CHAPTER 654

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 31

SALUTING THE WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL RED DEVILS ON WINNING THE 1974 DELAWARE STATE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.

WHEREAS, one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Delaware high school, basketball came to a close on Saturday afternoon, March 9, 1674, with the crowning of the Red Devils of Wilmington High as State Champions for the second time in three years by virtue of an exciting 64-57 over archrival Howard High School, the 1973 Champion; and

WHEREAS, the Wilmington High Team coached by Greg McNeill and able assistants Gene Thompson, Jim Realer, and Mike Costa, displayed superb poise and skill throughout the 1974 Delaware State Tournament as it defeated St. Elizabeth's, Alexis I. duPont, Archmere, and finally the Howard Wildcats before 4,350 fans at the Delaware Fieldhouse en route to the coveted title; and

WHEREAS, Wilmington High sparked by the State Tournament's most valuable player Bill Berry; Sidney Roy named to the All-Tournament Team with Berry; Court General Burt Watson; top rebounder Marvin Goodson and all the other speedy and sharp-shooting Red Devils achieved truly a team victory; and

WHEREAS, the members of the 127th General Assembly, particularly those Representatives and Senators from Wilmington sponsoring this resolution, wish to salute the 1973-74 State High School Basketball Champions, Wilmington High School for its superb season capped with 20 consecutive victories.

NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives, the Senate and Governor concurring therein, extend hearty congratulations to the players, coaches and fans of the Wilmington High School Red Devils for their outstanding play, attitude and sportsmanship in attaining the 1974 Delaware High School Basketball Championship.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that 20 copies of this resolution be sent to Head Coach Greg McNeill for distribution to the "High School" players, coaches, to Mr. Edward E. Cinaglia, Acting Principal, and to Dr. Earl E. Jackson, Sr., Superintendent of the Wilmington School District.

Approved March 18, 1974