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A championship spring caps off a banner year for Harford high school sports [Editorial]

Harford's two spring high school sports state champions.
Harford's two spring high school sports state champions. (Chelsea Carr for The Aegis / Baltimore Sun)

What a spring season it was for Harford County's school athletic teams. In fact, what a year it was.

Bel Air High School won the Class 4A Maryland state baseball championship in most dominating fashion through the region and state playoffs.

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Baseball teams from Aberdeen and Patterson Mill were regional champions in Class 3A and Class 1A, respectively, with Patterson Mill making it all the way to the championship game before being eliminated.

Fallston High's boys lacrosse team won the Class 1A-2A state championship, and the girls team was the state runner-up.

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Bel Air's boys lacrosse team won a Class 3A-4A regional title before being eliminated in the state semi-finals.

C. Milton Wright's girls lacrosse team captured a regional championship before being eliminated in the state semi-finals in Class 3A-4A.

C. Milton Wright High's softball team won a Class 4A regional championship before being eliminated in the state semi-finals.

And, those are just the local teams that made it beyond the regional playoffs. Many others were on the cusp of advancing, as well.

The spring season capped off what should be considered among the greatest ever for Harford high school sports.

In the fall, Bel Air High teams took home state championships in girls soccer and field hockey, and Fallston's girls soccer also won a state championship.

Havre de Grace's football team was runner-up for the Class 1A championship.

The winter season produced C. Milton Wright's first state championship in boys basketball in Class 3A.

And in wrestling, Aberdeen's Ethan Smith and Bel Air's Brent Lorin capped undefeated seasons by winning state championships at 170 and 106 pounds, respectively.

In swimming, C. Milton Wright's Megan Cowan captured state titles in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

It was also a great year for the private John Carroll School in Bel Air, where the field hockey team won its second straight IAAM B Conference championship, the football team capped a 12-0 season by winning the MIAA B Conference championship and the basketball team won the Baltimore Catholic League championship.

In recent years, it's become pretty clear that Harford County's high school athletes can hold their own with any around the State of Maryland.

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Congratulations to all our state and regional champions this past school year. Thanks for many great memories in a season we won't soon forget.

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