As Memorial Day ceremonies were celebrated throughout Door and Kewaunee counties this past holiday weekend, a 1997 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School will be memorialized with a special event this coming weekend. The 13th annual Lance Corporal Dean Opicka Softball Tournament will be held at the Casco Village Park from Thursday through Sunday. Held in early June every year, the tournament is in honor of LCpl Dean Opicka who died serving our country. Opicka was a marine who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2008 at the age of 29. Annie Zelewske says Dean was always about helping children and the community.
The softball tournament begins at 6:15 Thursday evening with a military ceremony before the first pitch. All proceeds from the events benefit the Lance Corporal Dean Opicka Memorial Fund which has raised about $150,000 for local academic scholarships and local hardship gifts over the past twelve years.