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Centennial Sports for Life Class Loses to Homewood Basketball Team

Words & Photos: Jenna Marie Torres

On Friday, March 15, the Centennial sports for life class lost to the Homewood basketball team. The close game was nothing less than electrifying.

In the first quarter, Centennial took the lead with a score of 11-10.

By halftime, the game gained intensity at an astonishing rate. Homewood took the lead by scoring three 3-point shots and four aggressive layups. Centennial, however, changed up their scoring strategy by making seven layups and only one 3-point shot. At the end of the second quarter, Homewood led 30-27.

Both teams kept their high spirits through the third quarter, but the final quarter is where both teams made the game intense for the crowd.

Rob Hix made the biggest impact in the final moments of this game. His quick feet and aggressive play made the competitive fight for victory even more desired.

With a close score of 52-46, the win went to Homewood after an impressive game-ending 2-point dunk on Homewood’s side.

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Dominates in Last Game of the Season

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Jenna Marie Torres

On Monday, February 26, Centennials Boys’ Varsity basketball team played Wilde Lake High School in their last regular season game of the 2018-19 season.

To start off the game, the Eagles took an 8-point lead in the first quarter.

While the Wildcats were able to even that scoreline, Centennial managed to gain back a 2-point lead, ending the first quarter at 10-8.

The Eagles played a very defensively strong game in the second quarter, only conceding 5 points.

The score at halftime was 20-13.

After halftime, the Eagles returned to the court with a more offensive mindset, scoring 17 points in just the third quarter. To top off Centennial’s incredible performance, 4 of their players scored double-digits throughout the game.

These four players were Joey Sedlacko (10), Stafford Smith (10), Michael Kefyalew (13), and Ryan Hollwedel (12).

The final score was 60-46.

“It was a really good team effort,” Sedlacko, junior forward, commented.

The win against Wilde Lake, who is ranked second in county, will give the boys good momentum going into playoffs.

Their first playoff game will be on Monday, March 4, against Reservoir High School.

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Falls Short Against River Hill

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Jenna Torres

On Wednesday, January 16, the Centennial Boys’ basketball team was defeated by River Hill, 50-35.

Centennial kept the score close throughout the entire game. It was not until the fourth quarter that River Hill took a lead that the Eagles were unable to recover from.

Although River Hill held an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, Centennial dominated at the start of the game. Throughout the entire first half, the Eagles played strong defense. Due to immense pressure, they caused several turnovers.

Despite countless offensive possessions, Centennial was unable to convert on many instances.

Assisted by the defense, they held River Hill to just 18 first half-points, and entered halftime trailing 18-15.

As play resumed, Centennial’s offensive struggles only worsened and their defense began to fall apart. They turned over the ball on numerous occasions, resulting in fast break opportunities for River Hill.

Lead scorer junior Joey Sedlacko said, “We struggled with taking care of the ball. We could have attacked the basket more instead of settling for jump shots.”

Centennial trailed by eight points at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles did not move the ball well in the final quarter. River Hill went on a 13-0 run after taking advantage of several consecutive turnovers. Centennial allowed 19 points in the fourth quarter and lost by a final score of 50-35.

“In the fourth quarter we turned the ball over too many times,” said Sedlacko.  “[Turnovers] led to transition points for River Hill, which widened their lead.”

The loss to River Hill was Centennial’s second in-county loss this season. They look to improve their 7-5 record this Friday as they travel to take on Oakland Mills at 7:00pm.

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Centennial Students Dress for Snow Day During Winter Spirit Week

Words: Emily Hollwedel

Photos: Jenna Torres

On Wednesday, December 19, students dressed up for Snow Day, where students and staff wore blue and white to celebrate the upcoming winter break.

Some students wore coordinating shirts and pants, were draped in blankets, or sported ski goggles.

Thursday’s spirit day is Ugly Sweater Day, where participating students are encouraged to wear the ugliest sweaters they own.

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Defeated in Season Opener

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Jenna Marie Torres

The Centennial Varsity Boys’ basketball team fell to Atholton at home by a score of 58-40 in its season opener on Friday.

Centennial’s Matt Merkey scored the first point of the season, making a free throw which gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Eagles, however, that ended up being their only lead of the night. Atholton quickly answered with a 6-0 run, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Both teams played solid defense early, with only 12 total points being scored in the first quarter, but Centennial had trouble capitalizing on their possessions the whole night. Atholton’s physical and aggressive defense forced many turnovers and helped the Raiders go on another dominant run in the 2nd quarter, outscoring Centennial 13-1.

The Eagles entered halftime trailing 22-12, a large deficit but certainly not insurmountable. However, Atholton began the 2nd half hot and jumped out to a 38-16 lead, their largest of the night. Centennial battled back late in the 3rd and early in the 4th quarter, going on a 14-4 run which cut Atholton’s lead to 12. The comeback attempt ended up falling short in the 4th, however, as Atholton took back control of the game and defeated Centennial 58-40.

One of the stories of the game for Centennial, besides turnovers, was Atholton’s dominance from the three-point line. While Atholton made six from beyond the arc, Centennial only managed two- both by Ryan Hollwedel late in the 2nd half.

Senior Michael Kefyalew led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points, followed by junior Joey Sedlacko with 9 and senior Cameron Berkeley with 7. For Atholton, senior Casey Parkins led the team in scoring with 26 points.

The Eagles will play Atholton again on February 1st and have a chance to avenge Friday’s loss. Last year, Centennial also began its year with a season-opening loss to Atholton but ultimately had the last laugh as Centennial eliminated Atholton in the playoffs.

Centennial’s next game is on Wednesday, December 12th at home against rival Mount Hebron.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month at Centennial High School

Words: Jenna Marie Torres

Photos: CHS Wingspan

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started on Saturday, September 15 and ends on Monday, October 15, gives the Hispanic community at Centennial High School a chance to reflect on their heritage.

The Centennial library staff has displayed books in their hallways to share information about female Latino leaders in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The display contains books about Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by Barack Obama; Laurie Hernandez, 2016 Olympic gold and silver medalist; Shakira, singer of “Hips Don’t Lie”; and Eva Longoria, award-winning actress. This gesture, though small, makes an impact on the community.

“By showing that the school recognizes the small community means a lot, especially during times when being Hispanic is viewed as violent and dangerous,” said senior Selaya Smithery, who is Puerto Rican. “These books somewhat destroy the myths put onto the Hispanic communities across all of America.”

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