CHAPTER 639

FORMERLY HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

NO. 37

EXTOLLING THE WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL RED DEVILS ON BECOMING THE FIRST OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE AND THEIR COACH, ALEX SANSOSTI, FOR BEING VOTED "COACH-OF-THE-YEAR."

WHEREAS, the first fully sanctioned Stated Championship Football Tournament was conducted in 1971 under the auspices of the Delaware Secondary School Athletic Association; and

WHEREAS, the Wilmington High School Red Devils, Champions of the Class A Division of the Blue Hen Conference, emerged as the "Number One" team in the State of Delaware after defeating previously unbeaten Dover High School and perennial power Middletown High School in the semi-finals and final, respectively, of the inaugural State Football Tournament; and

WHEREAS, members of the State Champion Wilmington High School Red Devils squad, led by Alex Sansosti, their youthful, energetic, and skillful head mentor who was acclaimed "Delaware Football Coach-of-the Year" by his peers, display great spirit, determination, and week-by-week improvement after their lone loss early in the season; and

WHEREAS, the members of the House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly, the Senate concurring, wish to pay honor to the "State Champs."

NOW, THEREFORE;

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the 126th General Assembly that hearty congratulations be extended to Coach-of-the-Year Alex Sansosti, his coaching assistants, and Wilmington High School team members for becoming the first official State High School Football Champions of the State of Delaware and, while so doing, displayed great finesse and good sportsmanship.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the text of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of both the House and the Senate and copies forwarded to Head Coach Alex Sansosti, Wilmington High School Principal Jimmie V. Morris, and a copy to team leader, Ben Williams, for him to display in a prominent place for all of "High School's" students to see.

Approved January 19, 1972.