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NO. R-78.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2004 Oxbow Union High School Division II championship baseball team.


Offered by:  Representatives Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Kennedy of Chelsea, Otterman of Topsham and Winters of Williamstown.

Offered by:  Senator Canns of Caledonia District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District and Senator MacDonald of Orange District.

Whereas, in 2004, the Oxbow Union High School baseball Olympians had an outstanding season and entered the Division II playoffs ranked as the third‑seeded team, and

Whereas, Oxbow was trailing 3-2 in the semifinal contest against Milton High School when Olympian Mark Noble, while on first base, executed an unusual delayed steal, permitting teammate Steve Schlenker to score from third on an overthrow error, and

Whereas, as a result of the error, Mark Noble was awarded a trip home, enabling Oxbow to win the semifinal game 4-2 and earn a slot in the Division II championship contest at Centennial Field in Burlington against the fifth‑seeded Windsor High School Yellow Jackets, and

Whereas, from Olympian Shane Claflin’s opening pitch at Centennial Field, his stellar baseball skills were on display as he allowed only two Windsor hits during the entire game and sent four Yellow Jacket batters back to the dugout when the umpire called strike three, and

Whereas, the outstanding Oxbow defense helped prevent any Yellow Jacket runner from advancing beyond second base, and

Whereas, Windsor’s four errors helped facilitate the Olympians’ impressive victory as they scored four unearned runs, two in the second inning and two more in the sixth, in addition to two earned runs in the third, and

Whereas, the entire 2004 Olympian team, including Shane Claflin, Chad Claflin, Matt Covey, Cody Covey, Brandon Hodge, Jordan Hodge, Ryan Hatch, Jeremy Hatch, Mark Nobel, Aaron Rivers, CT Jackson, and Steve Schlenker, merits commendation for its 6-0 2004 Division II championship victory, and

Whereas, the players appreciated the support of team managers Sheena Chaffee, Traci Shepard, and Angela Dempsey, and

Whereas, Coach Shawn French and Assistant Coach Brad DeGoosh provided valuable instruction and encouragement throughout the baseball season, and

Whereas, the Olympians compiled a 15-5 overall record and collected their third Division II baseball title, and

Whereas, the parental volunteers’ fundraising assistance enabled the team to travel to Florida in 2003 for a spring training tour, and an alumni game in early 2004 was a valuable preliminary contest, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2004 Oxbow Union High School Division II championship baseball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brian Musty, athletic director at Oxbow Union High School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont