Weather and sports an interesting match [column]

As I said last week, the weather we have experienced this new year has been anything but boring.

If you recall, in the middle of last week we were strapped over a couple of days with some of the coldest temperatures reported in our area in years. That said, by Thursday the thermometer had reached into the mid 30s.

So, with that, I was able to sneak in an abbreviated walk in downtown Havre de Grace. That's when I came across this odd question: Is it funny or is it sad when 34 degrees feels warm?

My guess is it could be a little of both.

Anyway, of the people I came across during my stroll, none seemed too disappointed that it was only 34. I'll admit, my ears got a bit cold, but the walk was well worth it.

Speaking of walking, that's a bit of an issue for Aberdeen junior point guard Kierra Palmer, who is sidelined with a stress fracture to her left shin.

Having been away at the end of last year, I was unaware of Palmer's issue until I walked into the Aberdeen High School gym Thursday night. There Palmer sat, along side Eagles head coach Amber Milnes.

The injury happened sometime during that holiday break and as of Thursday night, there was no guaranteed date of return for the talented ball handler.

That presents a problem for the two-time defending Class 3A state champion Eagles. Aberdeen turned the ball over 25 times in Thursday's game and if North Harford had not tuned it over 23 times, the Hawks upset bid might have been fulfilled.

Trust me, the Eagles, who know about injuries all too well, still have talent. Sophomore Stephanie Jones is the best player in Harford County, but she can't do it alone. Nazje Norton is a solid contributor game-in and game-out, but she's not a point guard. On Thursday night, the Eagles got decent play from Taylor Cole, who finished with 11 points.

No one wants to see Palmer back on the court more than Palmer herself. Let's hope it's sooner than later.

That same night in Anne Arundel County, Bel Air senior John Cross was reaching a milestone in wrestling. Cross won his 100th career match as a Bobcat, making him the eighth Bel Air grappler to reach the goal.

More special is that he is the third in his family to achieve the honor. Matt Cross (144) and Steve Cross (135) are one and two in career wins, so it will be interesting to see where John ends up.

Not sure exactly how many more matches Cross will wrestle this season, so who knows.

There is just a little more than a month left in the regular part of the winter sports season. Call it five weeks. Let's hope we don't incur too many weather issues to throw a real wrench in what's left of the season.

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