2019 in Review

From top to bottom, Frederick girls basketball, Oakdale boys track, Urbana girls track, Middletown football and Catoctin football all won state championships in 2019.

Frederick County teams enjoyed plenty of success in 2019, winning state titles in the winter, spring and fall.

Ten county high school teams captured MPSSAA state crowns. First-time state champs included Oakdale’s golf team, Oakdale’s cross country team and Urbana’s girls indoor track and field team.

Frederick’s girls basketball team won its third straight state title, something no county hoops team — girls or boys — had ever done before.

Other programs that won state titles were Middletown football, Catoctin football, Oakdale boys outdoor track and field, Urbana girls outdoor track and field, Linganore boys indoor track and field and Oakdale boys indoor track and field.

Those are just some of the special moments in 2019. So take a look at events that happened in the sports scene, locally and nationally, during the past year.


8—Clemson defeats Alabama 44-16 to win college football’s national championship.

16—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win the Frederick County Public Schools Indoor Track and Field Championships at Hagerstown Community College. The Bears’ boys defeat Linganore 152-103. The Hawks girls defeat Frederick 166-88.

25—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win Central Maryland Conference indoor track and field championships. The Oakdale boys defeat Linganore 96-76. Urbana’s girls defeat Frederick 141.5-82.

26—Amy Burdette Riggs (softball), Roy Comer (football), Jim Foit (baseball), Joey Hammond (baseball), Alan Lescalleet (soccer) and Troy Wilson (football) are inducted into the YMCA of Frederick County’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.


3—The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win Super Bowl LIII. Linganore graduate Rob Havenstein started at right tackle for the Rams in the game.

7—Linganore’s Jessica Buntman successfully defends her Frederick County Public Schools girls diving championship at Walkersville High School. Oakdale’s Nathan Murphy wins the county boys diving crown.

9—Stephen Decatur edges Linganore 28-27 to win the Class 3A state duals wrestling championship at North Point High School in Waldorf. Oakdale’s boys swimming and diving team wins its sixth straight Frederick County Public Schools championship at Walkersville High School, more than any county boys team. Linganore wins its first county girls team title.

15—Linganore wins the Frederick County Public Schools Wrestling Tournament, defeating Middletown 192.5-165 at Walkersville High School.

17—Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500. Kyle Busch is the runner-up.

18—Oakdale’s boys indoor track and field team edges Century 81-77 to win the Class 2A state championship at Prince George’s Sports Complex and Learning Center in Landover.

19—Linganore defeats Chopticon, 72.5-41, to win the Class 3A state indoor boys track and field championship at Prince George’s Sports Complex and Learning Center in Landover. Urbana’s girls defeat Northwest 68-40 for the Class 4A state indoor track and field crown. Frederick County athletes claim 13 individual state titles overall. Frederick’s girls basketball teams wins its third straight Central Maryland Conference championship, defeating Middletown 59-45 at Hood College’s BB&T Arena. Oakdale defeats Thomas Johnson 66-65 to win the CMC boys basketball championship.

22—Linganore’s Jessica Buntman defeats Clarksburg’s Cassie Graham 413.1-402.5 to win the state diving championship at University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center in College Park.


2—Linganore’s Earl Blake (Class 4A-3A, 132) and Michael Bromley (Class 4A-3A, 182), and Urbana’s Kevin Makosy (Class 4A-3A, 195) win individual state wrestling championships at the Upper Marlboro’s Showplace Arena.

14—Reservoir defeats Thomas Johnson 51-47 in the Class 3A state boys basketball semifinals at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park.

15—Wicomico defeats Oakdale 57-51 in the Class 2A state boys basketball semifinals at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park.

16—Frederick High School’s girls basketball team wins its third straight Class 3A state championship at Towson University’s SECU arena. The Cadets defeat Baltimore Poly 58-44, becoming the first Frederick County public high school to win three straight state basketball championships. River Hill defeats Middletown 44-39 to win the Class 2A state girls basketball crown.

21—Maryland School for the Deaf’s boys basketball team is named national deaf prep champion.


7—Baylor defeats Notre Dame 82-81 to win the NCAA women’s basketball championship at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

8—Virginia wins its first NCAA men’s basketball championship, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime at U.S. Bank Stadium in Indianapolis.

14—Tiger Woods wins his fifth Masters green jacket, shooting a 13-under-par 275 at Augusta National Golf Club. It’s his 15th major career win.

21—Thomas Johnson grad Branden Kline makes his Major League Baseball debut with the Orioles, allowing two hits in relief in the Orioles’ 16-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

29—Emonte Hill leaves the men’s basketball coaching position at Frederick Community College to take over as head boys basketball coach at Frederick High School.


4—Maximum Security wins the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified minutes later when it was determined he was judged to have blocked the paths of several horses by changing lanes without clearance. Country House is declared the winner. Urbana’s boys lacrosse team defeats Middletown 21-6 to win the Central Maryland Conference championship at Hood College. Middletown’s girls lacrosse team wins its first CMC championship, defeating Tuscarora 17-4 at Hood College.

5—Former Frederick resident Louis Levine wins the Frederick Half-Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 9 seconds. Middletown’s Annie Hoffsinger wins the women’s title in 1:24.11.

6—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win respective Frederick County Public Schools outdoor track and field championships. The Bears’ boys defeat Linganore 181-103. The Hawks’ girls defeat Tuscarora 173-129.

7—Middletown’s baseball team wins the Central Maryland Conference championship with a 7-2 win over Linganore at Frederick Community College. It’s the first CMC baseball title for the Knights. Catoctin’s Ashley Mayton pitches a four-hit shutout, giving the Cougars a 3-0 win over Urbana for the CMC softball championship at Hood College.

14—Urbana’s Kevin Li and Oakdale’s Rani Jones win Frederick County Public Schools’ No. 1 boys and girls singles tennis championships. Li defeats Middletown’s Gage Kirkwood, 6-1, 6-3. Jones defeats Middletown’s Alexa Orlando, 6-0, 6-1.

18—War of Will wins the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

21—Chesapeake (Anne Arundel County) defeats Linganore 5-0 in the Class 3A state softball semifinals at Bachman Softball Complex in Glen Burnie. Queen Anne’s defeats Middletown 9-0 in the Class 2A state softball semifinals. Bohemia Manor defeats Brunswick 4-2 in the Class 1A state softball semifinals. James M. Bennett defeats Thomas Johnson 3-2 in the Class 3A state baseball semifinals at Joe Cannon Stadium.

25—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win state outdoor track and field championships at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium in Baltimore. The Bears boys defeat Century 85-68 for the boys Class 2A state crown. The Hawks girls defeat Northwest 68.5-56 for the Class 4A state title. Frederick County athletes claim a combined 12 individual state championships at the meet. La Plata defeats Middletown 4-2 for the Class 2A state baseball championship at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Oakdale’s Rani Jones defeats Marriott’s Ridge’s Kallista Lu 6-1, 6-0 to win the Class 2A state girls singles tennis championship at Wilde Lake Tennis Club in Columbia. It’s the first state tennis championship for the Bears in school history.

26—Simon Pagenaud wins the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

29—Maryland School for the Deaf’s baseball and softball teams are named national prep deaf champions by DeafDigest.


8—Sir Winston wins the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes in New York.

12—The St. Louis Blues win the NHL championship, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

13—The Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship, defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

16—Gary Woodland wins the U.S. Open golf championship at Pebble Beach Golf Club, shooting a 13-under-par 271.


4—Brandon Price becomes the first motorcycle racer from Maryland in 30 years to win the Barbara Fritchie Classic’s main event, surging to victory in the All Star Twins race during the 98th running of the Fritchie at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds.

6—Frederick County sweeps Prince George’s County with wins of 4-3 and 14-9 to capture the state 16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball Championship at Lewistown.

13—Longtime Middletown High School track and field and cross-country coach Don Boyer dies at 76. Simona Halep defeats Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 to win the Wimbledon Ladies’ singles tennis championship.

14—Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) to win the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s tennis championship.

21—Shane Lowery wins the British Open, shooting a 15-under-par 269.

27—Fruitland defeats Frederick National Little League 5-0 to win the state Little League Baseball championship at Robert B. Staley Stadium.


25—Jon Moles wins the Frederick City Amateur Golf championship at Clustered Spires Golf Course. He shoots a 139, edging out Ryan Crabtree by one shot.


12—The Orioles fire Frederick Keys’ manager Ryan Minor, Keys pitching coach Justin Lord and hitting coach Bobby Rose as part of the franchise’s in-house rebuild.

15—Chris Lewis is hired as the new men’s basketball coach at Frederick Community College.

17—Urbana’s golf team wins its 10th Frederick County Public Schools’ championship in the past 11 years, defeating Oakdale 284-307. The Hawks’ Michael Snyder (68) and AnPhi Le (73) win the individual boys and girls championships.

30—Less than a month into its 52nd season, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School pulls the plug on its varsity football season, citing a lack of numbers and safety concerns for players on the roster.


7—The Redskins fire coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start. Bill Callahan is named interim coach.

8—Urbana’s golf team wins the Central Maryland Conference championship at Maryland National Golf Club. The Hawks defeat Oakdale 294-315. Urbana’s Jacob Ferrari (66) and AnPhi Le (73) win respective boys and girls individual championships.

10—The Washington Mystics win their first WNBA championship, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5. The Mystics take the series 3-2.

19—Tuscarora defeats Middletown 2-1 to win the Central Maryland Conference boys soccer championship at Hood College. Middletown’s girls soccer team wins the CMC crown at Hood College, defeating Urbana 2-1 (5-4, penalty kicks). Urbana’s field hockey team wins the CMC championship, defeating Oakdale 1-0 at Hood College. Urbana’s volleyball team defeats Oakdale 3-1 for the CMC championship at Thomas Johnson High School.

18—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win cross-country team titles at the Central Maryland Conference Championships at Boonsboro High School. The Bears’ boys defeat Williamsport 30-87. The Hawks’ girls defeat Middletown 33-58. Oakdale’s Kyle Lund wins the boys race (15:25.21). Middletown’s Erin McQuitty wins the girls race (18:50.7).

24—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls cross-country teams win their second major titles in six days, taking respective crowns at the Frederick County Public Schools Championships at Catoctin High School. The Bears’ boys defeat Linganore 26-92. Urbana’s girls defeat Middletown 30-60. Oakdale’s Kyle Lund wins the boys race (17:28.85). Middletown’s Erin McQuitty wins the girls race (20:36.11).

30—The Washington Nationals win the World Series, defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7. It’s Washington’s first world championship in Major League Baseball since 1924.


4—Oakdale defeats Linganore on the fourth playoff hole to win the Class 2A-1A state golf championship at University of Maryland’s Golf Course in College Park. Urbana ties with Thomas S. Wootton for second in the the 4A-3A division. Oakdale’s Elizabeth Tucci is second, overall, in the girls individual 2A-1A standings (165). Linganore’s Payton Smith is third (170).

9—Oakdale’s boys cross-country team wins its first state championship in school history, defeating Liberty 63-98, in the Class 2A division at Hereford High School. The Bears’ Kyle Lund (15 minutes, 47.76 seconds) and Middletown’s Erin McQuitty (Class 2A Girls, 19:06.75) win individual state championships. Northern of Garrett edges Brunswick 40-45 for the Class 1A state girls title. Urbana (Class 3A) and Oakdale (Class 2A) fall in state field hockey championships at Washington College in Chestertown. Westminster defeats Urbana 2-1. Marriott’s Ridge edges Oakdale 1-0.

16—Century defeats Oakdale 3-1 to win the Class 2A state volleyball championship at University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum in College Park. Calvert edges Middletown 2-1 to win the Class 2A state girls soccer championship at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

17—The Frederick Keys are mentioned as one of 42 Minor League Baseball teams that could be folded after the 2020 season under a recent proposal by Major League Baseball to streamline the business relationship between its teams and minor league affiliates. Debbie Thompson Brown, the only Frederick County native to compete for the United States in the Olympics, and a longtime youth track and field coach in Frederick, dies at 72.


5—Damascus win its 11th football state championship, blanking Linganore 38-0 in the Class 3A state title game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

7—Catoctin and Middletown win state football championships at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Cougars defeat Dunbar 31-8 in the Class 1A state title game. It’s the second state title in the Cougars’ football history. Middletown wins its fourth Class 2A state championship with a 34-15 win over Potomac.

22—The Baltimore Ravens lock up home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs with a 31-15 win over the Cleveland Browns.

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You left out Middletown girls basketball going to the State final before losing. That was a preview of what is to come. They are better this year.

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