As Aegis sports editor Randy McRoberts is out until Wednesday, you're getting back-to-back columns from me, which just I know will brighten up the rest of your week. For me, it's somewhat equivalent to a fireman being on call for 48 hours, then getting the next two days off (If I just offended any firefighters out there, sorry; that's just my rough understanding of how your shift system works). Write two columns in five days, then get an eight-day break. That's fine with me.
In any case, here are some scores, numbers, records and other items from the world of Harford County scholastic athletics that have caught my eye recently:
Havre de Grace field hockey is still stuck in its epic losing streak, but the Warriors are losing games by tiny margins. As I pointed out a few weeks ago, the seemingly endless win drought that Havre de Grace field hockey has endured nearly ended back on Sept. 16, when the Warriors were beaten in sudden-death by Harford Christian, 1-0. Since then, Havre de Grace lost to both Joppatowne and Bo Manor, 1-0 (with both of those being decided in regulation time), then lost to Tome, 1-0, in overtime on Monday. That's enough one-goal games to drive a team nuts, even if they weren't in the position Havre de Grace is. By the time you read this on Wednesday, the Warriors will be gearing up for a road game with Aberdeen, a team that is also winless this season (0-8 through Monday). I'm very curious to see what happens in that one.
Harford County's football teams have been putting up some gaudy point totals. This past Friday's wave of games was the only one so far this season in which there weren't multiple teams with 40 or more points. Aberdeen has gone over the 40-point mark three times (52, 47, 54), as has C. Milton Wright (42, 48, 61). Bel Air has gone over that mark twice so far (53, 62), with the latter total being the highest posted by an UCBAC team thus far, and so has Fallston (50, 40). Patterson Mill scored 40 points in a win over Edgewood, and that rounds out the over-40 club for the first four weeks of the 2013 season. The outlier in this trend is North Harford, which has scored 21 points or less in each of its three games, all of which have been decided by three points or less (9-7 win over Perry Hall, 24-21 loss to Loyola, 21-20 win over Bel Air). I doubt that the offensive output will remain turned up to 11 for the rest of the season, but I really can't remember seeing so many high scores grouped together like that.
Harford Christian boys soccer recorded its ninth straight shutout win on Monday. I spent my entire Friday column singing the Eagles' praises, so I'll keep it brief here. They knocked off Joppatowne, 7-0, on Monday to extend their shutout streak. That's mighty impressive, fellas.
The Orioles are done, and I'm sad about it, but I'm not going to start bad mouthing the team. OK, so this isn't Harford County sports, but cut me some slack. Like most baseball fans around here, I'm bummed the O's aren't going back to the post-season, but I can't be all that mad about a team that was a wild card contender with two weeks left. They set a very high bar with last year's playoff run, and I knew the 2012 season was going to be a tough act to follow. There's always next year.