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.
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.