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Centennial Cross Country Wins Big at 3A East Regional Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Delanie Tucker

On Thursday afternoon, November 1, Centennial High School hosted the 3A East Regional Cross Country Championships. It was a big day for Centennial, as both the Centennial Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams were able to take home the regional championship.

The boys’ team placed second at last year’s regional championships, but this year they scored 34 points to secure their first place finish. Four runners from Centennial placed in the top ten.

Sophomore Jacob Cole placed third with a time of 16:45. Following Cole, senior Chris Bieberich finished fourth at 16:54. Senior David Riina came in at seventh after running a 17:04, and senior Justin Ziegler crossed the finish line six seconds later to secure eighth place.

The girls’ team scored 35 to achieve a first place victory and secure their second regional championship in a row. The girls team had four runners finish in the top ten.

Senior Cora Blount placed second with a time of 20:18. In fourth place with a time of 20:41 was senior Alison Betler. Sophomore Katerina Talanova finished seventh after running a 20:59, and junior Apoorva Ajith secured tenth place at 21:29.

Centennial Cross Country now looks towards their biggest race of the year, the state championships. The state meet will take place on November 10 at Hereford High School at 10:00am.

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Boys and Girls Cross Country Perform Exceptionally at County Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

On Wednesday afternoon, October 24, cross country runners throughout the county were ready to take on the hilly, three-mile course at Centennial High School for the Howard County Cross Country Championships.

The Centennial boys team ended up taking third place with a score of 86 points, and the Centennial girls team scored 61 points, earning them second place.

For the girls, seniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler and sophomore Katerina Talanova represented Centennial well in the Girls Varsity A Race, all finishing in the top ten. Blount finished fifth with a time of 19:32.23, while Betler placed sixth with a time of 19:36.79. Talanova came in ninth at 20:06.95.

The boys team had two finishers in the top ten of the Boys Varsity A Race.  Sophomore Jacob Cole placed eighth after finishing at 16:29.14, and senior Justin Ziegler finished ninth with a time of 16:33.88.

Both the boys and girls cross country team look to carry the momentum of their excellent performance at the counties to the 3A Regional Meet on November 1.

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Atholton Defeats Centennial Varsity Volleyball

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

On Tuesday night, Centennial Varsity Volleyball lost to Atholton High School in straight sets – 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 – marking only their second in-county loss (8-2, 8-5 overall). This was a tough match-up for Centennial as they were going up against an undefeated Atholton team (10-0 in county, 13-0 overall).

In the first set, Atholton jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, forcing coach Michael Bossom to call a timeout and regroup with his team. However, Atholton continued to have control over the game, and they extended their lead to 14-7.

Centennial rallied from the deficit and tied the game at 19-19, due to seniors Jackie Sterenberg and Nicole Attram’s several kills.

The Eagles did everything they could to win the set, but Atholton managed to take the first set, finishing with a score of 25-23.

Atholton carried their momentum from the first set into the second. Atholton propelled themselves to a 25-13 victory after quickly gaining a 10-2 lead over the Eagles early in the set.

Keeping their composure, Centennial bounced back and played a back and forth game with Atholton all the way until the end of the third set.

Both teams were unable to gain a decent-sized lead over the other, until Atholton scored three straight points, making the score 20-17. Centennial responded to this well, and the Eagles answered with their own 3-0 run to tie the game 20-20. However, Atholton was able to win the last five points and defeat Centennial 25-20.

The Varsity Volleyball team looks to end the regular season with a road win versus Glenelg on Thursday, October 25, at 5:30pm.

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Takes Down Reservoir in Overtime

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Joey Sedlacko

On Tuesday, October 16, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team defeated Reservoir in a competitive match that lasted five sets.

Throughout the first set, Centennial made several errors due to a lack of communication. They struggled finishing numerous energizing rallies, despite junior Gabriella Dipasquale’s three defensive digs. Centennial lost the first set 25-22.

Reservoir entered the second set with great momentum. After taking a quick 7-1 lead, Centennial coach Michael Bossom was forced to call a timeout and regroup. Moments later, Centennial went on a 9-0 run and Reservoir was unable to recover. The Eagles won the second set 25-21 due to junior Sarah Allen’s five kills.

Despite senior Emily Dewhurst’s several kills, Centennial lost the third set by a score of 25-18.

Senior and team leader Jackie Sterenberg knew what had to be done to force a fifth set. With one ace, a block, and five kills of her own, Sterenberg led Centennial to a victory in the fourth set, 25-22.

Centennial was determined to win. In a nearly perfect start to the fifth set, the Eagles took a 5-0 lead. Nothing was going to stop them as they defeated Reservoir in overtime 15-8.

A victory on Tuesday improves the team’s overall record to 6-4. The girls’ next game is this Thursday, October 18, at 5:30pm against River Hill in Centennial’s main gym. Come out and support!

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Varsity Boys’ Soccer Loses to Mount Hebron 2-0

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew


On Friday, October 12, the Centennial Varsity Boys Soccer team lost their fourth game of the season to their rival Mount Hebron High School.

The Mount Hebron defense limited the Eagles’ attack to few scoring opportunities throughout the game to secure their 2-0 victory.

Mount Hebron scored the first goal seven minutes into the first half. The Eagles failed to clear the ball after a cross by Mount Hebron was sent in near the front of the goal, and a Mount Hebron player tapped the ball in to put the Vikings up 1-0.

Despite giving up the early goal, Centennial settled into the game and kept their composure.

Throughout the rest of the first half, the Eagles went on the attack and applied pressure on the Mount Hebron defense. Two shots went just wide of the post for Centennial, and a header off of a free kick nearly went in, but the Mount Hebron goalie was able to save the ball.

The Eagles went into halftime trailing 1-0.

In the second half, both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively, and did not have many scoring chances.

However, with 15 minutes remaining in the game, a Centennial defender committed a foul in the penalty box, granting Mount Hebron a penalty kick. Mount Hebron was able to capitalize on Centennial’s defensive error by scoring the penalty kick and going up 2-0.

The Eagles’ efforts to accomplish a comeback fell short as the Mount Hebron defense was able to hold onto their team’s lead and win the game.

The Varsity Boys Soccer team will be taking on Oakland Mills High School at home in their next game of the season on October 16 at 5:30pm.


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Centennial Varsity Football Loses Homecoming Game Versus Mount Hebron

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Eliza Andrew

​On Friday night, fans packed the stands to watch the Centennial Varsity football team compete against their rival Mount Hebron High School.


​Centennial struggled to contain the Mount Hebron running game, and the Eagles’ costly turnovers on the offensive side caused them to lose by a score of 47-0.


​Both teams had trouble jump-starting their offense, but Mount Hebron ended up scoring first with a rushing touchdown and five minutes remaining in the first quarter.


Centennial found success in junior running backs Justice Murrell and AJ Awosika, who were getting good yardage and helping the offense drive down the field. However, a fumble by Centennial recovered by Mount Hebron took away the Eagles’ momentum.


At the end of the first half, Centennial was able to keep the score close and Mount Hebron was only up 13-0.

Centennial fought hard, but the players looked to have run out of energy.

The Mount Hebron offense took control of the game and the Vikings ended up taking down Centennial on Homecoming night 47-0.


The football team will take on River Hill next Friday at 7pm.

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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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