Editor’s note: This is the second 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.
1 - In boys basketball, Smithsburg beats Brunswick 59-58 on Tyson Pierre’s free throw with 4 seconds remaining.
2 - Williamsport’s Bryan Davis and Zach Shoemaker and North Hagerstown’s Brendon Colbert and Kenneth Burrs reach state wrestling semifinals.
3 - In boys basketball, Smithsburg beats Southern Garrett 60-54 for 1A West region title to qualify for its first trip to the state tournament in 24 years. … Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker wins 2A-1A 160-pound title at the Maryland state wrestling tournament.
4 - HCC men beat Allegany College 79-74 for Region XX championship.
9 - In boys basketball, Smithsburg loses in the 1A state semifinals to New Town, 75-72.
11 - HCC women lose Region XX final 53-35 to Chesapeake.
13 - In baseball, St. Maria Goretti wins opener 22-2 over Spencerville.
14 - In boys basketball, Hedgesville beats Wheeling Park 37-35 in West Virginia Class AAA quarterfinals.
16 - In boys basketball, Hedgesville beats Parkersburg 62-56 while Martinsburg loses to George Washington 53-51.
17 - Hedgesville wins its first state title since 1970 with a 33-32 victory over George Washington.
19 - HCC names Vicky Bullet new women’s basketball coach.
21 - Williamsport’s Evan Hardy is The Herald-Mail’s Boys Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
22 - Boonsboro’s Sarah Zelinski is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. … Boonsboro’s Becky Walter is Indoor Track Coach of the Year. … Boonsboro girls lacrosse team wins its first-ever match 11-10 over Smithsburg.
23 - Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker is The Herald-Mail’s Wrestler of the Year. … North Hagerstown’s Greg Slick is Wrestling Coach of the Year.
24 - North Hagerstown’s Iman Scott is The Herald-Mail’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year. … South Hagerstown’s Nate Naylor is Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
25 - Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia is The Herald-Mail Boys Basketball Player of the Year. … Smithsburg’s Eric Gerber is Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. … Tiger Woods wins the Palmer Invitational, his first title in 30 months.
28 - North Hagerstown beats South Hagerstown 14-4 in baseball and 10-0 in softball.
29 - In lacrosse, St. Maria Goretti beats South boys 17-4 and beats South girls 16-4.
30 - In baseball, South Hagerstown sneaks past Clear Spring 6-5 on run in seventh inning.
31 - In baseball, Hancock beats Saint James 10-2.
2 - In baseball Williamsport scores five runs in seventh inning to beat South 6-5. … In men’s basketball, Kentucky beats Louisville 69-61 and Kansas beats Ohio State 64-62 in national semifinals.
3 - In women’s basketball, Baylor finishes 40-0 after beating Notre Dame 80-61 for national title.
4 - Kentucky beats Kansas 59-50 for its eighth NCAA men’s basketball title.
5 - Stephen Strasburg pitches seven innings for Washington in 2-1 win over Chicago Cubs on opening day.
8 - Bubba Watson beats Louis Oosthuizen on second playoff hole to win the Masters.
9 - Washington’s Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse rehab with Hagerstown Suns.
10 - In boys lacrosse, North Hagerstown beats South Hagerstown 17-6. … In girls lax, North beats South 23-6.
13 - In baseball, Boonsboro’s Brian Cibula hits grand slam for 9-5 win over South Hagerstown. … In track and field, South Hagerstown girls win their first Rebel Relays title. … North Hagerstown’s Andrew Yacyk hits two homers and drives in seven runs as Hubs beat Clear Spring 15-6.
16 - In softball, Smithsburg beats Boonsboro 10-0 to start season with 10 straight wins.
19 - Dillan Harbaugh has four goals to lead Smithsburg over St. Maria Goretti 13-1 in boys lacrosse.
20 - In baseball, North Hagerstown has a 12-run fourth inning in a 12-0 win over Boonsboro. … Williamsport beats Smithsburg 14-2.
21 - In track and field, South Hagerstown boys set Washington County record in 4x200 meter relay at 1:29.25 at Zonis Invitational.
24 - In softball, Clear Spring’s Amber Forrest tosses 1-hitter in 11-1 win over Williamsport.
25 - Hagerstown Suns offense explodes in 24-2 win over Rome.
26 - Indianapolis Colts select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as first pick in NFL Draft. … Redskins take Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. … Smithsburg boys basketball coach Eric Gerber resigns.
27 - In baseball, Smithsburg’ Brad Spickler tosses 5-hitter in 2-0 win over Boonsboro.
30 - Williamsport boys win MVAL track & field meet; Boonsboro girls finish second to Oakdale.