Ray Grierson
Ray Grierson

 

     

Ray Grierson (1940)

Ray Grierson was a two-year quarterback and an All-State fullback his senior year. During the 1938 season Grierson helped lead the Maroons go 8-1 to win their first Big 12 Conference title since 1926. CHS did not allow a single point in each of their eight wins. During his senior season, Ray scored one and set up fourth-period TDs which beat Urbana 13-6. The following week, CHS set the all-time Big 12 scoring record by routing Peoria Manual 66-14. Ray won 10 letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. In baseball, Grierson was a solid left-fielder for the 1939 and 1940 Big 12 Champion Maroons. The Maroons advanced all the way to the first ever IHSA baseball tournament championship game, but lost to Belleville, 8-3. As a sophomore, Grierson played on the 1938 basketball team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before bowing out to Johnston City. During his junior year, CHS advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Dike Eddleman and the Centralia Orphans. In the 1940 sectional basketball tournament, Captain Grierson and the Maroons avenged two regular season losses to cross-town rival Urbana, by defeating the Tigers 20-19 in the semifinal game. CHS went on to win the sectional and advance to the Final Four of the state tournament where they were defeated by Herrin in semis and by Moline in the third-place game. Grierson was third in team scoring during the state tournament. Grierson was a sprinter and a member of the 880 yard relay team and finished with the 5th most points on the track team. Ray went on to play split end at Illinois, lettered three years (1941, '42, '46) and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers football team in 1944.