NO. R-133.  House concurrent resolution honoring the 2003 Division III Arlington High School Eagles championship girls’ basketball team.

(H.C.R.84)

Offered by:  Representatives Molloy of Arlington, Bartlett of Dover, Botzow of Pownal, Carey of Chester, Corcoran of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Miller of Shaftsbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Rusten of Halifax and Waite of Pawlet.

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shepard of Bennington County.

Whereas, the Arlington High School Eagles girls’ basketball team, the 2002 Division III champions, opened the 2002-2003 season ready and energized to repeat the prior season’s athletic accomplishment, and

Whereas, upon the regular season’s finale, the Lady Eagles, the proud owners of a 20-1 record, were awarded the number-one seed in the playoff tournament, and

Whereas, after solidly defeating each of their preliminary round opponents by at least nine points, Arlington proceeded to the championship contest against the Rivendell High School Raptors, and

Whereas, despite the Raptors’ scoring the game’s first two points, the Eagles’ basketball mastery was apparent as they rapidly bolted ahead to a 25-5 lead in the first 12 and one-half minutes of play, and

Whereas, as the game’s midpoint was reached, the confident Eagles led 29‑9, and even Rivendell’s 11-0 scoring spree in the fourth quarter’s opening minutes did not deter the Eagles from a most respectable 50-31 victory as they triumphantly repeated as Division III champions, and

Whereas, the Lady Eagles’ fourth Division III title in six years can be attributed to the outstanding efforts of team members Shelby Wilson, Lindsay Sheldon, Erin Mears, Alysha Roberts, Jade Csizmesia, Kelsey Cefalo, Amanda Pickering, Abby Christiansen, Shannon Leland, and

Whereas, head coach Jim Corey, for whom the championship game was his final coaching appearance, concludes his tenure as girls’ basketball coach with an impressive 59-9 record, and

Whereas, the team appreciates his inspirational leadership and that of assistant coach Kerry Csizmesia, and

Whereas, players and coaches alike recognize the essential support of team managers Erynn Hazlett and Ashley Hoyt, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2003 Division III Arlington High School Eagles championship girls’ basketball team and head coach Jim Corey as he concludes his remarkable girls’ basketball coaching career, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jim Corey at Arlington High School.