Centennial Golf Team Places and Moves On to States

Words: Emily Hollwedel

On October 8, Centennial Golf had an incredibly successful day at the District Golf Championship.

Kenny Chaplain and Morgan Taylor placed in the recent tournament. Taylor placed third in the girl’s division, while Chaplain placed fifth in boys. The entire golf team also claimed the fourth place in the tournament, and is now qualified for states in Maryland.

Chaplain and Taylor provided insight on how they felt about the tournament, and how they plan to prepare for states.

“I don’t really know what to feel yet,” Chaplain admitted. “The whole round was so strange… I could have done so much better, but I’m content with how I did.”

“This was my first time playing in Districts. I knew that I did all I could to use what I have learned and integrate it into every shot,” Taylor said. “I felt proud of myself, but I knew I still had more work to do [for states].”

Chaplain also talked about their preparation for states.

“For starters, I always play a practice round or two at the course to really get a feel for what type of shots I have to hit and where misses are penalizing or not,” commented Chaplain. “This is my third time going to states, and being a senior this time, there’s almost a sense of urgency to do well. I have to figure out how to quell this anxiety that could ultimately push me to force myself into hitting bad shots and overthinking everything.”

Taylor is also practicing in a similar fashion.

“I’m excited to play in states because it will be my first time… I think I am prepared enough mentally and physically to put up a good score,” she said.

The State Golf Tournament in Maryland is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 22, and end on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Photo Contributed By Stephen Lee

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Centennial’s Dance Company Returns With Dancing With the Staff

Words: Sasha Allen & Natalie Keane

Centennial’s annual Dancing With the Staff competition is coming up on Thursday, October 25, at 7pm. This competition will feature 23 daring teachers and staff who are all competing for the title of Centennial Dance Champion. These dedicated competitors are being trained by our talented Dance Company students here at Centennial, and since the beginning of the school year, they have been working hard to blow the audience and judges away with their skillful acts.

Dancing With the Staff began ten years ago as a final project for the Dance Company students, until the fall of 2013, when it turned into a fundraising event to be performed in front of a live audience. Since then, it has been a great way for the Centennial community to come together and support their friends and teachers.

It provides the opportunity for students and staff to switch roles as learners and leaders, and put together a show that’s fun for the whole family,” said Rebecca Clark, dance instructor at Centennial. “The support that the Centennial staff has given to the dancers is heartwarming, and the relationships that have been built through this event are priceless.”

You can come out to support your favorite teachers for only $5 per ticket. Each ticket gives you the ability to cast two votes for the staff member of your choice, and an additional 2 votes can be purchased for just $1.

Make sure to come help your favorite staff members gain the title of Centennial Dance Champion or just to enjoy a fun night full of entertaining acts. Remember, your teachers are working hard to prepare, so be sure to cheer them on!

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Seniors fall to Oakland Mills in Boys’ Varsity Soccer

Words & Photos: Delanie Tucker

On October 17, Centennial’s Boys’ Varsity soccer team hosted Oakland Mills High School for our senior night game.

Several seniors, such as Alex Cook and Joe Brown, were honored before the game, walking onto the field with their loved ones.  Additionally, each senior was given playing time, whether they were a regular on the field or not.

After 80 minutes of play, the Eagles were defeated with a final score of 1-0.  The single goal Centennial conceded was off of an Oakland Mills throw-in.  Throw-ins are indirect, but the ball was touched before it went in, so the goal counted.

Offensively, the Eagles played very well, and had several scoring opportunities.  The boys had a good chance to even out the score when they were given a penalty kick after a foul in Oakland Mills’ box.  The kick was taken by senior, Matt Merkey, but was saved.

The team fought hard throughout the game, and they are in good position to move on to playoffs.  The Eagles will play their next game on Thursday, October 18, at Atholton High School.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Takes Down Reservoir in Overtime

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, October 16, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team defeated Reservoir in a competitive match that lasted five sets.

Throughout the first set, Centennial made several errors due to a lack of communication. They struggled finishing numerous energizing rallies, despite junior Gabriella Dipasquale’s three defensive digs. Centennial lost the first set 25-22.

Reservoir entered the second set with great momentum. After taking a quick 7-1 lead, Centennial coach Michael Bossom was forced to call a timeout and regroup. Moments later, Centennial went on a 9-0 run and Reservoir was unable to recover. The Eagles won the second set 25-21 due to junior Sarah Allen’s five kills.

Despite senior Emily Dewhurst’s several kills, Centennial lost the third set by a score of 25-18.

Senior and team leader Jackie Sterenberg knew what had to be done to force a fifth set. With one ace, a block, and five kills of her own, Sterenberg led Centennial to a victory in the fourth set, 25-22.

Centennial was determined to win. In a nearly perfect start to the fifth set, the Eagles took a 5-0 lead. Nothing was going to stop them as they defeated Reservoir in overtime 15-8.

A victory on Tuesday improves the team’s overall record to 6-4. The girls’ next game is this Thursday, October 18, at 5:30pm against River Hill in Centennial’s main gym. Come out and support!

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Varsity Boys’ Soccer Loses to Mount Hebron 2-0

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew


On Friday, October 12, the Centennial Varsity Boys Soccer team lost their fourth game of the season to their rival Mount Hebron High School.

The Mount Hebron defense limited the Eagles’ attack to few scoring opportunities throughout the game to secure their 2-0 victory.

Mount Hebron scored the first goal seven minutes into the first half. The Eagles failed to clear the ball after a cross by Mount Hebron was sent in near the front of the goal, and a Mount Hebron player tapped the ball in to put the Vikings up 1-0.

Despite giving up the early goal, Centennial settled into the game and kept their composure.

Throughout the rest of the first half, the Eagles went on the attack and applied pressure on the Mount Hebron defense. Two shots went just wide of the post for Centennial, and a header off of a free kick nearly went in, but the Mount Hebron goalie was able to save the ball.

The Eagles went into halftime trailing 1-0.

In the second half, both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively, and did not have many scoring chances.

However, with 15 minutes remaining in the game, a Centennial defender committed a foul in the penalty box, granting Mount Hebron a penalty kick. Mount Hebron was able to capitalize on Centennial’s defensive error by scoring the penalty kick and going up 2-0.

The Eagles’ efforts to accomplish a comeback fell short as the Mount Hebron defense was able to hold onto their team’s lead and win the game.

The Varsity Boys Soccer team will be taking on Oakland Mills High School at home in their next game of the season on October 16 at 5:30pm.


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Centennial’s Varsity Girls’ Soccer Is Victorious Over Mount Hebron Vikings

Words: Delanie Tucker


On Friday, October 12, Centennial’s Varsity Girls Soccer team took on Mount Hebron High School, coming out with a 3-1 victory.

Both the Eagles and the Vikings played hard, but in the end, the Eagles possessed the ball better, only letting up enough to let Mount Hebron get through their backline once.

Centennial’s goals came from sophomore Lindsey Han, junior Carolina Pellegrini and senior Courtney McVicker.

Since the game took place on a Friday night at the same time the football team would typically be playing, the marching band and Centennial’s cheerleaders performed.

The marching band celebrated their senior night prior to the game.

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