Month: September 2019

Centennial Football Continues to Improve Despite Tough Loss to Loch Raven

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Friday, September 20, Loch Raven High School handed Centennial Football their third loss of the year by a score of 29-12. The Eagles had their highest scoring game so far this year, but a strong offensive performance in the third and fourth quarter for Loch Raven secured the victory.

In the first quarter, the Eagles were able to disrupt the Loch Raven offense. They held Loch Raven to just a field goal and went into the second quarter trailing only 3-0.

However, Loch Raven opened up the scoring in the second quarter and extended their lead to 16-0 after scoring two touchdowns. For Centennial, the offense was having success moving the ball down field, but could not seem to get the ball into the end zone.

After halftime, Loch Raven continued their strong offensive performance. Centennial was able to cut the lead to 22-6 after a two yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, senior quarterback Malik Chester threw his first touchdown pass of the game, but it was too late for the Eagles to comeback and the Eagles lost by a final score of 29-12.

The Centennial Football team looks to win their Homecoming game this Friday, September 27, when they take on Aberdeen High School.

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Centennial Students Show Out On Pajama Day

Words: Natalie Keane

Photos: Adithi Soogoor & Sara Ferrara

On Monday, September 23, Centennial students arrived dressed in pajamas and all things
comfy to celebrate the arrival of Homecoming Spirit Week. Tomorrow’s Spirit Day will be
Tropical Tuesday, where students will showcase their finest Hawaiian shirts and colorful leis.

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Centennial Field Hockey Gains First Win of the Season Against Atholton

Words & Photos: Shawn Kruhm

On Friday, September 21, the Centennial Field Hockey team defeated Atholton by a final score of 2-0. 

The Eagles had possession of the ball for the majority of the first half. As a result, the girls created countless opportunities on offense. 

Despite the tremendous plays from Centennial, the game remained scoreless at halftime.

Nearly 15 minutes into the second half, senior Sara Ferrara broke the ice, scoring the first goal of the game. Sophomore Sarah Arcuri assisted the impressive goal. 

To extend the lead and eventually put the game out of reach, senior Eliza Andrew scored the second goal of the game with 10 minutes remaining. 

Following Andrew’s goal, the defense locked down and senior goalie Casey Stratton finished the game with five total saves and a shutout. 

The girls will take on Liberty High School on Monday, September 23, in hopes of winning their second game of the season. 

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Centennial Promotes Action Against Climate Change

Words: Sarah Paz

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, September 20, Centennial students walked out of their classes at the beginning of
third period to support the global climate change movement. About 200 students gathered
together outside the school and protested for 15 minutes.

To encourage fellow students to take action against global warming, the walkout was initiated
and run by the Young Democrats club. The leaders, Lexi Fang and Sonia Saini, spoke at the
beginning of the walkout urging listeners to take a pledge to do their part in saving the Earth.
They turned the microphone over to students who agreed with the club’s advocacy. The walkout
was successful as it gathered a community of environmentally conscious students to advocate
for their beliefs.

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Centennial Volleyball Falls to Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Thursday, September 19, the Centennial Volleyball team lost their second county game to rival Mount Hebron by a score of 3-1.

The volleyball team looks to bounce back this weekend when they take on Arundel High School on September 21.

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Concerns Arise Over Limited Club Interest in Homecoming Carnival

Words: Caleb McClatchey

As of Thursday afternoon, only 13 clubs had signed up for this year’s Homecoming Carnival. If the unusually low number holds through tomorrow’s registration deadline at 2:10pm, John Sharbaugh, nicknamed the “Carnival King” for his role as the event’s lead organizer, says he would recommend cancelling it.

“Thirteen booths at a carnival is not what we want. We need more for the carnival to be successful,” explained Sharbaugh. While the decision to cancel or proceed with the carnival ultimately lies with the administration, Sharbaugh would advise them to choose the former should the number of clubs remain unchanged through tomorrow’s end of the school day deadline.

Although Sharbaugh emphasized that there is no exact minimum number of clubs needed for the carnival to occur, he did mention that it would be best to have at least twenty booths at the carnival.

In order to sign up for the carnival, club sponsors must complete and submit a fundraising form to Cheryl Beall, Centennial’s bookkeeper, and notify her that they will have a Carnival booth.

As of now, the Homecoming Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Clubs typically set up their booths and fundraise by offering games or selling food and drinks. According to Beall, around 40 clubs participated in the carnival last year. She estimated that clubs normally fundraise between $50 and $100 each, and around $3,000 total at the carnival. Losing this fundraising source could negatively impact many clubs because, as Sharbaugh pointed out, “the carnival is the main fundraising activity most clubs do all year.”

In past years, the carnival has been held on the Friday afternoon of Homecoming weekend, not Saturday morning as it is this year. According to Sharbaugh, the move came over concerns about the safety and supervision of students between the end of the carnival and the start of the football game. The lack of club interest in the Homecoming Carnival this year might be due, in part, to these scheduling changes.

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Centennial Boys’ Soccer Dominates Hammond in First Home Game

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Tuesday, September 17, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team defeated Hammond by a final score of 4-1. 

A tremendous defensive effort from the Eagles led to countless opportunities for the offense. Junior goalie Paul Russell led the defense and bailed the team out several times. Russell finished the game with 11 saves.

A slow offensive start for Hammond allowed Centennial to ease their way into the game. Nearly a quarter into the first half, sophomore Cameron Grable scored the team’s first goal. Despite gaining momentum, Hammond was able to tie the game shortly after.

Centennial pulled ahead just before halftime due to a phenomenal goal from junior Bryson Baker. Entering the second half with a one goal lead, the boys knew they had to come out strong. 

Sophomore Andrew Fritz had a strong varsity debut, scoring with 38:45 remaining in the second half. After taking a 3-1 lead, Centennial had put the game out of reach. 

The Eagles scored one final goal before the end of the game, coming from junior Kevin Salazar. Despite losing junior Tim Woerner and senior Elliott Keppler to injuries, the team was able to come out on top.

Centennial will play this Thursday, September 19 when they host Wilde Lake in hopes of getting their second win of the season.

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