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2012 Year in Review: July and August

December 28, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a six-part series compiled by staff writer Tim Koelble looking back at some of the biggest local, regional and national stories of 2012.

JULY

1 - Austin Golden throws a five-inning no-hitter as Conococheague beats Maugansville 10-0 in Junior League winners’ bracket.

2 - Valley defeats Maugansville 5-2 to win the District 1 Senior League title. Pitcher Josh Miller has 10 srikeouts.

5 - Maryland District 1 11-12 tournament opens with National beating American 5-4, Clear Spring beating Federal 16-6 and Valley beating Maugansville 8-2.

6 - In 11-12 action, Valley edges Conococheague 17-16 and National nips Sharpsburg 2-1. … In the Junior League tourney, Maugansville beats Conococheague 9-8.

7 - In 11-12 action, National beats Sharpsburg 2-1 on Rian Flaherty’s sacrifice fly.

8 - Serena Williams wins Wimbledon women’s singles title.

9 - In District 1 Junior League tournament, Conococheague defeats Maugansville 10-8 for title.

11 - In 11-12 losers’ bracket, Valley defeats South Mountain 12-2.

12 - In 11-12 losers’ bracket final, Clear Spring beats Valley 12-1.

13 - Garrett Embly’s RBI double gives Clear Spring 11-10 win over National in 11-12 championship round.

14 - Clear Spring emerges as District 1 11-12 champ after 13-0 win over National. … West End opens 9-10 state tournament with 7-6 win over Elkton.

16 - West End defeats Brunswick 12-11 in 10-11 state tournament.

19 - Federal 9-10s reach championship round of state tournament with 17-6 win over South Maryland.

20 - Frederal defeats Frederick National 9-5 at 9-10 state tournament.

21 - Washington County Sports Hall of Fame inducts Clayton Anders, Jim Hutson, Ted Brumbaugh. Jimi Massey, Joseph Tischer and Rick Schultz.

22 - Federal wins 9-10 state tournament with 11-1 win over Frederick National. … Clear Spring opens 11-12 state tournament with 15-9 win over Easton. . Hagerstown PONY 13s win East Zone title 13-1 over Albany, N.Y., to qualify for World Series in Fullerton, Calif. … Hagerstown Colt all-stars finish fourth in super regionals in Ohio. … Funkstown Skunks finish third in NABF 17U World Series in Knoxville, Tenn. … Ernie Els wins British Open.

23 - Clear Spring wins in first round of 11-12 state tournament, 16-0 over Brunswick. … Hagerstown PONY 14s beat Chambersburg 12-4 to advance to regional tournament.

24 - Conococheague defeats Caroline 16-6 in Maryland Junior League tourney.

25 - Clear Spring loses to West Salisbury 3-1 in 11-12 state tournament.

26 - Clear Spring eliminated from 11-12 state tournament in 10-5 loss to Brunswick. … Conococheague Junior League stars defeat Chesapeake City 9-4 to reach final at state tourney.

27 - Hagerstown PONY 13s lose opening game of World Series to Tijuana, Mexico, 9-3. … Conococheague loses in Junior League state final to Chesapeake 11-0.

28 - Hagerstown PONY 13s beat Fullerton, Calif., 8-6 in World Series.

29 - Hagerstown PONY 13s beat Tijuana 14-4 with 13-run fourth inning. … Federal 9-10 stars lose Eastern Regional opener 1-0 to Delaware.

30 - Hagerstown PONY 13s lose 16-6 Tamiami, Fla., to finish 2-2 in World Series. … Hagerstown PONY 14s defeat Tuscarawas 14-2 to go to East Zone finals in High Point, N.C.

31 - Federal 9-10 stars fall to New Jersey 16-7 after allowing 11 runs in first inning at Eastern Regional.



AUGUST

1 - Federal 9-10 stars drop to 0-3 in pool play in Eastern Regional after 8-7 loss to New York in 7 innings.

2 - Federal finishes 0-4 in pool play after a 6-0 loss to Pennsylvania.

3 - Michael Phelps wins 17th Olympic gold, taking first in the 100-meter butterfly. It is his last individual gold.

4 - Phelps concludes Olympic career with 18th gold as part of the USA’s 4x100 medley relay.

6 - Hagerstown native Christian Binford picks up first professional baseball victory, pitching Burling, N.C., past Pulaski in the Appalachian League.

9 - United States women’s soccer team beats Japan 2-1 for Olympic gold.

11 - Chris Navarro, only 14, takes the first-round lead in the WACO golf championship with a 6-under-par 66. … United States wins Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball with 86-50 victory over France.

12 - Frederick, Md., golfer Steve Ligi shoots 2-under 70 to win WACO championship with two-day 7-under 137. … Rory McIlroy blows the field away and wins PGA Championship by eight strokes. … USA men win Olympic basketball gold, beating Spain 107-100.

15 - Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown tears ACL and will miss entire season.

17 - National Hockey League players union head Donald Fehr warns of an owners lockout without a new collective bargaining agreement.

18 - Southern Cal is The Associated Press’ preseason No. 1 choice in college football.

20 - Twelve colleges in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia — including Shepherd University — announce they are forming a new all-sports athletic conference, leaving the West Virginia Conference with just three members. … Augusta National breaks long-standing tradition with acceptance of first two women members.

23 - Redskins running back Clinton Portis announces retirement.

24 - U.S. Anti-Doping Agency strips 14 years of Lance Armstrong’s career, including his seven Tour de France titles, and bans him from sport for life.

25 - Tony Clement and Amy Blanco win Gary Brown 5 Mile Run titles.

26 - Japan defeats Tennessee 12-2 to win Little League World Series.

29 - National Football League announces replacement officials will begin working games in Week 1.

31 - Prep football season opens with South Hagerstown posting 47-0 win over Berkeley Springs, as Isiaha Smith runs for 242 yards and three scores. … North Hagerstown pounds Reginald F. Lewis 66-14.

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