Tag: Ellicott City

Floods Ravage Old Ellicott City in Weekend Storm

Words: Delanie Tucker

On May 27, Old Ellicott City suffered severe damage due to a flood. The National Weather Service reports that nearly 8.4 inches of rain fell on Ellicott City, causing the small town to flood for the 15th time since 1768, the second in the last two years.

The town’s history of flooding is primarily due to its position at the bottom of a topographical funnel, which causes all of the run-off to fall on the city. The problem is, Old Ellicott City is extremely urbanized, leaving little space for drainage.

Despite the flash flood warning, most residents were not expecting the ferocity of the storm. Yesterday was when the reality of the devastation really hit: citizens finally seeing the overturned cars, shattered glass from buildings that were destroyed, and workers struggling to fix the water line and sewage pipe that were damaged in the flooding.

To date, there has been only one confirmed fatality. Maryland National Guardsmen, Sgt. Eddison Hermond, was reported missing after assisting an unidentified woman while dining at La Palapa Grill and Cantina when the flooding began. Earlier today, his body was recovered along the Patapsco River, just over the Baltimore County line, according to multiple sources.

The destruction of the town’s shops leaves several owners debating whether or not reconstruction is worth going through with, considering the short amount of time since the last “thousand year’ flood.

Donations are pouring in to help rebuild the town along with several volunteers willing to help clean up what was left. If you would like to help, donations can be dropped off at the food bank at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite J, in Columbia.

If you are a student or alum of Centennial High and have been directly affected by the storms, let us help you share your story by contacting us at chswingspan1718@gmail.com.

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Spring Sports Preview 2013 – Girls Lacrosse

Spring Sports Preview 2013

Girls Lacrosse

Words: Salman Hashmi

Ellicott City, MD – “I am very excited about the upcoming season for Centennial Lacrosse. We have a young team with great skill and speed. All the girls are really ready to learn and grow as lacrosse players so from here forward we will just get better,” said varsity girls lacrosse coach Rachel Lenzo.

Entering her first season as girls lacrosse coach, Lenzo feels that this year’s team will be competitive and will give it their best effort. “I am looking to raise the expectations of the team for our county play. To be competitive in every single game and give 100% win or lose, and in all situations show our character through sportsmanship to our opponents,” said Lenzo.

She also feels that in order to be competitive, she has to push every one of her lacrosse players. “We condition daily, as well as, working on fundamental lacrosse skills (catching, throwing, shooting, ground balls and draw controls). We practice our offensive sets and plays, defensive options and man up/man down plays,” said Lenzo.

Lenzo believes she has a solid team offensively and defensively. “We have a group of girls who are fast and that will benefit us in the transition. We also have some incredibly skilled defenders who I am looking to step up vocally and lead our team, as well as, attackers who can capitalize on scoring opportunities,” said Lenzo.

Spring Sports Preview 2013 – Varsity Baseball

Spring Sports Preview 2013

Varsity Baseball

Words: Salman Hashmi

Ellicott City, MD – The 2013 Centennial Eagles baseball team looks to build upon last year even though the team lost key players to graduation. Coach Dennis Ahearn feels that this year will be a year to grow for the team. “[I am] Excited—-we have a young and relatively inexperienced team. I am curious to see what we can make of it all,” said Ahearn.

Ahearn feels that each of his players should try to be the best at their position and be motivated to win every game. “We expect compete to win every game and to grow throughout the season. Everyone is motivated and we have a lot of competition for starting roles,” said Ahearn.

Ahearn believes that Centennial has some good competition in Howard County. “Hebron is always a rivalry—so is River Hill. It would nice to beat teams like Glenelg and Reservoir who have very strong teams,” said Ahearn.

CHS Eagles Varsity Basketball Defeats Stephen Decatur High School

Words: Anna Mitchell

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – On Tuesday, February 26, the 14-8 Eagles boys’ basketball team began their journey in the playoffs.  They faced off against the 13-0 Stephen Decatur High School Seahawks. Stephen Decatur, a 3A school, is located in between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay in Berlin, Maryland. Though it is unusual for a team to travel two and a half hours and over the Bay Bridge to play a match, the Seahawks made the lengthy trip to Centennial for the first round of playoffs.

With tip-off at 5:30 PM, there was a lot of positive energy in the gym. The student section was packed with almost every student wearing red. The fans began with a lot of intensity and loud cheers, as the Eagles snatched offensive rebounds and converted layups. They went on an early run, holding the Seahawks to single digits for almost all of the first quarter. The score at the half was 23-17, Eagles.

The power in the gym decreased as the game progressed. The Eagles extended their lead to fluctuating around twenty points at some moments in the match. The Seahawks could not keep up with the Eagles’ strong crashing of the boards that allowed them multiple offensive rebounds. The Eagles also intercepted many of the Seahawks’ passes to get wide-open layups or another scoring possession.

Although the Seahawks cut the Eagles’ lead to 5 points with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Eagles weren’t going home after their defeat that began from the match’s tip-off. The final score was 53-37, Eagles.

The Stephen Decatur Seahawks headed home on their long bus ride after a tough loss. Though the end of their season, the Eagles will progress to the second round. On Thursday, February 28, the Eagles will travel to River Hill High School to face off with their boys’ team at 5:30 PM.

In Memoriam of Stephen Rane

Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Centennial community, alumni, University of Maryland students, and the family and friends of Stephan Rane. Stephen was killed in a senseless act of violence at his off-campus apartment during the morning hours of February 12, 2013. He was Copy Editor of a Wingspan publication, The Wall, in 2008 and 2009, and the recipient of The English Department award upon graduation in 2009. Stephen’s wit, humor, and personality will be missed.

Howard County Times Writer, Sara Toth, wrote a wonderful article which celebrates Stephen’s life. That article can be found by clicking here.

Pep Rally Rescheduled

The Centennial High School Administration has rescheduled the Winter Pep Rally for Friday, February 22, 2013. The Pep Rally was initially scheduled for Friday, February 8, but was cancelled due to a two-hour school delay.

The planned schedule for the day of the Pep Rally is:

Period 1: 7:25 – 8:15

Period 2: 8:20 – 9:05

Period 3: 9:10 – 9:55

Period 4: 10:00 – 12:00

There will NOT be a two minute break between lunches.

Period 5: 12:05 – 12:50

Period 6: 12:55 – 2:10

Students will leave backpacks in their sixth period class.

Hoops for Change

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – On Monday, January 28, Centennial Boys Varsity Basketball played against Mt. Hebron in the Hoops for Change game. The Hoops for Change game is part of the Howard County-wide “Change Matters” Campaign. Proceeds from the event went to Grassroots.

Centennial took the victory in this game with a final score of 58-43.

The game had initially been planned for Friday, January 25, 2013, but was re-scheduled for Monday due to inclement weather.