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School Board Honors Bulldogs' Championship Basketball Team

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School Board Honors Bulldogs' Championship Basketball Team
Posted on 04/27/2017
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The Portland High School boys’ basketball team recently was recognized by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana for winning the Class AA championship game in March.

Botana noted, “It was not only a solid 60-38 victory over South Portland, but it was the Bulldogs’ second straight state title and its third in four years!”

The recognition took place at the board’s April 25 meeting.

Here is a summary of Botana’s remarks regarding the team:

“Congratulations to the team and to Coach Joe Russo, who has coached at Portland High School for 27 years. This win marked Coach Russo’s 401st career victory and fifth state title at Portland. This is clearly a well-coached team and one that played well together – all doing their jobs and playing their roles with intensity and focus.  The team is also known for its sportsmanship and for inspiring school spirit and pride in the PHS student body.

It obviously took an amazing effort to win this back-to-back title. Congratulations to this amazing team and coach!”

The Portland City Council is scheduled to issue a proclamation honoring the team at its Monday, May 1 meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (from left) are Coach Joe Russo; School Board Chair Anna Trevorrow; Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana; and member of the PHS Bulldogs Championship Boys Basketball Team