The Post takes a look back at the top five storylines from the past year of high school sports in Montgomery County.
Damascus Finishes on Top
1Even Coach Dan Makosy knew his Damascus Hornets football team was an underdog heading into a Maryland 4A semifinal against undefeated Eleanor Roosevelt. Undersized against the area's most fearsome defense, the Hornets (12-2) pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the season by knocking off the Raiders.
The following weekend Damascus capped its spectacular run by defeating Broadneck, 13-7, at Ravens Stadium to claim the school's first state title since 1996.
At the heart of the Hornets success was junior running back Matt Reidy, a durable and deceptively speedy back who totaled 26 touchdowns -- including 10 in four playoff games.
"We knew we could get here," Reidy said. "Once we got here we had to make the most of it."
A Heroic Performance
2 Hope appeared lost for Springbrook's boys' basketball team when leading scorer Folarin Campbell limped to the bench with a sprained ankle in the first quarter of the Maryland 4A championship against Northwestern last March.
Springbrook fell behind early with the area's leading scorer on the bench and trailed by 12 points when Campbell returned to the game in the third quarter. The Blue Devils worked their way back into the game and tied the score at 59 when the limping Campbell drained a baseline three-pointer with 12 seconds left.
However a buzzer-beating shot by Northwestern's Chaise Lancaster dashed Springbrook's championship dream in a 61-59 loss. Campbell finished with a game-high 25 points and scored 12 of the Blue Devils' final 16.
"What a courageous effort to bring them back," Northwestern Coach Tony Dickens said of Campbell's performance. "The thing about great players is you know they're going to shoot, he knows he's going to shoot, the fans know he's going to shoot, and you still can't stop him."
Changuris Steps Down
3 After 158 wins, seven state titles and 15 years of building Seneca Valley into one of the dominant football programs in the area, Terry Changuris stepped down as the Screaming Eagles football coach in December.
"He's certainly one of the great coaches in high school, not just Montgomery County or Maryland," Gaithersburg Coach Kreg Kephart said. "His record of achievement stands on its own."
Changuris's resignation certainly changed the face of Montgomery County football, as the Screaming Eagles had consistently been among The Post's top-ranked teams, winning state titles in 1992, '93, '94, '97, '98, '99 and 2002.
Seneca Valley lost in a 3A West Region semifinal last season.
A New Champion Crowned
4 A new field hockey state champion was crowned last fall, highlighting a tremendous postseason run by one team and also marking the end of one of the nation's longest streaks by another.
Springbrook claimed its first field hockey title with an overtime victory against county foe Quince Orchard, 3-2, in the 4A final last fall.
The win, capped by senior Katie Klass's overtime goal, marked the Blue Devils' first state tournament appearance since 1986.
"It's been such an amazing season," Springbrook fourth-year coach Kearney Francis said. "When we think about all the things that had to fall into place to make this happen, it is really incredible."
Bethesda-Chevy Chase's streak of nine straight state titles -- a national record for consecutive field hockey championships -- was halted last fall when Severna Park knocked off the Barons, 3-1, in the 3A final.
"I told them to walk off that field with pride," Barons Coach Amy Wood said. "There is nothing to be ashamed of to be in the state final 10 consecutive years."
Poolesville's Big Wins
5 Montgomery County's smallest school had a big year.
The Falcons advanced to the state tournament in three sports, including two state final appearances and the girls' indoor track title.
Poolesville's field hockey and volleyball teams each reached the state finals before losing close matches.
The football team posted an 11-1 record before falling in the quarterfinals.
In addition to winning the indoor title, the girls track team finished third at the outdoor championships while the boys placed sixth.
Special correspodent Jake Schaller contributed to this report.