The streaks in sports, both losing and winning [Commentary]

The last few weeks have brought about some history-making results in sports relating to our teams in Harford County and in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference.

It was just two weeks ago that the news was heard almost around the world of Havre de Grace winning its first field hockey game in many, many years.

Through a little research I did a year ago, when I was actively covering the sport, it seemed that the Warriors had not won a game since 2002. I've heard a little noise that there may have been a win or two in the mid 2000s in a tournament or the like. I can't verify that and in cooperation with UCBAC Commissioner Bob Slagle, neither could he. His records, league and overall, really start in 2005 when field hockey was contested in the UCBAC. Prior to that, it was separate Harford and Cecil leagues.

So, think about it. It was the year 2002. Most of the players on this year's team were barely into the school process. I was on the other side of 40 and had just started to play golf.

Many students walked through the halls and across that stage on graduation night in those 10 years of winless field hockey seasons. So, to make it just a bit better, the Warriors won a second game last Wednesday, to which I heard Head Coach Chelsae Loveland was elated, noting that the first win wasn't a fluke.

No, Coach Loveland, it wasn't a fluke. It was progress in a program that has been struggling for more than a decade of winless seasons. Keep up the good work and congrats to all involved in the field hockey community at Havre de Grace.

Another streak came to an end Friday night in Fountain Green, where the C. Milton Wright Mustangs ended Perryville's 25-game regular season football win streak. That's right, 25 regular season games, dating to the start of the 2011 season.

Those 2011 and 2012 seasons were spent in the UCBAC's Susquehanna Division, or for those unfamiliar, the lower division. The Panthers made the move to the Chesapeake or upper Division this year and until Friday night, had made the jump with success.

The Panthers had beaten both Patterson Mill and Bel Air in previous Chesapeake games. Both were close, but both were wins.

I recall the last regular season game the Panthers lost in Week 10 of the 2010 season. The Panthers were beaten by Edgewood in a game that they probably should have won. The loss kept them out of the playoffs.

Friday's streak-ender for CMW was probably at as good a place as any. Long before any of the current players on either of this year's teams were born, the football program at CMW had its own winning streak of sorts.

The Mustangs dominated Harford County opponents for multiple years in what was then the Harford County League. Forgive me, that I can't recall the exact years and number of wins, but our archive system isn't what it used to be. Four years ago, I could have much more easily put my finger on it.

Anyway, I'm pretty certain the Mustangs won county games for six or seven consecutive years in the latter 1980s to the early 1990s. That's what I recall, but some of you probably know better. If so, please share.

On another note, here's a shout out to the Harford Tech JV football team. The JV Cobras have had their own losing seasons in recent times, but this year, a new coach and new attitude have taken over and the Cobras are posting wins, including a 4-0 mark in division play.

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