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2011: The Year in Review (Part 4)

December 28, 2011

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

July 1 — Sharpsburg eliminates Conococheague 8-7 in Maryland District 1 9-10 Little League Tournament. … Valley edges Clear Spring 4-3 for District 1 10-11 championship.

2 — Petra Kvitova defeats Maria Sharapova for Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title.

3 — Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal for Wimbledon men’s title.

5 — Bryce Harper is promoted from Class A Hagerstown Suns to Class AA Harrisburg. … Sharpsburg beats Valley 11-9 for District 1 9-10 title.

6 — Valley beats Maugansville 7-6  for District 1 Junior title. … Valley and National open District 1 11-12 tournament with wins.

7 — Maugansville beats Valley 18-0 for District 1 Senior title.

9 — N.Y. Yankees’ Derek Jeter hits home run for 3,000th hit. … South Mountain and Sharpsburg are winners in District 1 11-12 tournament.

10 — Federal and Conococheague are winners in District 1 11-12 tournament semifinals.

11 — Conococheague beats Federal 8-7 in winners’ bracket final of District 1 11-12 tournament.

12 — Valley beats Halfway 7-4 in District 1 11-12 losers’ bracket semifinals.

13 — Valley beats Federal 9-3 in District 1 11-12 losers’ bracket final.

14 — Conocochegue beats Valley 13-3 for District 1 11-12 title.

16 — Valley beats Elkton 16-0 in Maryland 10-11 Little League state tournament. … Sharpsburg loses to Berlin 10-7 in 9-10 state tournament … Former Daily Mail sports editor Larry Yanos is inducted into Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

17 — Valley beats Waldorf 15-11 in 10-11 state tournament. … Sharpsburg loses to Four County 12-9 in 9-10 state tournament. … Darren Clarke wins British Open golf tournament.

19 — Brunswick beats Valley 21-3 at 10-11 state stournament.

20 — Valley beats West Salisbury 12-9 in 10-11 state tournament. … Tiger Woods fires caddie Steve Williams.

21 — Valley loses 14-0 to Brunswick in Little League 10-11 state final.

24 — Conococheague loses to Northern Calvert 14-2 in 11-12 state tournament at Maugansville.

25 — NFL ends 18-week lockout. … Conococheague beats West Salisbury 9-1 at 11-12 state tournament.

26 — Maugansville beats Elkton 16-6 in Maryland Junior state losers’ bracket final. … Conococheague beats Southern Maryland 10-9 on Justin Beckley’s game-winning double at 11-12 state tournament.

27 — Conococheague beats Northern Calvert 8-4 on Levi Taylor’s grand slam in state 11-12 losers’ bracket final. … Redskins trade QB Donovan McNabb to Vikings.

28 — Conococheague beats Elkton 11-1 in first game of championship round to force final game at state 11-12 tournament.

29 — Levi Taylor has 7 RBIs to lead Conococheague over Elkton 14-10 for state 11-12 Little League crown.

30 — Funkstown Post 211 beats Gaithersburg 13-10 to reach Maryland American Legion baseball final.

31 — Funkstown finishes second in state legion tournament after 10-3 loss to Chaney. … Hagerstown ‘B’ beats Hagerstown ‘A’ 6-4 for East Zone West Region title.

Aug. 5 — Hagerstown ‘B’ loses to Manchester (N.H.) 6-1 in East Zone tournament. … Conococheague loses 7-3 to New York in 11-12 Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

6 — Conococheague loses 7-1 to Delaware. … Hagerstown ‘B’ loses to New Bedford (Mass.) 13-3.

7 — Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg begins rehab from surgery, pitching for Hagerstown Suns at Municipal Stadium. Strasburg throws 1 2/3 innings and 31 pitches in his first game in 11 months.

8 — Conococheague beats Washington, D.C. 17-9 at Mid-Atlantic Regional.

11 — Conococheague eliminated from Mid-Atlantic Regional with 10-3 loss to Pennsylvania.

12 — Tony Clement (male) and Lauren Johnson (female) are winners of first Krumpe’s Donut Alley Rally 5K.

13 — Jim Markovitz and Chuck Thatcher share first-round WACO golf lead at 2-under-par 70.

14 — Markovitz beats Chris Baloga on first playoff hole to win WACO title. ... Keegan Bradley rallies to force three-hole playoff and win the 93rd PGA Championship.

22 — Nick Franki, Christian Grosh and Carter Rajtik are winners in Tournament of Champions junior golf at Beaver Creek.

24 — Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan found dead at his home at age 59.

26 — Williamsport’s John Bailey resigns after seven years as head track & field coach.

27 — Cameron Hanlin (male) and Sarah Zielinski (female) are winners in the Gary Brown 5-Miler.

— Compiled by staff writer TIM KOELBLE

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