Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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 - Saint James opens football season with 40-14 win over Hancock. … Williamsport boys win the small-school division in the Clear Spring Interstate Classic cross country meet.
3 - After a weekend delay, Clear Spring opens football season with 19-14 win over Fairfield.
4 - Orioles beat Toronto 12-0 to claim a share of first place in the AL East for the first time since 1997.
6 - In boys soccer, Owen Marx scores three goals to lead Williamsport over South Hagerstown, 5-1.
7 - Suns lose best-of-3 playoff series to Greensboro 7-5. … In prep football, Isiaha Smith of South Hagerstown scores five times in 47-0 win over Francis Scott Key.
8 - Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is shut down for the year after pitching vs. Marlins.
9 - Robert Griffin III leads Washington to 40-32 win over New Orleans in pro debut, throwing for 320 yards.
10 - Britain’s Andy Murray wins U.S. Open. … Ifeanyi Idegwu scores to give North Hagerstown 2-1 win over Thomas Johnson in boys soccer.
11 - In volleyball, Williamsport sweeps Smithsburg to end Leopards’ home winning streak that dated back to October, 2008.
13 - In boys soccer, Boonsboro beats South 3-1 as Connor Prunty scores two goals. … In girls soccer, Clear Spring blanks North 1-0.
14 - In football, Isiaha Smith scores three touchdowns in South’s 32-13 win over Boonsboro.
15 - In girls soccer, Williamsport beats Smithsburg 2-1 and Boonsboro beats North 1-0 in Washington County semifinals. … In cross country, Williamsport wins boys large-school division at Big Spring Invitational.
18 - In volleyball, Williamsport blanks South Hagerstown 3-0.
19 - Orioles call up 19-year-old Dylan Bundy from Double-A Bowie.
20 - In boys soccer, Tiago DeSouza scores in 52nd minute to give Williamsport 1-0 win over North.
21 - In football, South rallies to beat Thomas Johnson 21-14 and the Rebel defense picks off five passes.
22 - In football, Boonsboro rips Clear Spring 46-0, Catoctin rolls over Williamsport 40-7 and Saint James blanks St. John’s Catholic Prep 14-0.
23 - RG3’s home debut is spoiled in Redskins’ 38-31 loss to Cincinnati.
24 - North Hagerstown qualifies for 3A/4A state golf meet for second time in three years as Nate Parchment leads team with a 76.
25 - Smithsburg’s Kyle Huntzberry leads four state qualifiers in 1A/2A districts. Others are Ryan Crabtree, Cody Trunkle and Sydney Alexander.
26 - In soccer, Clear Spring rips Berkeley Springs, 7-1 in the boys game and 6-0 in the girls.
27 - North golf team wins Washington County Public Schools title, led by Chad Shindle’s 74.
28 - In football, Boonsboro hammers Williamsport 59-19; Gabe Fridgen’s 77-yard interception keys North past Brunswick 35-21 and Isiaha Smith scores five times for South in 43-0 win over Poolesville. … In the majors, Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey tosses a no-hitter in 1-0 win over Pittsburgh.
29 - West Virginia beats Baylor 70-63 in highest scoring game in Big 12 history. WVU’s Geno Smith throws for 656 yards. … Orioles beat Red sox 4-3 to tie Yankees for first place in AL East.
30 - Europe rallies to beat United States 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 in Ryder Cup. … Orioles beat Red Sox 6-3 and clinch wild card berth into playoffs when Texas beats Los Angeles.
1 - Nationals clinch NL East title and a playoff spot for the first time in 79 years.
2 - In boys soccer, North beats Linganore 1-0 in overtime on Neal Dossouvi’s goal.
3 - In volleyball, Smithsburg beats Clear Spring 3-1. … Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera becomes first player to win the Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
4 - In girls soccer, South Hagerstown gets first win after seven losses with 3-0 victory over Goretti. … NHL cancels first two weeks of regular season.
5 - In football, South rocks Smithsburg 38-6 and North outlasts Williamsport 53-27 with a 40-point first half.
6 - In cross country, Greencastle-Antrim sophomore Caroline Schemel is the top girl in the 23rd annual Don Stoner Invitational. … Williamsport’s Cody Bowman is first among the boys small school teams.
8 - In cross country, Goretti boys and North girls repeat as Hagerstown city champions. … North wins the Hagerstown city golf championship. … In girls soccer North beats South 2-0 for its first win.
9 - In girls soccer, Leah Cardigan has a hat trick to lead Boonsboro over Catoctin 4-0. … In volleyball, Heritage Academy wins the MDCC regular season, beating CVCS 3-0 to remain unbeaten.
11 - In boys soccer, Clear Spring beats Williamsport 1-0 on a goal by Kevin Carbajal. … Greencastle-Antrim beats Waynesboro 3-0 in volleyball.
12 - New York Yankees end Baltimore’s season with a 3-1 win in the ALDS. … In football, South romps over Catoctin 40-6 as Smith runs for 280 yards. … Boonsboro wallops Hedgesville 48-13, highlighted by Zach Poffenberger’s 95-yard kickoff return.
13 - In football, Isaiah Keyes scores four touchdowns to lead North over Smithsburg 48-7. … In boys soccer, Clear Spring shuts down North Hagerstown 2-0 for Washington County title, before Boonsboro upsets Williamsport 1-0 for girls title.
14 - Ravens edge Cowboys 31-29 and RGIII runs for 138 yards to lead Redskins past Vikings 38-26.
15 - Ravens’ Ray Lewis lost for regular season with arm injury.
16 - In volleyball, Williamsport sweeps Catoctin 3-0. … In matchup of defending state champions, North prevails over Smithsburg 3-0.
18 - In football North rips Catoctin 48-6, the 70th victory for coach Dan Cunningham, the most at North.
19 - In football, Smithsburg scores with 33 seconds left to nip Clear Spring 7-6. … Rebels go to 8-0 with 48-12 win over Williamsport. … In golf, North wins second straight MVAL Antietam Conference title.
20 - Terps lose to N.C. State when kicker misses field goal with 32 seconds left. … In volleyball, Heritage Academy wins MDCC tournament.
21 - Redskins lose to N.Y. Giants 27-23 and Ravens are clobbered by Houston 43-13.
22 - In volleyball, North tops Fort Hill 3-0 for its 10th straight win. … North golfers Aaron Staley and Drew Miguel each shoot 78 to qualify for final round of Maryland state tournament.
23 - In golf, Williamsport’s Ryan Crabtree shoots 77 and Smithsburg’s Kyle Huntzberry also qualifies for final round of Maryland states, … In boys soccer, Ryan Byard’s two goals lead North over South 3-1.
24 - In state golf, North Hagerstown’s Drew Miguel shoots a 3-over 74 and has a 152 for two days, the lowest of local golfers.
25 - In boys soccer, North beats Seneca Valley 1-0 on a goal by Martin Rivas in Md. 3A playoffs. … In cross country, Williamsport’s Cody Bowman and Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski win Washington County Public Schools titles.
26 - In football, Brunswick hands South Hagerstown its first loss after eight wins 42-32. … In boys soccer, Smithsburg downs Southern Garrett 3-2 as Adler Garrett scores all three goals in the 1A West playoff win.
27 - In volleyball, North Hagerstown sweeps Clear Spring to win MVAL Antietam Conference title.
31 - In girls soccer, Smithsburg beats Boonsboro 1-0 on a goal by Dominique Dilandro in 1A West playoffs.