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Thursday April 26, 2012

The South Burlington Dolphins football team was invited by Representatives Ann Pugh, Helen Head,  Michele Kupersmith and Bert Munger of South Burlington to the Vermont State House recently to witness the reading of a Proclamation congratulating the team on winning the 2011 Northern Vermont Youth Football League State Championship.  Players, Cheerleaders, parents, coaches and support staff joined in on the celebration and presented House Speaker Shap Smith with a winning game ball declaring him honorary Captain for the Day of the 44-year-old youth football program. 

Resolution H.C.R. 365.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the South Burlington Dolphins on winning the 2011 Northern Vermont Youth Football League state championship.

Offered by: Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington, Kupersmith of South Burlington and Munger of South Burlington.

Whereas, having finished its regular Northern Vermont Youth Football League (NVYFL) season with a 5–1 record, the South Burlington Dolphins 7th–8th grade squad (the Blackmen) proceeded to win each of its playoff games and earned a championship game berth against the Essex Chargers, the one team it had not defeated, and Whereas, as the Dolphins took to the field, they looked forward to a reverse result this time, although the Chargers’ 6–0 halftime lead was not encouraging, and Whereas, in the third quarter, the Dolphins surged ahead 7–6, and a second touchdown raised the Blackmen’s lead to 13–6, and Whereas, when a Charger ran for 75 yards, narrowing the Dolphins’ lead to 13–12, South Burlington recognized the need to add an insurance touchdown, and a series of well-executed plays brought this objective to fruition as the Dolphins won the game 19–12 and clinched the 2011 NVYFL championship (the team’s 13th), and Whereas, Dolphins Colby Barrett, Corey Kershaw, Thomas Demag, Preston Grippo, Ricky Worthen, George Sullivan, Paul O’Neil, Noah  Zhou, Emmanuel Boardman, Benji Longmore, Joshua White, Eric Schwaigert, Ben Shungu, Isaac Girouard, Anthony March, Bentley Wilking, Devin Hebert, Tyler Austin, Henry Cunningham, Steven Levite, Austin King, Isaiah DuBose, Dustin Desseau, Connar Wagner, Noah Barton, Kyle Fenwick, Ian Bullis, Mathieu Bergeron, and Jeremy Clements played a fantastic season of football, and Whereas, cheerleaders Asia Bissonnette, Brook Brace, Kolya Cannizzaro, Lily Cohen, Toni Crooks, Laura Dattilio, Lindsay Dattilio, Tabby Delisle, Maureen Eddy, Kaity Groen, Rachel La Bombard, Thomas McKenzie, and Jazmine Shows-Perkins offered great support with their robust cheers, and Whereas, coaches Rene LaBerge, Bryan Belisle, Barry Sageman, Tom Tavares, Ray Savage, Bryon Ladd, Nick Fisher, Lynn Kynoch, and Chelsea Giroux provided the Dolphins with outstanding direction and guidance, and Whereas, Dolphin staff members Nancy Belisle (films), Eric Schwaigert (photography), Randy Corey (scoring), Leslie Freedman (team mom), Linda LaBerge (production), Dave Grippo (team dad), Joel Kynoch (announcer), Chris Hebert and Mike Imobersteg (team physicians), and Stacy Savage (team mom) inspired these young football players to succeed, now therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the South Burlington Dolphins on winning the 2011 Northern Vermont Youth Football League state championship, and be it further Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to South Burlington Dolphins coach Rene LaBerge.

SOURCE: SB Dolphins