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92_HR0830 LRB9216473RHrhA 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives are pleased to recognize milestone 4 achievements in high school sports in the State of Illinois; 5 and 6 WHEREAS, The Centralia High School Boys Varsity 7 Basketball Team, the Orphans, captured third place honors at 8 the 2002 IHSA State Class AA Boys Basketball Tournament held 9 at Carver Arena in Peoria on March 16, 2002; and 10 WHEREAS, The Orphans met the challenge by first defeating 11 the Maroons of Moline High School in the quarterfinal game; 12 they then went on to the semifinal game against the Lanphier 13 Lions; after an impressive rally in the final minutes, the 14 Orphans lost the game by the final score of 56 to 52; the 15 Orphans' spirit rebounded in the Third Place Championship 16 with a victory over the New Trier Trevians by the score of 75 17 to 64; and 18 WHEREAS, In winning the third-place trophy, the Orphans 19 became the first South Seven Conference team to earn a trophy 20 since 1994; it was also Centralia High School's second 21 third-place trophy in the school's history, with the other 22 coming under coach Arthur Trout in 1941; and 23 WHEREAS, The Orphan team consists of Lance Marcum, Jason 24 Palmer, Brian Dinkelman, Caleb Edson, Anthony Jones, Andrew 25 Walton, Blake Freels, Jamal Palmer, Jordan Queen, Terence 26 Bradley, Matt Shaw, Neil Crosby, Tommy Bryan, Brandon 27 Westbrook, and Jon Smith; the Athletic Director/Head Coach 28 is Rick Moss; and the assistant coaches are Chuck Lane, Roger 29 Shaw, Roger Stieg, and Brent Stewart; and 30 WHEREAS, In addition to the State Tournament, the Orphans 31 also claimed victories at the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament, -2- LRB9216473RHrhA 1 the O'Fallon Sectional Complex, and the Carbondale (SIU) 2 Super-Sectional; and they participated in the Tournament of 3 Champions in Springfield, Missouri, and the Centralia Holiday 4 Tournament; and 5 WHEREAS, The team was welcomed home by their family, 6 friends, and fans at a rally on March 17, 2002 at Centralia 7 High School in honor of their amazing third-place finish in 8 the State Tournament; and 9 WHEREAS, Centralia Basketball has come a long way in the 10 past 96 years; Centralia High School Basketball started in 11 1906 and was played in the basement of "B" Building, which 12 had a twelve foot high ceiling and supporting posts on the 13 playing floor; in 1922, play was moved to a new gym which had 14 seating only on the west side; in 1936, the current gym, 15 named after legendary coach A.L. Trout, was dedicated; A.L. 16 Trout served as coach from 1914 until 1950 and holds the 17 Illinois High School Boys Basketball coaching record of 809 18 wins at one school; and 19 WHEREAS, The nickname of the "Orphans" came from a 20 comment made by a Chicago sports writer in 1937 at the 21 Pontiac Holiday Tournament after the team came out for 22 warm-ups in bedraggled suits and warm-up jackets with no 23 buttons; Coach Trout liked the saying and tagged the club 24 Orphans, a tradition that continues to this day; and 25 WHEREAS, Centralia High School is listed ninth overall on 26 the top 25 all-time winning boys basketball teams from the 27 NBA, college, and high school with only eight NBA teams 28 having more wins; therefore, be it 29 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY- 30 SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 31 congratulate the Centralia High School Boys Varsity 32 Basketball Team on capturing third place honors at the 2002 -3- LRB9216473RHrhA 1 IHSA State Class AA Boys Basketball Tournament; and be it 2 further 3 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 4 presented to the Superintendent of Centralia High School, 5 Edgar Coller, Principal, Virgil Moore, Head Coach/Athletic 6 Director, Rick Moss, the assistant coaches, Chuck Lane, Roger 7 Shaw, Roger Stieg, and Brent Stewart, and to each member of 8 the Orphans team as an expression of our esteem.
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