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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Beats Long Reach

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Saturday morning, Centennial Boys Varsity Soccer defeated Long Reach High School by a score of 2-1 to advance to 2-1 on the season.

10 minutes into the first half, the Eagles struck first with a goal by senior forward, Hamzah Elhabashy. Two minutes later junior midfielder, Elliott Keppler, added on another goal as well.

Centennial went into halftime with a commanding 2-0 lead. However in the second half Long Reach was able to get a goal back.

The Eagles kept their composure though and secured the victory by finishing the second half with solid defense, and not allowing Long Reach to tie up the game.

The team’s next game will be a home game versus Marriotts Ridge High School on September 25 at 5:30pm.

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Centennial Varsity Football is Defeated by Wilde Lake

Words and Photo: Joey Sedlacko

On Friday evening, Centennial Varsity Football lost its third game of the season to Wilde Lake High School 45-0.

The Centennial offense struggled to put points on the board versus the Wilde Lake defense, and had difficulty containing Wilde Lake’s running game.

The football team looks to bounce back after Friday’s loss and earn their first victory against River Hill High School next Friday at 7pm.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Defeats South Carrol High School

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Saturday night, Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer defeated South Carroll High School 2-1. Senior Nick Good scored a header with 2:33 left in extra time to win the game.

In the first half, Centennial had multiple chances to score with seven shots on goal, but they could not capitalize. The Eagles were creating good opportunities by keeping possession in the midfield and advancing the ball up to senior forward Hamzah Elhabashy.

Elhabashy nearly scored with 17 minutes left in the first half, but the shot went just wide and hit the post.

The Centennial defense performed exceptionally well in the first half, only allowing South Carroll one shot on goal and two corner kicks. The two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.

The second half was dominated by defense and both teams had limited chances to score. With five minutes left in the game, South Carroll broke the tie and found themselves up 1-0 after a perfect cross was sent in from the right side of the field and was headed in for a goal.

However, Centennial kept their composure and went on the attack. A foul by South Carroll had granted Centennial a free kick. Junior Elliot Keppler stepped up to take the free kick and delivered a beautiful pass where Elhabashy could drive the ball into the back of the net to tie up the game 1-1 with 2:45 remaining.

In overtime, the equalizing goal gave Centennial all of the momentum. Senior Nick Good rose to the occasion and netted a header to propel Centennial to victory.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Defeats Mount Hebron to Advance to Regional Finals

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On a hot Tuesday afternoon, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team moved onto the 3A regional final after defeating archrival Mount Hebron 12-8. The Eagles move on to play J.M. Bennett High School on Wednesday night for a chance to go to the state semi-final game.

The Eagles started the game off well with them getting clean looks on goal and playing solid defense. Junior Peter Krawczyk opened up the scoring with a goal assisted by captain Jeremy Wilson with 4:05 left in the first. Senior goalie Jack Schlossberg made multiple saves to keep Mount Hebron off the scoreboard. Centennial went up 1-0 at the end of the first. Even though the score didn’t show it, the Eagles had control of the game.

Early in the second quarter, turnovers plagued Centennial, and Mount Hebron tied up the game 1-1. However, Centennial responded well and quickly caught fire on the offensive end and Mount Hebron did not have an answer for the sudden flurry of scoring. Goals by senior Jeremy Wilson,  senior Michael Pellegrini, sophomore Ty Sams, senior Thomas Thurmond, and junior Charlie Hockersmith would account for five straight goals for the Eagles. Thurmond did an impressive job winning the majority of the faceoffs, and Schlossberg stood his ground in goal, only allowing one goal. Centennial would go up 6-1 at half.

To start the second half, Wilson tacked on two more of his four goals to put Centennial up 8-1. Mount Hebron did not quit and scored three straight to shorten their deficit to 8-4. In the final seconds of the third quarter, a shot by Mount Hebron would end up hitting the post of the goal, bouncing to midfield where Krawczyk could pick it up and pass to Wilson to score with 1.6 seconds left. Going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a comfortable 9-4 lead.

The fourth quarter would prove to be a back and forth game. The Eagles scored three goals in the quarter, two coming from Sams to complete a hattrick and one from freshman Andrew Hockersmith. Mount Hebron would go on to score four of their own goals, but the deficit was too large to come back. Centennial was never down throughout the whole game.

Centennial’s Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse is looking to carry this momentum into Wednesday night’s game on the road against J.M. Bennett High School as a chance to go to states is on the line.

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Eagles Boys’ Lacrosse Falls Short to the Mustangs

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Friday night, Centennial Boys Varsity lacrosse suffered their first county loss(4-1) against a very talented Marriotts Ridge team (2-2 county, 8-2 overall) by a score of 8-7. The Eagles fought hard to tie up the game 7-7 in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but Marriotts Ridge scored with 24.5 seconds left to win the game.

The first quarter went well for Centennial. Jack Schlossberg made great saves in the first few minutes of the game and sophomore Ty Sams, who was assisted by senior Jeremy Wilson, opened up the scoring with 5:15 left in the first quarter. A costly turnover at midfield though led to a Mustangs goal to tie up the game 1-1. With 1:04 remaining, Jeremy Wilson scored unassisted to put the Eagles up 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams played solid defense in the second quarter, but Charlie Hockersmith created some space and buried a shot into the net giving Centennial a 3-1 lead. In the final minutes of the quarter, Centennial could not capitalize on a man up advantage. However, with 16.6 second left Marriotts Ridge was able to make the score 3-2 going into half.

In the third quarter, Centennial’s defense began to falter and allowed Marriotts Ridge to score three unanswered goals to put the Mustangs up 5-3 at the end of three.

To start the fourth, Marriotts Ridge won the faceoff and scored a goal two minutes in. Another costly turnover by Centennial leads to another goal for the Mustangs. Marriotts Ridge went on a 5-0 scoring run and had blown open the lead to 7-3.

However, the Eagles came storming back with their own 4-0 run. With 6:51 left in the game, the momentum flipped when the scoring drought ended after a goal by senior Thomas Thurmond assisted by Jeremy Wilson. Just a minute later, a Centennial goal by junior Peter Krawczyk narrowed the lead to 7-5.

Centennial amped up their defensive pressure and made big stops giving their team a chance to continue to chip away at the Marriotts Ridge lead. Jeremy Wilson scored with 2:16 left to make it 7-6. Marriotts Ridge won the faceoff, but a clutch defensive stop would lead to a game-tying goal by Thomas Thurmond assisted by Jeremy Wilson.

In a crucial faceoff to get a chance for a final shot, Centennial could not come up big. The defense for the Eagles had been spectacular this quarter, but a well-executed possession for Marriotts Ridge would put them up 8-7 with 24.5 seconds remaining in the game.

The Eagles had one last opportunity for a shot on goal with eight seconds remaining. Unfortunately, the shot would go wide of the net and the Eagles would suffer their first county loss.

Before going into the game, Centennial Boys Varsity was tied for first place in the county with Glenelg. After the loss on Friday night, Centennial would fall to second place, putting them overall at 7-2.

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Lauren Marcotte: A Force on Centennial Softball

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

Recently, sophomore Lauren Marcotte gained national recognition for her outstanding performance in high school softball. She was named a 2018 high school softball player-to-watch by USA Today.

“It was an honor to be recognized,” Marcotte stated.

Last year, as a freshman, Marcotte had a stellar season on the varsity softball team. Marcotte finished with a league-leading nine home runs and a .697 batting average, and set a state record for triples in a season with 10. In addition, 28 out of her 53 hits were for extra bases and she batted in 39 runs. Last season, Marcotte broke six school records including the batting average record, which was held since 1982. Marcotte’s remarkable freshman season landed her a spot on the 2017 Howard County softball all-county team.

Marcotte worked hard to improve her skills during the offseason. She plays for her travel team, the Beverly Bandits, which is a softball organization based out of Columbus, Ohio. The team competed in tournaments and showcases during the fall.

“It was hard to get together with my team since the girls are spread out over the country,” said Marcotte.

As a result, Marcotte has a batting coach in Virginia, does conditioning at a local training center in Elkridge, and practices with a few local teams. Marcotte’s work ethic and commitment to getting better in softball is incredible.

The upcoming softball season is just about underway and Marcotte has put high expectations on herself following such a great freshman year.

“On a personal level, I am striving to break the records I set as a freshman and improve upon my overall play,” she said. “We have a great group of girls with a lot of talent and I believe Coach Grimm and Coach Maria will take us far this season.”

Marcotte has a special level of talent, and it has not gone unnoticed by college scouts. As a sophomore, Marcotte is already verbally committed to play Division 1 softball at Penn State University. She visited many different campuses, but decided that Penn State was the right school for her.

“All the help and support from God, my coaches, my family, my teammates, and my friends have gotten me to the place I am today.”

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Centennial vs. Reservoir Boys JV Basketball Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The Centennial Boys JV Basketball team will go on the road next Tuesday, February 13,  to play their last game of the season versus Reservoir. The game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. The JV team is riding a four-game winning streak going into this game. The team is having a phenomenal season this year, achieving an impressive 11-1 record in county play and 7-0 record in out of county play.

Earlier in the season on January 3, Centennial defeated Reservoir 67-47. The two teams have a prior history because of previous games. Last season, Reservoir was responsible for two out of the three losses that Centennial’s JV team suffered. In the last game of the 2016-2017 season, Reservoir defeated the JV team in buzzer-beater fashion to win the county championship. The JV team looks to close out the year strong with a win and only one loss the whole season.