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Halloween, a time for tricks and treats for all [Commentary]

Happy Halloween!

So I'm told, it's the time for tricks and treats and I believe I can agree.

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Did you watch any of the World Series, specifically game seven Wednesday night? Sadly, my Kansas City Royals didn't win the deciding game, but they didn't fall like chumps, either.

The game, the series and the entire playoff run has been one of the biggest treats I've had in years where professional baseball is concerned. It was last season when KC folks were touting the phrase "Our Time."

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So, the trick was on them as they were off a whole year. It will be interesting to see how many tricks or treats are played out in this coming off-season. Should be just as entertaining right here in Baltimore.

I also had a treat or two this week. Wednesday afternoon I was treated to another field hockey region championship for the Fallston Cougars.

The Cougars won their 23rd region title behind their 2-0 win over Perryville. Less than a month earlier, Perryville had stunned the field hockey world with its 1-0 defeat of the Cougars.

Now, while I'm extremely happy for the Cougars, I need to get on my soapbox and beat on the MPSSAA once again.

The title won by the Cougars is the 1A North title. You may ask, what's the problem?

Fallston is a 2A school. That's the problem, a problem that has been lingering for at least three years. The number of schools in the state that play field hockey has declined. I don't know why, but I figure it's declining enrollment numbers at many of the smaller schools.

So, the state makes adjustments by bringing a select number of 2A schools down into the 1A regions. Some 3As slip to 2A regions and without really looking, not sure if and how many 4As might backfill into the 3A regions.

I wrote this before and I feel strongly about it, so I will write it again. If we jump forward to the spring season, lacrosse provides the obvious model of what the MPSSAA should do to field hockey.

Lacrosse has three state championship brackets; 1A-2A, 2A-3A and 3A-4A. I believe that happened many years ago when lacrosse got going and there were counties in the state that weren't playing the sport. Cecil County is a perfect example as lacrosse wasn't played in the schools there until sometime after 2000.

That three-state title model certainly makes a lot of sense to me. If you want to mix a number of 2A school with all 1As, then call it the 1A-2A tournament.

I'm not going to beg, but it just makes sense. That would be a real treat.

While I wasn't able to be at Bel Air's field hockey game Wednesday evening, I was pleased to receive the news that the Bobcats, too, had claimed a region championship. It had been 20 years since a Bobcats field hockey team had won such title.

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Now, it will be interesting to see if the Bobcats can add another state title to the only one in school history, which came in 1977.

I'm planning for a few more treats as we move along into November. Hopefully, that will start this weekend.

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