December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
LOCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL/CLASS 8A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E2528-E2529] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] LOCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL/CLASS 8A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS ______ HON. JUDY BIGGERT of illinois in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Lockport High School's football team, the Porters. Under the leadership of head coach Bret Kooi, the Porters recently beat the Maine South High School Hawks, 48-27, to capture their second straight Class 8A state championship in football. [[Page E2529]] As any athlete will tell you, although it is hard to win one championship, it is a true test of greatness to come back and repeat as champion. All season the Porters have passed this test with flying colors, which is why I know the entire community is proud of Coach Kooi and the team. In their drive for back-to-back championships, the team featured a high powered offense with one of the most prolific passing attacks in the history of Illinois High School Athletics. Mr. Speaker, although this is a great accomplishment, it is just the newest chapter in Lockport High School's storied history. Over the years, teams from Lockport High School have won state championships in a number of sports including bowling and cross country. But Lockport High School's successes are by no means confined to the athletic field. In the academic field, there's more good news. Since 2000, the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses has risen to 420, an increase of 60 percent. In addition, Lockport High School students scored well above the national average on the ACT exam, and last year, 91 percent of Lockport High School students went on to college. Congratulations, Porters, for your many athletic and academic successes this year, last year, and over the years. Keep up the good work. ____________________