TriCounty Patience Grayer, a dominating 6-foot-1 player for Peoria Manual High School, averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds last season and was named the Peoria Journal Star's Class AA Player of the Year.
She was a first team selection on All-State teams selected by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News-Gazette as well as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
She finished second on the all-time Manual scoring list with 2,005 points, is the school's all-time leading rebounder with 1,214 and three times selected to the Mid-State 9 all-conference first team.
Patience Grayer, a dominating 6-foot-1 player for Peoria Manual High School, averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds last season and was named the Peoria Journal Star's Class AA Player of the Year.
Talk to any parent who had a daughter participate in a Peoria Girls Sports League (PGSL) program, and it is safe to wager they are familiar with Jerry Robertson and his many years of dedicated service to the league. For the PGSL’s 33 years of existence, its programs provided a valuable experience for thousands of girls from third grade through high school. Most notably, Robertson was active in the league for 29 years, including 23 as President of the organization. Over his long tenure, Robertson wore many hats, including recruiting volunteers, keeping score and time, evaluating skills and coordinating the selection of players to the respective teams, securing venues, scheduling games, hiring and scheduling officials, purchasing equipment, updating rules, obtaining the state charter, fundraising, and dealing with the occasional unhappy parent. If that wasn’t enough, he also coached and officiated when needed. Under Robertson’s leadership, PGSL’s basketball program expanded to include a summer league for area high school teams that lasted for 20 years. For more than three decades, PGSL provided thousands of girls, of all skill levels, an opportunity to participate and compete in basketball and softball. Volleyball was also offered on an