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Commentary: Milestones in the making this winter sports season

BY RANDY MCROBERTS, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

1:12 PM EST, December 4, 2012

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So, today is Dec. 5 and if you're not used to the public high school sports season in the state of Maryland, you may not know that today is the start of the winter sports season.

Basketballs will be bouncing, swimming pools will be splashing and wrestling mats will be unrolled as teams and athletes will get right into action.

For those teams and athletes who participate in private schools, many have already begun, like the girls basketball team at Harford Christian.

Yes, the Eagles of HCS started over the weekend and in doing so, got the monkey off the back of head coach Brian Akers and his quest for career win 300. There was belief that the magical win might have come last season, but things didn't turn out the way many had hoped.

Despite that, Akers was treated to his 300th win Saturday and in knowing Akers personally, it's not all about him. I played a number of softball games against Akers and few with him as a teammate back in the day and he's a competitor, but a genuine good guy first.

It doesn't surprise me that Akers has reached that win plateau and I congratulate him and all his players throughout this 20-year accomplishment.

Now, there's another accomplishment that will be coming up soon, but I just don't know how soon.

Aberdeen senior Brionna Jones is beginning her final season with the Eagles, having helped turn the program into a state power. Jones enters this season with already having scored 1,627 career points in three seasons. That's not a mistake folks, it's 1,627.

Quick math shows us that she needs just 373 points to reach 2,000 in her career. That's a lot of points.

Having not covered girls basketball real thoroughly until the past five or so years, I'm not quite sure who has scored 2,000 points in girls basketball in Harford County, if ever. For that matter, have there been any in the state?

With just 373 points needed to reach such a milestone, I figure we're talking about 12 to 14 games or so. That said, I figure sometime in January. Jones also has 960 rebounds over three years, so reaching 1,000 will be even more likely.

There may be other coach or player milestones that are reached this winter season, but as of right now, there's none that I have been made aware of.

Across the teams this winter, there are a few coaching changes that I am aware of. Under my watch, one of the bigger is Gary Siler stepping away as the head of Harford Tech wrestling. Now, Siler will still be involved and he's left the program in good hands with Mike Mazza. So, don't look for the Cobras to fade away.

Mike Harris has stepped away at Joppatowne and the girls basketball program, leaving it to capable assistant Erica Kelly. Across the river, the one and only Charles Givens is back on the bench for the Perryville boys basketball team. Welcome back, Charlie.