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Centennial Summer Sport Camps

Words: Michael Moore

Over the summer of 2015, the Centennial Boosters and the Athletic Department will be holding various instructional sports camps. These camps are run by Centennial coaches and players, and are for students in elementary and middle school.

The boys’ basketball team will be holding two sessions of their camp. The first one is June 22 – June 26. The second session will be July 6-July 10, which will be held from. The camp is run by the coaching staff and is one of the most popular Centennial camps.

The girls’ basketball camp is from July 13-July 17. The camp will be held at Centennial High School and is run by the coaches and returning players.

They boys’ and girls’ lacrosse camps will be held June 29-July 3. They are run by the varsity coaching staff of both teams, current players, and alumni. Both camps are from.

The cross country camp will have two different sessions. The first session will take place from June 22-June26, and the second from July 27-July 31.

The soccer camp will be held from August 3-6 and will be held at Centennial High School. The camp is run by the girls’ head coach and returning varsity players.

The softball camp will be on June 22-June 26. The camp works to develop softball skills and provides a way for incoming freshmen and younger players to meet the coaches.

The volleyball camp will be held from July 20-July 23. This is the first year that Coach Bossom has had a camp, and the camp will be great for players working on their fundamentals.

These camps are a great way for athletes to gain valuable knowledge from experienced coaches. It also gives the coaches a way to scout players that will be coming in the future.

More information can be found on the boosters website:


Eagles Celebrate County Basketball Title

Words: Giana Han

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Contributions from Sandy Eichhorn and Sabrina Han

After three years, Centennial can once again claim to be home of the boys’ basketball county champions.

On Feb. 20, the Eagles beat Marriotts Ridge 60-29 which cinched the 2015 county title for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.  The game was away, so the accomplishment was not celebrated in the same way it would have been if it had occurred at home.  To remedy this, the varsity team was called down during second period for a special ceremony.

The team, coaches, and managers gathered in the cafeteria along with the administrators where Centennial’s athletic director, Jean Vanderpool, presented them with the flag and trophy.

Before handing over the trophy, Vanderpool said, “You will be able to come back here forever and look up at the red banner in the gym and see it says 2015 boys’ county champions.”

“You are, and have been, extremely successful,” added principal Claire Hafets.  “The school has taken so much pride in your success.  The community has taken pride in your success, and the coaches have taken pride in your success.  Remember this feeling of success.  You will always be successful because you know this feeling.”

Following the speeches and pictures, the team went outside to watch the captains raise the county championship flag before they celebrated with a breakfast.

The last time the basketball team earned this title, the seniors on the basketball team were just freshman on J.V.

“Freshmen year, I never thought we’d get here, looking at all of us,” said senior captain Chad Strothers. “But, as we developed each year, I could see us getting closer.” According to Strothers, seeing the varsity team named champions his freshman year was a motivation.

“It looked like such a great feeling,” he said.  “I wanted to get there.”

Senior Isaiah White had been working towards this goal as well.  Each year, he was given the chance to play for other teams at other schools, but each year, he decided to stick with the Centennial program.

“I believed in what we did here,” said White.  “We do it the right way.”

Gaining the county title was part of the goal that the team set at the beginning of the year, but the process in getting it was a long one.

“We grinded each day in practice, we always worked hard,” said senior Connor Clemens.  “In the offseason, we’d shoot baskets in the gym, and we played fall, spring, and summer leagues.”

Coach Chad Hollwedel agreed that the players had worked hard through off-seasons, and he also said, “A lot of different things have to go right.  We were fortunate to stay healthy this season, but a lot of different people stepped up during different parts of the season.  It’s not just one or two or three or four people; it’s 12 people on the floor that made the difference.”

He added that the loss to Oakland Mills turned out to be an advantage.

“It helped tremendously during the season to help prepare us to deal with tight games and adversity.  It prepared us to compete in the next part of the season,” said Hollwedel.  The game was the closest game of the year for the Eagles, and Hollwedel hopes it will prepare them for the atmosphere of the play-offs.  However, even though it resulted in a loss, he and the other coaches are still proud of their record of 18-1.

“I believe it’s the second best record in the history of the school.  I think the last was in 1996 when they went 22-0,” he said.

As senior Eli Geist said, “It’s a good reward for all the hard work everyone does, not just us.”

White added, “It’s not just the players who get all the playing time.  Players who don’t get playing time much, push the players who do in practice.”

“It doesn’t matter what role people play on the team, whether it’s being out on the court and playing or being on the bench and picking each other up, everyone is there for each other,” said Strothers.

“To be able to have this experience as a group after all the years of work, they get to see a reward” said Hollwedel.  “Chad and Isaiah were huge this year.  For the three who didn’t play much last year, it’s a great reward for me to see them play a different role with the success they’re having.”

Senior Kevin Wilson is one of those three seniors.  He said, “It’s really important to me because last year, as a junior, I didn’t see the court much.  This year, I’m contributing [tremendously, added White]. We’re the backbone of the team.”

The seniors have played an integral role on the team this year.  Wilson has been mentioned repeatedly for his solid defense, especially at the Oakland Mills game when he had to guard Mamadou Ndiaye.  Geist was hurt at the start of the season, but since his return, he has been all over the boards.  Clemens has been known to sink clutch shots, and of course, Strothers and White are some of the leading scorers in the county.

However, the race does not stop with the county championship title.  The Eagles are scheduled to play the winner of the Poly-Long Reach match up on March 3.

“We’re fortunate in that for every game we win, we are guaranteed a game here [at Centennial].  We put ourselves in a good spot,” said Hollwedel.  “Of course, our goal is to play the last game of the season.”

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Centennial Basketball Triumphs Over Hebron for Second Time

Words: Mike Moore

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Centennial boys’ basketball team battled Mount Hebron in another installment of one of the county’s best rivalries. It was senior night for the Eagles, and, with at least a share of the county title on the line and an almost sellout crowd on hand, the stage was set for a fantastic game.

The first quarter started off a bit rocky for the Eagles, who were down by as many as eight at times and only scored seven points in the quarter. Senior guard Chad Strothers led the Eagles offensively, but some sloppy play on the offensive side of the ball led to the Vikings getting extra possessions. The Eagles were down 14-7 after one quarter of play.

The second quarter is when the Eagles turned it on. They exploded out to a 7-0 run to start the quarter and, more importantly, to tie the game. Junior guard Michael Merkey gave Centennial the lead with a three that really ignited the student section and gave the Eagles momentum that would carry them for the rest of the game. Senior guard Isaiah White shot with pinpoint accuracy in the second, and, with a put-back dunk at the end of the half, White sent the team into halftime with lots of momentum. With senior guard Kevin Wilson’s strong defensive play, the Eagles were able to take a 26-23 lead into halftime.

The second half was dominated by Centennial. Junior Tom Brown and senior Conner Clemens along with White and Strothers were relentless on the offensive end, and the Eagles outscored their opponents 17-6 in the quarter. Strothers and White both finished with 16 points. Centennial was able to get into the paint for easy shots that began to add up. By the end of the third, the Eagles had built a 14 point lead and never looked back.

Brown had the majority of his 15 points in the final quarter, getting to the rim and finishing with ease.  With the defense taking care of its end of the floor, the Eagles seemed to control all phases of the game. With the crowd rocking and the stands shaking, the atmosphere was like none other. Elijah White finished with three points, Merkey had five points, and Clemens rounded out the scoring with eight points.

The Eagles earned at least a share of the county title with the win, and sent its five seniors out in the best way a Centennial athlete can leave, by beating Mount Hebron.

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Photos from the Girls’ Basketball Game Against Long Reach

Photos and Words: Giana Han

On Feb. 3, the Lady Eagles played the Long Reach Lightning in basketball during their Future Lady Eagles Night.  The J.V. lost 27-32, but the Varsity won handily with a score of 36-23.

During half time, Centennial’s Drill team danced to Meghan Trainor’s song, “Lips are Moving,” and future Lady Eagles came out onto the court to play knock out.

Centennial Basketball Faces Oakland Mills

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Caroline Oppenheimer

On Wednesday January 29, the Centennial boys’ basketball team took on Oakland Mills in showdown of the top two teams in the county. The gym was packed and there was a playoff-like atmosphere.

Centennial got off to a 7-0 start in the first quarter, which was highlighted by a dunk from senior guard Isaiah White to extend Centennial’s lead to 9-1. The Eagles dominated the first quarter on the offensive end, defensive end, and on the boards, and it ended with a 15-9 Centennial lead.

The second quarter was the same. Senior Chad Strothers and junior Tom Brown continued their impressive games in the second, notching points when they needed to be scored. Senior Kevin Wilson was a force on the boards in the second quarter, helping to facilitate the Eagles offense. White made another exciting play, igniting the crowd with a dunk that gave the Eagles an 11 point lead. The Eagles defense stood tall in the second, helping to preserve a 30-22 lead at the half.

The third was another strong quarter for the Eagles’ offense. Brown had a very good quarter, leading the Eagles out to an 8-3 run to begin the quarter. The Eagles and Scorpions went back and forth in the third quarter, which ended with Centennial on top 43-35.

The stage was set for an exciting final quarter. Oakland Mills got big rebounds early in the quarter to pull within 3. The Eagles held off the push from the visitors, but the Scorpions’ momentum carried them to take the 1 point lead a little over three minutes into the fourth. With the visitors controlling the boards and the Eagles struggling to get calls in the paint, Centennial was in an uphill battle in the home stretch of the game. The teams traded baskets, one team never holding the lead for very long.

With the visitors holding the momentum and time running short, the Eagles found themselves down by three points. This did not seem to bother White, as he drained a long three pointer that not only tied the game, but got the home crowd back in it but energized the team. With just under 10 seconds to play, Strothers hit a free throw that put the Eagles ahead. However, with five seconds left, Oakland Mills hit two free throws that tied the game and sent it to overtime.

The overtime period was back and forth in the beginning, with the two teams once again trading leads. Brown, White, and Strothers helped score points but Oakland Mills would eventually escape with a 66-61 win.

Strothers, Brown, and White would finish with 18, 17, and 15 points respectively, with Wilson adding three more. Senior Connor Clemens and Junior Min An both finished with four points. The Eagles also got strong defensive play from Senior Eli Giest, who made some key blocks down the stretch.


Eagles’ Winning Streak in Basketball Continues

Words: Giana Han

On Jan. 14, Centennial boys’ basketball not only improved their undefeated record to 10-0, but they also broke River Hill’s six game winning streak.

The game started out slow, and it was several minutes until senior Kevin Wilson sunk a three to put the first points on the board. The first quarter ended with Centennial up 11-8.

In the second quarter, the game seemed even slower than the first half for Centennial’s offense. Senior Isaiah White’s allyoop dunk was the brightest spot of the first half, and by the end of the half River Hill had caught up and then grabbed a one point lead.

“We came out slow in the first half,” said junior Tom Brown. “We weren’t shooting well.”

However, the game picked up in the second half as Centennial, led by Brown and senior Chad Strothers, went on several scoring runs. Additionally, Centennial managed to shut down River Hill’s leading scorer for the season, Charles Thomas IV, who had previously been averaging 22.6 points a game, according to The Baltimore Sun.

“We knew we had to get him in the post and cover him well there. Kevin did well fronting him, and we got him off the boards,” said Brown. The Eagles held Thomas to just nine points, a season low for him.

By the end of the third quarter, the Eagles had pulled ahead by five with a score of 32-27. They continued to control the game with strong defense and a steady offense. Since boys’ basketball does not have a shot clock, Centennial took its time passing the ball around the perimeter as they worked the zone, looking for openings.

The Eagles then capitalized on those openings, with five players sinking threes throughout the game, and multiple two point field goals made by different players.

Centennial maintained its lead until the end of the game and won 49-39 thanks to its strong defense and several key players. Brown dominated the boards with 10 defensive rebounds and 1 offensive one in addition to his 3 steals and 12 points. He was helped by teammate Strothers who had an astounding 17 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals, as well as White (10 points, 2 blocks) and Connor Clemens (5 points, 4 rebounds).

This win will carry the Eagles on to their next game at Hammond on Jan. 16.

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Boys’ Basketball Wins Close Game Against Howard

Words: Giana Han

Photos: Sabrina Han

Centennial boys’ varsity basketball beat Howard in its first close match of the season.

The game started out slow, and by the end of the first quarter, the score was only 11-10 with Howard in the lead.

However, by the second quarter the Eagle’s were able to pull ahead.  Coach Chad Hollwedel substituted several players off the bench in as he looked for the right dynamic.  Some of the senior starters stepped up as well.

Senior Chad Strothers had several key three pointers, and senior Kevin Wilson helped minimize the number of second chance points from Howard with big defensive rebounds.  By the end of the half, the Eagles were up by one basket, 25-23.

Both teams came out of half time with a lot of energy, each team battling to gain its next points.  The game got physical fast.  By the beginning of the fourth quarter, the teams were shooting one and one (seven team fouls).

All through the second half, the Eagles and the Lions were neck and neck.  With 2:54 left in the game and Howard up 42-41, a double technical was called, and one of Howard’s starters was sent out of the game for committing his fifth foul.

The Eagles caught up with a made foul shot, and then senior Isaiah White made two more to gain the lead of 44-42 with 35.6 seconds left. The Lions quickly scored two of their own to send the game into overtime.

Seniors I. White, Strothers, and Wilson, along with junior Tom Brown and sophomore Elijah White played out the extra four minutes.

For 1:54, neither team was able to score until I. White was able to break the tie with a lay-up.  Within a few seconds, E. White stole the ball back and passed it to Strothers for another lay-up, putting the Eagles up 48-44.

Howard returned with a jumper, and Centennial called a time out.  12 seconds within returning from the time out, I. White scored again, but a foul gave the Lions a chance to bring the game within two again.

Again, Centennial scored with a lay-up from E. White and Howard answered.  However, after I. White scored the next points, a block from E. White prevented the Lions from closing the gap.  The Lions had to resort to fouling to stop the clock.

Unfortunately for Howard, I. White and Strothers both made all their final foul shots, and Howard’s final three pointer from Patrick O’Malley was not enough to tie the game.  The Eagles were able to finish the game out with a final score of 57-53.

“It was a confidence booster,” said I. White.  “It was proof that we can close a game out.  If we continue to play together, we’ll be fine.”

Centennial emerged victorious with impressive performances by many of its players.  Brown contributed seven points and seven rebounds while Strothers put up 15 points and 5 rebounds.

In addition to scoring an impressive 27 points, blocking 4 shots, rebounding 7 balls, and getting one steal, I. White was also awarded the Player of the Week award from former Washington Bullet, Phil Chenier.  Chenier attended the game to make a public announcement and gave I. White two tickets to the Washington Wizards’ game on Sunday.

“It was a little bit of pressure.  People who had never seen me play before wanted to see why I got it,” said I. White.  However, by topping the stats charts for points, rebounds, and blocks, I. White was able to show those spectators why.