Commentary: Taking in some special moments in athletics

The last few Thursday nights have presented the area girls basketball fan much to take in. I wrote about the previous two in last week's column, obviously before I took in yet another interesting girls basketball contest right here in Bel Air.

I had scheduled myself there, with a staff photographer as well, before I got that visiting North Harford senior Sarah Heaps was likely going to score her 1,000th career point on that night.

Well, my source, Hawks coach Lin James, was right. Less than a full minute into the second quarter, Heaps hit a short jumper to complete the magical moment, shared by her teammates, coaches, her mother and a nice group of North Harford supporters who made the trip, expecting to and then celebrating the moment.

I can't see all the memorable moments, but I like to when I can. Any time a Major League baseball pitcher is tossing a perfect game or no-hitter, I try to see if he succeeds. I don't care who it is or what team, it's plain special.

If you're a golf fan and you watched the weekend's PGA Tour event from Torrey Pines, you know those moments don't always have to be good ones, but they are still memorable.

In a nutshell, Kyle Stanley, a second year tour professional, had a six stroke lead well into the final round on Brandt Snedeker, a more experienced, but younger player.

Stanley came to the final hole, a par five, needing to shoot no worse than seven to secure his first professional tour victory. Because of a little bad luck, Stanley shot eight, allowing Snedeker to tie him. Stanley lost on the second playoff hole.

Now, it wasn't a happy time for the young player, but it was one of those moments I wanted to see. Not that I wanted to see him lose, but history was unfolding right before my eyes. Shocking and sad to say the least.

Now, back on the girls basketball front. Harford County celebrated another 1,000-point scorer a week ago, when John Carroll senior Miranda Ripken reached the milestone on the road at IND.

Ripken needed 15 points to reach the mark and as fate would have it, Ripken sank two free throws in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 for the game. Pretty awesome that she scored the points on free throws and not an easy uncontested layup.

Congratulations to Ripken and Heaps on their 1,000 point success last week. We now have five 1,000 point scorers on the girls basketball court this season. Almost unimaginable.

Also, I have to acknowledge the performance of the Aberdeen Eagles girls basketball team, who knocked off two Baltimore area powers, Digital Harbor and Dunbar.

The Eagles put away both with a bit of ease, making a strong case as to why they are the Baltimore area's top ranked team. A state runner-up a year ago, Aberdeen looks to be back on the road to UMBC early next month.

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