Aberdeen and Edgewood suffered tough losses off the court last week.
Academic problems cost the Eagles top scorer Devon Branch for the rest of the season. Aberdeen had locked up first place in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's Chesapeake Division - and a spot in the title game - before losing Branch last week.
Branch was averaging more than 17 points for the potent Aberdeen offense. However, the Eagles are a deep team with plenty of talent. Coach Richard Hart can easily put five guards on the floor at once.
The loss of Branch will hurt the most in the postseason. The Eagles made it to the Class 2A state final last year but moved up to Class 3A this season, and not having Branch costs the team some much-needed depth.
Aberdeen has won 29 consecutive UCBAC games over the past two years.
Edgewood lost starting guard Charlie Brown for academic reasons as well. The senior was the team's third-highest scorer, averaging 12.5 points. His scoring might have helped Friday, when Aberdeen rallied for a 52-50 victory over the Rams.
"We'll miss him," Edgewood coach Terry Maczko said. "But we'll move on without him."
Brown is an athletic player who created offensive chances all over the court.
The Rams likely will meet Aberdeen in the UCBAC championship game. After the loss to Aberdeen - which doesn't count in the conference standings because they're in separate divisions - Edgewood needed just one more victory to clinch a championship game berth.
Searching for a site
UCBAC commissioner Bob Slagle said a location hasn't been picked yet for the boys and girls league championship games, tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday.
Slagle said both games will be played at the same location. UCBAC officials need to wait until the girls get their title game participants decided - although the boys' title contest looks set.
Slagle said they want a neutral site for the doubleheader so that no team has a home-court advantage. C. Milton Wright, Bel Air and Fallston were among the sites being considered late last week. A decision will be made once the finalists are in place.
For the girls, Bel Air and Fallston are battling for first place in the Chesapeake Division, and Edgewood and Elkton are fighting for the Susquehanna Division's top position. All of that should be settled, weather permitting, by the end of the week.
Fallston won the UCBAC championship game last year.
The regional playoffs are scheduled to begin two days after the UCBAC championship game.
The wins continue
The Fallston boys continued their run as Harford County's top swimming team last week. The Cougars swept the boys and girls competitions for the second straight year. For the boys, however, the win continued a long stretch of success in this meet.
Fallston's boys have won the county meet in four of the past five years. In addition, the boys have won the team championship in seven of the 12 years that the titles were offered to boys and girls.
Schools could win a combined title from 1979 to 1994. However, the meet was split into competitions for boys and girls plus a combined championship starting in 1994-95.
Nick Sakell (200-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle) won twice for the Cougars, and Nick Tomcheko won the 100 backstroke. The Cougars also won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
There also was no follow-up to the unusual situation last Thursday in which two boys were disqualified after meet officials found them shaving before the meet - violating national high school rules. Swimmers aren't allowed to shave at the site of an event.
Those boys will be allowed to compete for Fallston at the regional meet Monday in College Park, said Forest Wiest, the Harford County supervisor of physical education and athletics.
No. 12 Harford Tech clinched the UCBAC Chesapeake Division wrestling championship and is a favorite heading into this weekend's conference tournament at Aberdeen.
The Cobras will be trying to bounce back from a tough loss in last week's Class 2A-1A East regional final, where Stephen Decatur ruined the long day with a 33-28 victory over the Cobras.
Harford Tech (13-3) had to leave at 11 a.m. for the approximately three-hour drive to Stephen Decatur, near Ocean City. The Cobras first beat North Caroline, 39-27, before losing to Stephen Decatur right afterward.
Mike Long (130) and Matt Kahl (145), both runners-up in last year's state tournament, each scored wins in the regional final, but Harford Tech couldn't hold on to an early lead.
Aberdeen, Bohemia Manor and C. Milton Wright all finished tied for first in the Susquehanna Division. The teams each were 5-1 in the division, and Slagle said conference officials would decide this week how to break the deadlock, since the top team moves to the Chesapeake Division next year.
Still looking for a 'W'
The Havre de Grace girls basketball team continues to search for its first victory of the season. North East-Cecil routed the Warriors, 66-19, last Thursday, dropping Havre de Grace to 0-16.
In addition, the Warriors are 0-10 in the conference, having lost most games by large margins.