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(J.R.H. 128)

Offered by: Representative Masland of Thetford.

Whereas, patience and persistence are wonderful virtues, as the Thetford Academy Panthers softball team learned along its unusual path to the 1998 Division III Championship that featured a week of weather-related postponements, as well as a final game that included an unscheduled rain break and an extra inning of play, and

Whereas, when play was halted in the second inning, the Panthers trailed their rivals, the Northfield Marauders, 3-0, and

Whereas, in the fifth inning, with the Panthers now trailing 5-0, a Stacy Thurston triple followed by a Meagan Crosby single and a Dawn Wiggin grounder brought the Thetford women their first two runs, and

Whereas, in the seventh inning, the Panthers' energized offense that featured the strong hitting of Amy and Mandy Carpenter, Dominique Holbrook, Molly Cloud, Cheryl Beebe and Lindsay Thrall led to a five all tie, and

Whereas, while the Marauders initially broke the tie in the top of the eighth, a determined Panther drive in the bottom of the overtime inning finally clinched the 1998 Division III Championship for the Thetford women, and

Whereas, this memorable division title occurred in the same season that the superb Panther softball coach Johnny Johnson won his 100th victory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Thetford Academy softball team on winning the 1998 Division III softball championship and for their persistent determination in withstanding the meteorological idiosyncrasies of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to softball coach Johnny Johnson at Thetford Academy.