Winter sports season is nearly done, believe it or not [Commentary]

While we can't agree on which sports teams to root for and many other things, can we all (or at least most of us) agree that this snow is and has been a nuisance?

Really, even you students, aren't you tired of missing classes and games? I know, if you're a senior you could care less. As it looks, that won't matter either, because the missed days are likely to be waived.

Anyway, it was nice to see school buses, though late, back on the streets Tuesday morning.

That said, the winter sports season is quietly winding down. That might surprise some of you, but because of all the missed days and other postponements, it seems the season is nowhere near over.

This is how over it is.

Swimmers competed in regional competition Monday with good results, highlighted by C. Milton Wright sweeping all team titles available.

The swimming state meet is Saturday and that will conclude the swim season.

Indoor track athletes are also finished this week as state meets are held.

Wrestling is moving on to its UCBAC championship tournament, set for this Friday and Saturday at Aberdeen High School. For the past two seasons, Fallston has been king of the mountain after the final match was wrestled, but who will take top honors in 2014?

If I had to guess, I'd say Bel Air looks like the team to beat, with Patterson Mill likely posting a challenge. Harford Tech might show well too, but I don't believe the Cobras are a threat to the team title.

Tournament wrestling is different than the typical dual meet action. All three previous mentioned teams competed in regional dual meet tournaments and all three fell shy of the intended goal.

In Bel Air's case though, losing on criteria is tough, especially when the winning team forfeits the last match to create a tie, knowing that somewhere down the criteria list, some rule makes his team a winner.

Now, there are two ways to look at this. First, you can say what a smart coach River Hill's Brandon Lauer is for knowing this, but second you could say that it's a cheap way of getting through. Bel Air could have only won the meet if Cyler Crawford had pinned in that forfeited match. We will never know.

This weekend's tournament begins a three-weekend run for wrestlers. Those who qualify will compete in regional tournaments the following weekend and those who place fourth or better will make the trip to College Park on March 7-8 for state tournament action.

John Carroll wrestlers, who participate in the private school tourneys, are already done with state action. Hunter Ritter was the lone Patriot to pull down a state title, his second.

Basketball teams, both boys and girls, are looking to get in as many games as possible between Tuesday and next Tuesday. UCBAC title games are scheduled for Feb. 26 at C. Milton Wright. Girls at 5 p.m. and boys at 7.

Hoop teams will know their playoff seed on Sunday. First-round games are supposed to be played Feb. 28 and/or March 1.

OK, so let the melting begin.

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