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2009: The Year In Sports

December 26, 2009

As 2010 draws closer, The Herald-Mail looks back at some of the local, regional and national sports stories that made headlines in 2009.

Compiled by TIM KOELBLE

JANUARY

1 - Southern California beats Penn State in the Rose Bowl, 38-24.

2 - Smithsburg's Katie Sprecher scores 22 points to lead the Leopards past Catoctin 52-45 in girls basketball.

3 - Maryland wins its seventh straight in men's hoops, beating Charlotte, 85-75.

4 - The Baltimore Ravens beat Tennessee 27-9 in an AFC wild card game.

7 - Morgan State upsets Maryland in men's basketball, 66-65.

8 - Florida wins college football's BCS title by beating Oklahoma, 24-14.

9 - In boys hoops, No. 1 Jefferson loses to Hedgesville, 43-36. ... In indoor track, Williamsport sweeps the boys and girls MVAL Antietam meets.

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10 - Waynesboro wins the Hub Cup at North Hagerstown in prep wrestling.

11 - Pittsburgh beats San Diego 35-24 in an AFC divisional playoff game.

12 - Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... St. Maria Goretti hits nine 3-pointers to beat Greencastle 72-57 in boys basketball.

16 - In prep basketball, North Hagerstown girls beat Smithsburg 69-50, while Clear Spring boys beat Williamsport, 62-52.

17 - Wake Forest beats Clemson 78-68 in a battle of men's basketball unbeatens.

18 - Pittsburgh Steelers beat Ravens 23-14 in the AFC championship game. ... Arizona stuns Philadelphia 32-25 for the NFC title.

20 - Musselman's boys basketball team moves to 11-0 with a 66-53 win over Williamsport.

21 - Orioles sign Nick Markakis to a six-year contract. ... North Hagerstown beats South Hagerstown 69-9 in wrestling. ... No. 1 Wake Forest loses to Virginia 78-71 in men's basketball.

23 - Washington stuns No. 1 Musselman 69-54 in boys basketball.

24 - Hall-of-Fame women's basketball coach Kay Yow dies from cancer. ...Williamsport boys and girls sweep Washington County indoor track & field titles. ... Maryland suffers worst men's basketball loss since 1941, losing to Duke 85-44.

25 - Maryland upset No. 3 North Carolina 77-71 in women's basketball.

29 -- Josh Conway scores 19 points as Smithsburg upsets Clear Spring 68-58 in boys basketball.

31 -- Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson and Rod Woodson are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

FEBRUARY

1 - Pittsburgh beats Arizona 27-23 to win Super Bowl XLIII.

2 - Martinsburg's Isaac Thornton scores 43 points in a 68-61 win over Tuscarora in boys basketball.

3 - In girls hoops, South Hagerstown beats Frederick 73-53 for its first-ever Piedmont Conference victory.

4 - In wrestling, Williamsport takes a 45-31 win over Smithsburg. ... Chambersburg beats Waynesboro 60-39 in boys basketball.

5 - Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt gets her 1,000th career victory as Vols beat Georgia.

6 - In girls basketball, South Hagerstown surprises Smithsburg 69-57 as Alex Silva scores 20 points.

9 - In boys basketball, No. 1 Martinsburg beats No. 2 Musselman, 59-34.

11 - Hagerstown Community College women win for the ninth time in 10 games, beating Rockville, 82-35.

12 - In girls basketball, North Hagerstown loses only its second game of the season to unbeaten Urbana, 60-58.

13 - Williamsport upsets Smithsburg 55-53 in girls basketball.

15 - In high school hockey, Washington County Northstars beat Northwest/Germantown 3-0 for the Maryland Provisional state title. ... Matt Kenseth wins the rain-shortened Daytona 500.

16 - Williamsport girls win the Maryland Class 1A Indoor Track state title.

17 - North Hagerstown's Kirksten Mitchell surpasses 1,000 career points in a 77-43 win over South Hagerstown.

20 - HCC men beat Garrett College 85-81 in the Maryland JuCo Conference quarterfinals behind Jeremy Myers' 26 points.

21 - Heritage Academy sweeps Mason Dixon Christian Conference basketball titles. The boys beat CVCS 63-57 and the girls beat Shalom Christian 54-47. ... Maryland shocks North Carolina 88-85 in men's basketball as Greivis Vasquez scores 35 points.

25 - Maryland loses to Duke 78-67 in men's basketball. ... Hancock girls basketball team beats Clear Spring 41-35 as Shawnda Wills scores 20 points.

27 - Maryland prep basketball tournament opens: South Hagerstown's boys beat Francis Scott Key 62-56 while the South girls lose to Liberty 71-44. ... Smithsburg's boys beat Catoctin 50-49 and the girls beat Brunswick 59-32. ... Boonsboro's boys stun Williamsport 58-46.

28 - Smithsburg's Tyler Scott (189 pounds) and Williamsport's Robbie Mies (215) pick up titles in the Maryland Class 2A-1A West championships.

MARCH

1 -- Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden resigns. ... Greivis Vasquez scores 33 points as Maryland beats N.C. State 71-60 in men's basketball.

2 -- Randy Longnecker is named head football coach at Williamsport High School.

3 - In boys hoops, Walkersville beats North Hagerstown 70-55 in the Class 2A West tournament and Boonsboro and Smithsburg both lose in Class 1A West.

5 -- North Hagerstown beats Clarksburg 74-52 in Class 2A West girls basketball playoffs.

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