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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JV Boys Basketball Season Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Basketball season is just around the corner as the 2017-2018 season tips off at 5:15 p.m. on December 8 when Centennial will be on the road versus Atholton for the first game of the regular season. Coming off an impressive 19-3 record (14-2 in county play), Centennial JV basketball looks to continue its dominance in the junior varsity basketball scene. After losing the county championship to Reservoir in a heartbreaking fashion when Reservoir sank a game-winning buzzer-beater three-pointer last year, the team’s goal this season is to win the county championship.

Head coach Christian Sanders reloads his team with 14 players.  The team is returning six sophomores and adding eight freshmen. The newcomers will have to learn the Centennial basketball system, and those returning will provide experience and leadership for the first-year players.  The team will be losing three of its five top scorers from last year, as they will be moving up to the varsity level.

However, sophomore guard Matt Schickner is looking forward to a successful season.  “The team is working hard at practice and our offense is shaping up well and we’re improving our defense,” Schickner stated.

The Centennial basketball program invests a heavy amount of time and effort into junior varsity basketball not only to prepare players for the varsity level but also to continue the success at the JV level. Over the past three seasons, the JV team has won 54 games and only lost 12.

Big games to look out for this season will be on January 3 and February 14 versus Reservoir and also December 12 and February 2 versus Mount Hebron. Last season, the team’s only two county defeats were to Reservoir by a total of a mere three points. The games versus Mount Hebron are always exciting due to the historic rivalry between the two schools.

The projected starting five are Matt Schicker (10) at point guard, Ty Sams (10) at shooting guard, Jeong Hwang (10) and Joey Sedlacko (10) at forward, and Brandon Bonner (10) at center.

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Centennial vs. Atholton Varsity Boys Preview

Words: Josh Horen

Centennial Varsity Boys basketball opens up their season Friday night at Atholton High School for the first regular season game of the year. The Eagles find themselves in a very familiar spot as they opened up the 2016-2017 season against the Raiders as well.

Although last year was a narrowly decided win for Centennial, 60-55, expect this year to be a little different. With a completely new make-up of the starting five, don’t be surprised if you see multiple players on the starting five scoring in double figures, including Sean Taylor, Andrew Hohmann, and Kaleb Addisu. Watch for Hayden Ford to make an impact coming off the bench, and I predict Centennial will roll over Atholton to start off the 2017-2018 season.

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Centennial’s Nutcracker Production

Photos: Camryn Desai / Words: Natalie Keane

On the nights of November 30 and December 1, the seats of Centennial’s auditorium were filled for the dance department’s production of The Nutcracker. When the orchestra began to play and the curtains opened, the show immediately captured the attention of everyone.

The production featured amazing choreography, and it also showcased music from members of Centennial’s orchestra, wind ensemble, and choir groups Bella Voce and Madrigals. Each part of the show fit together perfectly, and it made the performance a memorable experience to watch. The music was performed flawlessly and it was what told the story of The Nutcracker. It brought the characters to life, making the audience even more drawn to the show’s message.

The hard work and effort that was put into this production in every aspect, whether it be through dance or music, was apparent, and each dancer on stage showed a tremendous amount of dedication to their roles. The energy that the performers put into The Nutcracker over the past few months really showed through their enthusiasm on stage, and the amazing performances from the dance and music departments definitely made this show a success.





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