- "Why you're seeking reform now that you're retired, and never before supported blood passports, is beyond us all, perhaps even convenient," Milorad Cavic said.
- Michael Phelps’ testimony represented the strongest step he has taken toward becoming a leading voice in the anti-doping movement.
- Michael Phelps' whole career has been a statement nonpareil, but on Friday morning, he was literally working on a statement.
- As a 31-year-old retiree and the world's greatest swimmer, Michael Phelps gets to go to a lot of cool places and meet a lot of famous people.
- Quick actions by a fellow swimmer, a coach and a parent are credited with saving the life of a 16-year-old Edgewood High School student following a near drowning in a school swimming pool last Friday.
- Harford school board approves $86 million capital budget request for fiscal 2018 that includes more than $352,000 for repairing North Harford Middle School pool. The county and the state have the final say on funding, though.
- Rodgers Forge Elementary's Appreciating Differences Day had parents & professionals speak with students about how people with disabilities live and thrive.
- It was thought that the C. Milton Wright girls run of eight straight Harford County swimming titles might come to an end Wednesday night at Magnolia Middle School. The Mustangs, however, had other ideas and with a win in the 400 free relay, the night's last event, the team won their ninth consecutive championship with 314 points.
- Bernard C. McGinn, 79, a retired children's advocate in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services who was later a Calvert Hall High School faculty member, died of cancer Jan. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
Andre Rafus stepped up again for No. 6 Lake Clifton.
With the host Lakers (16-4) trailing by one with 15 seconds left, the senior forward made a 3-poin
- Loyola Blakefield won six of 11 events to outlast second-place McDonogh and win the title. It was Loyola's 20th win in the past 21 years, with the only blemish coming in 2012, when McDonogh won.
- Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff headlines a four-member class that will be inducted into Maryland Swimming's Hall of Fame this spring.
- Frank Marsden, director of Eden Mill Nature Center, has been tracking, with his camera, river otters along Deer Creek. Recently, his persistence paid off.
- The Harford County Board of Education is to be commended for overruling Barbara Canavan, superintendent of schools, and approving funds for programs she proposed cutting. Now, it's time for the board and Canavan to come up with a more realistic budget for the school system as it exists in 2017 – not 1997.
- Months of pleas by members of the public to the Harford County Board of Education to rescind a drama participation fee and restore funding for the high school swimming program and pool maintenance, as well as overnight visits to the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, paid off Monday when the board members unanimously approved an operating budget request that meets all three of those goals.
- The Harford County Board of Education faced a packed house and more pleas for swimming, drama and Harford Glen during its fourth and final public input session on the fiscal 2018 budget. Possible savings also were discussed, such as putting high and middle school students on the same buses.
- With one last public input session on the Harford County Public Schools superintendent's proposed budget for the next school year scheduled for Thursday night, many of the same subjects debated at three earlier sessions are again expected to be front and center.
Cindy Reese Kelley starred in two sports during her high school sports career at Westminster High School.
That was two decades ago, and the Owls gradu
- Harford County school board members were suggesting any method they could think of Monday to raise money to keep the public school system's three pools open and preserve the interscholastic swimming program.
- As the founder of Black Kids Swim, I talk to parents of black children every day. One swim dad's sons attend Pyle Middle School in Bethesda; the school was recently vandalized with a spray-painted swastika. Another swim dad's son attends Bushy Park Elementary School in Glenwood, the boy recently was told by a classmate to "go back to Africa." These young black swimmers not only face hate in school, but also during daily practices for a sport that is historically all white.
- Advocates for Harford County Public Schools swimming programs were out in force Wednesday evening to decry potential budget cuts that they believe will kill both instructional programs and high school interscholastic competition.
- From state championships to Olympic gold medals, male athletes had many memorable sports moments in 2016 that they can savor for a lifetime.
- The Hill Family Center Y will hold a Youth Night on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the center, located at 1719 Sykesville Road in Westminster. Kids who attend may enjoy sports, swimming, computer games, crafts and social time with other children. The program is held on the first Saturday of each month.
- This year could be the last for the Harford County Public Schools interscholastic swimming program, advocates for the program fear, if proposed cuts to spending on personnel and pool maintenance are kept in the school system's proposed fiscal 2018 operating budget.
- It was a year of championships, near misses, changes in the Ripken Baseball presence in Harford County and an Olympic medalist, as we look back on 2016 and the year in Harford County sports.
It was a year for brilliant individual performances from
Whether we're talkingBaltimore is forecast to experience some weather whiplash in the coming days, with a glaze of ice Saturday morning, a brief warm-up Sunday and then the start of a holiday week that could see temperatures in the 50s for Christmas.Michael Phelps was in Edgewood on Friday for a visit to that branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, where he paired with one of his sponsors, KRAVE Jerky, to donate $20,000 to help expand the Michael Phelps Foundation's "im" water safety and recreation program.Sharon Lee Healy Challmes, a retired Sinai Hospital nurse, died Nov. 24 of complications of a fall she suffered at her daughter's home. She was taken to Carroll Hospital Center where her death was pronounced. She was 69.Aside from monstrous caloric intake and hours of training, there's another method behind Michael Phelps' championing performance — sleep.Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night.In the latest sign that he’s done racing, Michael Phelps said before Monday night’s Golden Goggle awards that he had removed himself from drug testing.Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda broke two NCAA records, as well as her own American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, at a meet at Ohio State.