There were plenty of big stories involving Frederick County teams and athletes in 2015.
Five county high school teams won MPSSAA state titles, and several county athletes won individual state crowns.
Former Linganore football player Rob Havenstein, an offensive lineman, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Those are just some of the highlights. So take a look at the events that happened in the sports scene, both locally and nationally, during the past year.
3—The Baltimore Ravens defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-17, in the AFC Wild Card Game; Urbana’s Ray Gray and Linganore’s Grant Waxter are named Frederick News-Post offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.
8—Longtime football coach Ben Wright, who spent much of his 47-year coaching career at Thomas Johnson High School, dies at 66, following a 17-year battle with prostate cancer.
10—The New England Patriots defeat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs.
11—Quarterback Andrew Luck leads the Indianapolis Colts to a 24-13 upset win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs.
12—Ohio State defeats Oregon to win the national college football championship.
18—Reports surface that the NFL is looking into the New England Patriots’ use of “deflated footballs” in the AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
19—Right-hander Max Scherzer signs a $210 million, seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals, making him the richest right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
20—Joe Barry is hired as defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. He succeeds Jim Haslett, who left the Redskins’ organization after a 4-12 season. The NFL finds that all 11 footballs used by the Patriots were underinflated.
23—Urbana sweeps the boys and girls titles in the Frederick County Public Schools indoor track and field championships.
29—Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pleads guilty to reckless driving in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is sentenced to five days in Jail.
31—Catoctin wrestler Charlie Perella sets a team record for career wins (144) during the Catoctin Duals Tournament. The Cougars also set a team mark for most wins in a single season (22).
1—The New England Patriots defeat the reigning champion Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, to win Super Bowl XLIX.
2—The Baltimore Ravens terminate defensive tackle Terrence Cody’s contract amid charges by a Baltimore County grand jury for animal cruelty.
4—Linganore’s E.J. Donahue and Middletown’s Will McClain, both linemen, sign with Maryland.
5—Frederick’s Collin D’Aquino and Oakdale’s Melissa Novak win the Frederick County Public School’s Diving Championships.
7—Oakdale sweeps the boys and girls titles at the Frederick County Public Schools Swimming and Diving Championships. Troy Barrick (professional baseball), Stan Biggus (semi-pro football), the late Dick Burgee and Bill Stup (college football), Kim Wivell Gerrie (college softball), former Frederick News-Post Sports Editor Stan Goldberg, Cheryl Poirier (youth track and field) and Guy Whidden (boxing, wrestling) are inducted into the Frederick County YMCA’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.
8—Hall of Fame college basketball coach Dean Smith, the man who coached North Carolina to two national championships, as well as coaching the 1976 U. S. Olympic gold medal team, dies at 83.
12—Middletown defeats Oakdale, 12-0, to win the Maryland Student Hockey League’s Monocacy Cup, ending the Bears’ domination of the division.
14—Oakland Mills defeats Middletown to win the state Class 2A-1A duals wrestling championship.
16—Oakdale’s Jackie McNulty sets a girls state indoor pole vault record (13 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
18—Jay Gruden announces Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Redskins in the 2015 season.
19—FC Frederick announces plans to put an expansion team in the National Premier Soccer League in the summer.
20—In a tournament which lasted well into the early-morning hours, Middletown won the Frederick County Public Schools Wrestling championship.
22—Joey Logano wins the Daytona 500.
23—Urbana’s Emily Mulhern wins the girls 1,600 and 3,200 runs at the state Class 3A indoor meet. Oakdale’s boys basketball team clinches the final MVAL Piedmont championship, defeating Frederick.
25—Stevenson University ousts Hood’s men’s basketball team from the MAC Commonwealth Tournament, 68-53.
27—Middletown’s John Pressly and Urbana’s Kevin Lin each win individual championships at the state swimming meet. Pressly wins the boys 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly; Lin wins the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.
28—Northern Virginia Community College upsets top-seeded Frederick Community College in the NJCAA Region XX Division II men’s basketball tournament, 98-88.
4—St. Francis of Pennsylvania ousts Mount St. Mary’s from the Northeast Conference men’s basketball tournament, 73-58, in the quarterfinals.
9—Brunswick’s Nick Savin; Catoctin’s Charlie Perella, Middletown’s Danny Bertoni and Tucker Ziegler and Urbana’s Morgan Way win state wrestling championships. Former Walkersville softball standout Amy Burdette Riggs dies from injuries she suffered in an automobile accident in Montgomery County. She was 34.
12—Westlake defeats Linganore, 58-43, in the state Class 3A boys basketball semifinals.
13—Oakland Mills defeats Oakdale, 66-61, in the state Class 2A boys basketball semifinals.
14—Milford Mill Academy defeats Urbana, 74-70, to win the state Class 3A girls basketball championship. Patterson Mill wins the state Class 2A girls basketball crown over Oakdale, 58-44.
16—Tim Abercrombie is named boys basketball coach at St. John’s Catholic Prep.
17—The Redskins re-sign reserve quarterback Colt McCoy, joining Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the quarterback depth chart.
18—John Cooper resigns as Urbana’s boys basketball coach. He coached the Hawks for five seasons.
19—Hood’s first-year baseball program holds its first home game, losing an 11-2 decision to Gettysburg at Frederick Community College.
22—West Virginia eliminates Maryland from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, 69-59.
3—Shawn Baker is named boys soccer coach at Brunswick, succeeding Alan Lescalleet, who is retiring.
5—UConn defeats Maryland in the NCAA women’s basketball semifinals, 81-58.
6—Duke wins the NCAA men’s basketball championship, defeating Wisconsin, 68-63.
7—UConn wins its third straight NCAA women’s basketball championship, defeating Notre Dame, 63-53.
10—The new Central Maryland Conference is born, consisting of every public high school in the county. The new league formed after the Monocacy Valley Athletic League announced it was disbanding, due to the departure of Carroll County teams.
12—Jordan Spieth shoots an 18-under-par 270 to win The Masters.
13—Urbana’s Stephanie Miller pitches a perfect game for the Hawks’ softball team in a 5-0 win over Thomas Johnson.
15—Chad Dickman is named men’s basketball coach at Hood, succeeding his father, Tom Dickman, who started the men’s basketball program at Hood in 2003.
18—Frederick Community College’s Devin Bell sets a single season record for home runs (17), hitting a pair of them in the Cougars’ doubleheader sweep of Harford Community College.
24—Catoctin’s softball team hits nine home runs in a 20-0 win over Brunswick.
27—The Baltimore Orioles postpone their home game with the Boston Red Sox due to safety concerns caused by the riots caused by the Freddie Gray incident.
1—Former Linganore lineman Rob Havenstein is drafted by the St. Louis Rams. He is the 57th pick in the second round. Mike O’Brien resigns as football coach at Tuscarora.
2—American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby.
3—Will Christian and Julia Roman Duval win respective men’s and women’s titles at the Frederick Half Marathon. Christian is a former champion; Roman-Duval wins her second straight crown.
6—Urbana’s boys and girls track and field teams sweep the Frederick County Public Schools championships.
7—Baltimore Ravens’ safety Ed Reed retires.
9—Urbana’s Samuel Safdari repeats his boys singles title; Frederick’s Bridgett Blowe wins her third straight singles crown in the Frederick County Public Schools Tennis Tournament.
11—The NFL suspends Tom Brady without pay for four games for violating the league’s policy on the integrity of the game. His suspension is later nullified in court.
16—Chris Mattison’s walkoff three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gives Frederick Community College a 6-3 win over Lackawanna Community College in the NJCAA Division II baseball district championship series, earning the Cougars a berth in the Division II World Series. American Pharoah wins the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Middletown’s boys and girls lacrosse teams fall in the state 3A-2A semifinals. River Hill downs the Knights boys, 16-12; Century wins over Middletown’s girls, 19-2.
18—New Life Christian School’s girls soccer team wins the MIAC championship, defeating Redeemer Classical Christian School.
19—Northern of Calvert defeats Linganore in the state Class 3A softball semifinals.
21—Mike Jarboe is named boys basketball coach at Urbana.
22—Linganore’s Adam Beisser wins the state Class 3A boys long jump title (22 feet, 1 1/2 inches). Urbana’s Maria Carberrry repeats her state Class 3A girls 3,200 championship (11 minutes, 5.59 seconds). Former Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89.
23—Brunswick wins its fifth state Class 1A baseball championship in school history, blanking McDonough, 4-0. Middletown wins its first state softball championship in school history, defeating Easton, 4-1, for the Class 2A crown. Oakdale’s girls track and field team wins its third straight state Class 2A championship.
24—Juan Pablo Montoya wins the Indianapolis 500.
25—Denver defeats Maryland, 10-5, to win the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship.
27—Ashley Bush is named girls basketball coach at Frederick. She succeeds Keivette Hammond, who was promoted to athletic director.
28—Catawba Valley Community College eliminates Frederick Community College from the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series, 11-2.
30—FC Frederick makes its National Premier Soccer League debut with a 2-2 tie against Legacy 76, of Williamsburg, Virginia.
6—American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
8—Patt Foster resigns as football coach at Brunswick. He coached the Railroaders for seven years.
11—Frederick Community College’s Chris Mattison is named NJCAA’s Division II baseball player of the year.
15—The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, to win the NHL’s Stanley Cup Championship, winning the series, 4-2.
16—The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97, to win the NBA championship.
17—Former Frederick coach Vince Ahearn is named football coach at Tuscarora.
18—Ryan Bonheyo is named football coach at Maryland School for the Deaf.
19—North End Civic Association slugger Jacob Orr sets a Frederick National Little League record for home runs in a single season (21) with a leadoff shot in the bottom of the first inning during a 14-2 win over Mountain Valley Athletics in the Frederick City Little League Tournament.
20—Linganore’s Grant Waxter (football) and Middletown’s Sami Main (softball) are named Frederick’s Best’s athletes of the year. Matt Scherzer pitches a no-hitter, missing a perfect game by a hit batter, and the Washington Nationals blank the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-0.
21—Jordan Spieth sinks his birdie putt on the 72nd and final hole, completing a 5-under-par 275 to win the U. S. Open golf championship.
23—Frederick National’s North End Civic Association defeated East Frederick’s Starbolt Engine Supply, 23-0, to win the Frederick City Little League championship.
10—Serena Williams defeats Garbiñe Muguruza to win the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon.
11—Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon.
14—On his 16th birthday, Dominick Naylor hits a grand slam at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, leading Frederick County American to the state Babe Ruth 13-15 championship over Prince George’s County, 9-5. The American League defeats the National League, 6-3, to win the All-Star Game. Worthington Manor hosts the United States Deaf Golf Association Championship.
20—Zach Johnson wins the British Open.
22—Chris Banks is named football coach at Brunswick High School. Former St. John’s Catholic Prep and WNBA standout Nikki Teasley is named the new head girls basketball coach at Tuscarora High School.
23—Logan Simanski hits three home runs, leading Thurmont’s 9-10 Little League all-star team to a 17-5 win over Conocheague in the state championship game. He also drove in nine runs.
26—Chris Froome wins the Tour de France.
1—Funkstown’s Dixon-Troxell Post 211 ousts Frederick’s Francis Scott Key Post 11, 11-5, in the state American Legion Baseball Tournament.
3—Tom Mills is named boys basketball coach at Catoctin.
8—Linganore football player Tyler Fleagle verbally commits to Army.
13—David Grimaldi is named the new head girls soccer coach at St. John’s Catholic Prep.
16—Jason Day wins the PGA Championship.
17—Kevin Pirri moves up from assistant to head football coach at Frederick, switching places with Don Duman, who stepped down from the head position for personal reasons.
31—Kirk Cousins is named the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
2—Becky Hackett is named girls basketball coach at Urbana.
4—Lightning either disrupts or postpones numerous high school football events in Frederick County.
12—Stewart Reich and Stephanie Bryan win respective men’s and women’s titles at the Market Street Mile. The couple will marry in November.
15—Urbana’s golf team wins its eighth straight District I Class 4A-3A golf championship, shooting a school-record 274. Teagan Stephenson was the medalist at 6-under-par 65.
22—Middletown’s golf team wins the District I Class 2A-1A golf championship.
3—Matt Scherzer pitches his second no-hitter of the year, striking out 17, in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets.
4—The Washington Nationals fire manager Matt Williams.
5—Urbana wins the inaugural Central Maryland Conference golf championship. The Hawks’ Teagan Stephenson is the boys’ medalist at 70. Urbana’s Madison Lewis had her first career hole-in-one on the course, aceing the par-3, 116-yard 14th hole.
8—Darryl Whiten is named boys basketball coach at Tuscarora. He had been the head girls basketball coach at TJ.
9—Thomas Johnson alumni and Orioles’ pitching prospect Branden Kline undergoes Tommy John surgery, meaning he will most likely miss the 2016 season.
11—Randy Edsall is fired as Maryland’s football coach. Mike Locksley is named interim head coach.
22—Urbana’s boys and Walkersville’s girls win inaugural Central Maryland Conference cross country championships. Linganore’s Micah Hewitson and Middletown’s Reilly Caldwell are individual champions.
24—Oakdale (boys soccer), Urbana (girls soccer), Middletown (field hockey) and Tuscarora (volleyball) win inaugural Central Maryland Conference team championships.
25—Former Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders dies at 60.
27—Don Boyer announces he is retiring after 50 years of coaching cross country and track. He spent 49 years at Middletown.
1—In a game lasting 12 innings and 4 hours, 15 minutes, the Kansas City Royals win the World Series, defeating the New York Mets, 7-2. It was the first time since 2010 that the World Series extended into November. The Royals becomes the first team since the Oakland Athletics in 1989 to win the World Series after losing in the previous year.
2—Urbana’s Teagan Stephenson ties for fourth at the state golf tournament at 142. Middletown finishes second in the Class 2A-1A team standings.
3—Dusty Baker is named manager of the Washington Nationals.
4—Roy Comer, former supervisor of athletics for Frederick County Public Schools, dies at 85. He helped launch the state high school football playoffs in 1974, serving as its first state committee chairman. Middletown defeats Poolesville, 1-0, to win the Class 2A West regional field hockey championship. It’s the Knights’ first regional title since 2005.
6—Larry Goines returns to Thomas Johnson as its girls basketball coach. Dave Spiezio is named girls basketball coach at Brunswick.
8—Walkersville’s football team ends an 11-year losing streak to Middletown with a 21-7 win over the Knights at Middletown.
11—Marriotts Ridge defeats Middletown, 2-0, in the state Class 2A field hockey semifinals.
14—Annapolis Area Christian defeats St. John’s Catholic Prep, 20-14, to win the MIAA C Conference championship. Linganore’s Micah Hewitson is fourth at the boys Class 3A division at the state cross country championships.
17—Chad Dickman gets his first win as Hood’s new men’s basketball coach. The Blazers defeat Marymount, 65-63.
19—Oakdale’s boys soccer team wins its second straight state soccer championship, defeating C. Milton Wright, 3-0, for the state Class 3A crown. Linganore’s girls soccer team falls to Bel Air in penalty kicks, 3-1. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper is named the National League’s most valuable player.
20—Frederick Community College’s volleyball team is eliminated from the NJCAA Division II Tournament by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
21—Middletown’s boys soccer team wins its first state championship since 1993, defeating LaPlata, 4-0, in the state Class 2A title match.
26—Omar Hassan and Stephanie Reich win respective men’s and women’s titles at the Way Station of Frederick County’s 5-kilometer Turkey Trot.
29—The Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giant, 20-14, to take a share of the NFC East lead.
2—D.J. Durkin is named head football coach at Maryland.
5—Patuxent comes from behind to defeat Walkersville, 21-20, to win the state Class 2A football championship.
26—The Washington Redskins clinch the NFC East title with a 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s the first postseason playoff berth for the Redskins since 2012. Three days later, the Eagles fire head coach Chip Kelly.