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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  89

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 South Royalton School Royals Division III championship boys’ basketball team

Offered by:  Representatives Ainsworth of Royalton, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allard of St. Albans Town, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Davis of Washington, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Kilmartin of Newport City, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McDonald of Berlin, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Myers of Essex, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Perry of Richford, Randall of Troy, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the expression “never say never” can be applied aptly to the South Royalton School Royals 2007 boys’ basketball team, and

Whereas, as the 12th seeded team in this year’s Division III championship tournament, no sports fan, even if a South Royalton student or graduate, would  have identified the Royals as a likely title contender, and

Whereas, the Royals surprised their preliminary rounds’ opponents and earned a berth in the decisive game at Barre Auditorium against the Thetford Academy Panthers, and

Whereas, bringing home the championship was not a mere matter of appearing on the basketball court as the Orange County school held the lead at the halftime break, and

Whereas, recognizing that time was now short, the Royals coalesced in the third period, outscoring their opponents 11-4 and finishing the third period with a 30-25 lead, and

Whereas, despite a golden opportunity with less than five seconds remaining, the Panthers failed to take the lead, and the Royals assured their victory with two successful foul shots immediately preceding the final buzzer, and

Whereas, when the game was finished, South Royalton had defeated Thetford 41-38, and the Windsor County-based school was the 2007 Division III boys’ basketball champion, and

Whereas, the entire Royals’ roster, consisting of Joey Kinnarney, Jake Timian, Nate McShinsky, Ki Walker, Miles Ellis, Peter Doyle-Braman, Cal Wilmot, Chris Chapman, Nick Enright, Dale Manning, Darren Slack, and  Tyrell Manning, made other schools realize that South Royalton was the sleeper team of Division III, and

Whereas, team managers Brian Obuchowski, Jack Howe, and Tyler Hastings were extremely helpful to the Royals, and

Whereas, coach Jeff Moreno and assistant coaches Alex Moulton, Bill Vielleux, and Chuck Howe provided insightful instruction to the players, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 South Royalton School Royals 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 Jeff Moreno at South Royalton School.



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