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The family of former Hylton High School student-athlete Kevin Herrmann will be the recipient of proceeds raised from this year’s Hoops Fest. The money will go into an education fund for Herrmann’s three young daughters ages 12, 10 and 7.

Lt. Col. Herrmann was one of five Marines who died during a routine training exercise Dec. 6 when an F/A 18 Hornet fighter and a KC-130 refueling plane crashed 200 miles off the coast of Japan. Two Marines were rescued the day of the crash, but one died shortly afterward. The Marine Corps ended the search for five other Marines involved, including Herrmann, and announced Dec. 11 that the five Marines were declared dead.

Herrmann spent his first three years at Hylton High School before his father, also a Marine, was transferred to North Carolina Herrmann’s senior year.

An infielder, Herrmann played baseball for Hylton’s junior varsity as a sophomore and for the varsity in 1997 as a junior. He also played for American Legion Post 28 under Paul Colangelo Sr.

In addition Herrmann played freshman football for Hylton.

Herrmann’s parents live in Stafford County.

Hoops Fest, an annual charity event sponsored by, InsideNova/Prince William and Battlefield Ford, is March 27 at Hylton High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance at

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate money to the Herrmann family, please send checks to the attention of Sal Colangelo, Hylton High School 14051 Spriggs Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22193. Write Hoops Fest 24 on the memo line and make the checks out to the Herrmann Family.

In 23 years, Hoops Fest has totaled $161,327 for families in need. Hoops Fest 23 was held at Woodbridge High School, where $3,000 was raised for Andrie Castro Medrano to help with medical costs during his ongoing battle with leukemia.

This is the fifth time Hylton will host Hoops Fest, including 2011 when a Hoops Fest-record $13,100 was raised for Josh Himan. A Hylton graduate, Himan was paralyzed by an IED while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan in September of 2009. The money was used to help build an extension on Himan's Woodbridge home to make it more wheelchair accessible.

Hoops Fest brings together the top prep boys and girls basketball players from Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park to compete in the boys and girls 3-point shootout, two-ball and the slam dunk.

David Fawcett is the sports editor for Reach him at

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