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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  20

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2006 Woodstock Union High School Wasps Division III championship football team

Offered by:  Representative Clarkson of Woodstock

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, sporting a 2–2 record early in the fall, Woodstock Union High School’s prospects for repeating as Division III football champions appeared bleak, and

Whereas, recognizing that 2006 was their final season playing football in Division III, the Wasps proceeded with a renewed commitment to excellence, winning the next seven consecutive games and a berth in the Division III finals, and

Whereas, Woodstock defeated Rice Memorial High School in the playoffs, one of the two schools that bested Woodstock early on, and in the year’s final game, the Wasps now turned their attention to the Colchester High School Lakers, the other team that defeated Woodstock during 2006 competition, and

Whereas, at the opening kickoff, Woodstock commenced a solid 70-yard drive that Ben Pilsmaker capped with a nine-yard touchdown run,

Whereas, a strong Wasp defense precipitated a Lakers fumble on the kickoff return and Matt Dobson ran the ball across from the one-yard line to score the second Wasp touchdown, and

Whereas, Woodstock crossed the goal line two more times before half-time as Jason Harootunian ran the ball across from the four-yard line, and Ryan Kempson returned the ball 26 yards on an interception play, placing the Wasps in front 28–0 at halftime, and

Whereas, Matt Dobson’s 33-yard scoring run early in the second half and the follow-up post-touchdown point raised Woodstock’s score to 35, and

Whereas, despite Colchester’s two subsequent touchdowns, the Wasps’ lead was never at risk as they won the contest 35–14 and their second consecutive and final Division III football title, and

Whereas, in addition to capturing the Division III championship, the Woodstock Wasps were awarded the Vermont Football Officials’ 2006 James F. Howard Sportsmanship Award, signifying that winning the game and good sportsmanship go hand in hand, and

Whereas, each football Wasp, including Jacob LaPan, Sam Stockwell, Justin Iovanni, Isaiah Lemieux, Ben Pilsmaker, Rodrigo Matos, Brian Lewis, Jack Boymer, Jon Ferrero, Josh Robinson, Jake Robinson, Ryan Kempson, Matt Kempson, Jason Harootunian, Justin Pierce, D.J. Zampini, Matt Rosenberger, Nick Maura, Matt Dobson, Tyler Palmer, Alec Ellis, Gabe Kovacs, Kyle Poretto, Mike Cox, Noah Carvalho, Brodie Webster, Ryan Clunan, Jared Black, Beau Ramunto, Owen Mayhew, Andrew Bontrager, Brian Gilbreath, Alex LaFlamme, James McGinty, Adam Lewis, Kaleb McIntire, Anthony Giampa, Tom Wisner, Ian Tolosky, Eric Schulz, Trevor Therrien, Nick Cameron, Brendan Mayhew, Jacob Astbury, Adam Sprague, Rohn Peterson, Jack Selbo, and Denny Miller, played his best all season long, and

Whereas, the Wasps benefited from the excellent leadership of head coach Jim McLaughlin and assistant coaches Charles Worrell, Ramsey Worrell, Zach Scott, Aaron Johns, and Keegan Moriarty, as well as the support of team manager Taylor Hiers and assistant team manager Edward Doton, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2006 Woodstock Union High School Wasps Division III championship football team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jim McLaughlin at Woodstock Union High School.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont