAU Basketball Team that won several Illinois AAU state tournaments and competed in national AAU events. Waddell served as site director for the IHSA state softball tournament in Pekin for 25 years and she was the originator and co-director of the Pekin Lassie League softball program, which is credited with providing youth sports opportunities for girls before high school programs gained varsity status in the 1970s.