Category: Sports

Centennial Wrestling Shines at Regional Tournament

Words: Joey Sedlacko

This past weekend on February 22 and 23, five wrestlers placed in the top six of their
individual weight class for Centennial at the Regional Wrestling Tournament.

Senior Jason Kraisser placed first in the 152 division and is moving onto the state
tournament on March 1 and 2. Another senior, Zaid Narmouq, finished in fifth place in the 132
division. The Eagles had one more fifth place finisher, freshman Nick Shapiro, who wrestled in
the 120 division.

Sophomores Chris Lee and Matt Harris both finished in sixth place, with Lee in the 113
division and Harris in the 145 division.

Only the top four finishers in each weight class move on to the state tournament, but the
success from the underclassmen at the regional level proves to be a good sign for the wrestling
program as they look to continue to improve for future years.

For Kraisser, he will be looking to carry his momentum of first place
finishes in the county and regional tournament into the state tournament this upcoming
weekend.

Kraisser will be aiming to capture his fourth state championship in four years, a feat only
seven other wrestlers have accomplished in Maryland history.

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Dominates in Last Game of the Season

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Jenna Marie Torres

On Monday, February 26, Centennials Boys’ Varsity basketball team played Wilde Lake High School in their last regular season game of the 2018-19 season.

To start off the game, the Eagles took an 8-point lead in the first quarter.

While the Wildcats were able to even that scoreline, Centennial managed to gain back a 2-point lead, ending the first quarter at 10-8.

The Eagles played a very defensively strong game in the second quarter, only conceding 5 points.

The score at halftime was 20-13.

After halftime, the Eagles returned to the court with a more offensive mindset, scoring 17 points in just the third quarter. To top off Centennial’s incredible performance, 4 of their players scored double-digits throughout the game.

These four players were Joey Sedlacko (10), Stafford Smith (10), Michael Kefyalew (13), and Ryan Hollwedel (12).

The final score was 60-46.

“It was a really good team effort,” Sedlacko, junior forward, commented.

The win against Wilde Lake, who is ranked second in county, will give the boys good momentum going into playoffs.

Their first playoff game will be on Monday, March 4, against Reservoir High School.

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Spring Sports Tryouts Overview

Words: Sasha Allen

With tryouts for spring sports quickly approaching, students are finding different ways to prepare for the big day. No matter the sport, there is an enormous amount of preparation that has to be done to make it onto any team.

Patrick Correal-Winters is trying out for outdoor track, and he has a few different training techniques. Correal-Winters trains for tryouts by running, but he alternates between speed and stamina exercises, helping him become faster and allowing him to run for longer periods of time. Correal-Winters says that he enjoys track because of his teammates, and he is eager for the approaching season.

Sophomore Kiran Vepa is trying out for softball this spring. She says that the best way for her to prepare for tryouts is to exercise at the gym once a week and to go to physical therapy two times a week.

“I go to the gym to work on arms to build arm muscles to work on pitching,” said Vepa.

She also runs when she can to stay in shape during the winter. Vepa says that softball is not only a good sport to keep her in shape, but she also enjoys meeting new people from the team.

Sports can be a good release from the stress of the school day, and this prompts many students like Amaiya Brickhouse to try out. Brickhouse is trying out for outdoor track, and her training consists of workouts up to an hour and a half long that help her train for specific events like the 200, 400, and 800 meter-run. Her participation in indoor track this winter has helped her stay in shape for the upcoming season. Although she does work out by herself, Brickhouse says that “working out with other people from the team acts like a good motivator” and can help her stay more focused.

“The environment [of track] is really positive,” says Brickhouse. “[Track] is one of the best parts of my high school experience.”

Trying out for sports can be stressful, but hard work and a lot of preparation can help students feel more confident. Playing a sport has many benefits that many overlook, but preparing well can help raise a student’s chances of making the team.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Complete Comeback over Hammond on Senior Night

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Rasa Welsh

Playing their final, guaranteed home game, Centennial’s seniors took the floor for a night to remember.

On Friday, February 22, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball team defeated Hammond by a final score of 56-53.

Centennial’s starting lineup consisted of their three seniors, Ashley Molz, Jordan Dossett, and Madison Fowler, accompanied by junior Rasa Welsh and sophomore Tori Pearson.

The game was off to a quick start as both teams found themselves successful on offense. Neither team was able to hold onto a large lead due to various scoring runs from each side.

Despite Centennial’s aggressive offense, Hammond found themselves leading by a score of 29-25 at halftime.

Hammond continued to put on the pressure in the second half. Centennial struggled on both sides of the ball due to great defense and tremendous playmaking abilities from Hammond’s Imani Reid.

Reid scored her 1000th career point in the second half as she continued to dominate.

Although Reid was successful throughout the entire game, her efforts were not enough. In the final quarter of play Centennial went on a 16-9 run to give them the lead as they defeated Hammond by three points.

Welsh finished the game with 16 points, followed by Pearson with 12, and Brook Anderson with 9.

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Girls’ Basketball Falls to Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Thursday, February 14, the girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted Howard High School.

The support from fans decked out in white would prove to not be enough, as Centennial fell to Howard by a final score of 47-32.

Despite the devastating loss, the team was able to raise money through a successful raffle with numerous prizes donated from various parents and teachers. All of the money gained from the raffle was donated to the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.

Although Centennial was eventually defeated, they put up a strong fight and led for much of the game.

Neither team wasted any time at the start of the game. Centennial took a quick three-point lead due to an early block from junior Rasa Welsh, followed by a tough bucket in transition.

Following the energizing play, Howard began pressing Centennial. Their full-court pressure would eventually lead to several consecutive turnovers as Howard closed out the first quarter, leading 15-10.

Howard’s full-court, defensive pressure continued to be a problem for Centennial throughout the game. Despite their struggle to move the ball off the in-bound, the Eagles found a way to score in transition. Junior Brook Anderson nailed two, big-time three-pointers in the second quarter to keep the girls in the game.

Entering halftime tied at 19, Welsh led the team with three blocks, five rebounds, and four points.

The third quarter began slow, but the pace picked up rapidly. Both sides dominated on offense, but struggled on defense.

Howard led by a score of 31-27 at the end of the third quarter.

Opening the final quarter with a 6-0 run, Howard created a large deficit that Centennial could not overcome.

The Eagles were defeated by a final score of 47-32. The girls will look to bounce back as they travel to Wilde Lake this Friday night.

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Boys Basketball Loses to Reservoir, 56-54

Words: Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On February 12, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball team took on Reservoir High School. It was also the team’s Senior Night. After the seniors from the drill team and basketball team walked onto the court and took photos, the game began.

At the tip-off, Centennial struggled to make shots and stand their ground to keep the ball in play. Four fouls were given to both teams, and the first quarter concluded with Reservoir in the lead, with a score of 13-8.

Second quarter was more of the same, but Centennial managed to score more points after a time out that allowed them to pick up speed. A boost of motivation came along with an impressive steal from Centennial to make a basket. The quarter finished 25-17, and Reservoir was still ahead.

The rise and fall of energy kept the third quarter score rather steady. Eventually, the points climbed up to 41-31, and Reservoir remained in the lead.

The Eagles kept up the fight in the fourth quarter. Several fouls shots allowed the Eagles to catch up with two minutes left, and a timeout helped the team greatly. Several impressive three-pointers set up an opportunity for the win, but in the end, the game finished with a final score of 56-54.

Centennial will take on the Lions at Howard High School on Thursday at 5:30pm.

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Centennial Celebrates Six New Members Inducted into the CHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

On Saturday, February 9, Centennial High School inducted six new members into the Centennial High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 included Alex Ashcroft, Don Augustin, Jonathan Dupski, Anna Mitchell, Kevin O’Connor, and Sarah Parks.

The inductees were nominated by athletic coaches at Centennial for their outstanding achievements in Centennial athletics during their high school careers.

The ceremony took place in the gym before the boys’ Varsity basketball game.  A list of the accomplishments by each of the inductees was read by the PA announcer as the inductees walked across the basketball court to accept their Hall of Fame plaque.

Sarah Parks was not in attendance for the ceremony, but expressed her utmost gratitude for the award.

The Hall of Fame plaques for the 2019 class will be hung above the gymnasium doors along with the rest of the plaques for the Centennial Athletic Hall of Fame.

After the ceremony, the Centennial boys’ Varsity basketball team defeated Long Reach High School 61-57 to improve to 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the county. 11 three-pointers by Centennial lifted the team to victory on Saturday evening.

The Eagles were led by seniors Stafford Smith and Ryan Hollwedel. Smith scored a game high 22 points while Hollwedel added 15 to help the team defeat the Lightning.

The boys’ Varsity team will celebrate Senior Night as they take on Reservoir High School on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30pm.

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