Commentary: More milestones as the winter season rolls on

A week ago, I commented on a few significant achievements that had occurred or were likely to occur in the coming weeks. I also said there were probably some others that may be in the works, but had not been brought to my attention as of that date.

It didn't take long for a couple more to rise up in the past week.

The biggest of those came in Pylesville Monday night where long-time coach Lin James reached the 600-win plateau at North Harford High School as head of the girls basketball program.

The win came in fairly easy fashion in the Hawks third game of the season. A lopsided road loss in the season opener was followed by a close home loss Friday night. The celebration was ready, but it was put on hold over the weekend, waiting for Monday night.

The Hawks wasted little time in making sure the 600th win came Monday night over neighboring Harford Christian. The Hawks led by 20 after one quarter and the rout was on, but no one made a big deal about the win until the very final minute of play and the next 20 minutes after the game ended.

James has been coaching at North Harford for 44 years. Folks, that first win at North Harford came in 1968. Where were you in 1968? I know where I was.

I've known James for a few years now, way more than the number of years that I've covered the sport of girls basketball. She's always been pleasant and is extremely helpful with anything associated with girls hoop.

While Monday's game was a blowout, it was merely fitting that Harford Christian was the opponent, given head coach Brian Akers' recent 300th win. Akers reached that in his 20th year, so might he be in line for 600 in 20 more years? I guess time will tell.

As for James reaching the next mark, 700, I believe time will tell on that too. Congratulations, Lin James. I'm glad I had the honor to see it and write a bit about it.

Over the weekend we also saw our first wrestling milestone, when Fallston senior CJ Austin captured his 100th career win while going 7-0 at the Eagle Duals in Aberdeen. There is no guarantee that win 100 is in the future for any wrestler when they begin their freshman season. Injuries and grades can really turn a promising career into a messy high school experience.

I'm glad to say that Austin didn't have any real problems en route to his significant win and here's to many more. Congrats CJ.

Now, if there's anymore of these monumental moments to happen before the end of this year, they will have to happen without me.

This is my last column for 2012, and I look forward to more of them in the new year, but not before I take my earned time off. I'd like to wish each of you the best in all the holidays that you encounter. Enjoy your family, enjoy your time off and be patient and safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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