NO. R-97.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 U-32 High School Raiders Division II championship boys’ basketball team.

(H.C.R.60)

Offered by:  Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Miller of Elmore, Pelham of Calais, Smith of Morristown and Towne of Berlin.

     Whereas, in an intensively followed Washington County rivalry, two neighboring high school basketball teams, the U-32 Raiders and the Montpelier Solons, played at the Barre Auditorium for the Division II championship, and

     Whereas, this lowest scoring Vermont high school boys’ basketball championship contest ever played was turned around by the Raiders’ fourth‑quarter realization that the team’s nine-point deficit demanded immediate and decisive action, and

     Whereas, the Raiders’ reversal was ignited when Tanner Pryce, the game’s high scorer, executed a three-point play with 7:12 remaining in the final period, and his subsequent shooting heroics put U-32 in scoring charge, 29-28, with 1:23 remaining in regulation play, and

     Whereas, Raiders teammate Ed Berry completed the first two of seven straight, and pivotal, free throws to raise the team’s scoring total to 31, which the Solons then matched before the quarter concluded, and

     Whereas, the second half belonged exclusively to the Raiders as Ryan Somers tossed in a field goal to give the Raiders a 33-31 lead, and

     Whereas, the Raiders’ accurate free throw shooting, including Anthony LaRosa’s, helped assure them of a 42-36 victory and the 2003 Division II boys’ basketball championship title, U-32’s first since 1992, and

     Whereas, Mike Gentile, Paul Williams, George Berry, Sean Lavin, Anthony LaRosa, Ryan Somers, Tanner Pryce, Ben Bessett, Noah Fink, Ed Berry, Kevin Webster, and Cyrus Scribner, all of whom appreciated the support of team manager Max Barrows, should each be recognized for his role in the Raiders’ outstanding 18-6 championship season, and

     Whereas, head coach Dan Gandin and his able assistant coaches Chris Hudson, Rick Hudson, and Mike Macke deserve special credit for molding this determined roster of basketball players into a winning team, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates the 2003 U-32 High School Raiders Division II championship boys’ basketball team, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dan Gandin at U-32 High School in East Montpelier.