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The year in review: March 2010

The hardwood gives way to hardball in March

December 20, 2010

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a 12-part series looking back at some of the biggest local, regional and national sports stories of 2010.

March 1 — Smithsburg rolled past Manchester Valley in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Section girls basketball playoffs.

2 — North Hagerstown, Clear Spring and Williamsport won their opening games in boys basketball playoffs.

3 — Smithsburg’s girls basketball team advanced to the 1A West final with a 60-38 win over Catoctin. ... No. 22 Maryland moved into a tie atop the ACC standings with a 79-72 win over No. 4 Duke in men’s basketball.

4 — Williamsport’s boys basketball team got its 20th win of the season, beating Clear Spring 68-59 in the 1A West Region East Section title game.

5 — Former Hagerstown Suns general manager David Blenckstone was named athletic director at St. Maria Goretti High School.

6 — Smithsburg earned its 12th appearance in the state semifinals, beating Allegany 49-44 in the 1A West girls basketball final. … In the boys 1A final, Williamsport lost to Allegany, 72-58. … Smithsburg’s Monica Hovermale became the first female to place in the Maryland Class 2A-1A state wrestling meet with a sixth-place finish at 103 pounds.

8 — Mark Shives resigned as Clear Spring’s boys basketball coach.

9 — Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball player of the year and coach Gary Williams was selected the league’s coach of the year.

12 — Smithsburg beat Dunbar 41-36 in the Maryland Class 1A girls basketball semifinals behind Katie Sprecher’s 22 points. ... Don Mowen, the founder of the Dick Kelly Memorial Foundation and a promoter of junior golf in the Tri-State area, died at age 80.

13 — Joppatowne avenged a regular-season loss to Smithsburg, beating the Leopards 63-46 in the Maryland Class 1A girls basketball final.

15 — Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is suspended two games for a reckless hit.

17 — Defending state champion Martinsburg lost to Wheeling Park 60-52 in the West Virginia Class AAA boys basketball quarterfinals.

20 — No. 1 seed Kansas was upset by Northern Iowa 69-67 in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

21 — Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Michigan State to an 85-83 win over Maryland in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. ... Hagerstown Community College baseball coach Scott Jennings records his 300th win at the school in a 10-2 victory over Shenandoah.

22 — South Hagerstown lost to Tuscarora 9-2 as high school baseball season opened.

23 — Williamsport’s Alexis Fisher threw a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts as the Wildcats beat Francis Scott Key, 5-0.

27 — West Virginia beat Kentucky 73-66 to reach the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.

29 — Boonsboro hired Skip Chambers as its boys basketball head coach.

30 —  Williamsport’s Evan Hardy was named The Herald-Mail Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

31 — North Hagerstown’s Renee Phillips was named The Herald-Mail Girls Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year and North’s Brian Myers was selected Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.

— Compiled by TIM KOELBLEStaff writer

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