Coming back to work last week after my year-ending vacation meant jumping right back into the action or routine that is part of this job.

A week ago, I made the short trip from the office over to John Carroll, where the Patriot wrestlers were hosting Loyola in a conference dual meet.

Unlike years past, I was not aware that this was the Patriots annual Wrestlepalooza match, but was fine that is was. The wrestling is always good, but the added attraction of music and a very generous gorilla make the event a bit more special.

A night later I found myself at Aberdeen High School, where the North Harford Hawks were visiting the Eagles in a key division girls basketball contest.


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I had actually seen the Hawks for a bit in a pre-season scrimmage at Havre de Grace, but it was pre-season and it was Havre de Grace. Just saying, it was hard to get a true line.

I had not seen Aberdeen to that point, but knowing who several of the key players are, I knew they were good. How good was and is the question.

In that contest, the Eagles went right to Bri Jones to post the game's first points. Assuming this would continue, I figured it might be a huge night for Jones.

Well, Jones did get hers, 20 points by the end of the night, but it was one of those who make up the supporting cast that led this night. Nia Alleyne tossed in 23 points, including 10 of the Eagles' 21 third quarter points.

Others, like Lakeia Hayden and Jimmia McCluskey, also found double digits with 12 and 15 points, respectively. It was a complete team effort by the Eagles, who managed to score 90 points.

A few nights later, these Eagles put up 107 points in a 107-7 win over Patapsco on Monday night. That's right folks, 107 to 7. Glad I didn't sit through this one.

Thursday, however, there is a game that I will sit through and one that you might want to attend too. Joppatowne, Harford's other top team, will visit Aberdeen for the first of two meetings on the schedule.

You might recall a year ago, both teams finished the regular season with identical records and I do mean identical. The teams split the two-game season series, the only losses for each. It was a flip of a coin on a snow day that determined which team was declared division champion.

Joppatowne won the flip and went on to win its second consecutive UCBAC championship.

The Mariners, led by Shakara Head, make for a good match with the Eagles. Congratulations are in order for Head, who scored her 1,000th career point in Thursday's win over Bel Air.

Like Jones in Aberdeen, Head has a few around her who make the Mariners go: LaKiah Huff, TroiQuay Malloy, Te'jha Patton Hill and Cierra Tourville.

This game may be as good as any on the schedule. If you can, get out and see it. Not making any predictions, but I might have to lean toward the home team. Good luck to both teams.