Blast signs for­mer Sil­ver Knights de­fender San­tana

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The Blast has signed for­mer Syra­cuse Sil­ver Knights de­fender Nelson San­tana. San­tana played four sea­sons with the Sil­ver Knights, earn­ing all-league hon­ors in each, be­fore spend­ing last sea­son with the On­tario Fury. In13 games with the Fury, he had three goals and 11 as­sists and blocked 10 shots. “We’re ex­cited to see what Nelson can bring. We’re very fa­mil­iar with his abil­ity on the ball, his com­pet­i­tive­ness, and his over­all game as he was a ri­val with Syra­cuse for some time. Bot­tom line is Nelson is a qual­ity, ex­pe­ri­enced player who we feel can step right in and help us com­pete for a cham­pi­onship again this sea­son,” Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a news re­lease. The Blast opens its 2016-17 Ma­jor Arena Soc­cer League sea­son on the road against the Har­ris­burg Heat on Nov. 5 be­fore tak­ing on the Mil­wau­kee Wave in its home opener Nov. 11. Kelly McQuilkin (Atholton) and Alyssa Ferro were named cap­tains for the 2017 sea­son. WOMEN’SCOLLEGE SOC­CER: McDaniel ju­nior Sarah McDon­ald was se­lected Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence De­fen­sive Player of the Week. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE VOL­LEY­BALL: Maryland East­ern Shore sopho­more Koya Sow­ells was picked MEAC De­fen­sive Spe­cial­ist of the Week. MEN’S COL­LEGE SOC­CER: Johns Hop­kins se­nior Samy Ra­madane has been named the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence Of­fen­sive Player of the Week. MI­NOR LEAGUE BAS­KET­BALL: The Bal­ti­more Shuck­ers will hold their first off-sea­son mini­camp Satur­day as they pre­pare for the 2017 Cen­tral Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son. The mini­camp will be held at Lead­er­ship through Ath­let­ics lo­cated at 2900 Ham­monds Ferry Road, Halethorpe, 21227 and is by in­vi­ta­tion only. In­ter­ested players may con­tact shuck­ers@play­ for more in­for­ma­tion. JU­NIOR TEN­NIS: A team from Bal­ti­more will com­pete in the USTA Ju­nior Team Ten­nis 14U Na­tional Cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day to Sun­day in Cayce, S.C. The team is coached by Anne Askew and com­prises Hadley Mid­dle­ton (Rux­ton), Jane Askew (Bal­ti­more), Au­drey Askew (Bal­ti­more), Jor­dan Aparece (Bal­ti­more), Lo­gan Sam­path (Bal­ti­more), Nick Pen­ni­man (Bal­ti­more) and Paige Sawyer (Tow­son). HON­ORS: The Maryland State Ath­letic Hall of Fame Foun­da­tion will hold its 2016 in­duc­tion ban­quet Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., at Michael’s Eighth Av­enue at 7220 Gray­burn Drive in Glen Burnie. Tick­ets are $75 a per­son and $750 for a ta­ble of 10, and can be pur­chased at md­sa­ or by check. Please make checks payable to the Maryland State Ath­letic Hall of Fame and mail to MD­SA­HOF, P.O. Box 664, Arnold, MD21012. In­ductees will be for­mer Ori­oles out­fielder Brady An­der­son, who was born in Sil­ver Spring; Ch­ester-born power­boater Wheeler Baker; for­mer Maryland run­ning back Louis Carter (Arun­del); Na­tional Sailing Hall of Famer and an­nouncer Gary Job­son, who is based in An­napo­lis; for­mer soc­cer-player and four-sport ath­lete Lau­rie Sch­woy (McDonogh); and for­mer Johns Hop­kins and Tow­son High lacrosse player Jack Thomas. Re­porter Jim Hen­ne­man will re­ceive the John F. Stead­man Life­time Achieve­ment Award. The evening be­gins with cock­tails and a silent auc­tion at 6 p.m., din­ner at 7, and awards from 8 to 10. —

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