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The Herald-Mail's 2005 sports year in review Part 1

December 31, 2005

Dates indicate when the stories appeared in The Herald-Mail newspapers in 2005.

JANUARY



Jan. 2 - West Virginia loses to Florida State in the Gator Bowl, 30-18 ... Pittsburgh is blanked by Utah in the Fiesta Bowl, 21-0 ... Utah finishes unbeaten at 12-0.

Jan. 3 - West Virginia upsets No. 17 North Carolina State 82-69 to move to 10-0, its best start in men's basketball in more than 40 years.

Jan. 4 - Auburn defeats Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl 16-13 to end unbeaten at 13-0 ... Walkersville's Luther Weedon hits eight 3-pointers in a game for the second time in the season in 84-65 win over Tuscarora.

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Jan. 5 - Southern California pounds Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, 55-19 ... Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jan. 6 - USC football team is voted No. 1 in the nation by The Associated Press ... Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is named AP Rookie of the Year in the NFL.

Jan. 8 - Baltimore Ravens defensive end Ed Reed is named AP Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL ... Jefferson downs Martinsburg 67-66 in a classic boys basketball match at Martinsburg ... Jessie Ambrose scores 31 points to lead the Boonsboro girls over North Hagerstown, 64-56.

Jan. 9 - The Maryland men open the ACC basketball season with a 109-75 loss to North Carolina ... San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer is named AP Coach of the Year in the NFL ... In the NFL Wild Card, St. Louis beats Seattle and the New York Jets beat San Diego.

Jan. 10 - Minnesota beats Green Bay and Indianapolis crushes Denver in the NFL Wild Card ... Stuart Appleby wins the first PGA event of the season at the Mercedes Championship ... No. 21 Maryland upsets No. 5 North Carolina 92-77 in women's basketball.

Jan. 11 - Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning is named AP NFL Player of the Year.

Jan. 12 - The Hancock boys basketball team wins at Southern Fulton for the first time in 12 years, 61-42 ... The Maryland men are laced by No. 4 Wake Forest, 81-66.

Jan. 14 - Major League Baseball owners and players reach agreement on steroids testing.

Jan. 15 - Washington Wizards win sixth in a row, beating Milwaukee, 105-103 ... Michelle Wie fails in bid to make the cut at Sony Open ... Hedgesville boys down Jefferson 81-71 in basketball.

Jan. 16 - Hedgesville girls lose their first basketball game after 10 wins to West Virginia Class AA No. 1 Petersburg, 81-37. ... Williamsport wrestler Mike McGill captures the 145-pound title at the 18th annual Hub Cup ... Pittsburgh Steelers defeat New York Jets 20-17 in NFL playoffs.

Jan. 17 - New England Patriots defeat Indianapolis, 20-3 ... Philadelphia Eagles defeat Minnesota, 27-14.

Jan. 18 - St. Maria Goretti defeats Martinsburg 59-50 in boys basketball.

Jan. 19 - Williamsport sweeps South Hagerstown in basketball, winning the boys game 59-50 and the girls game, 63-45.

Jan. 22 - In boys basketball, Hedgesville edges Martinsburg 52-51 in overtime thriller, while Chambersburg nips rival Central Dauphin, 73-72.

Jan. 23 - No. 2 Kansas is thrashed on the road by Villanova 83-62 in men's basketball ... Liberty ends Williamsport's four-year title run by winning the Rebel Invitational in wrestling.

Jan. 24 - New England defeats Pittsburgh 41-27 and Philadelphia defeats Atlanta 27-10 to reach Super Bowl XXXIX ... LeBron James, the youngest player in NBA to record a triple-double, does it again with 28 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds against Golden State.

Jan. 25 - Waynesboro's boys basketball team clinches a berth in the PIAA District 3 postseason with a 47-45 win over Shippensburg, earning its first playoff appearance since 1998-99.

Jan. 27 - Maryland men win on the road over Duke, 75-66.

Jan. 29 - North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam sets meet records in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Washington County Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Jan. 31 - James Buchanan's Alicia Myers scores a school-record 47 points in a 74-63 win over Tussey Mountain.

FEBRUARY



Feb. 1 - South Hagerstown graduate David Miner burns the nets for 48 points in Hagerstown Community College's win over Allegany.

Feb. 2 - Smithsburg's Clayton Marquiss records a triple-double with 10 blocks (a school record), 10 points and 16 rebounds...Maryland men go on the road and lose to Clemson, 88-73.

Feb. 3 - Martinsburg's Nate Sowers signs with West Virginia University and Middletown's Andrew Presnell signs with the University of Connecticut on national letter-of-intent signing day ... James Buchanan boys clinch their first PIAA basketball playoff spot since 1999-2000 with a 63-46 win over Boiling Springs.

Feb. 4 - The Mercersburg Academy wrestling team posts its 500th victory in its program 75-year history, a 71-6 win over Fishburne Military Academy.

Feb. 5 - Former heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling dies at the age of 99.

Feb. 6 - Martinsburg graduate Kevin Pittsnogle scores a career-high 27 points to lead West Virginia over Pittsburgh, 83-78 ... Dan Marino and Steve Young are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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