Blast goalie's shirt is worth $1,200 bid

Auction, other efforts raise $38,000 for 911 Fund

MISL notebook


November 22, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Blast goalkeeper Scott Hileman came away with team bragging rights -- four times over -- and the 911 Fund received needed financial support from the jersey auction the Blast conducted on Saturday night.

The Blast wore special red, white and blue uniforms on "A Tribute to Veterans Night" for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia KiXX, then put the jerseys up in a silent auction.

Hileman's jersey went for $1,200 -- quadrupling all others -- with Danny Kelly's and Danny Santoro's jerseys each going for $300 as the next highest bids.

"The gentleman who got it said it went the highest, and I attribute some of that to the uniqueness of the goalkeeper's jersey, it being different. The more money we can contribute to such a worthy cause, all the best," Hileman said.

The Blast raised more than $5,200 from the auction, and combined with its "United We Stand" T-shirt campaign, which began shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the team handed over a check of around $38,200 to the 911 Fund, which aids the relief and rescue workers from the tragedy.

The Blast's merchandising manager, Robin Eichelberger, took the lead on the T-shirt fund-raiser.

"I'm real proud of how our front office stepped up to the plate in this situation. You're talking seven people raising almost $40,000 -- that speaks volumes. I thought we put on a real nice show honoring the veterans Saturday night as well," said Blast general manager/coach Kevin Healey.

Philly sweep

The Philadelphia KiXX swept the league's weekly awards with goalkeeper Peter Pappas named Defensive Player of the Week and forward/defender Shawn Boney claiming offensive honors.

Turning back 18 of 22 shots in a 19-8 win in Baltimore on Saturday, Pappas lowered his points-against average to 10.19 (second best in the Major Indoor Soccer League) to improve to 4-0 on the season.

With Kevin Sloan and Don D'Ambra out of the KiXX lineup on Saturday, Boney took care of much of the offense with eight points against the Blast, including a cannon shot for a three-point goal in the third quarter that pushed the lead to 12-5.

Bowers one of two

Former Buffalo Blizzard midfielder Randy Pikuzinski was the first player to register more than 600 points and 600 blocks in his 16-year career (998 points, 692 blocks) in the now-defunct National Professional Soccer League.

With four blocks on Saturday, Blast defender Sean Bowers became the second. He now has 675 points and 604 blocks in his eight years in the NPSL and MISL.

Finally back home

The Kansas City Comets will finally get reacquainted with their home, Kemper Arena, tomorrow night when the Milwaukee Wave visits.

After opening the season with a 7-2 win there against the Cleveland Crunch on Oct. 20, the Comets (2-6) had to endure a monthlong seven-game road trip during which they dropped six games.

The Comets and Wave will get together again on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., to play the first of two neutral site games at the Gaylord Entertainment Center this season. The Blast will take on the KiXX on Feb. 9 there, as well.

Et cetera

Blast radio play-by-play man Art Sinclair was recently awarded the Achievement in Radio Award for best sports reporter in the Baltimore area. Sinclair's color analyst, Bobby McAvan, will be writing occasional columns that can be found on the league's Web site: ... Cleveland defender Kiley Couch tied a franchise record with eight blocked shots in the Crunch's 15-13 loss to Harrisburg on Friday. He doubled his season output, and his 16 now ranks second in the league. ... The KiXX's 5-0 start is the best in the franchise's six-year history.

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