- Oct 17
MPD vs Boys & Girls Club in Basketball Rematch
Officers of the Martinsburg Police Department will square off against members, staff, and alumni of the Boys & Girls Club in an exciting basketball game this Thursday evening. The contest is a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle. The game will take place on October 19th at South Middle School in Martinsburg. Thursday’s event features a doubleheader, with game one between teams of the Club’s and area youth, and the finale featuring MPD officers matched against Boys & Girls Club staff and alumni. Thursday’s contest is the long-awaited rematch between the teams following a recent two-point victory by the Boys & Girls Club staff. In May, MPD came up short in a hard-fought contest that went down to the last minute, losing by a final score of 69 to 67.
The doors at South Middle School will open at 6:00 p.m. and tipoff time for Game 1 will be at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and concessions will be available.
“The Boys & Girls Club and the Martinsburg Police Department have a great relationship. Officers come into the Club every day and our kids know them on a first-name basis,” stated Stacie Rohn, the Club’s Professional Officer. “This game has become a tradition and all our kids and staff are really looking forward to this Thursday. The Boys & Girls Club has a winning streak going and we plan on keeping it alive!”
Taking the floor in Thursday for Team MPD are: Patrolman and Team Captain Scott Shelton, Patrolman Joel Larson, Sergeant Adam Albaugh, Lieutenant Scott Funkhouser, Captain Kevin Miller, Patrolman Craig Richmond, Patrolman Roderick Holloway, and Chief Maury Richards.
Chief Richards says that MPD is more than ready for the rematch. “We love playing against the Boys & Girls Club. It’s great to be out there playing with the kids and the game is a lot of fun. The kids, staff, and alumni are really tough but we’ve been on the losing end twice in a row now, so I hope they’re ready to play, because MPD is fired up!” Richards announced.
Rohn and Richards both emphasized the importance of positive relationships between young people and the police and that their partnership is making a brighter future for Martinsburg’s youth. The Boys & Girls Club/MPD benefit game has proven so popular that beginning Thursday, the teams will now play each other twice a year.