NO. R-128.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 Montpelier High School Solons Division II girls’ basketball team.

(H.C.R.73)

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.

Offered by:  Senators Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County and Senator Scott of Washington County.

Whereas, the scrappy come‑from‑behind persistence the Montpelier Solons displayed before a large and enthusiastic Barre Auditorium crowd at the 2003 Division II girls’ basketball championship game will become legendary, and

Whereas, as the second quarter proceeded, the Solons, still trailing 30-17, applied the basketball magic and savvy which enabled them to reach this final game as they ignited for an 11-2 offensive scoring spree, including seven points from the foul line, to narrow the Oxbow Union High School Olympians’ lead to 32-28 at the halftime break, and

Whereas, a glimmer of success sprouted early in the third quarter as the Solons briefly held a narrow 35-34 advantage, and

Whereas, the end was not so near as the Olympians reasserted their lead and soon were ahead 46-39, and

Whereas, the final minute and one‑half of the fourth quarter was Montpelier’s opportunity to shine as the now‑narrow‑point differential reverted back and forth in a most dramatic fashion, and

Whereas, with only 1:22 remaining, the Solons scored on two consecutive foul shots to tie the game at 57-all, which was followed shortly thereafter by a successful Oxbow free throw, and then at the 43‑second mark, by an 18‑foot Solon jump shot which enabled Montpelier to assume a 59-58 lead, and

Whereas, the excitement was not concluded as the Olympians again regained a one-point lead with another successful foul shot to tie the score at 59‑all, and

Whereas, in a dramatic conclusion worthy of a novelist’s pen, a successful Solon foul shot with only 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation play provided the Solons with a 60-59 triumph and the 2003 Division II championship title, and

Whereas, every girls’ basketball Solon, including Lindsay Herbert, Lindsay Graff, Talia Williams, Stephanie Cody, Christine Aldrich, Lauren Mears, Ashley Wright, Carmen Lagala, Mariah Krauss, Leslie Mencia, and Whitney Johnson, played to win, and

Whereas, the insightful leadership of Coach Joe Sweeney and Assistant Coach Bob Howe was present throughout the season, and everyone could rely on team managers Emily Seddon and Margaret Miles to assist the Solons’ cause, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2003 Montpelier High School Solons Division II championship girls’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Peter Evans, principal, Gomer Morgan, athletic director, and Joe Sweeney at Montpelier High School.