Category: Sports

Centennial Girls Basketball Triumphs Over Atholton

Words and photos: Delanie Tucker

In their second game of the season, Centennial’s Girls varsity basketball team earned a big win over Atholton with a final score of 55-29.

Although there were many players that had a big impact on the final score, players such as juniors Ashley Molz and Jordan Dossett, were two girls that clearly stood out throughout the match. The two top scorers for the Eagles were sophomores Brook Anderson, number 12, and Rasa Welsh, number 13. Together they scored 34 of Centennial’s points. Welsh finished the game with 14 points and Anderson with 20, 18 of which came from scoring three-pointers.

In what was a close game in the beginning, Centennial came out with a great victory, both their defense and offense showing off their skills, shutting Atholton down as best they could. The team looks forward to their next game and hopes to come out with the same results. The Eagles will play C. Milton Wright High School at Centennial on December 13 at 5:30 PM.

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Centennial Varsity Boys Basketball Lose Season Opener Against Atholton

Words: Josh Horen

In what was a very up-and-down kind of game, the Centennial Eagles dropped their season opener in heart breaking fashion against the Atholton Raiders, with a final score of 69-62.

It was a face-paced game from the tip off, as the Raiders jumped out to a 7-4 lead early. Centennial answered with a 6-0 run of their own and for the rest of the first quarter it was a back and fourth affair. With 4:16 to go in the first quarter, Centennial senior Hayden Ford came off the bench and provided an immediate spark, making several big time shots including an ally-oop lay-up with 25 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Atholton was holding onto a one point lead heading into the second quarter, 16-15. Centennial’s nerves were a huge factor as they committed sloppy turnovers, and seemed out of sync on the offensive end. Ford was the only thing clicking offensively for Centennial in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Eagles started to find their offensive groove, outscoring the Raiders by 8 points. Ford again was grabbing down offensive rebound after offensive rebound and either finishing it or making it to the free throw line. With 6:30 to go in the second quarter, Ford gathered himself in the post and threw down a thunderous slam which sent the Centennial crowd into a frenzy. Atholton was hanging tough though, pulling within four points of Centennial with 2:30 to go. Senior Andrew Hohmann nailed a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 31-24 and Senior Shawn Hill provided points and energy off the bench to help extend the lead.

After a Stafford Smith lay-up, Centennial found themselves up 37-26 at the break. Ford led all scorers with 13 points and Hill dumped in seven points to boost Centennial’s lead. Centennial was looking like they would run away with the game after the first half but the Raiders didn’t quit just yet.

Despite the higher scoring in the first half, senior Sean Taylor thought the Eagles weren’t playing at the pace they wanted to.

“Our transition defense hurt us and we failed to get back on defense early in the game. On the offensive end we allowed them to speed us up a bit, which then lead to turnovers,” said Taylor.

The Eagles came out of halftime scorching hot. With a little under 5 minutes to play in the third quarter, back to back 3’s by Hohmann and fellow senior Corey Eudell extended Centennial’s lead, making it 47-33. Ford was continuing to put in the dirty work in the paint and just kept on providing offensively for the Eagles.

However, the Eagles watched their lead dwindle in the final minute of the third quarter.  The Raiders closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run, including a buzzer beater at the end of the third to close the gap to four points.

Centennial held onto a 54-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Atholton was gaining momentum. After a Taylor go-ahead 2 pointer Centennial was leading 58-57 before Atholton took a full timeout.

After the timeout, Atholton sunk a lay-up with 4:30 left to play to take the lead 59-58. After that shot, Atholton never lost their lead. The Raiders closed out their win on a 7-2 run again and Centennial could not seem to get a shot to fall.

After a very tough loss, Taylor is ready to bounce back and he doesn’t want to harp on the loss too much.

“All in all, we will see them again and we will be better and fix our mistakes. We understand that it is early in the season but that is not to be seen as excuse. Only way to go is up from here,” said Taylor.Centennial surely can’t dwell on the loss too much because their next game is against their arch-rival, Mount Hebron.

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Centennial Wrestling Comes Out On Top In Home Opener

Words: Peyton Leineweber       Photos: Zach Grable

The Centennial wrestling team opened their season with a home match this Thursday, December 7, against Glenelg Country School. They went into the match with a full roster hoping to pull off their first win of the season. Unfortunately, Glenelg Country School only showed out with four wrestlers.

When asked about the low turnout for the opposing team Centennial coach Cliff Kraisser said that he was “disappointed for the guys because they have been working hard since the middle of November. We were excited to have our first match, and we only had the opportunity to wrestle four matches.”

Centennial won with an overall team score of 72-9. The majority of the team points were forfeits by Glenelg Country School. Some standout matches include first year wrestler, Nicholas Ye who won his match with a pin in the third period. Jason Kraisser also had an impressive match pinning his opponent in 52 seconds.

Team captain Kraisser hopes to help the team improve for the next match, so they can secure another win.

“ We need to work on creating opportunities to score in each of our matches,” said Kraisser, “we look good overall, but I think if we can fix those little details for everyone I think we can be great”

The team hopes to continue to dominate in their tri-meet next Tuesday against Howard High School and Wilde Lake High School.

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Centennial Wrestling 2017-2018 Preview

Words: Sydney Beck

Centennial wrestling has made a mark in history coming into the new season. Centennial wrestling had over 50 student athletes at the first practice on November 15, 2017. The growth in newcomers may have been influenced by last year’s wrestling statistics. Centennial alumnae, Ammar and Amr Narmouq, could have greatly influenced the turn out for the 2017-2018 season with their impressive stats. Jason Kraisser, a two-time state champ and current junior at Centennial, ended last season with 40 wins and 1 loss as well as winning states.

Although former wrestlers may have influenced the increase in wrestlers this year, senior captain Jacob Blyukher believes it was all for the love of the sport.

“I think more people tried out this year because many of the wrestlers who came out before and stayed around really loved it,” said Blyukher, “wrestling teaches you a lot of valuable life lessons and really helps people reach their full potential both physically and mentally.”

When asked who to look out for, Kraisser said “make sure to keep an eye out for senior Jacob Blyukher, who’s looking for one last chance to make an appearance for himself by placing in states this year. Hopefully Centennial can impress the county this year with a solid line up ready to take on any team in the county.”

Whatever the reason for the turnout of the century, Centennials top competitors, Glenelg and Oakland Mills, better watch out!

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Girls Varsity Basketball Season Preview

Words: Josh Horen

Last season’s notes:

The Centennial Girl’s Varsity basketball team ended the season with an overall record of 10-12 with an in-county record of 6-10. After going 3-1 in their first four games of the season, the team had a bumpy ride to the finish, going 7-11 to close out the year. They met their demise in the playoffs early, losing in the first round to River Hill High School.

New Faces:

Over the off-season, Centennial hired a new Girl’s Varsity head coach, Robet Slopek. Slopek is not new to the girl’s basketball scene. He spent five years as the Girl’s varsity basketball coach here at Centennial, claiming the Howard County coach of the year award in 2010. He then left Centennial to coach at Stevenson University in Maryland where he spent seven years on the coaching staff. Now back at Centennial, his coaching style has definitely changed the practice and impacted the team dynamic.

Junior Captain Ashley Molz said, “The coaching change has made practices more competitive and has made us work as a more cohesive unit. The team is more receptive to the new ideas and has a lot of passion.”

Expectations for the new season:

Despite having a losing record last season, the team lacks no confidence and expects to be a threat in the county. Molz said, “Our expectations are very high this season. We expect to be the team with the most endurance and a top contender in county play. We are working towards winning regionals and states.”

Missing from last year:

The Girls team will be without former captain Jasmine McCree this season, who is now a freshman in college. She was s stand-out athlete on the team and was a main source of offense for them. She was a veteran leader and someone who lead with her stellar play on the court. The Eagles will also be without former captain Sandy Eichhorn who was one of only two seniors on the team last year and had experience to help the younger talents on the team. With their departure, it makes room for Sophomore Rasa Welsh, Junior Ashley Molz, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert to take on a bigger offensive role and take over the leadership roles.

Projected starting five:

The Projected starting five for the 2017-2018 season is Sophomore Rasa Welsh, Sophomore Brook Anderson, Junior Chandler Worthy, Junior Ashley Molz, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert.

Good games to watch for:

CHS @ LRHS- December 15th, 2017-  Long Reach and Centennial battled last year, splitting the season series. The Lightning beat the Eagles by 19 points in their first affair, but the Eagles came back to even the series with a decisive two point victory.

CHS @ RHS- January 3rd, 2018- Centennial really struggled against the Gators last year, dropping both games they played. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles can overturn their recent losing skid against them this season.

CHS vs. HHS- January 5th, 2018- The Lions are the reigning county champions. If Centennial can compete with the Lions then they will be a top threat in Howard County.

Team Captains:

The Captains on the 2017-2018 team are Junior Ashley Molz, Senior Gracie Rockefeller, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert.

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Boys JV Basketball To Face Atholton In First Game Of Season

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The 2017-2018 season will begin on Friday for JV Basketball as the team goes on the road to face Atholton. The game will tip off at 5:15 p.m. Last season, Centennial JV faced Atholton for the first game of the year and also played a second game in February during the latter half of the season. In both matchups last season, Centennial JV came away victorious winning 60-25 and 52-38.

Atholton looks to bounce back from a below .500 record at 8 wins 11 losses while Centennial looks to continue its success after coming off an impressive 19 win and 3 loss season. However, previous seasons will not matter when they face off on Friday night. Centennial JV looks to start the 2017-2018 right with a “w” in the win column.

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