CHAPTER 677

FORMERLY HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

NO. 41

SALUTING THE DOVER HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM FOR BECOMING THE FIRST DOWNSTATE TEAM TO WIN THE DELAWARE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE SUPERB OVER ALL RECORD OF DOVER HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS DURING THE 1972 SCHOOL YEAR.

WHEREAS, at 3:51 P.M. on the 10th day of June, 1972, A.D., shouts of joy and admiration were heard rolling from the banks of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal on to the southernmost boundaries of the First State, and in particular throughout the city limits of the State Capital of Dover; and

WHEREAS, it was at that precise moment that leftfielder Bob Naftzinger of the Dover High School Senators baseball team caught a fly ball for the final out of a game against Conrad High School, which officially wrapped up the secondary school baseball championship of the State of Delaware for Dover; and

WHEREAS, the Dover Senators, in so winning became only the second high school to win the Delaware State High School Baseball Tournament — succeeding Newark High which won the first two championship events in 1970 and 1971; and

WHEREAS, the Dover High School baseball victory capped a magnificant year for Dover teams including a semi-final berth in the State Football Tournament, a heartbreaking last-second loss in the final game of the State Basketball Tournament, and also the Henlopen Conference Championships in football, basketball, tennis, and baseball; and

WHEREAS, the Dover High School Baseball Senators, under the leadership of Coach Larry Ginsburg, who has announced his retirement from coaching baseball after 103 victories, compiled an eleven and three record in Henlopen Conference play before defeating strong upstate competition — namely, Salesianum, Mt. Pleasant, and Conrad High Schools — in the superbly conducted

State Tournament held at the University of Delaware baseball diamonds; and

WHEREAS, the Dover High School Senators, in winning the state baseball diadem, displayed great skill, versatility, and sportsmanship on and off the field, thus bringing deserved recognition to the calibre of athletic endeavors found in the lower portion of the State of Delaware.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, and especially by Dover area Representatives Arthur W. Dobberstein, Hudson E. Gruwell, and W. Neal Moerschel, Senator Andy Foltz, and Governor Russell W. Peterson that the Dover High School Senators baseball team be accorded hearty congratulations for attaining the status of undisputed 1972 secondary school champions — "They're # I — of Delaware.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that sufficient copies of this resolution be forwarded to Dover Coach Larry Ginsburg for distribution to his players, to Dover High School Principal Patrick Lynn, Athletic Director Warren Emery, and to Capital School Superintendent, Dr. Robert T. Rasmussen.

Approved June 26, 1972.