2018 In Review

2018 In Review

Clockwise from left, Frederick’s Jaida Smith, Thomas Johnson’s Jacob Orr, Oakdale’s Ethan Reifer, Frederick’s Makayla Daniels, and Oakdale’s boys soccer team

Frederick County teams enjoyed plenty of success in 2018, winning state titles in the winter, spring and fall.

Nine county high school teams captured MPSSAA state crowns. Oakdale’s football and boys outdoor track and field teams won state titles for the first time.

And Frederick High School had a pair of teams, girls basketball and girls outdoor track and field, win state crowns for the second straight year.

Other programs that won state crowns were Urbana wrestling, Linganore boys indoor track and field, Thomas Johnson baseball, Urbana golf and Oakdale boys soccer.

Those are just some of the special moments in 2018. So take a look at events that happened in the sports scene, locally and nationally, during the past year.


8—Tua Tagovailoa throws a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gives No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia for the College Football Playoff national championship.

20—Urbana’s boys and girls indoor track and field teams sweep the FCPS championships.

26—Urbana sweeps the boys and girls team titles at the Central Maryland Conference indoor track and field championships.


3—Longtime Urbana girls soccer coach Chuck Nichols retires, ending a 38-year career that features four state titles across two schools. ... Kelby Dutrow Conley, Megan Gebbia, Sherri Huckleberry, Zach Jackson, Terence Morris, Evan Routzahn and Kelli Summers are inducted into the YMCA of Frederick County’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame at the annual banquet.

4—The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII.

8—Tuscarora’s Josh Crocker and Linganore’s Jessica Buntman win respective FCPS boys and girls diving titles at Walkersville High School.

10—Urbana defeats Churchill 41-27 to win the Class 4A state duals wrestling championship at North Point High School. ... Oakdale’s boys win their fifth straight title while Middletown’s girls win their first crown in 14 years at the FCPS Swimming and Diving Championships at Walkersville High School.

17—Bobby Humphries is named Thomas Johnson’s new head football coach.

19—Linganore’s boys team edges Reservoir 54-53 to win the Class 3A state indoor track and field championship at Prince George’s Sports Complex and Learning Center in Landover. Frederick County athletes claim 10 individual state titles.

20—Oakdale’s boys and Frederick’s girls win CMC basketball championships at Hood’s BB&T Arena. The Bears boys defeat Thomas Johnson 66-61. Frederick’s girls top Middletown 68-50.

24—Middletown’s Jacob Stafford wins the Class 3A-2A-1A boys state 100 butterfly title at the state championships at University of Maryland’s Eppley Center.


1—Frederick’s girls basketball team defeats Linganore 64-32 in the Class 3A West, Section II final. The game is played at Hood’s BB&T Arena, with only relatives of players allowed to attend the game due to a racially-charged incident at a previous regular-season game between the teams at Linganore.

5—Urbana’s Jeff Kevin Makosy and Jake Nielson, Middletown’s Cam Farrow and Catoctin’s Zach Bryant win state wrestling championships at Upper Marlboro’s Showplace Arena.

6—The Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins part ways. Washington chooses not to apply the franchise tag. Cousins later signs with the Minnesota Vikings.

8—Making its first post-Tom Dickman-era appearance in the state tournament, Thomas Johnson’s boys basketball team loses to Milford Mill 68-59 in the Class 3A semifinals at Xfinity Center in College Park.

10—Frederick’s girls basketball team repeats as Class 3A state champion, defeating Long Reach 62-50 at Towson University’s SECU Arena.

15—Linganore boys basketball coach Tom Kraft resigns after a 12-year stint as the Lancers head coach.

29—The Baltimore Orioles open their season with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. From there, the Orioles go on to a franchise-worst 47-115 record.

30—Former Thomas Johnson baseball standout Branden Kline is assigned to the Frederick Keys’ opening-day roster.


1—Notre Dame defeats Mississippi State 61-58 to win the NCAA women’s college basketball championship.

2—Villanova defeats Michigan 79-62 to win the NCAA men’s college basketball championship.

30—Chris O’Connor is named Linganore’s boys basketball coach.


2—Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball coach Jamion Christian, who led the Mount to two NCAA tournament appearances over six years, is named the new men’s head coach at Siena.

3—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win respective Central Maryland Conference outdoor track and field championships.

5—Linganore defeats Oakdale 7-4 to win the CMC boys lacrosse championship. Oakdale’s girls lacrosse team completes a three-peat of its CMC championship, defeating Tuscarora 23-9.

6—Thomas Johnson graduate Stephanie Reich wins her third straight women’s title in the Frederick Half Marathon. Her time is 1 hour, 20 minutes, 19.73 seconds.

7—Urbana defeats Boonsboro 8-5 to win the CMC baseball championship.

8—Catoctin repeats its CMC softball championship defeating Linganore 7-5.

9—Dan Engelstad is named the new head men’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s. He previously had been the head men’s coach at Southern Vermont College.

11—Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win respective FCPS outdoor track and field championships.

12—Urbana’s Kevin Li and Walkersville’s Julie Wallace win FCPS tennis championships. Li is the first freshman boy to win a county title in 15 years. Wallace’s win completes a three-peat of her county girls championship.

26—Thomas Johnson wins its fourth state baseball title in school history, defeating Huntingtown 3-2 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for the Class 3A state title. ... Frederick’s girls outdoor track and field team wins its second straight Class 3A state championship, defeating second-place Franklin 100-82 at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium. ... Oakdale’s boys defeat runner-up New Town 71-56 for the Class 2A state championship, their first boys outdoor track and field title in school history. Frederick County athletes win 13 individual state track and field titles. ... Catoctin’s softball team falls to Bohemia Manor 4-2 in the Class 1A state championship game at UMCP.


7—The Washington Capitals defeat the expansion Las Vegas Golden Nuggets 4-3 to win the NHL’s Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history

8—The Golden State Warriors sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games for the NBA championship. The Warriors win Game 4 108-85. ... Longtime Oakdale girls track and field coach Chris Lewis steps down.

9—Justify becomes horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner, winning the Belmont Stakes.

10—Rafael Nadal wins his 11th French Open tennis crown, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

11—Susan Kolb is named Hood’s new athletic director.

13—Maryland Football player Jordan McNair dies, two weeks after collapsing at a spring workout, triggering a major investigation of training practices in the program.

17—The Frederick Hurricanes defeat the Montgomery County Dodgers 11-0 to win the inaugural District 2 Junior Little League Tournament of Champions. ... Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course in New York.

18—Frederick National Little League’s Eagles, after winning just two games the previous year, win the Dave Fogle Classic, defeating Brunswick’s Reds 14-7. ... Urbana girls soccer player Abbey Burnette is named Maryland’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

21—After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Capitals, coach Barry Trotz becomes the new head coach of the New York Islanders.

22—Grayson Selby and Abby Thornton defeat Sara Selby and Luke Shuck 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) to win the Frederick Tennis Mixed Doubles championship.

26—Frederick National Little League’s Lions give longtime manager Danny Miller his first Gregg Quedeweit District 2 Tournament of Champions title. The Lions defeat the Montgomery County Orioles 17-7.


4—Cory Texter wins the Barbara Fritchie Classic motorcycle race at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds.

6—Brunswick defeats Four County 9-2 to win the District 2 9-11 Little League championship.

7—Four County defeats Brunswick 7-4 to win the District 2 8-10 Little League championship.

14—Novak Djokovic defeats Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon.

15—All three Frederick County Babe Ruth League all-star teams win state championships. ... Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon.


12—The Brunswick Orioles semipro baseball team falls to Lombard, Illinois 16-5 in the NABF World Series championship game at Battle Creek, Michigan.


13—Frederick’s volleyball team snaps an 11-year losing streak to Linganore in a 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-13 win.

21—Brunswick High School celebrates the 50th anniversary of its football program with a 24-21 win over Frederick. The Cadets are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1968 undefeated football team.


1—Oakdale boys basketball coach Terry Connolly resigns, ending a coaching career spanning 300 wins and five regional championships at two schools.

2—Urbana’s golf team wins its ninth FCPS golf title in the last 10 years, defeating Oakdale 289-318. The Hawks’ Jacob Ferrari and Anphi Le win individual boys and girls championships.

3—The Orioles fire manager Buck Showalter and general manager Dan Duquette.

9—Urbana defeats Oakdale 295-318 to win the CMC golf championship. The Hawks’ Elliot Haas is the individual champion, shooting a 67 at Maryland National Golf Club. Urbana’s Anphi Lee wins the girls title with an 80.

20—Urbana sweeps the CMC soccer championships at Hood College. The Hawks boys blank Oakdale 2-0 for their third CMC boys soccer title in the past four years. Urbana’s girls outlast Oakdale 2-1 (5-4, penalty kicks). ... Middletown defeats Linganore 3-1 to win the CMC field hockey championship at Hood College.

23—Brandon Long is promoted to head boys basketball coach at Oakdale.

25—Urbana’s golf team defeats Northern Calvert 619-637 to win the Class 4A-3A state championships at University of Maryland’s golf course. It’s the fourth state golf title for the Hawks in school history. ... Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls win respective FCPS cross-country championships at Thomas Johnson High School. Oakdale’s Kyle Lund and Urbana’s Sara Jarman are individual champions.

28—The Boston Red Sox win the World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1, taking the series, 4-1. It’s the Red Sox’s fourth World Series title in 15 years.

31—University of Maryland president Wallace Loh fires head football coach D.J. Durkin, one day after the university’s Board of Regents recommends he be reinstated.


10—Linganore’s Michael Belmaggio closes out his high school cross-country career by winning the Class 3A state championship at Hereford High School. His winning time is 16 minutes, 16.21 seconds.

15—River Hill defeats Walkersville 1-0 to win the Class 2A state girls soccer championship. ... Walt Whitman defeats Urbana 2-1 for the Class 4A state boys soccer championship.

16--Oakdale’s football team snaps Damascus’ 53-game winning streak, defeating the Hornets 24-7 for the Class 2A West championship.

17—Oakdale’s boys soccer team wins its third state championship in school history, defeating nationally-rated River Hill 2-1 (4-3, penalty kicks) at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex for the Class 2A state crown. ... Northern of Calvert defeats Thomas Johnson 4-1 for the Class 3A state girls soccer title.

18—Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffers a season-ending, possibly career-ending injury, broken tibia and fibula during the Redskins’ 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans. He is replaced by Colt McCoy. ... LaMar Jackson is named the new starting quarterback for the Ravens, replacing the injured Joe Flacco.

19—Northwest defeats Urbana 25-14, 25-13, 25-13 in the Class 4A state volleyball championship match at University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum in College Park.

26—Maryland School for the Deaf is named national deaf prep football champions. It’s the 15th national football title for the Orioles.

29-A 29-yard field goal by Franklin’s Simon Spath as time expires gives the Indians a 20-17 win over Linganore in the Class 3A state football championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.


1—Oakdale’s football team wins its first state title in school history, defeating Glenelg 35-7 in the Class 2A state championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The win caps a 13-0 season for the Bears.

4—Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy suffers a season-ending injury, a fractured fibula, in the Redskins’ 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He is replaced by newly-signed backup Mark Sanchez.

14—The Orioles hire Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as their new manager.

30—The Baltimore Ravens win the AFC North division title by beating the Clevelend Browns 26-24, putting the Ravens in the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

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