Tag: Joey Sedlacko

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.


Boys JV Basketball To Face Atholton In First Game Of Season

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The 2017-2018 season will begin on Friday for JV Basketball as the team goes on the road to face Atholton. The game will tip off at 5:15 p.m. Last season, Centennial JV faced Atholton for the first game of the year and also played a second game in February during the latter half of the season. In both matchups last season, Centennial JV came away victorious winning 60-25 and 52-38.

Atholton looks to bounce back from a below .500 record at 8 wins 11 losses while Centennial looks to continue its success after coming off an impressive 19 win and 3 loss season. However, previous seasons will not matter when they face off on Friday night. Centennial JV looks to start the 2017-2018 right with a “w” in the win column.

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JV Boys Basketball Season Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Basketball season is just around the corner as the 2017-2018 season tips off at 5:15 p.m. on December 8 when Centennial will be on the road versus Atholton for the first game of the regular season. Coming off an impressive 19-3 record (14-2 in county play), Centennial JV basketball looks to continue its dominance in the junior varsity basketball scene. After losing the county championship to Reservoir in a heartbreaking fashion when Reservoir sank a game-winning buzzer-beater three-pointer last year, the team’s goal this season is to win the county championship.

Head coach Christian Sanders reloads his team with 14 players.  The team is returning six sophomores and adding eight freshmen. The newcomers will have to learn the Centennial basketball system, and those returning will provide experience and leadership for the first-year players.  The team will be losing three of its five top scorers from last year, as they will be moving up to the varsity level.

However, sophomore guard Matt Schickner is looking forward to a successful season.  “The team is working hard at practice and our offense is shaping up well and we’re improving our defense,” Schickner stated.

The Centennial basketball program invests a heavy amount of time and effort into junior varsity basketball not only to prepare players for the varsity level but also to continue the success at the JV level. Over the past three seasons, the JV team has won 54 games and only lost 12.

Big games to look out for this season will be on January 3 and February 14 versus Reservoir and also December 12 and February 2 versus Mount Hebron. Last season, the team’s only two county defeats were to Reservoir by a total of a mere three points. The games versus Mount Hebron are always exciting due to the historic rivalry between the two schools.

The projected starting five are Matt Schicker (10) at point guard, Ty Sams (10) at shooting guard, Jeong Hwang (10) and Joey Sedlacko (10) at forward, and Brandon Bonner (10) at center.

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Centennial’s Math Team

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The Math Team meets every Wednesday after school in room 902. Every month, the team takes 20 members to math competitions held throughout the county and compete against other high schools. The Math Team has won the county title the last six years, so the team’s goal this year is to continue their dominance and win another math team county championship. For more information or questions about the team, please contact Ms. Cashmark at Stacy_Cashmark@hcpss.org.

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Food Drive for Centennial’s Salvation Army Club

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Salvation Army is running their Autumn Canned Food Drive from October 30 to November 17. The canned food drive is a competition between first period classes to collect the greatest number of canned goods. Any non-perishable goods will be collected.

The first period class that collects the most canned goods will receive a food award. A Dunkin’ Donuts party was awarded to the first place class last year. Be sure to turn in your canned goods! For more information, you can contact the club at salvationarmychs@gmail.com.

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Centennial’s Salvation Army Club

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The mission of the Centennial High School Salvation Army Club is to bring aid to the
local community as a team. The club focuses on services, both direct and indirect, that can be provided in our community.  Whether it be through volunteering at a local food pantry or a local soup kitchen, collecting canned food for the less privileged, or raising money to donate to local charities, the club aims to “do the most good.”

A future club event to look out for is the 5 for 5 Canned Food Drive from October 9 to October 13.  Students who donate five cans to the collection will receive $5 off their homecoming ticket price. The club’s first meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, September 20, after school in the media center.