2008: What a year!

Another year comes and goes, but this one had many stories that will live on

Another year comes and goes, but this one had many stories that will live on

December 30, 2008

Another year's come and nearly gone, but boy, oh boy ... did 2008 give us some memories or what?

Whether it was on the local sports scene or the national landscape and beyond, there were plenty of sports stories that kept us intrigued day after day after day in 2008.

From the first week of January when West Virginia --under then-interim coach Bill Stewart -- shocked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl to the passing of former Redskins great Sammy Baugh last week, it seemed very few days passed before another story piqued the interest of the sports fan in each of us.

On pages C2 and C3 of today's section, you'll find a brief rundown of the entire sports year which was compiled by staff writer Tim Koelble. It includes some of the biggest stories of 2008 in local, national and international sports.


On this page are some of the enduring images of 2008, again from a local, national and international point of view.


2 -- The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team beats Catonsville 78-71 in Ryan Devlin's first game as interim coach.

3 -- West Virginia University tabs former assistant coach Bill Stewart as its new head football coach one day after leading the Mountaineers to a 48-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma.

4 -- In boys basketball, Martinsburg beats Jefferson 63-56 -- its second win over the Cougars in eight days.

5 -- New England QB Tom Brady is named the NFL's most valuable player.

7 -- LSU wins college football's BCS title with a 38-24 win over Ohio State.

8 -- Joe Gibbs resigns as head coach of the Washington Redskins.

11 -- Morgan Smith surpasses the 1,000-point mark as Williamsport beats Smithsburg 40-20 in girls basketball.

12 -- North Hagerstown wrestler Jim Eichelberger improves to 20-0 on the season by winning his weight class at the Hub Cup.

16 -- The HCC women's basketball team improves to 15-0 with a 60-47 win over Baltimore County.

18 -- Kevin Gustafson resigns as head football coach at James Buchanan. ... John Harbaugh is selected as the Baltimore Ravens' new head coach.

19 -- The Maryland men's basketball team upsets No. 1 North Carolina 82-80, giving coach Gary Williams his seventh win over top-ranked opponents.

20 -- The New York Giants beat Green Bay 23-20 in the NFC championship game and New England beats San Diego 21-12 for the AFC title.

21 -- In boys basketball, unbeaten Fort Hill edges Williamsport, 55-52.

22 -- Dameatric Scott scores 30 points -- including the 1,000th of his career -- as Greencastle beats Waynesboro, 70-55.

24 -- In girls basketball, No. 2 Hedgesville beats No. 1 Jefferson, 47-44.

25 -- St. James' Mike Russ surpasses 1,000 career points in boys basketball with 26 in a win over Georgetown Day. ... The Martinsburg boys beat Jefferson 69-68 for their third win over the Cougars. ... The Williamsport boys beat Allegany, 64-59.

26 -- The Williamsport girls win their sixth straight Washington County indoor track title, while the Wildcats edge Smithsburg for the boys title.

27 -- Tiger Woods makes his season debut with a win at the Buick Invitational. ... In men's basketball, Duke beats Maryland, 93-84.

28 -- Legendary St. Maria Goretti boys basketball coach Cokey Robertson announces he will retire at the end of the season after 34 years with the Gaels.

30 -- Hedgesville moves to 15-0 win a 44-37 win over Jefferson in boys basketball. ... Williamsport beats Smithsburg 40-29 to win the MVAL Antietam wrestling title.


2 -- James Buchanan wrestler Derek Straley wins his 100th career match during the Franklin County Tournament. ... Former Washington Redskins greats Darrell Green and Art Monk are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

3 -- The New York Giants end New England's bid for an unbeaten season by beating the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

4 -- The Williamsport boys indoor track team wins the Maryland Class 1A West title. ... Bob Knight abruptly resigns as men's basketball coach at Texas Tech.

5 -- In the final game in their old gym, the Waynesboro boys beat Chambersburg 57-55 in basketball. ... In girls basketball, North Hagerstown gets its first-ever win at Middletown, 58-49. ... Paul Plott is named the new head football coach at Hedgesville.

7 -- In boys basketball, St. Maria Goretti upsets Martinsburg, 60-47.

8 -- Jefferson hands the Hedgesville boys basketball team its first loss after 15 wins, 36-35.

9 -- Just weeks after he was hired as the team's offensive coordinator, the Washington Redskins elevate Jim Zorn to head coach. ... Mercersburg Academy's James Finucane wins the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Mid-Atlantic Prep League indoor track meet.

15 -- In boys basketball, Smithsburg upsets Williamsport 52-47, the first MVAL Antietam loss for the Wildcats, and Martinsburg beats Hedgesville, 54-50.

17 -- Ryan Newman wins the Daytona 500.

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