Centennial Girls Basketball Triumphs Over Atholton

Words and photos: Delanie Tucker

In their second game of the season, Centennial’s Girls varsity basketball team earned a big win over Atholton with a final score of 55-29.

Although there were many players that had a big impact on the final score, players such as juniors Ashley Molz and Jordan Dossett, were two girls that clearly stood out throughout the match. The two top scorers for the Eagles were sophomores Brook Anderson, number 12, and Rasa Welsh, number 13. Together they scored 34 of Centennial’s points. Welsh finished the game with 14 points and Anderson with 20, 18 of which came from scoring three-pointers.

In what was a close game in the beginning, Centennial came out with a great victory, both their defense and offense showing off their skills, shutting Atholton down as best they could. The team looks forward to their next game and hopes to come out with the same results. The Eagles will play C. Milton Wright High School at Centennial on December 13 at 5:30 PM.

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Centennial Varsity Boys Basketball Lose Season Opener Against Atholton

Words: Josh Horen

In what was a very up-and-down kind of game, the Centennial Eagles dropped their season opener in heart breaking fashion against the Atholton Raiders, with a final score of 69-62.

It was a face-paced game from the tip off, as the Raiders jumped out to a 7-4 lead early. Centennial answered with a 6-0 run of their own and for the rest of the first quarter it was a back and fourth affair. With 4:16 to go in the first quarter, Centennial senior Hayden Ford came off the bench and provided an immediate spark, making several big time shots including an ally-oop lay-up with 25 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Atholton was holding onto a one point lead heading into the second quarter, 16-15. Centennial’s nerves were a huge factor as they committed sloppy turnovers, and seemed out of sync on the offensive end. Ford was the only thing clicking offensively for Centennial in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Eagles started to find their offensive groove, outscoring the Raiders by 8 points. Ford again was grabbing down offensive rebound after offensive rebound and either finishing it or making it to the free throw line. With 6:30 to go in the second quarter, Ford gathered himself in the post and threw down a thunderous slam which sent the Centennial crowd into a frenzy. Atholton was hanging tough though, pulling within four points of Centennial with 2:30 to go. Senior Andrew Hohmann nailed a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 31-24 and Senior Shawn Hill provided points and energy off the bench to help extend the lead.

After a Stafford Smith lay-up, Centennial found themselves up 37-26 at the break. Ford led all scorers with 13 points and Hill dumped in seven points to boost Centennial’s lead. Centennial was looking like they would run away with the game after the first half but the Raiders didn’t quit just yet.

Despite the higher scoring in the first half, senior Sean Taylor thought the Eagles weren’t playing at the pace they wanted to.

“Our transition defense hurt us and we failed to get back on defense early in the game. On the offensive end we allowed them to speed us up a bit, which then lead to turnovers,” said Taylor.

The Eagles came out of halftime scorching hot. With a little under 5 minutes to play in the third quarter, back to back 3’s by Hohmann and fellow senior Corey Eudell extended Centennial’s lead, making it 47-33. Ford was continuing to put in the dirty work in the paint and just kept on providing offensively for the Eagles.

However, the Eagles watched their lead dwindle in the final minute of the third quarter.  The Raiders closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run, including a buzzer beater at the end of the third to close the gap to four points.

Centennial held onto a 54-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Atholton was gaining momentum. After a Taylor go-ahead 2 pointer Centennial was leading 58-57 before Atholton took a full timeout.

After the timeout, Atholton sunk a lay-up with 4:30 left to play to take the lead 59-58. After that shot, Atholton never lost their lead. The Raiders closed out their win on a 7-2 run again and Centennial could not seem to get a shot to fall.

After a very tough loss, Taylor is ready to bounce back and he doesn’t want to harp on the loss too much.

“All in all, we will see them again and we will be better and fix our mistakes. We understand that it is early in the season but that is not to be seen as excuse. Only way to go is up from here,” said Taylor.Centennial surely can’t dwell on the loss too much because their next game is against their arch-rival, Mount Hebron.

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Centennial Red Cross’s Holiday Gift Drive

Words: Maggie Ju

The Centennial High School Red Cross Club is holding a holiday gift drive for children at Grassroots. From the club’s tree poster outside the cafeteria, students may pick paper ornaments, which have the names of gift items on the back. Donations should be dropped off in the box in Room 914 by December 15.

Items requested include clothing, toys, and sports equipment. Club members will sort and wrap all collected gifts at Grassroots Family Center on the last day of the drive.

The club’s board said, “We selected the Grassroots Family Shelter because it is one of the closest homeless shelters to Centennial High School, and we wanted to directly help out people in our local community.”

Sharing the mission of the American Red Cross, Centennial Red Cross strives to aid humanitarian efforts and serve the community. The club meets every Friday in Room 914, Mr. Thomas’s room.

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Centennial’s Accafellas Club Update

Words: Xander Mauer

Accafellas is an all-male a capella choir group with the voice parts of tenor, baritone, and bass. They meet once a week in the choir room (703) after school every Tuesday at 2:15-3:00. They practice songs they hope to perform at the three concert choir concerts throughout the year.

The first concert where they will be performing will be on December 12 at 7 pm. Accafellas will perform the Christmas song compilation “12 Days of Christmas” written by the group Straight No Chasers and composed by the club’s student co-president Leo Wu.

After the concert, Accafellas will be accepting new members again. If you are interested in joining, either contact one of the student co-presidents, Steven Mitchell and Leo Wu, or show up to the first meeting after the concert.

No musical background or auditions are required; you only have to be willing to show up and learn the music. If you wanted to take choir but couldn’t because of a schedule conflict or needed a different credit, then this club would be a good substitute.

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Centennial Red Cross Blood Drive

Words: Maggie Ju

Centennial Red Cross will be holding its annual blood drive on December 22 in the auxiliary gym. Forms are available until December 15 at the Red Cross table outside the cafeteria during lunch.

Blood donors must be at least 16 years of age and in good health. Donors 18 or younger should weigh at least 110 pounds, but there are additional weight requirements that vary for gender and age.

“The blood is donated to Red Cross blood centers,” said the Centennial Red Cross Board, “after running some tests on the blood, they distribute it to hospitals.”

Blood donations help victims of disasters as they recover. Currently, the American Red Cross is in critical need of O Negative and B Negative blood, but donations of all blood types are welcomed.

For more information, contact Centennial Red Cross at centennialredcross@gmail.com.

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Maryland All-State Music Students Announced

Words: Sarah Kruhm

Please congratulate the following students on being accepted as wind players to the Maryland All-State Junior and Senior ensembles. CHS band students occupy nearly 10% of All-State ensemble wind sections, more than any other high school in the state. The Centennial students recently welcomed include:

Hyungjoo Han (flute alternate), Emmeline Murphy (oboe), Asha Kline (bassoon), Alexa Patnaude (clarinet), Tomas Germanas (clarinet), Samuel Cheng (clarinet), Richard Gao (clarinet), Larry Du (clarinet), Colin Eng (baritone saxophone), Joshua Oberly (trumpet), Joseph Tsaiho (trumpet), Carter Matties (trumpet), Alexander Chen (tuba), John Sedor (percussion), Helen Yang (clarinet), Nadine Meister (clarinet), Kevin Xu (clarinet), Shane Hou (tenor saxophone), Keegan McCardell (horn), Joanna Park (horn), Tobi Ajiboye (trombone), Jack Keane (trombone), and Norman Zhang (trombone alternate).

The following students are being accepted into Junior and Senior All State Orchestra. Kudos on their hard work and getting into such a prestigious ensemble.

Senior All State members are as follows: Violin 1: Alice Lin*, Angela Kou, Emily Kim, and Allen Wang. Violin 2: Nicole Meister*, Nicole Lee*, Leah Mitchell, Vicki Li, Joon Park, Ruoheng Zeng, and Joshua Qiu. Viola: Jisoo Choi*, Steven Hu, and Ethan Lin. Cello: Hannah Kim, Peter Ho, and Genevieve Lee.

*Placed in top 4 and will audition for section leader.

Junior All State members are as follows: Violin: Aaron Chen, Helen Li, and Justin Liang. Viola: Melody Chu.

Congratulations to freshman Sean Kim on winning the Howard County High School GT Orchestra concerto competition. Sean plays cello and his concerto will be featured in the BSO side by side concert in February at the Meyerhoff.

Also congratulations to sophomore Leah Mitchell on winning 2nd place in the 2017 Friday Music Morning Club Strings Competition. She received a cash award of $700.

The following students were accepted in to the Maryland All State Choir: Ana Cunningham, Nicole Ouellette, Kai Daley, Anika Huang, Rachel Harris (Soprano Alternate), Moitri Kazi (Alto Alternate), Lauren Herr, Sabrina Ochoa, Srija MakkapatiCaroline Shimeall, Ashley Xu, Charu Dwivedi, Shardul RakshitWilliam QuAntariksh Tulshyan, and Ameya Sriram.

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