The second week of November can only mean a few things, at least for a sportswriter like myself.
The regular season for football teams has come to a close and with it, comes the delivery of report cards. The timing bothers me, but that's a tough issue that can be tackled in another column.
In this column, however, we'll talk about the good in football and other sports belonging to our own Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference.
While football is king for so many reasons, I can't not begin with field hockey. This county's presence at the state tournament can't be matched all that easily and this year was no different.
By now, many of you may have heard or read about C. Milton Wright winning its first state title in the sport. A year ago, when I covered the sport, I thought we might be talking about this then, but the Mustangs hit a bump in the road and focus was on for what transpired Saturday in Chestertown.
Covering the sport, I got to know head coach Janice Rhodes a bit and a few of her players, too. Great bunch of people. Sadly, I'll say I hate missing Saturday's state final, but my coverage of girls soccer had me elsewhere.
One thing that makes the Mustangs title really great for me is it's the Class 3A title and CMW is a 3A school.
Patterson Mill wasn't so fortunate in its efforts to also win a first state crown for the school. The Huskies have been knocking on the door, having been in the state's final four, four times since 2008. Watch out for two state titles next year.
On the gridiron, Fallston and Aberdeen are the two from the county who will play this week. Throw in nearby Perryville and we have three to watch.
Congratulations are in order for the Cougars for finishing a 10-0 regular season. Aberdeen shook off its season opening forfeit to qualify and Perryville stopped a four-game skid by beating and eliminating North Harford.
Fallston also has its boys soccer team in position for a state crown. The Cougars were a near miss a half dozen times under former head coach Christopher Hoover, who relinquished his role after last season.
Girls volleyball teams from Bel Air and Perryville are back in the state tourney. The Bobcats return for the second straight year and the Panthers are making their second trip in three years. By the time this paper hits the streets, Bel Air will have elready played its semifinal.
We can't forget about the Perryville boys cross country team either. The Panthers placed four runners in the top 11 of the 1A boys race to capture the schools first cross country state championship.
Now, stepping away from the high school action for a former high schooler who made a huge impact while at Aberdeen. None other than Brionna Jones.
Here are a few numbers; 14:10-That's the time left in the first half when Jones made her collegiate home debut as a member of the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team. The Terps opened the season Sunday at home versus Loyola.
13:23-That's the time for Jones to pull down her first rebound, a defensive one at that.
12:30 and 12:26-Those are the times for Jones' first offensive rebound, followed by her first career basket.
Jones finished the game with four points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of play. And probably the most important number of all is 311. That's how many days it had been since Jones suffered the torn ACL injury in her right knee.
Congratulations to Jones and her family on a successful and timely recovery.