Fallston has quantity

FACEOFF

Which Local High School Had The Best Fall Season?

November 20, 2008|By KATHERINE DUNN

Fallston would get my vote.

Led by the field hockey team's state Class 3A crown, the Cougars have sent three teams to the state finals so far this fall. Boys and girls soccer also reached their title games. And, for the first time in school history, the football team is still alive and headed for tomorrow's regional championship game at No. 6 Wilde Lake.

The girls volleyball team reached the regional final, too, but the Cougars ran into No. 1 Centennial, the eventual state champion, a little earlier than they would have liked.

All together, these five teams have gone 77-9 this fall and all except football are ranked No. 6 or higher in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 polls. The football team certainly could claim a ranking with a win tomorrow.

In addition, the field hockey, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams won titles in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, which combines Harford and Cecil county teams. The girls cross country team also qualified for the state meet.

Winning is a fall tradition in this Harford County school at which the field hockey team has won 11 state championships. The area produces more than its fair share of top-notch athletes, and longtime athletic director Dave Cesky said it all starts with a strong coaching staff.

Sure, if you want to look at football as the marquee sport in the fall, you could give River Hill the nod, but with all due respect to the Hawks' stellar football program, success isn't measured only in state titles and No. 1 rankings.

For the Cougars football team, this is the most successful season ever. It had never qualified for the regional playoffs. It took 32 years to get there, so it has a lot to celebrate. When you're on the team or in the school feeling the electricity of an accomplishment that was so long coming, what could be better?

"The first time in the playoffs is just huge," said Cesky, the only football coach the Cougars have ever had. "It's a goal our kids have had for years and just haven't been able to attain. It's huge for our whole program."

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