Commentary: A nice weekend for high school sports

I hope each of you had a nice Easter holiday weekend. The weather was nice enough to get out Saturday and see some of our local student-athletes in action on baseball, softball and lacrosse fields. The weather was also more than accommodating for the Easter egg hunts Saturday and Sunday. If anything, eggs hidden in trees or bushes might have been blown down to the ground with all the gusty winds we had. That would have made finding them a bit easier in some cases I assume. Hopefully they were all plastic eggs.

I spent some time out in that wind Saturday, watching some softball that included local teams from host Havre de Grace, Harford Tech and Fallston. The only non–local team, Conwell-Egan, a club from Pennsylvania, proved to be the best team.

That action and a pair of baseball games were all part of the annual James R. Harris Tournaments that were created in the memory of former Havre de Grace teacher, coach and athletic director Jim Harris.

Stancill Park, home to Havre de Grace Little League, is where these games are played. The 2012 Little League season is on schedule to open this Saturday. Here's a few reminders if you're attending a high school or Little League game at the park in the future.

Stancill Park is a non-smoking complex throughout. No exceptions. No animals, especially dogs, are allowed on the property for the safety of everyone. Also, because it's a baseball/softball complex, no other athletic gear is allowed. Lacrosse sticks/balls, footballs, soccer balls, etc.

There were other tournaments played here in Harford County, like the C. Milton Wright Memorial Boys Lacrosse Tournament and the Bel Air Baseball Tournament. Congrats to the boys lacrosse team at CMW, which won the title at their own event. As for Bel Air, I heard they dropped both games.

There was also plenty of action outside the county involving both boys and girls lacrosse teams. Patterson Mill's boys team had the most success, winning the title at a tourney hosted and played at Howard High School. Congrats to the Huskies, who will begin UCBAC play tonight (Wednesday) with a tough contest. The Huskies will host the Bel Air Bobcats in the Chesapeake Division opener for both. Meanwhile, a few miles up the road at Fallston, the Cougars will host CMW in another division opening match. What a way to get the season started. Both games begin at 6:45 p.m.

Now, away from the local action, I hope any golfers out there tuned in to the Masters Tournament, especially Sunday afternoon and evening. There was much to witness. What a moment it was to see Louis Oosthuizen make double eagle on the 575-yard, par 5 second hole. The shot was historic. What else needs to be said. Oh, Louis did toss the ball into the crowd after picking it up out of the hole.

It was Oosthuizen and eventual winner Bubba Watson who tangled throughout the final round, with a handful of others making it interesting at times. When it was over, though, Watson claimed victory with a circus shot of sorts. The man who says he never took a lesson, Watson gives many of us part-time players, part-time hackers, hope.

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