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.