TriCounty Named the Most Valuable Player of the National Junior College Division II basketball tournament, Marlena Williams of champion Illinois Central College is a co-Tri County Female Athlete of the Year.
A former Manual High School athlete and sister of former Manual star Frank Williams, honored this year as Male Athlete of the Year, Marlena was also the top vote getter for the NJCAA all-regional team for Region XXIV and the Region XXIV all-tournament team.
She averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds in the national tournament, played in Hagerstown, Md.
Marlena dominated the national tournament. She scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds to pull out a first round win over Kirkwood, 70-69; had 18 points and seven rebounds against Calhoun College of Decatur in a 81-70 semi-final win and then scored 18 points with 12 rebounds to overpower Penn Valley of Kansas City, 72-65.
Averaging only 24 minutes per game in the regular season because many games were won by lopsided scores, Williams still averaged 14 points, shot 49 percent and played outstanding defense.
"Statistics do not tell the true story of Marlena," said coach Lorene Ramsey. "Marlena is a great clutch player capable of carrying an entire team, yet she is also an unselfish player."
Named the Most Valuable Player of the National Junior College Division II basketball tournament, Marlena Williams of champion Illinois Central College is a co-Tri County Female Athlete of the Year.
|1994-95 Manual Boy's Basketball Team|
Manual coached by first year head coach, Wayne McClain (GPSHOF class of 2015) successfully defended its state title with a 65-53 victory over Thornton of Harvey in the finals. Thornton was also led by a 1st year coach, Rocky Hill. Following up their solid contributions at the previous year’s tournament, Ivan Watson and Willie Coleman provided stellar play and were both named the All-Tournament 1st Team. The duo combined for 43 points in the championship game. Coleman was selected to the All-State Team and Watson received honorable mention All-State recognition. The Rams finished the season with a 32-2 record. After 1994-1995 season, the tournament moved from Champaign to Peoria, but the site change could not stop the Rams amazing streak of successful title defenses.