Tag: Eliza Andrew

Girls’ Basketball Falls to Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Thursday, February 14, the girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted Howard High School.

The support from fans decked out in white would prove to not be enough, as Centennial fell to Howard by a final score of 47-32.

Despite the devastating loss, the team was able to raise money through a successful raffle with numerous prizes donated from various parents and teachers. All of the money gained from the raffle was donated to the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.

Although Centennial was eventually defeated, they put up a strong fight and led for much of the game.

Neither team wasted any time at the start of the game. Centennial took a quick three-point lead due to an early block from junior Rasa Welsh, followed by a tough bucket in transition.

Following the energizing play, Howard began pressing Centennial. Their full-court pressure would eventually lead to several consecutive turnovers as Howard closed out the first quarter, leading 15-10.

Howard’s full-court, defensive pressure continued to be a problem for Centennial throughout the game. Despite their struggle to move the ball off the in-bound, the Eagles found a way to score in transition. Junior Brook Anderson nailed two, big-time three-pointers in the second quarter to keep the girls in the game.

Entering halftime tied at 19, Welsh led the team with three blocks, five rebounds, and four points.

The third quarter began slow, but the pace picked up rapidly. Both sides dominated on offense, but struggled on defense.

Howard led by a score of 31-27 at the end of the third quarter.

Opening the final quarter with a 6-0 run, Howard created a large deficit that Centennial could not overcome.

The Eagles were defeated by a final score of 47-32. The girls will look to bounce back as they travel to Wilde Lake this Friday night.

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Students Come Together for One Centennial Day

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Monday, January 28, Centennial High School hosted their second annual One Centennial Day.

During One Centennial Day, students came together to educate and encourage each other to be part of an inclusive environment.

As students entered the building they reported to their first period class to sign up for the workshop of their choice. Each workshop was designed to inform and help students become more involved members of the community.

Sophomores and seniors went to workshops for session one, while freshmen and juniors gathered in the auditorium for an assembly. After session one, the sophomores and seniors went to the assembly and the freshmen and juniors attended workshops.

Some of the workshops offered included School Spirit and Leadership Through Athletics.

The assembly was full of guest speakers, performers, and others who wanted to give a voice to an issue they feel affects the Centennial  community.

To conclude the day, everyone returned to their first period class to complete a survey on their experience with One Centennial.

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Centennial Indoor Track Performs Exceptionally at the 25th Hispanic Games and the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Meet

Words: Joey Sedlacko & Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5, the Centennial Indoor Track team competed in the 25th Hispanic Games. Over the weekend, the team travelled to New York City to participate in the annual indoor track meet.

Multiple runners finished in the top ten of their respective events. In the girls’ triple jump for the Freshman/Sophomore division, sophomore Cherakie Pierre placed sixth with a jump of 30-10.50 meters; breaking Centennial’s long jump record. In the Novice division, junior Tyler Dan finished first in the boys 55 meter dash with a time of 6.71. Also in the novice division, junior Zack Garwacki ran a 8.71 in the boys’ 55 meter hurdles to place ninth.

In terms of Varsity, Centennial shined in the field events and long distance events. Junior Anthony Matthews finished ninth in the boys’ triple jump after jumping 42-03.05 meters. Another junior, Jack Ragonese placed tenth in the boys’ shot put. Senior Alison Betler represented Centennial well in the girls’ 1500 meter race and one mile race. In both events, Betler placed tenth.

The indoor track team’s following meet, the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Challenge, took place at the PG Sportsplex on Monday, January 6. Both boys’ and girls’ Varsity teams competed against 11 other schools in the region.

Numerous Centennial runners from both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams placed in the top five of their individual events. In regards to the boys’ Varsity team, junior Zachary Garwacki placed second in the 55 hurdles.  Sophomore Adrian Nwakalor took fifth in the boys’ triple jump.

The girls’ team excelled throughout the meet, as junior Leah Alkire placed fourth in both the girls 500 meter as well as the girls’ 500 dash. The Varsity girls took fourth out of all eleven teams in the 4×400 relay. Senior Christina Stavlas dominated her respective events, landing an impressive third place in both the girls’ 3200 meters and girls’ 300 meters.

Centennial’s indoor track team will next meet on Tuesday, January 15, for the Howard County Championships.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Takes Down Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, Centennial Boys’ Varsity basketball defeated the Howard Lions by a final score of 50-37.

The first quarter was all about defense. The ball was back-and-forth the entire quarter as both teams struggled to convert on big plays. Centennial led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.

As play resumed, Centennial continued to fall short on missed opportunities. Howard began to take advantage of the Eagles’ poor offensive series, resulting in Centennial scoring just five points in the second quarter. Heading into halftime, Howard led by a score of 18-13.

Despite their lackadaisical first half, Centennial came out ready to win. They scored 21 points in the third quarter alone. Assisted by numerous turnovers, Centennial held Howard to just seven points.

The Eagles completely turned the game around as they converted on a crucial run and closed out the third quarter with a 34-25 lead over Howard.

Centennial kept their fast-paced game plan throughout the second half. In the fourth quarter, they continued creating turnovers, resulting in easy buckets in transition.

The Eagles finished the game on a 37-19 run, giving them the win. Junior Joey Sedlacko was a big factor in Centennial’s comeback win. Leading the team in scoring, Sedlacko finished with 15 points, leading his team to victory.

The Centennial Boys’ basketball team will travel to Marriotts Ridge for their next game, on Wednesday, January 9.

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Students Dress Up as their Favorite Holiday Characters

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Centennial students dressed up as their favorite holiday personalities for Holiday Character Day on Friday. Students dressed up as characters like Santa Claus and even Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation.

The fun theme helped cap off Spirit Week and put students in the holiday spirit before winter break.

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CHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball Defeats Long Reach

Words: Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Eliza Andrew

Last Friday, the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team faced Long Reach for the third game of the season. The final score was 57-49, with the Eagles taking the win.

“We played great as a team,” said junior Rasa Welsh. “We moved the ball really well and made the right adjustments as the game went on.”

Welsh also added that one of the best contributors to the game was a collective effort of staying calm under pressure. “We had nothing to lose playing this game,” Welsh said. “We knew that Long Reach was a good team, but [also that] we could handle it.”

In terms of preparing for the next game, Welsh noted that it was going to be difficult. “We really have to work on our passing, getting back on transition, and taking control of the game.”

Varsity Girls’ Basketball will take on the Reservoir Gators at home on Monday, December 17, at 5:30 pm.

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