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Boys’ Basketball Defeats Wilde Lake in Third Round of Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Wednesday, March 2, the gym at Centennial High School was packed with students, parents, and fans for the Regional Semi Final game between the Eagles and the Wilde Lake Wildecats. The Eagles impressed the crowd and came back to win the game 58-42.

The Eagles struggled to hit shots outside the paint, so the offense began looking into the post for points around the rim. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu was a force inside, finishing consistently.

With the Eagles down by three at the half for the second straight game, the team came out of the locker room fired up. Senior EJ Fowler and junior Elijah White, along with Brown, Addisu, and senior Michael Merkey, led the play for the Eagles. The Eagle defense pressured the Wilde Lake offense and made them take hard shots.

Brown led the game with 16 points, White finished with 13, Addisu scored 12, Fowler finished with 7, Merkey scored 6, and junior Alex Fant and sophomore Jayden Smith finished with 3 and 1 respectively.

The Eagles move on to play Stephen Decatur on Friday, March 5.

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Boys’ Basketball Beats Reservoir in Second Round of Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, February 29, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team started its playoff run. The team took on the reservoir Gators at home.

After overcoming a 3-point halftime deficit, the Eagles stormed back, emerging with a 57-53 victory.

Senior Tom Brown, was the offensive force for the Eagles, dropping a game high 20 points. Fellow senior Michael Merkey chipped in 13, capitalizing on many trips to the free throw line. Junior Elijah White and sophomore Jayden Williams each scored 8 points, senior EJ Fowler had 4 points, junior Alex Fant and sophomore Kaleb Addisu each scored 3 points, and sophomore Andrew Hohmann had 2.

The Eagles will play Wilde Lake at home on Wednesday, March 2.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, January 15, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team played rival Mount Hebron in the teams’ only meeting of the season. In front of a sold out crowd, the Eagles came away with a 49-41 win.

It was a strong performance from the Eagles who are looking to surge into the second half of their season.

The Eagles were led by seniors Tom Brown and Michael Merkey who each had 13 points in the game. Senior EJ Fowler finished with 7 points , sophomore Kaleb Addisu had 6, sophomore Jayden Williams and junior Elijah White both had 4, senior and Javon Smith finished with 2.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats River Hill

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, December 4, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team headed to River Hill High School to take on the Hawks in a much-anticipated rematch of last season’s thrilling regional final. The Eagles pulled out a 37-35 win.

The first quarter had very few points, with both teams trying to find a rhythm. Senior Tom Brown found his groove quickly, and seemed taking the scoring responsibilities on himself. Fellow senior Michael Merkey also added a three pointer in the first quarter to keep it close, but the Eagles would be down by four entering the second quarter.

During the second quarter, the Eagles offense picked up the pace. On defense, senior EJ Fowler, along with Merkey, Brown, and junior Elijah White held down the river Hill offense. This energy allowed the Eagles to take the lead 17-14 at the end of the half.

In the second half, senior Javon Smith came up big, making solid plays on both sides of the court. Sophomore Andrew Hohmaan made his varsity debut and impressed the crowd. Hohmann crashed the boards and made tough shots while getting fouled that gave the team life in the third quarter.

While Brown was the star on offense after finishing with 16 points, it was Smith who closed the game for the Eagles. With the game tied at 35 with under two seconds left, the senior stepped up to the free throw line, With the opposing student section making as much noise as they could, Smith was calm, cool, and collected as he sank both free throws.

Along with Brown’s 16 points, Smith finished with eight, Merkey and Fowler had three, Hohmann finished with six, and White had one point.

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Hebron in Third Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, November 5, Centennial Boys’ Soccer defeated rival Mt. Hebron in the third round of playoffs. The game was intense and stressful; the win finally decided after two overtimes and penalty kicks.

Motivated by two heartbreaking losses in the previous playoff seasons, the Eagles came out as a dominant force, creating many offensive chances and clearing many of Hebron’s attacks.  Senior goalie EJ Fowler, senior defenders Bobby Nasafi and Tom Brown, and junior defender Ryan Maher kept Hebron’s offense off of the scoreboard for most of the first half.

On the offensive side, senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq continuously beat the Hebron defense through expert passing and foot skill.

The Eagles struggled initially, but when once they found their rhythm, they quickly produced a goal.

At the 20 minute mark of the first half, Sophomore Nick Haskins dribbled past the Hebron defense and slid the ball past the goalie giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Though the Eagles continued to play hard, the Viking offense was able to get a goal with 8:24 left in the half.

The Eagles and Vikings were tied 1-1 at the half.

Entering the second half, both teams came out with a vengeance. As the fog moved in and covered the field, the crowd grew louder as the teams battled it out on the field. Narmouq and Merkey created many goal scoring opportunities but were unable to put any in. The Eagle defense stopped the Vikings’ momentum by heading out any crosses from our defensive third.

The game became physical as fatigue set in, but the boys continued to play hard. The Eagles hit many impressive free kicks but were unable to score until the last two minutes of the game when Narmouq took the ball down the left flank of the field and got the ball past the goalie.

With seconds left the Eagles were winning 2-1, but the Vikings continued to fight and were able to score with four seconds left.

The game was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Neither team scored in the first overtime and few chances were created on either side of the field.

During the second overtime, the Vikings had many close chances, but Fowler, Brown, and Maher kept the ball from going into the net. Haskins and Narmouq generated many offensive chances and won many corners for the team, but the Eagles remained scoreless. At the end of overtime, the teams were still tied and headed into PKs.

Centennial took the first PK,  and Merkey hit it past the keeper, but the Hebron player did the same.  Nasafi took the second kick, and scored, but the Vikings answered with a goal of their own. Junior Justin Breedlove took the third shot. The Hebron goalie guessed correctly and got a hand on the ball, but Breedlove hit the ball hard enough that it was able to go through. Hebron missed their third shot, giving the Eagles an edge. Narmouq scored on the fourth PK, and Hebron made another shot. Brown missed the fifth shot, but the Eagles were still up 4-3. With the game on the line, Fowler stepped up and saved the Vikings final shot, winning the game.  The Eagles quickly began to celebrate as the entire team ran to Fowler and jumped in a dog pile. After shaking hand with the Vikings, the Centennial fans sprinted onto the field to congratulate their team.

The Eagles will take on Atholton at home on Tuesday, November 10,  to compete for the Regional Title.

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Boys’ Soccer Beats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, November 3, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on the Reservoir Gators in the second round of the state soccer playoffs. A strong second half performance by the Eagles offense provided them with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Gators.

During the first half, the Eagles’ offense dominated with senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq leading the attack. They were not able to find the back of the net however, with the Reservoir goalie making many key saves in the first half. Seniors Bobby Nasafi and Savya Konkalmatt, along with juniors Justin Breedlove and Noah Taylor, provided assistance to the offensive charge.

On defense, the Eagles were led by the direction of seniors EJ Fowler and Tom Brown.

In the second half, the scoring came fast and furious. Merkey blasted the ball into the net quickly followed by a goal from junior Shawn Atmar. Junior Narmouq added an insurance goal to put the game out of reach for the Gators.

With this win, the Eagles move on to play Mount Hebron on Thursday, November 5, at 7pm.

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Wilde Lake in Penalty Kicks

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, October 29, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on the Wilde Lake Wildecats in the first round of the state playoffs.

From the opening whistle, the game was neck and neck. While Centennial controlled possession for most of the game, the Wilde Lake goalie kept the Eagles out of the net. Senior Michael Merkey and junior Paul Drutch led the offensive push, with seniors Bobby Nasafi and Savya Konkalmatt helping from the midfield.

The first half ended in a 0-0 tie, with both teams trying to break through.

The second half was much of the same for both teams. The Eagles generated good offense, but could not find the back of the net.

When Wilde Lake did get a breakaway, the defensive duo of seniors Tom Brown and EJ Fowler denied any chance, with Fowler making great plays as the goalie.

The second half would end just the same as the first half, in a 0-0 tie. The game would go into two ten-minute overtime periods, both of which saw no goals being scored.The two teams who had battled it out for 100 minutes went to penalty kicks to decide the winner.

Merkey, Nasfi, and junior Justin Breedlove converted on their first three attempts. After Wilde Lake had made their first two shots, they sent their third player to the box. With the crowd loud and the game on the line, Fowler made a huge stop and the Eagles were close to victory. Konkalmatt was the fourth player to come up for the Eagles. The crowd went silent as he blasted the shot into the net.

The game was on the line as Fowler went back to the goal. The Wilde Lake player set up, and hit the post. The game was over. The fans rushed the field and the team tackled Fowler as everyone celebrated a hard fought win.

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