NO. R-66.  House concurrent resolution congratulating former University of Vermont Women’s Basketball Catamount Sheri TurnbulL.

(H.C.R.34)

Offered by:  Representatives Larson of Burlington, Brown of Walden, Endres of Milton, Heath of Westford, Johnson of South Hero, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Pugh of South Burlington, Smith of Morristown, Trombley of Grand Isle and Westman of Cambridge.

     Whereas, from the years 1990-1994, Sheri Turnbull was the shining light on the University of Vermont Catamounts Women’s basketball team whose superb athletic skill, team leadership, and love of the sport inspired her teammates to amazing accomplishments on the hardwood floor, and

     Whereas, without doubt, she remains one of the foremost players in Catamount Women’s basketball history as she scored 2,108 points, and

     Whereas, Sheri twice earned America East Player of the Year honors and was a three-time honorable mention winner in the Kodak All-American program, and

     Whereas, her four-year record of accomplishment resulted in being awarded the Semans Trophy, given to a UVM student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, loyalty, and service to the university, and the J. Edward Donnelly Award as the school’s top female athlete, and

     Whereas, in the course of her intercollegiate career, Sheri played in 105 games, reached the double figure scoring mark in 95 percent of those contests, and set a school record of 54 double-doubles, and          

Whereas, her individual performance was a significant contributor to the Lady Catamounts’ 98-20 record from 1990 to 1994, including the team’s two dream seasons of 29-1 in 1991-1992  and 28-1 in 1992-1993 and the establishment of an NCAA women’s basketball record of 53 consecutive wins, and

Whereas, as a result of this fantastic win-loss record, the Lady Basketball Catamounts won two America East regular season titles, three America East postseason tournaments, and twice appeared in the prestigious NCAA national women’s basketball tournaments, and

Whereas, after graduating with a degree in engineering, she played both professionally and for her native Canada’s national team and as an alternate for the Canadian Olympic team, and

Whereas, while now retired as a player, and employed as an engineer, she continues her association with the game as head coach of the Colchester High School girls’ basketball program, and

Whereas, on February 1, in a special pregame ceremony, Sheri Turnbull became the first Lady Basketball Catamount to have her number (30) permanently retired, and only the third student-athlete in the school’s history to be similarly honored, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Sheri Turnbull on the occasion of her Lady Basketball Catamount number’s retirement, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the University of Vermont Athletic Department and to Sheri Turnbull in Milton.