NO. R-86.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Taylor Coppenrath of West Barnet on receipt of the 2003 Kevin Roberson America East Conference Player of the Year award.

(H.C.R.50)

Offered by:  Representatives Larocque of Barnet, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Brown of Walden, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Crawford of Burke, Hudson of Lyndon and Larrabee of Danville.

Offered by:  Senator Canns of Caledonia County and Senator Ide of Caledonia County.

Whereas, at the conclusion of each America East basketball season, the league’s coaches, having carefully observed and analyzed their own players and those of the opposition teams, cast a vote for the recipient of the Kevin Roberson Award which is presented to the league’s most valuable player, and

Whereas, this award is named for the late Kevin Roberson, an outstanding University of Vermont (UVM) basketball player whose life was terminated in a tragic 1993 automobile accident, and

Whereas, the 2003 recipient of this prestigious honor is UVM sophomore Taylor Coppenrath, whose height of six feet, nine inches makes him, with little doubt, the tallest native in the history of West Barnet, and

Whereas, he was honored for his agility and offensive success on the hardwood court this season, as his average of 20.5 points per game led the league, and is the league’s eighth-best single-season personal offensive tally, and

Whereas, his statistical highlights were hardly limited to the points per-game average as he was the season’s league leader in a total of 10 statistical categories, including offensive rebounds (77) and 3-point field goal percentage (39.5), and

Whereas, on being presented the most valuable player award, he was placed in the company of other UVM basketball greats Matt Johnson, the late Kevin Roberson, and current teammate T. J. Sorrentine, and

Whereas, in commenting on being awarded this special athletic prize, Taylor observed the honor was really about the entire team’s outstanding 2002‑2003 season, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives

That the General Assembly congratulates Taylor Coppenrath of West Barnet on being named the recipient of the Kevin Roberson Award as the America East Conference Player of the Year for the 2002-2003 season, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Taylor Coppenrath in West Barnet.