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Spirit names Stitz Rookie of the Year


Barry Stitz is the first winner of the Spirit's Anita Nall Award for the team's Rookie of the Year.

Stitz, a graduate of Archbishop Curley and Towson State, is one of Notebook

eight Spirit rookies. He finished the regular season as the No. 2 rookie scorer in the NPSL with 63 points, trailing only the Denver Thunder's Andy Crawford, who had 66.

"Barry stepped in as a starter and proved his durability by playing in all 40 games," coach Kenny Cooper said, noting that Eric Dade and Joe Koziol were the only others who played in every game. "He scored some big goals in important games and got better and better as the season went on."

The award, named in honor of Nall, the triple Olympic swimming medalist from Towson, will be presented to Stitz on Tuesday before the Spirit's first playoff game against the Harrisburg Heat. Stitz was selected by Spirit coaches and officials. All Spirit playoff games will be carried live by WTMD (89.7 FM), starting with the best-of-three series against the Heat on Tuesday at the Baltimore Arena, Wednesday in Harrisburg and, if necessary, a week from tonight at the Arena. Dave Johnson and Andy Freed will be at the microphone.

Colts alumni

Approximately 20 members of Baltimore Colts Alumni will participate in a halftime contest Tuesday to raise funds for the Ed Block Foundation and the St. Vincent's Child Abuse Center.

Former Colts such as Tom Matte, Toni Linhart, Bruce Laird, Marty Domres and Stan White will try to kick soccer balls into the goal from various locations on the field. Points will be awarded, depending on the distance from the goal.

Fan cruise

The Spirit Fan Cruise, a tour of the Baltimore harbor aboard the Bay Lady, is on for April 13 ,after being twice postponed by bad weather. For ticket information, call (410) 625-2553.

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