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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 268

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division II boys’ basketball championship team

Offered by:  Representative Sweaney of Windsor

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

Whereas, the Windsor High School Yellow Jackets nearly captured the 2007 Division II boys’ basketball crown in a close 76–71 loss to the Mt. Abraham Union High School Eagles, and

Whereas, in 2008, the adrenaline flowed in the Yellow Jackets as No. 2‑seeded Windsor once again earned the right to play the top‑seeded Mt. Abraham for the Division II championship, and

Whereas, Windsor’s prospects were not initially bright as they concluded the first quarter on the low end of a 16–5 score, and

Whereas, halftime arrived at a more encouraging moment with Windsor on top, for the first time in the game, 30–29, based on a Yellow Jacket three‑pointer a mere second before the midpoint break, and

Whereas, Mt. Abraham rebounded and held a three‑point advantage, 48–45, at the break between the final two periods, and

Whereas, in the last quarter, the Yellow Jackets concentrated on winning and played in a style befitting a championship team, and

Whereas, Windsor opened the fourth quarter exhibiting a slight of hand, stealing the ball and scoring a fast layup and then adding another two points after an Eagle turnover to secure a temporary 49–48 lead, and

Whereas, although the Yellow Jackets and the Eagles exchanged the lead over the following few minutes, with approximately four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Windsor’s James Aldrich directed the basketball into the net sending his team ahead 56–52, a lead it would retain for the balance of the game, and

Whereas, the Yellow Jackets’ high game scorer, Sean Buckner, earned a crucial 10 of his 18 points in the last quarter, and the Yellow Jackets succeeded in 6 of 7 foul shots during the game’s final 48 seconds to clinch a solid 71–57 win and the 2008 Division II boys’ basketball championship, and

Whereas, the contributors to this impressive team effort included Billy Gokey, James Aldrich, Tim Lens, Jeff Danyew, Sean Buckner, Alex Beloin, Kane O’Neill, Cody Tancreti, Jake Perkins, Justin Menard, Kyle Wiedman, Hunter Knox, Tyler Kibling, James Nolan, and Gavin Callahan, and

Whereas, the 2008 state title represented coach Harry Ladue’s fourth Windsor boys’ basketball crown, and his two assistant coaches Don Swinyer and Win Townsend were keys to the team’s success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Windsor High School Yellow Jackets Division II boys’ basketball championship team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Harry Ladue at Windsor High School.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont