2011: The Year in Review (Part 3)

December 27, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a six-part series looking back at some of the biggest local, regional and national stories of 2011.

May 2 — In baseball, North Hagerstown rallies for 5-3 win over rival South Hagerstown. … Boonsboro’s girls win MVAL Antietam track & field team title.

3 — Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich records 200th win in boys lacrosse. … Smithsburg’s Katie Sprecher and Boonsboro’s Ashley Smothers sign to play women’s basketball at Hagerstown Community College. … Chicago’s Derrick Rose is NBA’s MVP.

4 — In softball, Smithsburg beats Williamsport 9-1 to clinch MVAL Antietam title. … Tampa Bay sweeps Washington with a 4-0 victory in Game 4 of their NHL playoff series.

5 — Maryland’s Gary Williams retires after 22 years as Terps’ men’s basketball coach.

6 — In softball, North Hagerstown beats Brunswick 4-3 for its eighth win in nine games.

7 — Detroit’s Justin Verlander no-hits Toronto in 10-0 win. … Spanish golf great Seve Ballesteros dies at age 54.

8 — Blake Kelso’s grand slam lifts Hagerstown Suns past Lexington, 12-11.

9 — Maryland hires Mark Turgeon as its new men’s basketball coach.

10 — In prep baseball, North Hagerstown routs South Hagerstown 11-1 for share of MVAL Antietam title with Williamsport.

— Compiled by Herald-Mail staff writer Tim Koelble

11 — Suns’ Bryce Harper has 5 RBIs in 11-5 win over Delmarva.

12 — In prep track & field, Boonsboro’s boys and girls sweep Washington County team titles.

13 — In prep baseball, Hancock upsets Smithsburg 11-10 and Clear Spring beats Boonsboro 12-8 in Maryland Class 1A West playoff games.

14 — In prep lacrosse, Smithsburg beats Manchester Valley 12-6 in 2A/1A West playoffs. … Clear Spring’s Miranda Kearney upsets South Hagerstown’s Tinuke Adetunji for girls singles title at Washington County tennis tournament.

16 — In prep baseball, Clear Spring upsets Mountain Ridge 6-1 in 1A playoffs and Williamsport beats Hancock 12-4.

19 — In prep baseball, Williamsport beats Northern Garrett 12-3 and Clear Spring loses to Catoctin 10-3 in 1A playoffs. North Hagerstown loses to Middletown 7-5 in Class 2A.

20 — In prep baseball, Williamsport wins 1A West title with 13-0 win over Catoctin behind Brendon Colliflower’s 3-hit shutout. … In softball, Smithsburg loses 2-1 to Catoctin in 1A West final. … Boonsboro’s girls win 12 events to take team title in 1A West track & field.

21 — In track & field, North Hagerstown’s Anthony Winter wins three events in 2A West meet. … Washington County players win four of five titles in Region 1 tennis tournament. … Shackleford wins Preakness.

24 — In 1A state baseball semifinals, Williamsport loses 12-2 to St. Michaels, giving up 10 runs in seventh inning.

26 — In track & field, Boonsboro’s Coby Gussio and J.R. Lowery and Williamsport’s Evan Hardy win individual titles at 1A state meet.

27 — In track & field, South Hagerstown’s Jaid Sandeen wins pole vault at 3A state meet.

28 — Gussio and Hardy win more gold, along with North Hagerstown’s Charlotte Anderson and Boonsboro’s Abby Duncan, Maggie Sullivan and Becky Young in 1A state meet. … Winter wins another gold in 2A for North. … Boonsboro’s girls win 1A state team title.

29 — Dan Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500.

30 — Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigns.

June 2 — Bryce Harper homers in 10th inning to give Hagerstown Suns a 9-8 win over Greenville.

3 — Paul Easton named new boys basketball coach at Saint James.

4 — Jefferson beats Fairmont Senior 8-4 for West Virginia Class AAA baseball title, the 10th in school history.

5 — Rafael Nadal defeats Roger Federer to win his sixth French Open tennis title.

6 — USC is stripped of its 2004 national championship in college football by the NCAA.

7 — Hagerstown native Christian Binford is drafted in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball first-year draft by Kansas City.

10 — St. Louis’ Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th MLB game. … Bill Stewart resigns as head football coach at West Virginia.

11 — Former HCC track standout Tony Clement, of Williamsport, wins Nick Adenhart 5K race ... Ruler On Ice wins Belmont Stakes.

12 — Dallas beats Miami 105-95 for NBA title.

14 — Smithsburg’s Cullan Ganley is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Smithsburg’s Taylor Cline wins Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year honors, and Smithsburg’s Joe Dietrich is the Coach of the Year.

15 — Boonsboro’s Alice D’Alauro and Erin Scally are The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Girls Tennis Co-Players of the Year. North Hagerstown’s Teddy Schoeck is the Boys Tennis Player of the Year. Clear Spring’s Lisa Shives is the Tennis Coach of the Year. … Boston defeats Vancouver 4-0 for Stanley Cup title.

16 — Boonsboro’s Abby Duncan is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

17 — Boonsboro’s Coby Gussio is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Boonsboro’s Becky Walter is the Track & Field Coach of the Year.

18 — Williamsport’s Kayla Ewing is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Softball Hitter of the Year. Clear Spring’s Amber Forrest is the Pitcher of the Year. Smithsburg’s Katy Barnhart is the Coach of the Year.

19 — Smithsburg’s Ryne Willard is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Baseball Hitter of the Year. Williamsport’s Brendon Colliflower is the Pitcher of the Year. Williamsport’s David Warrenfeltz is the Coach of the Year. … Rory McIlroy wins U.S. Open in golf. … Suns beat Delmarva 11-4 to finish first half with 40-30 record.

23 — Jim Riggleman abruptly quits as manager of the Washington Nationals.

24 — National, Clear Spring, Sharpsburg and Hancock are all winners in the Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League tournament.

25 — Davey Johnson named manager of the Nationals.

26 — Yani Tseng wins LPGA Championship.

27 — Valley and Halfway get wins in District 1 10-11 Little League tournament.

28 — Valley and Conococheague win in District 1 9-10 winners’ bracket semifinals. … Maugansville defeats South Mountain in Senior Tournament opener.

29 — Valley outduels Conococheague 1-0 in District 1 9-10 winners’ bracket final and 15-4 in a Junior Tournament opener.

30 — Maugansville beats Valley 16-6 in Senior Tournament.

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