Inductees Chillicothe High School zeroed in on its second consecutive undefeated season by opening the year with shutouts of Princeville, Farmington, Eureka, Metamora and Morton.
Washington became the first 1955 opponent to score against the Grey Ghosts, but that touchdown went for naught in a 19-6 decision that raised Chillicothe's record to 6-0.
The Grey Ghosts improved to 7-0 overall and clinched their second Illio Conference championship
in a row with -- what else? -- a shutout of Dunlap.
The high-flying Grey Ghosts scored 85 points in their final two victories to finish the season with 216 points compared to 30 by their nine opponents.
Senior Warren Dew received Little All-State recognition and was joined on the All-Illio first team by fellow Grey Ghosts co-captain Carl Reifsteck.
Sophomore Ron Taylor, who scored the only touchdown in both of Chillicothe's 6-0 victories, led the Grey Ghosts in offense with 896 yards.
THE 1955 SEASON
Chillicothe 27, Princeville 0
Chillicothe 19, Washington 6
Chillicothe 6, Farmington 0
Chillicothe 6, Dunlap 0
Chillicothe 27, Eureka 0
Chillicothe 39, Tremont 18
Chillicothe 26, Metamora 0
Chillicothe 46, Mid-County 6
Chillicothe 20, Morton 0
Chillicothe High School zeroed in on its second consecutive undefeated season by opening the year with shutouts of Princeville, Farmington, Eureka, Metamora and Morton.
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.