Commentary: UCBAC is a conference to be reckoned with

I don't know if you really pay attention to the high school sports in this area, but if not, let's talk about it over these next 11 or so inches.

First, what I'm referring to is the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference or UCBAC as often seen on these pages. Folks, whether you like the way the league is operated or not, there is no denying that the UCBAC is a conference to be reckoned with.

That said, this is a slightly down year for football where the league is concerned. North Harford is the only team from Harford County to reach this weekend's regional playoffs. Of course, I said were talking about the UCBAC, so that brings three others into play.

Perryville, Bo Manor and Elkton qualified from the Cecil side of the river. Perryville and Bo Manor meet this week, so one team will be gone quickly.

While the football may be a little down, real "futball," as they say across the ocean, is alive and well.

After Monday's action, girls teams for C. Milton Wright and Fallston and the boys from North Harford were all crowned region champions. All three will vie in state semifinal action Friday or Saturday. Now, having written this earlier Tuesday, we might have two more teams in action this weekend.

Fallston boys were playing at Queen Anne's, while Havre de Grace was playing at Perryville. I had a pretty good feeling abput Fallston and with either Havre de Grace or Perryville winning, the UCBAC is two teams stronger.

Now, I guess its no surprise that Fallston's field hockey team is back in a state title game. The Cougars, who are making their 22nd state tourney appearance since their first in 1986, are primed for a 14th state crown. The Cougars, who gutted out a 2-1 overtime win Monday night over Manchester Valley, will take on Crisfield Saturday at 11 a.m. The final will be played at Washington College.

Girls volleyball teams have been through two rounds as of Tuesday, with region semifinals on tap for today (Wednesday). Bel Air heads the teams still alive as the Bobcats are still perfect. CMW joins the Bobcats and the two will meet if each gets past semifinal opponents.

Harford Tech is still alive and a meeting with fellow UCBAC team Rising Sun, will send one to the region championship on Friday. The same can be said for Perryville and Bo Manor, who meet today for a spot in Friday's final.

Cross Country may be as hot as any fall sport after last week's regional meets. The meets were peppered with UCBAC individuals and teams. In the 1A North meet, runners from Perryville and Bo Manor won the individual races, and teams from both schools were first and second in both races, too. Havre de Grace girls also made a little noise with a fourth place team finish.

In the 2A East meet, a North East girl won the girls race, and Lenier Tucker of Edgewood won the boys race. The Rams were also second in the boys team competition.

In the 3A North meet, a handful of UCBAC runners were among the top 15 in both the boys and girls races and teams were among the top five.

What seems like months ago now, the UCBAC also had a good showing at the Maryland State Golf Tournament. Matt Hottman and Nick Loiodice, both of Bel Air, tied for 10th. Not bad, trust me.

So, there's plenty of action left in the Fall sports season and most of it is this weekend. Good luck to those still playing.

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