Tag: Darius Baker

Centennial Ties Homewood in Annual Game

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Izzie Chausse

The annual basketball game between Centennial students from the Sports for Life classes, and a team from Homewood High School took place on March 8 at Centennial.

In front of a gym packed full of students and faculty, the game was as entertaining as it is every year. Both teams played very hard, and the game ended in a tie, 68-68, after Centennial senior Darius Baker scored in the final seconds.

Seniors Niky Sicilia, Baker, Dougie Barnes, John Hohmann, Tyrel Wilkins, and Austin Kraisser led the game for the Eagles. Juniors Mason Smith, Jun Lee, and sophomores Jeremy Wilson, Ryan Patterson, and Josh Horen were also big contributors.

This was yet another fantastic chapter in the tradition that is the Centennial vs. Homewood game.

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The Opening Centennial Football Game’s Results and Pictures

Photos: Corey Grable

Words: Michael Moore

On Friday, September 5th, the Centennial football team took the field for an opening night battle against the visiting Reservoir Gators.

The opening kickoff put the Gators back by their own goal-line thanks to an impressive play by sophomore Justin Taylor. The Gators had the ball for the majority of the first quarter. They were penalized countless times and held the ball for almost eight minutes.

The Centennial defense finally got a stop, forcing a turnover on downs at the four minute mark. However, the defense’s break was short lived as the Eagles turned it over on the very first play. Reservoir took advantage of the excellent field position and scored the first touchdown of the game.

The score was 7-0 going into the second quarter, but that didn’t hold very long. The Gators scored on the very first play of the quarter to increase their lead by another 7 points. The visiting offense seemed to be gaining yards fairly easy at that point. About 4 minutes after their latest touchdown, the Gators went to the air to pick up their next 7 points, and then scored again on a quarterback sneak 4 minutes later. At the half, the Gators were up 27-0.

The 2nd half was more of the same for both teams, but the Eagles continued to fight admirably with all they had. Senior Kody Clark, and juniors David Phelps, Brian Johnson and Darius Baker along with the rest of the defense would not go away without a fight. They would not give up on any play and put their all into the game. However, the Eagle’s offense couldn’t get any momentum and the visitors found the end zone on a pitch out in the third quarter to tack on more points, and extend the lead to 34-0.

The fourth quarter resulted in another touchdown for the Gators, which would be the final time either team scored in the game. The final result was 42-0 in favor of the Gators. However, the Eagles have lots to build on and will look to improve on that.

Overworked Teenagers

Words: Michael Moore & Darius Baker

Ellicott City, MD – With the thought of college applications looming over them, juniors and freshmen alike, are stressing over getting that golden-ticket-like college acceptance letter. But that’s not all that these students have to balance in their lives. They have jobs, sports, endless amounts of schoolwork, and after that they have to find time for their social lives.

Enter Shazabe Ahktar, a freshman who is a perfect example of an overworked teenager. Shazabe plays soccer, is in the band, on SGA, and is a very good student. This is obviously a lot to take on, so Shazabe explained how he manages his time. “I always try to stay organized and I also try hard to avoid procrastination.” said Shazabe in an online interview.

According to “teenink.com,” teens that are overworked have higher stress levels, more sleep problems, and can even become depressed because of school. According to guidelines endorsed by the National Education Association, a student should be assigned no more than ten minutes per grade level, so the average 9th grader should have at the most 90 minutes of homework. Combine this amount of time with sports, SGA, and other extra curricular activities, and you have a hectic daily schedule. Not just making commitments to these activities is hard, as it is challenging to keep up with maintaining the hard work and consistency of school. “I try to maintain my grades by being efficient and hard working in and out of school.” said Shazabe.

Why does Shazabe do these activities? When asked this question, Shazabe shared “ These activities help me as a person and student because they give me experience in handling all types of situations and they teach me how to better interact with people my age, younger, or older… I think that I would be a completely different person if I didn’t do these activities. Another key reason Shazabe can avoid getting weighed down is that he enjoys what he does. “I do these extracurricular activities because I like to be well versed and I like to try a lot of different things. From music to sports to student government, I enjoy what I am doing.” When asked about his favorite activities, Shazabe had this to say: “My favorite activity is either SGA or travel soccer. In soccer, I have a chance to get to meet people from other schools, practice leadership, and travel to lots of cool places within the area. In SGA, I get a chance to express not only my own, but other students’ ideas. I also enjoy the fact that I get a lot of independence in SGA. Most SGA events are run by the students, such as homecoming, and it is really cool to be a part of that. It is fun to work and get to know students in all grades, freshmen to seniors as well.”

But Shazabe doesn’t spend everyday working. “… I try to find time to do things I enjoy. On most weekends I have a good part of the day to myself to relax, go outside, or hang out with friends.”

As for students like Shazabe, the school work can definitely be backbreaking, but the reward for all their hard work will definitely be worth it, “By taking part in various clubs, sports, and music programs, I have learned many important lessons that will help me be a better person now, and in the future.”