Category: Sports

The List of Coaches for the 2019-20 Sports Season is Out Now

Words: Thomas Hitt

Congratulations to all the coaches below who were selected for the fall and winter sports season of 2019-20.

Fall Coaches

Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Robert Slopek

JV Field Hockey Coach – Ying Schaik

JV Football Coach – Dominic Peters

Varsity Girls Soccer Head Coach – Hank Hurren

Grade 9 Volleyball Coach – Michelle Riley

Head JV Volleyball Coach – Kenny Mills (previously 9th Grade V-Ball Coach)

Winter Coach

Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach – Chris Sanders (previously JV Boys Basketball)

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Tennis State Championships at the WLTC

Words: Hoang-Phi Quy & Joey Sedlacko

After a terrific season of various scrimmages and games, the Centennial Tennis season wrapped up with the state tournament, held at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club on May 24 and 25.

Centennial started the tournament strongly. Centennial’s Olivia Tsai and Christopher Chen achieved third place in the mixed doubles bracket.

In the boys’ singles bracket, Richard Huang fell out early in the quarterfinals against Bel Air.

However, Danny Ho and Ryan Huang made it to the finals in the boys’ doubles bracket, losing only to Rockville.

Later in the tournament, Centennial’s high placements continued with Rose Huang, who finished in third place in the girls’ singles bracket.

The tennis team finished off strong in the final matches, with players Shreya Vallimanalan and Abby Jackson finishing in second place in the girls’ doubles bracket.

The tennis team earned first place overall in the point system. Centennial finished with 36 points in the state tournament and 26 points in the regional tournament, for a combined total of 62 points. Huntington High School came in second with 52 points.

Photos contributed by Principal Cynthia Dillon

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Centennial Varsity Baseball Season Comes to a Close

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, May 14, the Centennial Varsity Baseball team lost in the 3A East regional semi-final to Atholton High School which would mark the end of the season and an impressive playoff run for the baseball team.

Centennial started the playoffs strong with a 7-1 first round victory over Long Reach High School on May 10. In the second round, Centennial shut-out top-seeded Reservoir High School 4-0 to advance to the regional semi-final game.

Junior Zack Steen was locked in versus Reservoir and led the team to victory with his strong pitching performance. Steen pitched six innings, allowing zero runs and had nine strikeouts.

After defeating Reservoir, the Eagles faced Atholton High School.

Senior Jake Ewart pitched a solid six innings only allowing two runs on six hits, but the Eagles struggled to find their rhythm offensively and lost 2-0 to Atholton.

Centennial Varsity Baseball finished with a final record of 11-10 on the season.

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Centennial Varsity Softball Suffers Season-Ending Loss

Words: Shawn Kruhm

After a challenging season, Centennial softball perfected their craft as they prepared to make a promising playoff run.

Despite an impressive win over Long Reach in extra innings earlier in the week, Centennial was defeated by Reservoir, ending their playoff run.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Centennial Varsity Softball team lost a heartbreaker against Reservoir by a final score of 3-2 in the 3A East section final.

The Eagles got out to a slow start, allowing three unanswered runs in the first three innings. Junior Jordan Hinz kept her team in the game, allowing no runs after the third inning, and assisting the field with a total of five strikeouts.

Tension grew as Centennial trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the seventh, and final inning.

With two outs, the Eagles loaded the bases. Junior Erin McGuire drew the walk which scored senior Grace Bennett to make the game 3-2.

Despite having the tying run on third base, Centennial was unable to force the runner home and tie the game. The emotional loss ends their successful season and advances Reservoir to the next round.

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Centennial Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse Defeats Howard on Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Friday, May 3, the Centennial Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team finished the regular season strong with a victory on their senior night, defeating Howard High School 7-2.

Seniors Noah Bussink, Matt Demme, David Gostomski, Charlie Hockersmith, Andrew Kauffman, Gavin Kemp, Peter Krawczyk, Thomas Martin, and Stafford Smith were recognized on Friday night.

The game started off slowly for both teams, and at the end of the first half, the score was tied 1-1. Senior attackman Peter Krawczyk had the lone goal for the Eagles.

It was a game focused on defense, but the Eagles were able score two goals in the third quarter to go up 3-2.  It was not until the fourth quarter that Centennial started to pull away.

Centennial scored four unanswered goals to secure the 7-2 victory. Krawczyk finished with a team high three goals. Juniors Connor Carpenter and Ty Sams led the team in assists, each with one apiece.

The Eagles will play at home for their first playoff game on May 10. The start time and the opponent is yet to be determined.

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Centennial Baseball Week in Review

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Centennial Boys’ Baseball team experienced an eventful week as they took down two teams in the county following a tough, one-run loss.

On Monday, April 29, Centennial suffered a loss against Wilde Lake High School. The boys were unable to hit consistently as they finished the game with just two runs.

Despite the devastating loss, Centennial pulled themselves together in less than 24 hours and ended Howard High School’s fourteen-game win streak.

On Tuesday, April 30, the Eagles bounced back as they took down the number one team in the county, Howard High school.

Allowing just one run in seven innings, Centennial finished off Howard by a final score of 5-1. Sophomore Chris Betler finished the day with three hits on just three at-bats. The team was led by Senior Evan Eng, who pitched a complete game, finishing with four strikeouts and allowing five hits.

The Eagles kept the momentum going as they battled their rivals for their third consecutive game.

On Wednesday, May 1, Centennial defeated Mount Hebron High School 7-3. Tied in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Eagles scored four runs to take the lead and seal the victory.

Senior Jake Ewart pitched a phenomenal game, allowing three runs off eight hits through seven innings. Ewart was assisted by several notable plays in the field, along with multiple hits from both Betler and junior Zack Steen.

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Centennial Varsity Softball Celebrates Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

The Centennial Varsity Softball team honored one senior, Grace Bennett, at their senior night on Wednesday, May 1.

The softball team was defeated 10-3 by rival Mount Hebron High School. A seven-run second inning for Mount Hebron secured the victory for the Vikings, making the Eagles’ record now 9-7.

Centennial players Bennett and juniors Jordan Hinz and Ester Kim all had multiple hits in the game.

The softball team was scheduled to play their last home game on May 6 at 4:00pm; however, due to poor field conditions, it has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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