2011: The Year in Review (Part 6)

December 30, 2011

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

Nov. 1 — In volleyball, North Hagerstown beats South Hagerstown 3-0 in regular-season finale … In Maryland 2A West boys soccer, Williamsport loses to Poolesville 3-1.

2 — HCC men win basketball season opener 103-88 over NOVA and the HCC women open with 66-51 win over NOVA.

3 — North Hagerstown girls and South Hagerstown boys teams advance to Maryland Class 3A state cross country meet. ... Smithsburg’s Luke Daigneault and Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski win 1A West cross country titles 1A. ... Boise State announces it will move to the Big East.

4 — In prep football regular-season finales, Boonsboro beats Smithsburg 34-13 and Williamsport tops Clear Spring 13-6.

5 — In prep football, South Hagerstown ends an eight-year losing streak to North Hagerstown with a 40-7 victory.

6 — Zack Swisher named new South Hagerstown baseball coach.

7 — In volleyball, Williamsport is upset by Middletown 3-1 Maryland 2A West quarterfinals.

8 — Boxing great Joe Frazier dies at age 67 of cancer.

9 — In volleyball, Smithsburg beats Southern Garrett 3-0 in 1A West semifinals. ... Penn State fires Joe Paterno as football coach.

11 — In prep football playoffs, Boonsboro beats Mountain Ridge 27-12 1A West and Middletown rolls over Williamsport 42-6 in 2A West. ... In volleyball, Smithsburg beats Fort Hill 3-0 in 1A West final.

12 — Williamsport’s Evan Hardy (2A boys), Smithsburg’s Luke Daigneault (1A boys) and Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski (1A girls) are Maryland state runners-up in cross country. ... In volleyball, North Hagerstown beats Damascus 3-0 for 3A West title. ... Notre Dame beats Maryland 45-21 at FedEx Field.

15 — In volleyball, Smithsburg downs Western Tech 3-0 in Maryland 1A state semifinals.

17 — In volleyball, North Hagerstown beats Towson 3-1 in Maryland 3A state semifinals.

18 — In prep football, Boonsboro’s season ends in a 1A West final loss to Fort Hill 26-7.

19 — David Riddle, of Cincinnati, wins the 49th annual JFK 50 Mile ultramarathon in a course-record time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, 45 seconds. Cassie Scallon, of Watertown, Wis., wins the women’s title in 6:31:22.

20 — Jets and Patriots win Washington County Junior Football League titles.

21 — Justin Verlander of Detroit Tigers named American League MVP.

24 — Tony Clement wins HCC’s annual Turkey Trot 5K. Taryn Shank is the women’s champ.

25 — St. Maria Goretti beats Bishop Walsh 59-43 in MAIT opener.

26 — St. Maria Goretti loses to Bishop O’Connell 55-50 in MAIT final. ... Martinsburg football teams defeats Morgantown 38-14 in West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals. ... Blowing a 27-point lead, Maryland loses to N.C. State 56-41.

28 — Ohio State hires Urban Meyer as new head football coach. ... Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau as head coach.

29 — In basketball, Heritage Academy boys and girls post wins over Grace Academy.

Dec. 2 — In boys basketball, St. Maria Goretti edges Saint James 55-54.

3 — Martinsburg wins West Virginia Class AAA state football title with a 35-27 win over George Washington. ... Saint James wins Holloway Wrestling Tournament.

5 — North Hagerstown’s Aaron Staley is The Herald-Mail Golfer of the Year. ... In girls basketball, Tayana Stewart scores 36 points to lead South Hagerstown past Tuscarora 78-65.

6 — Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. ... Williamsport boys down Broadfording 71-51 in prep basketball.

7 — Williamsport’s Evan Hardy is The Herald-Mail’s Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. ... In boys basketball, South Hagerstown is walloped by Urbana and North Hagerstown loses to Linganore.

8 — Saint James’ Mary-Kate Afzali is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

9 — Williamsport’s Alex Aleshire is The Herald-Mail’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year. ... Clear Spring boys rip Hancock 87-59 in basketball.

10 — North Hagerstown’s Autumn Fisher is The Herald-Mail’s Volleyball Player of the Year.

11 — North Hagerstown’s Phillip Butler is The Herald-Mail’s Football Offensive Player of the Year. ... Boonsboro’s J.R. Lowery is the Defensive Player of the Year. ... Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III wins Heisman Trophy.

12 — In girls baskeball, North Hagerstown rallies to beat South Hagerstown 46-38.

13 — In boys basketball, South Hagerstown rolls past rival North Hagerstown 58-32.

14 — HCC men and women post wins over Chesapeake. ... In wrestling, North Hagerstown beats Frederick 78-6.

16 — In boys basketball, Nick Hill’s shot gives Clear Spring a 75-74 win in overtime over Catoctin. ... Smithsburg boys beat Williamsport 49-47.

17 — North Hagerstown beats Williamsport 51-22 in wrestling, the Hubs’ first win in eight years over the Wildcats.

19 — Penn State football saga voted AP No. 1 story of 2011. ... Martinsburg boys basketball coach Dave Rogers posts 600th win.

20 — Clear Spring’s Nick Hill scores 26 points to lead team over Brunswick 61-44.

21 — Boonsboro’s J.R. Lowery named to Maryland All-State second team in football.

22 — In boys basketball, Smithsburg’s defense holds down North in 41-31 win. ... West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins records 700th career victory.

28 — Williamsport girls basketball team beats Allegany 42-38 to win Doub Classic for the first time since 2000. ... Greencastle boys beat Broadfording for Doub Classic title.

— Compiled by Herald-Mail staff writer Tim Koelble

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