Tag: Ammar Narmouq

Centennial vs. Homewood Game

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Shalini Malhotra and Zach Grable

Centennial hosted Homewood for the annual Centennial vs. Homewood game on Wednesday, March 22. Centennial’s team was made of up students from the Sports for Life classes. Eighteen Centennial students played: Shawn Atmar, John Bossom, Drew Burk, Stephen Cagas, Floyd Collier, Sean Cooley, Paul Drutch, Hamzah Elhabashy, Hudson Graves, Nick Haskins, Zane Haug, Justin Homassel, Alex Kartak, Andy Lee, Ammar Narmouq, Michael Pellegrini, Eli Ross, and Kevin Woo. The team was coached by Corey Eudell, Shawn Hill, Andrew Hohmann, Michael Kefyalew, and Sean Taylor.

Homewood quickly took the lead in the opening play of the game and continued to put points on the board. Centennial responded with strong passes and teamwork but was unable to take the lead. Centennial trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Collier started the Eagles off with a basket while Pellegrini and Burk also helped close the gap between the teams. Despite their best efforts, Centennial went into the locker room behind 23-17 at the half.

During halftime, Matthew Na energized the crowd with his halftime dance party. Centennial fed off this energy and was able to take the lead in the third quarter after Graves hit two foul shots. Homewood quickly responded with a three point shot and once again took the lead. The Eagles fought back, with Narmouq, Pellegrini, and Haug putting points on the scoreboard, but Homewood made impressive three point shots to keep them ahead. Centennial went into the fourth quarter behind 37-31.

The Eagles came out hard in the fourth quarter with Burk putting up two, Graves with four, and Haug with seven. However, the crowd agreed with emcees Meg Thompson and Rachel Mathew about Centennial’s lack of defense, and Homewood continued to score relentlessly.

Centennial ultimately fell to Homewood, 55-46. After the game, the teams participated in a dunking competition and a three-point contest where Centennial won the former and Homewood the latter.


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Wrestling Senior Night

Words: Zach Grossman

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Tuesday, January 31, the Centennial Eagles Varsity Wrestling team had a nail biting defeat against River Hill on Senior Night. Head coach Cliff Kraisser introduced all five seniors while they were escorted by their parents and siblings. Dwight Leiva was escorted by his father and brother. Mac McGuire was escorted by his parents. Chris Baker was escorted by his parents. And last but not least, the Narmouq brothers, Ammar and Amr, were escorted by their mother.

Sophomore Jason Kraisser began the match with a win for the Eagles which set the mood for the match. The match was very close but with multiple forfeits and losses, the Eagles were in a bit of a hole. However, the team did not lose hope. With no wins from any seniors yet, it was up to Ammar Narmouq to start the madness.

Ammar walked to the away side of the mat and took a knee, then walked to the center like he owned the mat. Ammar did not disappoint the crowd, as he dominated his opponent. With it being his last home match, Ammar wanted to go out strong with a pin or at least a win. Instead, Ammar’s opponent forfeited due to injury and Ammar won.

Next up was senior Amr Narmouq. Amr had the quickest match of the night because he pinned his opponent within the first 14 seconds of the match. The Narmouq brothers’ wins put the Eagles back in the range of being able to win.

Unfortunately when the last few wrestlers came up, the Eagles needed a win and a pin to win the match but they couldn’t manage to get the pin.

The Eagles had a hard fought match but were unable to come out on top against one of their biggest rivals.

The Eagles Varsity and Junior Varsity Wrestling teams will have one last stand at River Hill on February 17-18, 2017 with hopes to claim county titles and a possible advance to the State Tournament.

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Wrestling Wins Tri-Meet

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, December 13, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Wrestling team hosted the Howard Lions and Reservoir Gators for a tri-meet.

For the first time since 2002, the Eagles beat the Gators, 39-33. They also defeated the Lions, 45-33. Centennial (2-0) won the meet, beating both teams, while Howard (1-1) finished second, and Reservoir (0-2) came in last.

Seniors Ammar and Amr Narmouq, juniors Jacob Blyukher and Lucas Shapiro, and sophomore Jason Kraisser won their matches. According to coach Cliff Kraisser, these wrestlers should win most of their matches this season.

Centennial’s record now stands as 2-1 for in county, and 2-2 for overall. They hope to capture more wins as the season goes on, starting with the Bear Cave Brawl Tournament on December 17.

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Boys’ Soccer Falls to Hebron in Regional Semifinals

Words: Zach Grossman

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Centennial Boys’ Varsity soccer took a season ending loss to Mount Hebron High School in the 3A East Regional Semifinals.

In the first half, Mount Hebron came out extremely strong against the Eagles and scored in the nineteenth minute. The Eagles did not lose hope and kept fighting. After several opportunities from both sides, Hebron led 1-0 throughout the first half.

Nine minutes into the second half, junior goalie Rohit Vepa had what looked to be a great tackle inside of the box, however, a penalty kick was given to Hebron. This put Centennial down 2-0 with just over 30 minutes to play.

With 22 minutes left in the game, sophomore Zach Haskins had a perfectly placed shot that found its way into the net, bringing the Eagles back in the game.

With 18 minutes left in the game, Centennial received a corner kick. Senior Ammar Narmouq had a short corner to sophomore Richard Chung. Chung had an incredible cross directly to junior Matt Merkey. Merkey scored and Centennial went crazy, but it was called offsides by the officials.

After much hard work from both teams, the Eagles unfortunately lost and the season came to an end.

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Reservoir in First Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Thursday, October 27, Centennial Boys’ Varsity soccer defeated Reservoir in the first round of the 3A State Playoffs.

The Eagles quickly put numbers on the board when junior Nick Haskins scored in the first four minutes of the game. Less than thirty seconds later, senior Ammar Narmouq added another goal to the team’s lead.

The Eagles kept up their intensity and created many goal scoring opportunities. The defense held off the attacking Reservoir offense and match their physicality. At the end of the first half, Narmouq flicked the ball to junior Alex Keppler who finished it, putting the Eagles up 3-0.

During the second half, Reservoir came out determined to put a ball in the net. However, Narmouq scored again within the first four minutes of the half, scoring the Eagles fourth and final goal.

Centennial continued to play intense, but Reservoir was able to score late in the second half. The Eagles played their game and won 4-1.

The team’s next game will be at River Hill on Tuesday, November 1.

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Boys’ Soccer Wins Senior Night Game

Words: Kieran Senisi

On Wednesday October 19,  the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team faced off against the Glenelg Gladiators at home for their Senior Night.The team and came out on top with a win after an exciting game.

The Eagles pulled off an impressive victory, defeating the Gladiators 4-2.

As the night kicked off, seniors Shawn Atmar, Skippy Bicknell, Justin Breedlove, Paul Drutch, Amr Narmouq, Ammar Narmouq, Ryan Maher, and Noah Taylor walked out with their families before the game.

All the seniors came out in high spirits to help defeat the Gladiators.

The Eagles will play at Reservoir on Friday, October 21, for the last game of the season.


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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Long Reach

Words: Zach Grossman

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Centennial High School Boys’ Varsity Soccer team defeated Long Reach 3-1.

Sophomores Nick Good, Nick Haskins, and senior Ammar Narmouq all scored for the Eagles. Good scored the first goal in the first few minutes of the game, however, Long Reach responded with lightning speed and tied the game 1-1. After the Eagles relaxed and began to play their game, the team took back control. Haskins had a striking goal off of a counterattack and Narmouq buried a perfect free kick from well beyond the eighteen. Junior goalkeeper Rohit Vepa also had eight game stops throughout the game.

The Eagles next game is at Howard High School on Friday, September 16, at 7:00pm.

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Wrestling Regionals

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27, the Regional Wrestling matches took place to determine the matchups for the State Final.

Centennial senior Austin Kraisser won his fourth straight Regional Title. Kraisser will be going for his third consecutive State Championship.

A. Kraisser’s younger brother, freshman Jason Kraisser, won his first Regional Title, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

Junior Ammar Narmouq was runner up in his weight class and will advance to the State Finals. Sophomore Jacob Blyukher also finished as a runner up and will move on to the state tournament.

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Wrestling’s Tri-Match

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, December 12, the Centennial Wrestling Team participated in a tri-match at home between Long Reach and Glenelg.

Centennial went 1-1 on the day, falling to Glenelg by 12 points, and beating Long Reach 72-6.

Senior Austin Kraisser went 2-0 on the day, registering two pins. Senior Cameron Neilon, junior Ammar Narmouq,  sophomores Jacob Blyukher, and Luke Shapiro all registered wins against Glenelg, an undefeated team. Freshman Jason Kraisser also pinned his opponent.

Against Long Reach, Blyukher, Ammar and Amr Narmouq all came away with victories. Senior Savya Konkalmatt got his first win in his only match of the day, and Hussain Naveed and Peter Gruys also helped give the Eagles a convincing win.

Boys’ Soccer Falls to Atholton in Regional Final

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Tuesday, November 10, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on Atholton in the Regional Final game.

At the beginning of the game, the Raiders came out hard and fast, and were able to put two goals on the scoreboard in the first 15 minutes. The Eagles had many opportunities, but were not able to finish throughout the game.

At the end of the first half the Eagles were down 0-2.

Entering into the second half, the Centennial defense cleared many of Atholton’s attempts to score. Senior Michael Merkey and junior Ammar Narmouq generated many chances for Centennial to score, but the shots went wide. Atholton scored the third and final goal of the game in the last ten minutes. The Eagles lost 0-3.

Though their playoff run may be done, the Eagles had a successful 8-3 season.


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