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(J.R.H. 141)

Offered by: Representatives Johnson of Canaan and Peaslee of Guildhall.

Whereas, the Canaan Girls' Eagles Basketball Team has impressively performed on the hardwood floors throughout the 1990's, and

Whereas, the Eagles have scored an amazing 57 consecutive victories on their home court, having not been defeated at Canaan since the 1992-1993 season, and

Whereas, they have won the Central Valley League (Northern Division) for each of the last four seasons, and

Whereas, each year, beginning in 1993, the Eagles have reached the semifinal playoff round, winning the Division IV crown in both 1994 and 1995, and

Whereas, the team began their 1997-1998 basketball campaign enthusiastically optimistic that another great season was commencing, and

Whereas, the Eagles more than met their expectations by earning a spot in the 1998 Division IV Championship contest after compiling an impressive record of 22 straight victories, and

Whereas, when they faced their top-seeded opponents, the Warriors from Wilmington High School, the Eagles more than matched the basketball prowess and perseverance of their cross-state opponents, and

Whereas, Marissa Domanico offensively led the Eagles by scoring 23 points while Angella Lepine popped 14 critical points into the basket for a fantastic career total of 1,053 points and Abigail Labrecque contributed 11 more in the combined team effort that culminated in a 64-55 Eagle triumph, and

Whereas, each of the Eagles, including Nellie Coats, Sonia Latendresse, Michelle Charest, Alison Lima, Moriah Carney, Chantal McKeage, Erin Cullen, Lindy Lambert and Allyson Welsh were vital members of this truly remarkable squad, and

Whereas, the inspired leadership of Coach Dan Lepine continues to be an essential factor in the Eagles Girls' Basketball Team's outstanding record of accomplishment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Canaan High School Eagles Girls' Basketball Team on their winning the 1998 Division IV Championship, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach Dan Lepine at Canaan High School.