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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  152

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2007 Lamoille Union High School Lady Lancers Division II championship girls’ basketball team

Offered by:  Representatives Nease of Johnson and Martin of Wolcott

Offered by:  Senator Bartlett

Whereas, after a powerful display of basketball prowess in the first three games of the post-season Division II playoffs, the Lamoille Union High School Lady Lancers stepped onto the basketball floor at the Barre Auditorium with a strong confidence that their first state championship in 17 years was only a single game away, and

Whereas, their single obstacle to achieving this goal was the Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles who were eager to thwart the Lady Lancers’ aspirations of ending the 2006–2007 hoop campaign with a triumphant finale, and

Whereas, during the championship game’s first half, the Eagles demonstrated they were also serious contenders for the Division II crown, exiting from the court at halftime with a narrow 18–17 lead, and

Whereas, the Lady Lancers recognized the urgent need to reenergize as they returned to play the game’s, and, more importantly, the 2006–2007 season’s, final two quarters, and

Whereas, Lamoille found its second, third, and indeed fourth wind after the midgame break, outscoring Mt. Abraham 24–14 during the second half, and

Whereas, the Lady Lancers took advantage of  the scoring opportunities that Eagle fouls created and scored 21 points from the foul line, and

Whereas, Lamoille’s Rachel Wellman and Alison Wells led the team with 16 points apiece, and, as the final buzzer sounded, their school was victorious with an impressive 41–32 come‑from‑behind win, and

Whereas, for the Lady Lancers, far more important than the championship  win was senior and four-year starter Mackenzie Pratt’s playing the final 19.5 seconds of the game, and

Whereas, Mackenzie Pratt, a four-year Lamoille starter, had been sidelined since January 2007, and also during part of her junior year, while combating two separate bouts of cancer, and her presence on the court possessing the ball, and then cutting the basket’s strings after the final buzzer, was the sweetest victory of all, and

     Whereas, this sterling squad of girl basketball players, consisting of Chantelle Locke, Becky Tisbert, Ashley Bryce, Rachel Wellman, Cory Palumbo, Mackenzie Pratt, Alison Wells, Cara Grogan, Angela Locke, and Lacey Williams, demonstrated an exemplary team spirit and appreciated the support of their managers Leah Lussier and Kaela Drown, and

Whereas, coach Tim Messier and assistant coaches Dave Palumbo, Dale Tatro, and Marc Cattelona were superb teachers and mentors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2007 Lamoille Union High School Lady Lancers Division II championship girls’ basketball team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tim Messier at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park.

              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                                Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                               Clerk, House of Representatives                                                                      


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont