Month: February 2020

Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Celebrates Their Seniors

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Melissa Notti

On Thursday, February 13, the girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted River Hill on their senior night. 

A vibrant gym, decorated with posters, flowers, and streamers welcomed the seniors of the girls’ basketball team for their final regular season home game. Centennial seniors Rasa Welsh, Sarah Sopchick, Gigi Castle-Smith, Brook Anderson, Olivia Reese, and Kristin Parisi were recognized and celebrated for their time with the basketball program. 

Centennial played strong and fought to the end of Thursday night’s game, but fell just short of River Hill. They had a great start as they trailed by only one point after the first quarter. 

Defensive struggles persisted in the second quarter, as Centennial had trouble stopping River Hill in transition. 

Despite trailing by nine points entering the second half, the Eagles would not give up. Centennial went on a 7-2 run to open the third quarter and trailed by just four points midway through the third. 

Although Anderson finished with a game-high 18 points, they were unable to hold off River Hill. 

The girls’ basketball team will travel to Glenelg next Wednesday, February 19, as they begin to prepare for playoffs. 

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Centennial Clubs Celebrate Valentines Day

Words: Sasha Allen

Photos: Sara Ferrara

With Valentine’s Day here, clubs have decided to take advantage of the season through club sales. Among these are Red Cross and Eagle Ambassadors, who are selling festive treats for students to buy.

Red Cross has been selling carnations for $1 a piece to raise money for the club’s charity activities. With the money, the club will make blankets for veterans and sandwiches for grassroots.

“A lot of people send flowers not just to significant others but also friends and teachers to show their appreciation to them, so it brings an air of community to Centennial,” says Anika Huang, a member of Red Cross.

Eagle Ambassadors has been selling candy grams for either $1 or $2 with personalized notes for the recipient. They use the money earned for events and school spirit activities to benefit Centennial as a whole.

Chris Lidard, a junior, has been active with the sales and is excited to use the money to help the school.

“Almost everything [raised] will be going back into helping students raise up school spirit,” says Lidard. “A worthwhile investment if you ask me.”

As for the candy grams, Lidard enjoys the spirit they bring to Centennial.

“I think the idea of sending some candy and a personal note really helps people connect,” says Lidard. “Even if it’s to a friend or a classmate… [it can] brighten up the atmosphere of the school.”

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Friday Night Hoops

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photo: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, February 7, the Centennial Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams hosted Atholton High School. The boys lost by a final score of 70-54, while the girls won 58-43. 

The girls dominated on both sides of the ball. Seniors Brook Anderson and Rasa Welsh combined for 30 points, and junior Tori Pearson scored a solo 15 points. The team as a whole finished with 35 rebounds and 4 steals.

Centennial outscored Atholton in every quarter except the second, and led by just two points at halftime. The girls came out hot in the second half, scoring 21 points in the third quarter alone. Centennial did not let up as they defeated Atholton by 15 points.

Unfortunately, the boys had an off night. Despite leading after the first and second quarters, Centennial struggled to defend Atholton in the second half.

Player of the week, junior Bryson Baker, was held to just four points. The Eagles’ shooting struggles persisted as the second half continued. 

Although Centennial had trouble offensively, senior Joey Sedlacko finished with a team-high 18 points. The number one team in the county lost just their fourth game of the season to Atholton. 

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Centennial Welcomes Seven New Alumni into the CHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, February 7, Centennial High School recognized five athletes and two coaches for their accomplishments in sports. The hall of fame class of 2020 included student athletes Caitlin Burr, Connor Flach, Molly Speicher, Jonathan Stumpf, Anthony Tinnirella, and coaches Chad Hollwedel and Bill Stara. Along with the seven new inductees, Centennial honored Bobby Van Allen, a member of the 2018 class, as he could not make it to the induction in previous years. 

The class is nominated by athletic coaches at Centennial and then further considered by a higher committee. 

The hall of fame ceremony was held in the gym following the girls’ Varsity basketball game, and just prior to the boys’ game. 

Due to his astonishing coaching career and the countless relationships he has created with students while teaching at Centennial, Hollwedel received an overwhelming response from the audience.

“It certainly means a lot to me,” said Hollwedel. “If you look at the other coaches and the level of just this class alone, this class was a very accomplished class.”

Hollwedel coached at Centennial for over two decades. He coached football for 14 years and basketball for a whopping 22 years. He specialized in the offensive line and was part of the 2006 coaching staff that won a school-high record of eight games. 

Hollwedel won 193 total games in his 12 year career as Varsity head coach of the boys’ basketball program, averaging 16 wins per season. Varsity boys’ basketball had 10 consecutive winning seasons and reached the regional championship five times under his coaching. He coached during the 2015 season when the boys basketball program won their first and only state championship. Hollwedel has received countless coaching awards and holds the highest playoff winning percentage among any coach for Howard County boys’ basketball. 

“For me, I think I have always tried to do things with the interest of the community in mind,” said Hollwedel. “With that said, I think it’s a very nice recognition for the time and energy put into that.”

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Centennial’s Spring Sports Registration Night

Words: Sarah Paz

On Thursday, February 20, Centennial is holding a Spring Sports Registration Night from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Spring sports forms will not be taken prior to the event, so attendance is recommended. 

In order to be academically eligible, students cannot have more than one E on their second quarter report card and must have at least a 2.0 GPA. For students trying out for a sport the first time this year, they need a pre-participation physical examination dated on or after April 1, 2019, a sudden cardiac arrest acknowledgement form signed by both the guardian and the student athlete, a parent permission form, and a BGE bill, water bill or a landline phone bill (dated January 15, 2020, or later). For students who have already played a sport this school year, they only need a new parent permission form and a recent BGE bill. Students who have never participated in a sport at Centennial High School need to turn in a photocopy of their birth certificate.

Spring tryouts are beginning February 29, which is the last day to turn in forms. Students are required to be in attendance every day of tryouts. 

The spring sports are Allied co-ed Golf, Allied co-ed indoor softball, JV (Junior Varsity) and Varsity baseball, JV and Varsity boys lacrosse,  JV and Varsity girls lacrosse, boys and girls outdoor track, and boys and girls tennis.

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