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This has been an uplifting week for me [Commentary]

Can I just say that I have had quite the uplifting week?

Monday night I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2015 Victory Celebration, a night with Christian athletes and a fantastic dinner at Martin's West.

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The special guest speaker was NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, the former Buffalo Bills signal caller.

The night was a celebration of all the FCA athletes and coaches from across the state, including a number of them right here in Harford County.

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Many of our high schools have what is called a huddle, a meeting of athletes who talk, pray, eat, etc. together on an scheduled basis.

There are a few Character Coach/Campus team huddles in our county as well.

I will put a challenge out to the schools that I do not see on the list. They are: Joppatowne, C. Milton Wright, Bel Air and Harford Christian. Someone, please step up and get this started in your school. It will make a difference for someone.

Two nights later I'm sitting at Towson University's SECU Arena, watching the Patterson Mill Huskies attempt to get back into the Class 2A state championship.

When the game was over, Huskies coach Holly Ismail made an very accurate statement. "Tonight's game was a really interesting game. I don't really know how to sum it up," she said. Boy, or should I say girl, was she right.

As the reporter, I was a bit in shock at the way the game unfolded. To think that Patterson Mill could score 21 unanswered points in the first quarter is one thing, but for Western to score none? In a state semifinal?

It's not that the Wolverines weren't giving it a good try, but between turnovers and just a few unlucky shots, the scoreboard read zero.

Now, if it couldn't get any worse, Western appeared to have a made a three-point basket as the first quarter clock was winding down to zip. Uh, no. Just before the ball hit nothing but net, the whistle blew and the Wolverines were called for a three-second violation.

Those three points would not have made a difference, as it turns out, or maybe they would.

The Huskies' once very comfortable 21-point cushion, slowly slipped away. The Huskies got a little sloppy with the ball and the rim wasn't so kind for a stretch. A stretch longer than Huskies fans, players and coaches could bear to watch.

Western trimmed that incredible lead to just five, twice in the final quarter, but the Huskies, the defending Class 2A state champion Huskies, got it done.

The game was a like a serene fairy tale with the Walking Dead stepping right into the middle of it, before the story ended more like it started.

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Congratulations to the Huskies and best of luck bringing home another 2A state title.

To cap off my late Wednesday night, I arrive home in the 12:30 a.m. or so hour. I open my car door to the sweet and very welcome sounds of the spring peepers. Oh, spring has sprung and I love it.

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