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Auction held to raise money for stadium

April 09, 2006|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

HAGERSTOWN

Former NFL players and die-hard Hubs fans attended a sports memorabilia and collectibles auction on Saturday to benefit the new stadium under construction at North Hagerstown High School.

The high school's Athletic Boosters hosted a raffle and silent auction at the school.

The stadium will cost around $3 million, said Noel Boyer, president of the Athletic Boosters.

Visitors bid mostly on sports memorabilia, which included an autographed Ben Roethlisberger jersey, VIP tickets to Baltimore Ravens training camp and a cardboard stand-up of Troy Aikman.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Collier and former Washington Redskins Brian Mitchell, Darryl Pounds and Eddie Mason signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

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About 100 people attended the event, said Todd Webster, an event organizer.

Greg Worthington of Hagerstown said he came out to support the effort.

"I graduated in '68 and we played all of our games at South (Hagerstown) High (School)," Worthington said.

Unlike his father, Chase Worthington, 14, will have a chance to play football in the school's new stadium next year.

As a member of the freshman football team, Chase said the team's home games were played at North High.

"We didn't have any bleachers and stuff," he said. "It wasn't really exciting playing on a dirt field."

Chase's brother, Ken Worthington, missed his chance to play a home game at North. Ken Worthington, 18, is a graduating senior, his father said.

Even the Hubs unofficial mascot "Hubcap" - a man who attends every football game wearing red and white face paint and a hubcap chained around his neck - showed his support.

"Hubcap" said he has attended all of the football team's home games, where he bangs on his hubcap necklace with a metal spoon.

"I consider it my school," said "Hubcap," whose name really is Craig Gilbert, 51, of Halfway.

Bill Griemsmann, the Athletic Boosters' treasurer, said the club has received $800,000 in donations so far, though there was $2.3 million received in pledges.

Griemsmann said that that amount did not include $900,000 that was promised from the state.

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