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Jason Kraisser Wins His Fourth State Championship

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Saturday, March 2, Centennial senior Jason Kraisser won his fourth state championship in four years at the MPSSAA state championships at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Kraisser defeated Josh Stokes from Huntingtown High School in the 152-pound, 4A/3A final to make him the eighth Maryland public-school wrestler to win four state titles. The state championship match between Kraisser and Stokes was a rematch of last year’s state final.

The Kraisser family has dominated the sport for many years. The family has now won a combined 12 state championships: four by Jason, four by his older brother Nathan, three by his second older brother Austin, and one by his father Cliff.

The victory on Saturday sealed an undefeated 40-0 season for Kraisser. Kraisser finished with a career Varsity record of 159-4.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Season Comes to an End

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, March 5, Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball traveled to Long Reach High
School to take on the Lightning. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they were eliminated from the 3A East Regional Playoffs after being defeated 69-45.

The first quarter was a fast-paced game and Long Reach was able to jump out to a 15-9
lead, due to the Lightning’s three three-pointers in the quarter.

Costly turnovers by the Eagles allowed Long Reach to extend their lead to 30-16 in the
second quarter, causing Centennial head coach Robert Slopek to take a timeout.

The timeout proved to be effective as Centennial went on a 8-0 scoring run towards the
end of the second quarter to cut the lead to six. Junior Brook Anderson scored six of the eight points during the run and finished with a team-high of 12 points.

However, the Eagles still trailed 32-24 going into halftime.

In the second half, Long Reach continued to shoot well behind the three-point line and
played exceptional defense to seal them the victory.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Moves onto Second Round of Playoffs

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Friday, March 1, Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball dominated Atholton High School in the first round of 3A East Regional Playoffs, winning 63-29.

The Eagles got off to a hot start and took a commanding 16-0 lead in the first quarter. Smothering defense by the Eagles allowed Centennial to get easy points in transition. Centennial also had no trouble knocking down open shots and went into halftime leading 35-8.

In the second half, Centennial showed no signs of slowing down and cruised to a 24-point victory.

The Eagles were led by senior Ashley Molz who scored 15 points in the game and junior Brook Anderson. Anderson hit a school-record, seven three-pointers in a game, and finished with 24 points. After her performance on Friday, Anderson is now the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made in a season.

Centennial looks to continue their momentum into the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday, March 5, when they face co-county champion and top-seeded Long Reach High School.

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Centennial Wrestling Shines at Regional Tournament

Words: Joey Sedlacko

This past weekend on February 22 and 23, five wrestlers placed in the top six of their
individual weight class for Centennial at the Regional Wrestling Tournament.

Senior Jason Kraisser placed first in the 152 division and is moving onto the state
tournament on March 1 and 2. Another senior, Zaid Narmouq, finished in fifth place in the 132
division. The Eagles had one more fifth place finisher, freshman Nick Shapiro, who wrestled in
the 120 division.

Sophomores Chris Lee and Matt Harris both finished in sixth place, with Lee in the 113
division and Harris in the 145 division.

Only the top four finishers in each weight class move on to the state tournament, but the
success from the underclassmen at the regional level proves to be a good sign for the wrestling
program as they look to continue to improve for future years.

For Kraisser, he will be looking to carry his momentum of first place
finishes in the county and regional tournament into the state tournament this upcoming
weekend.

Kraisser will be aiming to capture his fourth state championship in four years, a feat only
seven other wrestlers have accomplished in Maryland history.

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Centennial Celebrates Six New Members Inducted into the CHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

On Saturday, February 9, Centennial High School inducted six new members into the Centennial High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 included Alex Ashcroft, Don Augustin, Jonathan Dupski, Anna Mitchell, Kevin O’Connor, and Sarah Parks.

The inductees were nominated by athletic coaches at Centennial for their outstanding achievements in Centennial athletics during their high school careers.

The ceremony took place in the gym before the boys’ Varsity basketball game.  A list of the accomplishments by each of the inductees was read by the PA announcer as the inductees walked across the basketball court to accept their Hall of Fame plaque.

Sarah Parks was not in attendance for the ceremony, but expressed her utmost gratitude for the award.

The Hall of Fame plaques for the 2019 class will be hung above the gymnasium doors along with the rest of the plaques for the Centennial Athletic Hall of Fame.

After the ceremony, the Centennial boys’ Varsity basketball team defeated Long Reach High School 61-57 to improve to 10-7 overall and 8-4 in the county. 11 three-pointers by Centennial lifted the team to victory on Saturday evening.

The Eagles were led by seniors Stafford Smith and Ryan Hollwedel. Smith scored a game high 22 points while Hollwedel added 15 to help the team defeat the Lightning.

The boys’ Varsity team will celebrate Senior Night as they take on Reservoir High School on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:30pm.

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Centennial Indoor Track Competes in Howard County Indoor Track Championship

Words: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, January 15, the Centennial Indoor Track team competed in the Howard County Indoor Track Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. The boys’ team placed sixth with 43.5 points, and the girls’ team placed fifth with 64 points. Numerous athletes finished in the top five in their event.

In the running events for the boys’ team, junior Zack Garwacki placed fourth in the 55 meter hurdles. Also, senior Justin Ziegler finished fifth in the 1600 meter run. Centennial’s 4×400 meter relay team consisting of Marco Ayhon, Thomas Altman, Tyler Dan, and Jake Muma placed third. For the field events, junior Chris Wagner took home fourth place in the high jump. Junior Jack Ragonese performed well in the shot jump and also earned himself a fourth place finish. Junior Anthony Matthews was the county runner-up in the triple jump.

The girls’ team continued their success in the long distance running events. In the 1600 meter run, senior Alison Betler was the county champion and senior Cora Blount was the county runner-up. However, in the 3200 meter run, Blount was the one to win the the county championship, while Betler placed fourth in the race. Betler’s success did not end there though, as she secured second place in the 800 meters as well. The Eagles’ 4×800 meter relay team, made up of Katie Pistner, Caroline Shimeall, Marisa Thomas, and Joyce Zhang, placed fourth in their event. In the field events, senior Moroti Adewole finished third in the shot put.

The Centennial Indoor Track team will continue to improve knowing the regional meet will take place on February 5.

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