NO. R-14.† House concurrent resolution congratulating Bellows Falls Union High School womenís basketball coach Jayne Barber on her 300th career victory.


Offered by:† Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Darrow of Dummerston and Deen of Westminster.

†††† Whereas, Jayne Barber, the veteran 22‑year coach of the Bellows Falls Union High School Terriers womenís basketball team, has inspired a generation of young women to play the game with passion and determination, and

†††† Whereas, when at the young age of 23 she accepted the head coachís position, she could hardly have imagined her masterful leadership style would lead to a truly illustrious courtside career, and

†††† Whereas, the Terriers have studiously followed Coach Barberís advice as her teams throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and into the 21st century, have consistently been among the leading contenders for the annual divisional championship and have actually clinched this coveted honor on four occasions,† and

†††† Whereas, at the start of the 2001-2002 season, the team moved up from its longtime home in Division II to the more challenging Division I, and

†††† Whereas, despite the more demanding level of competition in the teamís new divisional home, Coach Barberís Terriers quickly demonstrated their potency as Division I contenders when they continued in postseason play into the final game, and

†††† Whereas, on December 12, 2002, the Terriers were especially prepared to meet their cross-state rivals and three-time divisional championship game opponents, the Fair Haven Slaters, in a personally pivotal contest for Coach Barber as a Terrier win would constitute her 300th career victory, and

†††† Whereas, a gallant team effort, headed by senior twin-sister Terriers Dani and Jevy Rayner, who combined for 38 points, led to a 69-38 Bellows Falls victory and a memorable game for Coach Barber, and

†††† Whereas, based on her impressive 300-161 career coaching record, Coach Barber has earned the accolades of both the Terrier hoopsters and her coaching colleagues from across the state, now therefore be it

†††† Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

†††† That the General Assembly congratulates womenís basketball coach Jayne Barber on her 300th career victory as the superb mentor and guide of the Bellows Falls Union High School Terriers, and be it further

†††† Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jayne Barber at Bellows Falls Union High School.