Month: January 2019

Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Faces Devastating Loss Against Marriotts Ridge

Words: Sasha Allen

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

On Wednesday, January 9, the girls’ Varsity basketball team played a tense game against Marriotts Ridge, losing by a final score of 48-36.

The first quarter started out slow, with both teams keeping up strong defense. With just over five minutes left in the quarter senior, Jordan Dossett scored the Eagles their first basket of the game. However, in less than thirty seconds, the Mustangs came back to score a basket, leaving them with a slight edge against the Eagles for the first quarter.

In a stressful second quarter, Marriotts Ridge barely held their lead in the game due to Centennial’s strong defensive play. The quarter ended with a score of 22-17, giving Marriotts Ridge a five-point lead.

The Eagles desperately tried to make up the points that they had lost, but by the middle of the third quarter, the Mustangs had a six-point lead and were not backing down. The Eagles tried to bring the score up ending the quarter at 34-29, slightly in favor of the Mustangs.

In a last attempt to bring back the game after ending the third quarter, the Eagles pushed to stay on the offense. With only five minutes left and a score of 38-30, the Eagles called a last-minute timeout in a tense moment to motivate the team. After the timeout, both teams surged with a last burst of energy, and with just over a minute left in the game the Eagles scored their last point.

The Mustangs’ offense was no match for the Eagles as they went on to score four more points, winning 48-36.

The Eagles play their next game on Friday, January 11 against Glenelg.]

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Centennial Indoor Track Performs Exceptionally at the 25th Hispanic Games and the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Meet

Words: Joey Sedlacko & Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5, the Centennial Indoor Track team competed in the 25th Hispanic Games. Over the weekend, the team travelled to New York City to participate in the annual indoor track meet.

Multiple runners finished in the top ten of their respective events. In the girls’ triple jump for the Freshman/Sophomore division, sophomore Cherakie Pierre placed sixth with a jump of 30-10.50 meters; breaking Centennial’s long jump record. In the Novice division, junior Tyler Dan finished first in the boys 55 meter dash with a time of 6.71. Also in the novice division, junior Zack Garwacki ran a 8.71 in the boys’ 55 meter hurdles to place ninth.

In terms of Varsity, Centennial shined in the field events and long distance events. Junior Anthony Matthews finished ninth in the boys’ triple jump after jumping 42-03.05 meters. Another junior, Jack Ragonese placed tenth in the boys’ shot put. Senior Alison Betler represented Centennial well in the girls’ 1500 meter race and one mile race. In both events, Betler placed tenth.

The indoor track team’s following meet, the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Challenge, took place at the PG Sportsplex on Monday, January 6. Both boys’ and girls’ Varsity teams competed against 11 other schools in the region.

Numerous Centennial runners from both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams placed in the top five of their individual events. In regards to the boys’ Varsity team, junior Zachary Garwacki placed second in the 55 hurdles.  Sophomore Adrian Nwakalor took fifth in the boys’ triple jump.

The girls’ team excelled throughout the meet, as junior Leah Alkire placed fourth in both the girls 500 meter as well as the girls’ 500 dash. The Varsity girls took fourth out of all eleven teams in the 4×400 relay. Senior Christina Stavlas dominated her respective events, landing an impressive third place in both the girls’ 3200 meters and girls’ 300 meters.

Centennial’s indoor track team will next meet on Tuesday, January 15, for the Howard County Championships.

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The Wolves of Howard County

Words: Sasha Allen

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

With the winter sports season here, many of Centennial’s students have tried out for or are on a winter sports team. One of the biggest winter sports, however, is ice hockey, and, to the surprise of many students, Centennial actually has an ice hockey team.

This club has been around for a while, and was originally one of the first Maryland Scholastic Hockey League teams, founded for the 1988-1989 season. However, the team merged with Long Reach in the 2016-17 season. This year, the Long Reach and Centennial team has combined with Wilde Lake, Hammond, and Oakland Mills because of the lack of players. This merged, co-ed team is called the Wolves. There are actually only 2 students on the team from Centennial, Julia Reynolds and Kyle Duff.

Throughout the winter, the team, which is made up of 24 students, plays against Howard County schools over the course of nine games. Along with the nine games, the team has around ten practices for about 2 hours each.  

Summer Shen, a junior at Centennial, participated in the team her freshman and sophomore years, but is injured and cannot play this season. She had been playing hockey since eighth grade, so she was devastated that she was not able to participate this year. Originally a gymnast, Shen had decided to try out a new sport and was influenced by her younger brother to take on ice hockey. Shen says, “I decided to pick up the sport and immediately loved it.”  

Most of the 24 players participate on a club team as well as their school team, but there are a couple of players who had little to no experience before playing for the Wolves.

At a recent game on January 4, the Wolves played the Hebron Vikings. The first goal was scored by the Wolves, but they ended up losing the game 7-1. Less than half of the team was present at the Friday night game, so most of the players played the majority of the game. At the beginning of the game, both teams came together to award the senior players on each team, announcing their name and achievements.

This was the team’s second to last game of the season. The last game will be played on Monday, January 28th against River Hill.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Takes Down Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, Centennial Boys’ Varsity basketball defeated the Howard Lions by a final score of 50-37.

The first quarter was all about defense. The ball was back-and-forth the entire quarter as both teams struggled to convert on big plays. Centennial led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.

As play resumed, Centennial continued to fall short on missed opportunities. Howard began to take advantage of the Eagles’ poor offensive series, resulting in Centennial scoring just five points in the second quarter. Heading into halftime, Howard led by a score of 18-13.

Despite their lackadaisical first half, Centennial came out ready to win. They scored 21 points in the third quarter alone. Assisted by numerous turnovers, Centennial held Howard to just seven points.

The Eagles completely turned the game around as they converted on a crucial run and closed out the third quarter with a 34-25 lead over Howard.

Centennial kept their fast-paced game plan throughout the second half. In the fourth quarter, they continued creating turnovers, resulting in easy buckets in transition.

The Eagles finished the game on a 37-19 run, giving them the win. Junior Joey Sedlacko was a big factor in Centennial’s comeback win. Leading the team in scoring, Sedlacko finished with 15 points, leading his team to victory.

The Centennial Boys’ basketball team will travel to Marriotts Ridge for their next game, on Wednesday, January 9.

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