TriCounty Thirteen was far from an unlucky number for Ramsey, whose Illinois Central College Cougars, after missing out on title trophies in 12 previous national tournament appearances - captured the 1991-1992 NJCAA Division II women's championship with an 89-72 victory over Lansing (Mich.) Community College late last March in Bismarck, N.D.
ICC defeated Kankakee 75-74 and Lackawanna (Pa.) 102-73 enroute to the title. The Cougars finished the season with a 29-7 record and a 10-game winning streak.
A member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 1983) and Tri-County Sports Figure of the Year winner in 1979, Ramsey adds the big basketball trophy to a national softball championship. Her teams in 23 seasons at the two-year East Peoria school have recorded more than 500 victories in both sports.
A former Pekin Lettes ( 401-90 career pitching record) star, Ramsey's playing and coaching accomplishments have resulted in her induction into six Halls of Fame. She has coached for the United States in four Pan American Games.
Thirteen was far from an unlucky number for Ramsey, whose Illinois Central College Cougars, after missing out on title trophies in 12 previous national tournament appearances - captured the 1991-1992 NJCAA Division II women's championship with an 89-72 victory over Lansing (Mich.) Community College late last March in Bismarck, N.D.
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.