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This is a very busy time for Harford sports [Commentary]

Besides the first week of November signifying Halloween is over and its full steam straight ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas, its also represents a very busy time in the high school sports world. That is if we're lucky enough to have teams still alive. And, yes we do.

Right at the top of the list are those who have reached the final stage of the season. That means cross country runners from various schools and the field hockey team from, where else but, Fallston.

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North Harford senior Nick Fransham is the main Harford runner to keep an eye on at Saturday's state meet at Hereford High School. Not dissing any others, but Fransham has been Harford's top runner the entire season, right up to winning last week's region title.

The other thing I say keep an eye on is how well the Edgewood boys team finishes. The Rams are having the best season in many, many years and it's great to see them back among the best.

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Late Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) the Fallston field hockey team will try to win an unprecedented 15th state title. The Cougars will have to beat North Carroll, the team that defeated Patterson Mill in last year's Class 1A state final.

Saturday also features a pair of state semifinal Class 3A soccer games for C. Milton Wright boys (noon) and Bel Air girls (2:30 p.m.). Both teams will be up against teams from River Hill. The River Hill girls are two-time defending 3A state champs, including a win over CMW in the 2012 state final.

Both the CMW boys and Bel Air girls are in search of a first state title.

Before we get to Saturday, there's plenty of action today (Friday) to deal with.

The earliest activity will occur at 5 p.m. when Havre de Grace boys soccer will make its fourth consecutive trip to the Class 1A state semifinals. The Warriors, who will battle Brunswick, have lost all three previous semis, so that begs the most serious question: can the Warriors get it done in 2014?

Also at 5, Bel Air girls volleyball will try to make it a three-peat in region title matches. The Bobcats, who have reached the Class 3A state semis the past two years, will need to knock off visiting Westminster to get back a third time. The two teams will battle in the 3A North title game.

Just outside the Bel Air gym, Fallston girls soccer will battle Hereford in a Class 2A state semifinal at 7:30. The Cougars were state champions in 2009 and a state runner-up in 2012, so they know what the state finals look like.

While all pre-mentioned events are at the highest region or state level, there's still week 10 on the gridiron to deal with.

It's quite simple. Teams from Aberdeen, Bel Air, Fallston and Havre de Grace are likely in the playoffs. With wins it's a sure thing. The Bel Air-Fallston loser may have to sweat it out. Probably, Bel Air more-so than Fallston.

For those who care, Aberdeen will be looking to win the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division title with a win over Patterson Mill. Edgewood, which has no chance at postseason play, can win the Susquehanna Division with a win at Bo Manor. Bo Manor will be playing for more than the title. A win over Edgewood and a loss by Perryville at North Harford probably puts Bo Manor in the playoffs and Perryville out.

Best of luck to all Harford teams and individuals.

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