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NO. R-148. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating the 2001 Poultney High School Blue Devils’ Division III championship boys’ basketball team.

(J.R.H. 109)

Offered by: Representative Maslack of Poultney.

Whereas, the Poultney High School Blue Devils boys’ basketball team played impressively from the season’s opening buzzer until the Division III championship’s final second, and

Whereas, the Blue Devils, based on their superb season-long performance, were the first-seeded team in the Division III playoffs, and

Whereas, they easily progressed to the ultimate challenge, the championship game, and encountered a most unexpected opponent, the 15th-seeded Black River High School Presidents, and

Whereas, the Blue Devils, eager to repeat their 1999 triumph as Division III champions, approached the Presidents as formidable challengers for the divisional title, and

Whereas, Poultney’s status as Division III’s finest boys’ basketball team was on display throughout the evening, and

Whereas, in the first quarter, the Presidents briefly trailed by the close score of 9-7, and

Whereas, the Blue Devils immediately responded with a 10-point run, featuring two consecutive successful jumpshots by Mike LaBate with assistance from Aaron Hayes, and

Whereas, the evening’s leading scorer, Eric Traverse, who ultimately added 21 points to his 1,000-plus career total, then contributed four points from the field, and

Whereas, by halftime, the Blue Devils were ahead 35-23, and ultimately overwhelmed the ever-striving Presidents 73-45, and

Whereas, Poultney Blue Devils Tyler Houghton, Kyle Mason, Richie Kniffin, Mike LaBate, Donald Foley, Jeremy Scott, Eric Traverse, Aaron Hayes, Maxie Saltis, J.R. Crowningshield, Geoff Robinson, Justin O’Grady, Shane Lynch, Nick Loomis and Nolan Grabowski, each performed magnificently, both during the regular season and playoff competition, and

Whereas, coaches Dave Capman and Keith Harrington were instrumental in enabling the Poultney High School Blue Devils to win the 2001 Division III boys’ basketball crown, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2001 Poultney High School Blue Devils’ Division III championship boys’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Coach David Capman at Poultney High School.