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A spring season to remember in Havre de Grace [commentary]

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Every now and then a school has a sports season that sticks out a bit more than some others.

That's the case this spring season in Havre de Grace, where baseball and softball teams have won UCBAC division titles, while the boys lacrosse team has had its most memorable season, possibly ever.

The boys lacrosse team didn't win a division title, playing in the Chesapeake, or upper division, but they did play at a level that proved they belong. The Warriors made a little history when they beat Patterson Mill for the first time ever. The Warriors also posted wins over C. Milton Wright and North Harford this season. I believe you could bet a whole lot of moolah that those three wins have never occurred before in a single season.

Head coach Brooks Brown has been a positive force for the Warriors program since taking over six years ago and his methods are paying off.

I think the Warriors baseball team is the biggest surprise of the three. The Warriors rolled through the Susquehanna, or lower division, with just a single loss. That included wins over the likes of Fallston and Elkton, two programs that have dominated Havre de Grace in the past.

Interestingly, I have a little history with manager Chad Blevins, a former Havre de Grace player. The year was 1993 when I and my friend Toby Hoskins jumped into the world of coaching as part of Havre de Grace Little League. Sitting across the draft table was Chad's father, Dave Blevins. We never had a chance of drafting Chad as it's customary that a son will play on the team managed or coached by his father or mother.

So, Chad was that aggressive, headsy, scrappy ball player who we had to deal with once every couple weeks. I then had the chance to watch and cover Blevins as a member of the Havre de Grace Warriors baseball team in the 1990s. One of those teams reached McCurdy Field as part of the Class 1A state semifinals. The Warriors lost and it was that fiery Blevins who did not take the loss well.

It's that same fire that Blevins had then that's he's instilled in today's Warriors. Havre de Grace baseball is back on the map and many thanks need to go to Blevins.

Now, the Warriors softball program is a horse of a different color. The Warriors made their own history by winning the Susquehanna crown last year and then winning the Chesapeake crown this year. No softball team had done that in UCBAC history.

This group of young ladies, for the most part, have been playing together for more than 10 years. All but two got their start at Stancill Park, first as a T-Ball player and then as a softball player with Havre de Grace Little League.

A smaller part of the 11 completed or are completing the full Little League process. As a long-time manager in the program, I am very appreciative of those who stuck it out. For those who didn't, you have done alright.

I said last year, sometime when the high school season was over, that if the Warriors were ever going to beat cross-river rival Perryville, this was the year. Well, the Warriors have beaten them twice as well as CMW twice.

But those wins don't make a season when your eye is on the bigger prize. Havre de Grace, however, might see Perryville yet again.

Both Havre de Grace ball teams are in action tonight (Wednesday) in UCBAC Championship play. Best of luck to both.

Also, best of luck to all boys and girls lacrosse teams. Many begin playoffs today.

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