2010-05-13 / Local & State

MVFC To Hold Hoover Memorial Tournament

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Members of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will honor one of their own over the weekend at the first-ever Stephen “Heavy” Hoover Fire & EMS Memorial Softball Classic.

Stephen Hoover died October 18, 2008, at the age of 59 and is remembered by local fellow firefighters as being a sports fan, with his love running the gamut from bowling to softball.

According to nephew and event co-organizer, David “Dubb” Hoover III, for numerous years members of the McConnellsburg fire company had travelled to neighboring Franklin County to participate in an annual fire and emergency medical services softball tournament. When the tourney came to an end, Dubb Hoover and Joe “Boo” Harris agreed to organize a similar event in Fulton County and to use the opportunity as a means to honor the late Stephen Hoover.

Dubb Hoover stated a total of eight teams have registered so far to participate in the softball classic that will get under way on Saturday, May 15, at 8 a.m. Teams, which can be male, female or coed, have until late Friday to enter. A registration fee of $125 must be paid in advance or the morning of the tournament to be held at the McConnellsburg Lions Club Park.

Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $150 will be awarded accordingly to first-, second- and third-place teams. 50/50 raffles and pull-tab tickets will be available as well as food and drink.

Dubb Hoover indicated Tshirts, designed by Earl Kendall and sporting Stephen Hoover’s favorite number 24, will also be available for purchase at a cost ranging from $10 to $12.

The rain date for the softball classic has been set for Sunday, May 16. The event will kick off with Linda Hoover, Stephen Hoover’s wife, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Any residents needing to obtain additional information or teams wishing to preregister should contact Dubb Hoover at 717-491-6322 or Boo Harris at 717- 860-8287.

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