Inductees Lorene Ramsey, one of the nation’s most successful women’s basketball coaches, won the first of five National Junior College Division II titles as her Cougars produced a win to cap off the 1991-92 season.
The 1991-92 Cougars were ranked eighth nationally and owned a 26-7 record moving into the national tournament in Bismarck, North Dakota and were working on an eight-game winning streak.
As things turned out, they had trouble only in the first game, edging past state foe Kankakee 75-74. After that the team rolled over Lackawanna, Pa., 102-73 and then bombed Lansing, Mich., 89-72 for the national crown.
Daryl Strong of Peoria Manual was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and, along with Tammy Wilkinson of Morton and Laura Trantina of Washington, made the all-tourney team. Wilkinson and Trantina were also named NJCAA all-Americans.
Ramsey was named National Coach of the Year by the NJCAA and also selected as Tri-County Female Coach of the Year.
Lorene Ramsey, one of the nation’s most successful women’s basketball coaches, won the first of five National Junior College Division II titles as her Cougars produced a win to cap off the 1991-92 season.
|1985 Outstanding Tri-County Sports Figure|
After long years of promoting and supporting sports projects and activities in the Peoria area, Pete Vonachen took on a leadership role in late 1983 as owner of the Peoria Chiefs, Class A professional baseball team. He returned pro baseball to Peoria in a most successful way. Under his direction Meinen Baseball Field was completely modernized to create comfort for the fans. An electronic scoreboard was installed, and adequate parking was provided. He made fun at the ballpark a reality.