Month: October 2013

Senior Crab Feast

Photos: Corey Grable

Words: Miranda Mason

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Centennial seniors returned to the school from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual crab feast, a night of eating crabs and socializing with classmates.

During the event, members of the junior class acted as waiters, bringing crabs out to all the tables. In addition to the crabs, other food such as macaroni and cheese and chicken wings were also served.

“I’m glad the class is all together,” said senior Jabari Mansell. “It’s a good opportunity to get to know everyone better.”

Assistant Principal Pamela West was one of the administrators that also attended the event, and she considered the night to be a success.  “They look like they’re having fun; like they’re hungry,” said West.

Boys’ Soccer Team Honors Seniors

Words: Giana Han

The Centennial boys’ soccer team played its final home game of the regular season on Oct. 14 against Reservoir.

At 37 minutes, one of Centennial’s senior captains, Heston Priestley, had to come out because of an injury. The rest of the half was uneventful, with a score of 0-0 at the end of the first 40 minutes.

The second half started with an assist from Ian Abee to Tommy Wang for the first score of the game. Eleven seconds later, Kevin Wilson, the Eagle’s goalie, went diving to play defense, leaving the goal undefended. Reservoir took advantage of this and tied the game.

Priestley was able to reenter the game, and, at 29 minutes, Priestley scored the second goal for the Eagles after an amazing assist from Wang. Two minutes later, however, Wilson was carded, and the Gators were given a penalty kick. They scored, tying the game at 2-2.

The Eagles were able to grab the lead again at 18 minutes, with Abee assisting Priestley for the third Eagle goal of the night. Within a minute, the Gators were able to tie up the game.

However, immediately after scoring the goal, Reservoir’s player was ejected for running off the field to high-five fans, bringing the number of Reservoir players down to 10.

The Eagles scored their fourth goal, but it was determined that it did not count since the clock ran out while the ball was on its way into the goal. An unfortunate comment from one of the players to the ref sent the Eagles into overtime down one player.

The first 10-minute overtime started out 10 v. 10, since each team was down a player. The Eagles scored the only goal, but it was taken away because of an offsides call. The game went into a second overtime, with another Centennial goal that did not count because of an offsides call.

The game ended after 100 minutes of play with a tie between Centennial and Reservoir at 3-3.

“We played our hearts out,” said Priestley. “I’m going to miss the excitement and anticipation leading up to every game.

Priestley ended the game with two goals, while Wang had one goal and one assist, Abee had two assists, and Wilson had nine saves.

“I was a little sad,” said Paul Watson, another senior. “It was probably one of the last times I’ll play on this field for Centennial.”

The team has twelve seniors this year. The twelve of them, along with the rest of the players, have come together into a tough team. “My favorite thing is the team spirit. It’s fun hanging out with the guys,” said Watson

“I love playing the game that I love with people I love,” said Priestley.

The twelve seniors on the team are Ian Abee, Jun Baek, Anthony Chiu, Max Dwyer, Andrew Gavlin, Chris Lee, Alex Lingg, Martin Lenweiter, Heston Priestley, Garrett Scheetz, Will Vea, and Paul Watson.

Field Hockey Senior Night

Words: Giana Han

The Lady Eagles enjoyed a victory over Reservoir in the Senior Night game on Oct. 14.

The Lady Eagles controlled the field hockey field for the majority of the first half. At 10:16, Margaret Maclean, one of the senior captains, scored the first goal of the game and grabbed a lead for the Eagles.

At six minutes, Reservoir’s Allison Costenbader tied the game at 1-1 with the Gator’s first goal. The first half ended with a score of 1-1.

The second half was an intense battle for the lead, and the two teams were neck and neck until 7:53, when senior Robin Cagle scored the Eagle’s second goal. This goal carried the Eagles to the win at the end of the game, with a final score of 2-1.

“We played really hard,” said Crowe. “It was definitely very scary when it got tied.”

“With coming off of homecoming, the bad weather which kept us from practicing, and the heat today, they were phenomenal,” said the head coach, Tara Carr. “Those were the major deterrents, and they played through and came out on top.”

The final score of the game is also the final score that seniors Kay Kelly, Margaret Maclean, Kathryn Peterson, Mary Crowe, and Robin Cagle will ever celebrate over on that field in the regular season.

Maclean has been contributing to the team’s success since her freshman year. “I’m going to miss all the girls,” said Maclean. “Every year we’re a family. We make it that way, we’re all sisters.”

The team will miss their seniors, but they are lucky enough to have a strong base between the juniors who will be returning next year, the sophomores, and the two freshmen, Mary Baldy and Maggie Sullivan.

These players are major contributors to the team, and will lead the team in future seasons, but nonetheless, the seniors will be missed.

“It’s hard every year to watch them start as quiet freshmen and become leaders,” said Carr. “The juniors have big shoes to fill.”

Eagles Come Up Big for Homecoming

Words: Michael Moore

Contributor: Giana Han

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Centennial Eagles took the field for a homecoming showdown against the Atholton Raiders.

The Raiders received first possession and marched down the field, only to have their drive halted by senior Damon Reaves, who picked off a pass in the end zone to give the Eagles possession less than three minutes into the game.

The ensuing drive by the Eagles was fueled by a 30-yard pass to Quinn Western from Tyler Morris. That play helped to set up a touchdown run by Walter Fletcher, to put Centennial up 7-0.

The next offensive possession by Atholton would again end with an interception by Reaves.

“I’d felt I hadn’t been playing to my full capacity,” said Reaves. “It [felt] really good to come out and get two picks. I felt the momentum shift.”

The Eagles would capitalize on this opportunity less than a minute later, with Fletcher reaching the end zone for a second straight possession. 14-0 Centennial led after one quarter of play.

The run game worked well for Centennial, with Fletcher, Western and Logan Tignall consistently getting positive yards on every carry. The offensive line was also a big part of the success.

“[The] line did a good job. Anytime the back has a lot of yards, that means they’re doing their job,” head coach Todd Kriner said of the line’s performance.

The offense didn’t use just the running game to score, Morris found senior Chase Conley through the air to increase their lead to 21-0.

After an interception near the end of the half, the Eagles once again destroyed any momentum the Raiders had when sophomore Austin Kraisser came down with interception to end the half.

The second half was more of the same for the Eagles as they continued to use their potent running game to their advantage, and their solid defense to keep Atholton from scoring.

The last scores of the game would come in the fourth quarter when Fletcher found the end zone for the third time, and Sam Reichenthal kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Reichenthal also contributed to the game by going 4/4 on extra point attempts. The game ended in a shut out with a final score of 31-0.

This was a big win for the seniors on the team, since they had never won a homecoming game up to this point.  “[The win] feels good. [Because] we worked hard this summer to get here,” Fletcher said. Fletcher finished the day with 195 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. Morris was 5/8 on passing attempts for 81 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Conley had 38 receiving yards on two catches and one touchdown.

The win puts the Eagles at 5-1 on the year. Their next game is at Howard High School on Oct. 18.