Class of 2012 Class of 2012


Billy Case

Billy Case

BILLY CASE, BORN October 15, 1958, in Arlington, VA, has lived his entire life in the Northern Virginia area. While attending Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, he became interested in sports; playing baseball, football, and basketball. He first started playing softball when he was 17 years old while attending Emmanuel Baptist Church. Winning Church Metros encouraged the team to branch out and play in the Men's Softball League under the sponsorship of Sloper's where the team won the league over ten years along with many tournaments and county championships. For the past twenty years, he has played and coached one of the softball teams for Manassas Baptist while still playing in the Men's League. Billy has been a team member of world softball tournament champions and he has been given All World recognition for his contributions. He is currently playing in the Men's Senior League with Dudley Martin Chevrolet where he has been employed for the past thirty years. His love of softball has branched out into umpiring for the past four years.

Billy and his wife, Anne, have lived in Prince William County for over thirty years and call this home.


Brian Mays (Deceased)

Brian Mays

BRIAN MAYS WAS born in Lexington, VA on October 28, 1963 and passed away on December 26, 2011 unexpectedly at the age of 48. He was raised in Sterling and Haymarket, VA. Brian grew up with a deep love for all sports and played youth football and baseball. He attended Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA and graduated in 1982. He was a starter on the varsity football team at Defensive Tackle and the varsity baseball at Shortstop all four year in high school. Brian earned many awards to include All-State honors in both sports. Brian then attended Ferrum Junior College and Catawba College where he played football at offensive guard and majored in Business. Brian and his wife Karen were married in 1988 and lived in Manassas for many years before moving to Stafford, Virginia. They had one son, Jacob that is now 16 years old.

After high school Brian enjoyed years of competitive softball and great friendships playing for Alvey's Grocery and Thomas Engineering in the Manassas Men's League. He was remembered for his pitching and strong bat at the plate. He was a true competitor and loved to win. He enjoyed playing league ball and tournaments. He made many lasting friendships with his softball teammates. There is never a lack of great memories and funny stories when his teammates are together. Brian was on the Thomas Engineering team that won the ASA Virginia Class C State Championship in 1989 and went on to play at the Class A/Major level.

Brian also had an enthusiasm for sports that including coaching. He loved coaching young players, sharing his passion for the game and teaching fundamentals. Brian began his high school coaching career as an assistant coach in football and baseball at Hylton High School in 1991. He became the head baseball coach at Brooke Point High School in 2001. He won his first Commonwealth District Championship as a head coach in 2010 and was named the Commonwealth District Coach of the Year. Brian retired from his coaching position at Brooke Point HS after the 2011 season to sit outside the fences as his son, Jacob entered high school at Colonial Forge HS in Stafford. Brian also had a love for the game of golf and spent any available time on the golf course.

Brian began his employment after college working for Prince William County as a Site Development Inspector. He then worked for MCI, Qwest Communications/Century Link as a Fiber Optic Technician.


Charles Searight

Charles Searight

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Diane Rooks

Diane Rooks

DIANE WAS BORN and raised in Fairfax Virginia, where she attended Luther Jackson Intermediate School and later graduated from Oakton High school in Vienna Va. She held honors at each school for Most Athletic. She received a Varsity Letter in Field Hockey, Basketball, and Track & Field from Oakton High School. She also was a Cheerleader in her freshman year at Oakton High School.

Diane's softball adventures began under the coaching leadership of Mr. John Huggins, in a Fairfax County Softball League in 1977. Wakefield Park was one of the first official fields she played on where she received numerous awards from tournaments that were held there. Her first softball trophy reads Scored Most Runs During a Season. Her running abilities continued to keep her playing after getting married in 1983 and moving into the military softball world and playing in many other states.

In 1996 Diane relocated back to the Dale City area where she began playing for Quantico Women's Varsity Team. She began playing on a co-ed team called the Stingers. While continuing to play in PWC she began playing for Fort Myer Lady Generals and coaching the Lady Stingers (PWC). She and her family has participated in Prince William County school and league sports since 1996.

In 2004, she began administering the Woodbridge Women's Softball League and represented the league on the PWC Adult Softball Council. At the same time, she also played on three teams as well, Xplosion, Lady Generals and another team that she helped established, a 50's Senior Softball Women's Team in Woodbridge named Phenomenal Ladies.


Gary Sloper, Sloper's Sport Center

Gary Sloper

IN 1969 SLOPER'S SPORT CENTER opened in old town Manassas. For over 32 years, Gary along side his wife Joann supplied teams and athletes with the best equipment on the market.

Gary was born and raised in Manassas and is a 1967 Osbourn High School graduate.Being very active in area sports growing up, Gary soon realized the need of having a quality sporting goods store in the community.

Gary estimates that they have sponsored almost 300 teams during the 32 years they were in business. Teams ranged from youth baseball, soccer, basketball, and football to adult sports such as men's and women's softball, basketball, bowling, volleyball and others. Gary says by far, the memories of the great seasons his men's softball teams had in the Western Softball League over the years are the best, fellow players, families and the many friends made along the way will never be forgotten.

The team they had in the 70's was very dominating with a season that started with a perfect 38 & 0 league record, many tournament wins and a bid for the State Championship.

However, the team in the late 80's and early 90's managed by the late and great ex-professional major league baseball player, Gail Harris and lead by the top draft pick for the NY Yankees,Mark Harris, was unbelievable. In 1987 they went 103 & 31 including 12th in the Nationals winning tournament after tournament with all local young players.

In the Sunday, May 8th, 1988 Washington post it was reported that this could be the best team in the Washington Metropolitan area which consisted of almost 10,000 teams.

Sloper's Sport Center was chosen dealer of the year in 2001 by the Mid Atlantic Sporting GoodsDealers Association, which was an honor to be chosen over hundreds of sporting goods stores.

Gary and Joann were inducted in the ASA Hall of Fame in Richmond, VA. in 1998 after being nominated by friend and Western Prince William League President Lester Leonard.

On June 30, 2001, Sloper's Sport Center closed for good when Gary & Joann decided to retire and pursue other endeavors. Gary's son Troy carries on there good name in the county with his business known as Sloper's Stitch House, a quality embroidery and lettering business.


Mike Duley

Mike Duley

MIKE DULEY GREW up in western Prince William County in the small community of Catharpin. He attended Stonewall Jackson High School were he played Football and Baseball for 4 years, and graduated in 1978. He attended Chowan Jr College in North Carolina and played 2 years of baseball, he hit 429 as a freshman and 389 as a sophomore, he earned all conference and Jr. College All American, he graduated from Chowan in 1981, with an associates degree in Printing Management. He then attended Georgia Southern University and played 1 year of baseball, while earning a bachelors degree in Management.

Mike started playing softball in Prince William County in 1984, and has 26 years as of 2012 as a player, 12 years as an umpire. He was an all-star game MVP in 1984 & 1985 as a member of Alveyís Store. He was a member of the 1989 Virginia State Championship Thomas Engineering Softball team. Also as a member of RB Thomas' softball teams that placed 2,3,5,7 in National Championships. Mike also was the player coach, of the Bull Run Athletic Club Softball team that won 3 consecutive Western Prince William Championships and 2 County Championships.

He also coached 11 years in the GMBL and won two 14-15 year old championships and two 16-18 year old championships and in 2000 managed the Manassas team to a Virginia 16-18 year old State Championship and was within one game of going to the Babe Ruth World Series.

Mike is employed by the United States Government Printing Office. He and his wife, Lorie, live in western Prince William County at Sudley Springs.


Mike Martin, Dudley Martin Chevrolet

Mike Martin

DUDLEY MARTIN CHEVROLET has been a major contributor to area sports teams in Prince William County for over 50 years. But in the early 80's a marriage between a business and a special team formed that is still growing strong today. Going into this year it will mark their 30th year of consecutive play that the Dudley Martin Chevrolet Jokers have been playing in a Prince William County softball leagues. And they have been very competitive winning multiple league and county titles in both the Woodbridge Men's League and the Manassas Men's League.

The Jokers have won three World Championships in the Over 50 Senior Division and many 2nd and 3rd place finishes at both the Over 50, Over 40 and Over 35 age categories. They also have won a Virginia State Championship in the Class D division along with 2 second place and several 3rd place finishes at the State level. Still playing and competing on the National stage the Jokers are coming off of a 2012 season that saw them rise in class to AAA and win both the Division 1 league title and the County Championship. This was after a 2011 campaign that saw them win 2 World Championships and finalize that in January 2012 with a 2nd place finish at the first ISF/ISSA World Tournament of Champions in Plant City, Florida.

Mike Martin is proud to put the name of his family business on a team with such a great history. He has also been inducted in the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame in the Sponsor Category.

 


Mike Slusher

Mike Slusher

MIKE SLUSHER IS a native of western Prince William County. He was born in Manassas on June 29, 1961 and grew up in the area graduating from Osbourn Park High School and going on to George Mason University. Mike worked in the family business, Glen Slusher Electrical Contractor as a Master Electrician until 1995. He is currently the Integration Manager at Acuity Audio Visual.

After college Mike became a regular participant on the County softball fields and has continued for over 30 years. Mike is an outstanding infielder and always a feared offensive threat. Over the years he has lead his teams to County Championships and many tournament victories. He was often named to the All Tournament team and now in the Senior Division has made the All World team at the ISSA World Championships and the ISF Senior World Cup. In 2011 when his team, Dudley Martin Jokers captured the Division Championship in the World Cup at Salem, VA he was awarded the MVP of the Championships.

Mike currently plays in the Prince William Senior League for the Jokers and in the Church League with Crossway Fellowship where he enjoys the opportunity to play on a team with his son. He has been a player on the Dudley Martin teams that won two World Championships and he is looking forward to the next one.

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