TriCounty Lorene Ramsey's 1998-99 basketball season was her best ever, finishing at 34-2. In the process, her charges won the ICC Invitational Tournament, the Cougar Holiday Tournament and repeated as NJCAA Division II Women's National Basketball champions. It was her fourth national basketball title in this decade.
The Illinois Central College legend ended the season with 763 victories, a record among female coaches at any level. In addition, two of Lorene's players (Beth Zeone and Marlena Williams) earned NJCAA Division II All-American honors. The 34 victories was an ICC record.
Ramsey was named 1999 Region XXIV Coach of the Year, 1999 NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year and the 1999 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Coach of the Year. Already a member of the Women's Softball Hall of Fame, Lorene will be among the second class of inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee in June.
In addition, Lorene Ramsey becomes the first person to win three consecutive Tri-County awards. This is her sixth overall.
Lorene Ramsey's 1998-99 basketball season was her best ever, finishing at 34-2. In the process, her charges won the ICC Invitational Tournament, the Cougar Holiday Tournament and repeated as NJCAA Division II Women's National Basketball champions. It was her fourth national basketball title in this decade.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.