Centreville – Discussion continues regarding ballfield complex

Plans to name a ballfield complex in honor of a noteworthy graduate were put on hold Monday by the Centreville Public Schools Board of Education.

Class of 1995 member Matt Thornton went on to enjoy a 13-year Major League Baseball career as a pitcher with six different MLB teams.

While Thornton, a former MLB All-Star, may have seemed a logical choice for the honor, Superintendent Chad Brady threw a curveball of his own, weighing in on the proposal.

Brady said it might be prudent to revisit the idea and consider acknowledging lifelong Centreville resident Al Murk and his family, including his wife, Trudy.

Brady said after having lunch with the Murks earlier this week, he is more convinced than ever that it’s the right thing to do.

Board members, including TJ Reed, said Murk’s reach to better the community has extended beyond Centreville Public Schools. Yet Reed also said he has no objections to acknowledging Thornton and his professional success.

Board members agreed to revisit the matter at a future meeting.

Meanwhile, district officials said Thornton has confirmed he plans to attend the Centreville Alumni Association’s June 10th reunion.

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