Category: Sports

Looking Towards Wrestling’s County Competition

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Centennial varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams are heading into their county competition on February 16 and 17 at Mount Hebron High School.  In previous years the competition has been held at River Hill, but this year it was decided to move the competition to Mt. Hebron.

The varsity competitors have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition whereas the junior varsity team cannot advance forward.

The wrestlers to keep an eye out for are junior Jason Kraisser (145), a two time county and state champion, who is looking to add to his victories, and senior Jacob Blyukher (138), who has finished top in the county tournament every year.

When asked about what he’s looking to accomplish in this year’s county competition Blyukher said, “My ultimate goal is to get a county title, but I also have to set myself small goals to get there like not getting taken down in any match or scoring certain points. I am going to take one match at a time and we’ll see where it goes.”

Newcomer Chris Lee (106) is expected to finish in a top spot in the county competition because of his impressive matches this season. Lee finished in 5th place at the Franklin Tournament. Centennial Wrestling hopes to continue to dominate both individually and as a team at counties.

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Centennial vs. Reservoir Boys JV Basketball Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The Centennial Boys JV Basketball team will go on the road next Tuesday, February 13,  to play their last game of the season versus Reservoir. The game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. The JV team is riding a four-game winning streak going into this game. The team is having a phenomenal season this year, achieving an impressive 11-1 record in county play and 7-0 record in out of county play.

Earlier in the season on January 3, Centennial defeated Reservoir 67-47. The two teams have a prior history because of previous games. Last season, Reservoir was responsible for two out of the three losses that Centennial’s JV team suffered. In the last game of the 2016-2017 season, Reservoir defeated the JV team in buzzer-beater fashion to win the county championship. The JV team looks to close out the year strong with a win and only one loss the whole season.

 

Centennial Boys Varsity Basketball Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

Words: Josh Horen

After defeating the Long Reach Lightning, 57-43, the Centennial Eagles boys varsity team has now extended their winning streak to five games, their longest streak of the year.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, and ended the first quarter leading the Lightning 15-5. Senior Sean Taylor led all scorers with seven points at the end of the first quarter. Fellow senior Jaden Williams brought great energy and hustle off the bench as well to highlight a very well rounded first quarter for the Eagles.

The pace picked up for the Lightning in the second quarter, but the Eagles easily matched their speed and went into halftime holding a 25-17 advantage.

The third and fourth quarter remained the same with the Eagles continuously stepping on the gas and not letting up.

Long Reach just seemingly could not close the gap.

Senior Andrew Hohmann led the scoring attack with 18 points, followed by Taylor with 13 points.

With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles know how important it is to finish out the season strong and not ease up.

“It is very important to finish these last three games of the regular season strong and with wins. Now is the perfect time to get our chemistry 100% right before playoffs. We are rolling right now and I see that continuing for this team,” said Taylor.

Centennial looks to keep their streak alive tomorrow, February 10, when they take on Carver Vocational Technical High School at home at 2:00.

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Howard County Welcomes Vanderpool Into Women’s Hall of Fame

Words: Josh Horen

Photos: Zach Grable

On Saturday, February 3rd, Centennial’s own Athletic Manager Jean Vanderpool was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Vanderpool joins an elite group of women who have played, coached, or been a part of some legendary sports teams.

Vanderpool has been the Athletics Director here at Centennial High School since 2004.

Not only has Vanderpool been the Athletic Director for fourteen years and running, but she has also served as the chairperson for the Howard County tennis tournament since 2001, and also coordinates the county’s tennis program.

Being inducted into the 2018 Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame is just another accolade Vanderpool has added to her already impressive resume.

In 2004, she was elected Tennis Coach of the year by both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.

This past year she was named the District V Athletic Director of the year, her first time winning the award.

What doesn’t count as an accolade, however, is the good things people say about her.

Mrs. Grimm, head Varsity Softball coach here at Centennial High School, has very high praise for Vanderpool.

“I consider Ms. Vanderpool to be a great mentor & friend to me.  She has always supported me as a coach in the athletic department and as a colleague in the building… Ms. Vanderpool makes sure that both girls and boys teams have comparable quality of equipment and uniforms,” Grimm shared

Grimm went on to talk about how Vanderpool always ensures the cleanliness and the safety of the facilities in use.

“She really deserves this honor and I’m so happy for her.  Her door is always open, so stop in and say hi and get to know her—you won’t regret it.”

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