It's not every day a Harford County high school team wins a state championship, and it had been largely unheard of for a girls basketball team to make it to the state final game until but a few years ago.
Sports editor Randy McRoberts pointed out Wednesday in The Aegis, sister newspaper to this one, that in the modern era of high school sports – which began in 1973 when Title IX went into effect stipulating that girls have the same athletic opportunities as boys – it was three and a half decades before a Harford County girls basketball team won a state championship. That first local title was secured in 2009 by the Fallston girls basketball team; the Cougars repeated the feat in 2010, when Joppatowne's girls also won.
The Aberdeen girls basketball team did something this year to match the Cougars' accomplishment: they won a second consecutive state title.
In the past few years, girls basketball in Harford County Public Schools certainly has come into its own, as five state titles in four years can certainly attest.
It's worth noting that in any given year, there are a number of state title teams that are crowned, as schools compete in different categories based on enrollment.
Among those who pay close attention to high school athletics, the merits of having several champs, as opposed to a single state title winner, can be debated endlessly. One thing that isn't generally debated, however, is that winning a state title is a big deal, and winning two in a row is that much more of a big deal.
Aberdeen High School's girls team does Harford County proud in securing a crown this year by demonstrating a local commitment to athletics programs that are on par with the best the state has to offer.
There's every indication the Eagles will be in the running again next season, though there's also a good chance they won't be alone as contenders from Harford County.
In this spirit, we say: Go Eagles!