Bluejays Mayoral Proclamation

On Saturday, Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner read a proclamation during the celebration for the Greenville Bluejays. The text of that proclamation follows…




WHEREAS, the 2017 – 2018 Greenville Jr. High Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Team finished the season with 24 wins and only two losses: and

WHEREAS, the team was the Mid – State Conference Champions with a perfect record; and

WHEREAS, in January, the team took first place in the James Burke Tournament; and

WHEREAS, they advanced in the State 3A competition by winning the Regional and Sectional tournaments; and

WHEREAS, the team will be remembered for its tenacious defense and full – court press that frustrated opponents; and

WHEREAS, they played aggressively and worked together as a team, both during practices and games; and

WHEREAS, their individual skills and talent combined to form a cohesive unit that made the team great; and

WHEREAS, the team members sacrificed to reach a high level of achievement; and

WHEREAS, parent, teachers, cheerleaders, Jr. High Principal Gary Brauns, and the community supported them with great enthusiasm; and

WHEREAS, the team consists of: Head Coach, Parker Manhart; Assistant Coaches, Trevor Stoecklin and Terry Swalley; Manager, Quinn Mesnard, Players, Dylan Rasler, Peyton McCullough, Mason Barnes, Davin Johnson, Quinton Cain, Jaylon Betts, Gavin Wilson, Steven Jack, Isaac Turner, Cameron Moore, Jack Schaufelberger and Nathan Grull; and

WHEREAS, after finishing second in the 2017 State 3A Tournament, and losing the first game of the new season, they won the 2018 State 3A Championship defeating Germantown Hills by a score of 57 to 48; and

WHEREAS, Isaac Turner set a new 3A Tournament record, scoring 83 points in three games; and

WHEREAS, the season and tournament will be remembered for McCullough’s three point shots, Grull’s toughness and grit, Schaufleberger’s all -around leadership as Co – Captain, Johnson’s execution of game plans, Barnes steady, consistent play, and Jack’s game – winning shot in the Semi – Finals; and

WHEREAS, the team is the first in the history of the Bond County Community Unit 2 School District to win a State Championship in any sport,

I, Alan Gaffner, Mayor of the City of Greenville, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, February 20, 2018, as Greenville Jr. High Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Team Day, and urge all residents to honor and congratulate them for their historic accomplishment.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I hereunto set my hand this and caused the Seal of the City of Greenville to be affixed at the Greenville City Hall in the City of Greenville, Illinois, this 17th day of February, in the Year of Our Lord, two-thousand-eighteen.

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