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Plaque honors late MCHS athlete on building that bears his name

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:34 am

By David Knox

Moore County High School’s indoor facility for its baseball and softball programs has a new addition. It’s not an add-on to the building, or a piece of equipment. It’s a plaque that is attached to the outside of the building near the entrance, where all who pass through the door can remember the inspiration for the building. Number 17, Joe Strasler. Strasler, who was a member of the Raiders baseball team, was killed in a car wreck on his way to school in February 2012. The 16-year-old was also a member of the National Honor Society and the golf team. After his tragic and untimely death, his parents, Jon and Dede, decided to honor him by building an indoor facility at Moore County High School. They approached Moore County Schools Superintendent Chad Moorehead and got the OK from the school board. Donations came fast and furious from all points for the memorial to the late Strasler, who grew up in Tullahoma before moving to Lynchburg and had impacted both communities in his short life. The Joe Strasler Memorial Hitting Facility has been an asset to the baseball and softball programs since it was completed before the 2014 season. It’s given the players the chance to work indoors when inclement weather arrives, baseball coach Josh Deal said. “This year it’s been rain and cold,” Deal said. “This facility has been a lifesaver for us.”