So, if you're a Penn State football fan, or a Baltimore Orioles supporter, or a Baltimore Ravens rooter, it might seem odd that the list you're about to read doesn't contain any mention of any of them.
All had national impact, and all generated plenty of interest in the Hanover area, to be sure.
However, any compilation of top-10 stories in the Hanover area in 2012 would easily neglect worthy stories if those national highlights are included. So we'll let the national media focus on them and we'll try to determine other highlights.
And there were plenty, in fact too many to isolate into a convenient list, but there were themes and so here is one sports writer's list of trends that made readers take notice of 2012.
You need a program: Hanover area sports fans had to get used to a whole new set of names during the fall.
Half of the area's high school teams and McDaniel College all had new head football coaches, including new leaders at Hanover and South Western, the first time two Hanover city schools changes coaches in the same year since 1955.
And, by the way, Mount St. Mary's University added a new men's basketball coach.
For most, the initial seasons for these new coaches featured limited success. In fact, McDaniel head coach Mike Hoyt and Hanover High's Mike Ketterman endured winless seasons. But Fairfield broke a 37-game winless streak under its new boss, Darwin Seiler, and South Western's Damian Poalucci got a winning record and a District 3 playoff berth from his Mustangs.
As for The Mount's basketball team, the jury is still out as the calendar page turns.
A taste of Hollywood: A heartwarming moment in February eventually drew a motion picture crew to the Gettysburg College campus and Bream Gym.
Gettysburg College senior Cory Weissman completed his three-year comeback from a stroke by scoring the only point of his career in his final game as a Bullet, an achievement which attracted widespread attention of the national media.
It has also produced a script, "1,000 to 1, The Cory Weissman Story," and the production of a movie, featuring longtime actor Beau Bridges, which has not yet been released.
Big-time talent: Delone Catholic's Sierra Moore and South Western's Mike Felton took their athleticism to new levels.
After leaving the Squirettes to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals and becoming the Hanover area's all-time basketball scorer, Moore competes in a national showcase, the McDonald's All-America game in Chicago, and moves on to an unbeaten powerhouse at Duke University.
Meanwhile, Felton was the area's latest Big 33 Football Classic participant in June before he began his collegiate football career at Temple University. After appearing in nine games and making one tackle as a freshman, he will be playing for a new head coach, Matt Rhule, in his sophomore campaign.
London calling: Sure, the 2012 Summer Olympics were an international story, but the Hanover area contributed one athlete to the Games' successor, the Paralympics, also in London.
Jennifer Poist, a Delone Catholic High graduate and a standout for Arizona, was a member of the women's wheelchair basketball team representing the United States on the international stage.
And, while the U.S. failed to medal, the trip surely offered her an experience she will never forget.
What's old is new again: The year 2012 featured the return of several events which used to be staples in the Hanover area.
For example, the Ravens, who had moved their preseason training camp to Owings Mills, Md., returned to their previous site, McDaniel College, in June for a youth clinic.
Closer to home, Lincoln Speedway welcomed back the World of Outlaws super sprint tour for the first time since 1998, and the tour was beaten by eventual track champion Danny Dietrich, the first Hanover area resident to win the crown since Cris Eash in 1996.
And then Hanover saw the return of its semi-pro football name, the Rhinos, with a new incarnation of the squad, which went 2-8 in the regular season before winning an exhibition game in December.
More of the same: Several items deserve this designation.
One, Delone Catholic graduate Pat Flaherty earned his second Super Bowl ring as offensive line coach of the New York Giants when they beat New England, 21-17, on Feb. 7.
Two, the Hanover Area YMCA girls, led by all-around crowns from Selena Swanger and Elizabeth Groden, captured their third straight YMCA national championship in the meet at Milwaukee.
Third. Gettysburg's Steve Gorman won his second national masters pole vaulting championship in March, 13 years after he had won his first.
And finally, New Oxford's Twins won their third South Penn Baseball League crown in the past four years.
Change at the PIAA: The past year saw the retirement of a longtime presence at the state's high school sports governing organization when Brad Cashman, a Hanover native ended his career as executive director.
However, the Hanover area did not lose its seat among the PIAA administrators. While Robert Lombardi succeeded Cashman as executive director, Lombardi's post was filled by McSherrystown resident Pat Gebhart, who is in charge of the PIAA's 14,000 officials.
On top of the podium: Fairfield's Isaiah Logue has long been one of the Hanover area's leading golfers, having placed second in the York County Junior Golf Association's George Barton Match Play Championship earlier in the year.
However, Logue brought his game up another notch in October, when he became the first Hanover area golfer to win a PIAA championship. Playing at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Logue won the Class AA crown.
Green and gold glory: McDaniel College tapped heavily into the Hanover area for its softball team, and that team advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament during the spring.
Led by Hanover resident Phil Smith, the Green Terror featured Hanover High graduate Jordan Beans, South Western graduates Stacey Armacost and Amy Baumgardner and New Oxford alumni Becky and Caroline Brehm.
All played key roles, but Caroline Brehm led the Centennial Conference champions to their success as the conference's pitcher of the year. She had a 24-10 record with 377 strikeouts in 231 innings pitched.
A series of firsts: Hanover area teams achieved several milestones on the scholastic level.
In March, Delone Catholic's District 3 Class AA boys' basketball championship not only was its first since 1985, but the first ever for head coach Jim Dooley in his 46 years as a head coach.
Not to be outdone, South Western's boys' basketball and boys' soccer teams both earned their first-ever YAIAA championships.
Yet every school participated in another achievement as District 3 moved its girls' soccer schedule from spring to all, leading to 2012, the year containing two separate girls' soccer seasons.
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