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NO. R-317. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE 1999 BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL COLONELS DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONS AND THE 1999 AMERICAN LEGION POST 5 VERMONT STATE CHAMPIONS.

(J.R.H. 254)

Offered by: Representatives Costello of Brattleboro, Bristol of Brattleboro and Milkey of Brattleboro.

Whereas, 1999 was an extraordinary year for Brattleboro’s two leading baseball teams, the Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) Colonels and the American Legion Post 5, as their mutual coach Chris Groeger guided each squad to its respective state championship title, and

Whereas, from the moment on April 13, 1999, when the season’s opening pitch was thrown, the highly competitive and skilled Colonels, under the direction of first year Coach Groeger and Assistant Coach Tom Finnell pursued their special goal to capture the Division I baseball championship, and

Whereas, the BUHS team demonstrated a mighty offensive prowess throughout the regular season, swamping many of its opponents, including a 15-0 season opener against Wahconah, Massachusetts High School, and

Whereas, the Colonels who finished the regular season as the 1999 Marble Valley Champions defeated outstanding challenges from Spaulding High School, Lyndon Institute and Mount Anthony Union High School during the preliminary Division I playoffs, and

Whereas, the Colonels ultimately brought home the 1999 Division I championship to BUHS by defeating the Rice Memorial team in a thrilling 4-3 contest, at Centennial Field in Burlington, and

Whereas, many of Brattleboro’s boys of spring, assumed a new role as the community’s illustrious boys of summer when, under the auspices of Brattleboro’s Post 5, they won the American Legion Vermont state baseball championship, and

Whereas, the Post 5 team completed the regular season as Southern Division champions and entered the Vermont American Legion baseball playoffs with a most impressive 20-1 record, and

Whereas, the Post 5 players easily won their preliminary playoff games and earned their rightful place in the final series against their opponents from Essex, and

Whereas, Post 5 overwhelmed Essex in the first game in the best of three series by a score of 16-1, and capped the series in a thrilling concluding 6-5 victory, and

Whereas, all of these superb baseball sluggers from the Brattleboro area who played for one, or both teams, including Mike Bartlett, Jonathan Batchelder, Jed Beales, Ryan Brooks, Sean Condon, Shawn Cray, David Deyo, Seth Deyo, Chris Dixon, Jeff Dixon, Matt Fletcher, Vince Giamartino, Eric Libardoni, Ryan Paul, Caleb Record, Derek Root, Jeff Powell, Kaleb Sherman, Carlos Tilghman-Osborne, Emile Tilghman-Osborne, Josh Underwood and Jon Wood are to be commended for their outstanding athletic accomplishments, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the players and coaches of the 1999 Brattleboro Union High School and American Legion Post 5 baseball teams for clinching their respective Vermont state championships, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chris Groeger at Brattleboro Union High School and to Post 5 of the American Legion in Brattleboro.