Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a six-part series looking back at some of the biggest local, regional and national stories of 2011.
March 1 — In girls basketball, Smithsburg defeats Williamsport 40-28 in 1A playoffs. … Saint James football coach Chris Milmoe becomes athletic director at the school.
2 — In boys basketball, Williamsport edges Smithsburg 46-43 and South Hagerstown beats Kennedy 54-42 in playoff action.
4 — In boys basketball South Hagerstown wins 3A West region title 54-48 over Quince Orchard.
5 — In boys basketball, Williamsport rallies for 1A West title, beating Southern Garrett 42-39. … HCC’s Cole Sellers throws perfect game in 13-0 win over French nationals. … Smithsburg girls lose to Northern Garrett 52-47 in 1A West final.
10 — In boys basketball, South Hagerstown loses 56-54 to Centennial in Maryland 3A state semifinal.
11 — In boys basketball, Williamsport beats Pocomoke 67-48 in Maryland 1A state semifinals.
12 — In boys basketball Williamsport loses to Dunbar 64-43 in Maryland 1A state championship game.
15 — In the NHL, the Washington Capitals beat Montreal 4-2 for their ninth straight win.
17 — In boys basketball, Hedgesville reaches West Virginia Class AAA state semis with 40-35 win over Woodrow Wilson.
18 — Hedgesville loses to Wheeling Park 59-49 in AAA boys state semis.
20 — Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski gets his 900th career win.
21 — In baseball, Clear Spring beats Hancock 4-2 and, in softball, Clear Spring beats Hancock 17-0.
23 — North Hagerstown’s Anthony Winter is The Herald-Mail’s Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
24 — Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
25 — North Hagerstown’s Brendon Colbert is The Herald-Mail’s Wrestler of the Year …. Boonsboro’s Mike McGill is Coach of the Year. … Williamsport girls and boys win Clear Spring Invitational titles in outdoor track.
26 — Smithsburg’s Katie Sprecher is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year. … Smithsburg’s Katy Barnhart is Coach of the Year.
27 — Williamsport’s Stephen Christy is The Herald-Mail’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year. … Williamsport’s Scott Mowbray is Coach of the Year. … Virginia Commonwealth upsets No. 1 Kansas in NCAA Tournament.
28 — In prep baseball, North Hagerstown downs Clear Spring 9-4 and, in softball, North beats the Blazers 8-7.
29 — In prep baseball, Mercersburg pounds St. Maria Goretti 16-1.
31 — Kevin Grimm’s goal gives South Hagerstown an 11-10 win over Saint James in boys lacrosse. … Washington Nationals lose season opener to Atlanta 2-0.
April 1 — Baltimore Orioles open 2011 season with 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
2 — Butler defeats Virginia Commonwealth and Connecticut defeats Kentucky in NCAA semifinals.
3 — Hagerstown native Christian Binford throws no-hitter for Mercersburg Academy in 10-0 win over Peddie School in prep baseball.
4 — Connecticut defeats Butler 53-41 for NCAA men’s basketball championship.
7 — In baseball, Boonsboro defeats Smithsburg 9-8 on Dustin Gregory’s two-run home run. … Hagerstown Suns outfielder Bryce Harper singles in first at-bat in 3-2 win over Rome.
8 — Rory McIlroy holds two-stroke lead at Masters.
9 — McIlroy increases Masters lead to four strokes after third round. … Smithsburg girls take first place at Charas Heurich Inivtational in prep track & field.
10 — Charl Schwatzel comes from behind to win the Masters, closing with four birdies.
11 — In prep baseball, Tyler Nally’s grand slam gives Williamsport 10-8 win over Smithsburg.
14 — In prep lacrosse, North beats South 14-3 in boys action and North rolls past South 12-2 in girls.
15 — In baseball, North rallies from 6-0 deficit to beat Clear Spring 7-6. … Boonsboro outslugs South 15-11.
18 — In softball, Williamsport’s Kayla Ewing hits two home runs in 7-6 win over Boonsboro.
19 — Orioles end eight-game losing streak with 11-0 win over Twins.
20 — In softball, Boonsboro upsets Smithsburg 5-3. … In baseball, North goes nine innings to beat Williamsport 7-6.
22 — Bryce Harper has three hits and six RBIs to lead Hagerstown over Hickory 17-1.
23 — In NHL action, Washington Capitals beat New York Rangers for 4-1 series win in first round of playoffs.
27 — In baseball, Williamsport beats South 10-7. … In softball, Kayla Ewing hits ninth homer of year in Williamsport’s 17-7 win over South.
28 — Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is picked No. 1 overall by Carolina in the NFL draft.
29 — Karah Knight’s two-run double gives Smithsburg 3-2 win over North in prep softball.
30 — Saint James sweeps Hancock with 4-3 baseball win and 3-2 softball win.
— Compiled by Herald-Mail staff writer Tim Koelble