Month: May 2017

Centennial Seniors Celebrate Graduation

Words and Photos: Lien Hoang

Centennial High School’s graduation for the class of 2017 occurred on Monday, May 22, at 8 p.m. Seniors have been preparing for the ceremony with two rehearsals held in the past week. The ceremony went smoothly as students celebrated the moment they left high school after four long years of hard work.

To start the graduation, students gave musical performances to entertain guests. Several sung, the band played, a trio put on a special show by performing a piece both arranged and accompanied by Centennial pianist Ken Chen. After that, lengthy speeches were given by student speakers like Neil Rabb and Maryam Elhabashy; principal Ms. Hafets;  interim school superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano; the seniors’ teacher of the year, Mr. Whitaker; county executive Allan Kittleman, and a few others.

Then, the moment all seniors have been waiting for occurred: they received their diplomas. Students lined up and walked across the stage as their names were called, offering Hafets hugs and words of thanks.

The ceremony ended with excited and happy parents and guests awaiting to see the graduates. Merriweather Post Pavilion was crowded as eager guests tried to take pictures with the graduating class. These graduates are now ready to begin a new chapter in their lives and will continue to soar as Eagles.

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Boys’ Lacrosse Loses to Glenelg

Words: Zach Grossman

On Friday, May 12, the Centennial Eagles Boys’ Lacrosse team had a season ending playoff loss against Glenelg High School.

The first half was fairly uneventful with only 3 total goals. The score at the end of the half was 2-1 Glenelg.

In the second half, the Eagles scored two more goals. However, the Gladiators scored five more goals in the half.

Though the Eagles played hard, they ultimately lost the game 7-3.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Glenelg in Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Friday, May 12, the Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse team fell to the Glenelg Gladiators.

Junior Claudia Pilcher scored three goals for the Eagles and freshman Rasa Welsh scored one.

Despite missing a few key players, the Eagles played very well and had a good ending to their season.

The final score of the game was 16-4.

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Boys’ Lacrosse Defeats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Zach Grossman

Photos: Shalini Malhotra

On Thursday, May 10, the Centennial Eagles Boys’ Lacrosse team had a convincing 15-3 win against Reservoir High School in the first round of playoffs.

The Eagles began the first half with an impressive goal from senior Tommy Kolp. The Eagles proceeded to play exceptionally well with three goals from junior Jeremy Wilson. Sophomore Peter Krawczyk added to the Eagles lead with 2 of his own goals in the first half. Senior Josiah Gavlin scored a goal and shortly after, junior Thomas Thurmond had a lighting speed solo goal. At the half, the Eagles led 8-2.

The Eagles continued to dominate the game in the second half with an early goal from Thurmond, giving the Eagles a 9-2 lead. Gavlin had two more goals in the half, contributing to the Eagles’ 15-3 win.
The Eagles’ next playoff game is at home against Glenelg High School on Friday, May 12.

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Track Counties

Words: Zach Grable

On Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9, the Centennial High School Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field teams participated in Counties. Centennial had many athletes that came in top 5 for multiple events.

Monday was a successful day for many of the Eagles. For the Boys’ 3200m, junior Greg Costello had a time of 10:09(4th).  In the Girls’ 3200m, sophomore Alison Betler and junior Kirsten Wikner had times of 11:50(4th) and 11:59(5th), respectively. Senior Elijah White came in 1st place for the Boys’ High Jump with a height of 6ft and 2 in, and Boys’ Long Jump with a length of 20ft and 11 in. Junior Ryan Paterson came in 3rd for Boys’ Shot Put with a distance of 41ft and 2 in. Junior Kelly Simmons came in 6th place for Girls’ Discus with a distance of 93 ft and 9 in, and sophomore Leila Avery came in 7th with a distance of 89ft and 9in.  Senior Jasmine McCree came in 2nd for the Girls’ Triple Jump with a length of 34ft and 1in. For the Girls’ 4x800m Relay, seniors Olivia O’Connell, Mary Monroe, and Alli Krahe, and sophomore Caroline Shimeall came in 5th with a time of 10:06. For the Boys’ 4x200m Relay, senior Eli Ross, juniors Parker Tevell and Juan Parra, and sophomore Vernon Batson came in 4th with a time of 1:34.
Tuesday was also a good day for the Eagles. Junior Jason Salitt came in 4th place for the Boys’ 110m Hurdles with a time of 16.28 seconds. For the Boys’ 4x100m Relay, Ross, White, Parra, and Batson came in 4th place with a time of 43.93, which is also a school record. For the Boys’ 4x400m Relay, Costello, Parra, Erik Keleman, Tewell came in 8th place with a time of 3:33. Paterson finished 4th for Boys’ Discus with a distance of 120 ft and 9in. White finished 1st for Boys’ Triple Jump and now holds a County Championship meet record with a length of 46ft and 6 in, and Anthony Matthew finished 6th with a length of 39ft and 9in.  For the Boys’ 1600m Costello came in 4th with a time of 4:31. Betler came in 4th with a time of 5:22 for the Girls’ 1600m. For the Girls 4x400m Relay, O’Connell, Monroe, McCree, and Krahe finished 2nd with a time of 4:12. Simmons finished 8th for Girls’ Shot Put with a distance of 28 ft and 7in.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Trumps Hebron in First Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Zach Grossman

On Wednesday, May 10, the Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse team defeated rival Mount Hebron in the first round of 3A Playoffs.

Though the Vikings quickly took the lead by a goal, the Eagles fought back and senior Laurie Bracey scored, tying the game at one. Bracey scored again, followed by a goal from junior Claudia Pilcher, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead. The game remained close in the first half and Pilcher scored two more goals, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead going into the second half.

In the second half, Hebron came out firing and scored tying the game at 5. However, Bracey and Pilcher both put balls in the net which gave the Eagles a two goal cushion. Freshman goalie Sarah Thorman made some impressive saves which kept the Eagles in the lead for the majority of the game. The teams fought hard and ended up tied at 7, making the game go into overtime.

The Eagles started overtime with a drive down the field, but were unable to score. The Vikings quickly got their own opportunity, but the Eagles’ defense, led by seniors Ryleigh Ahearn and Gabby Fairley were able to stop them from scoring.

The Eagles once again drove down the field. The game took a turn when sophomore Marissa Lagera was fouled and got a penalty shot. As soon as the whistle blew, Lagera nailed the ball past the Hebron keeper, winning the game.

The Eagles will move on to the second round of the 3A Playoffs. The next game is on Friday, May 12, against the Glenelg Gladiators.

 

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Baseball Senior Night

Words and Photos: Zach Grossman

On Monday, May 9, the Centennial Eagles Baseball team honored their seniors on Senior Night.

Seniors on the team include Drew Burk, Sean Cooley, Michael Simmons, Matt Steen, Grego Sterenburg, and Nick Varner. Players were escorted by their families and walked out on the field to take in their last memories on the baseball diamond while the crowd gave them a round of applause.

The game got off to a rocky start against their opponent, the River Hill Hawks. The Hawks were up 7-0 in the seventh inning, however, the Eagles scored two runs. The final score of the game was 7-2 in the Hawks’ favor. 

 

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