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Centennial’s Chris Lee Wins Big at the Wrestling County Championships

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photo contributed by: Jeannie Prevosto

At the 51st annual Howard County wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 22, Centennial placed eighth in the standings, but junior Chris Lee shined for the Eagles.

In the finals for the 120-pound division, Lee won by decision 7-3 over Griffin Ordowski from Mount Hebron High School to take home the championship. The victory for Lee marks his first county championship. It was a significant improvement after last season when Lee finished third in the tournament.

“It was a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders, I knew being a county champion was very possible and I only had my junior and senior year left,” said Lee. “Getting the job done made me feel accomplished and made the sacrifices I made through the season all worth it.”

Lee was the only wrestler from Centennial to make it to the finals, but many placed in the top five in the tournament. Junior Ibaad Shaikh placed third in the 113-pound division. In the 132-pound division, sophomore Nick Shapiro finished fourth, and junior Matt Harris also achieved fourth in the 160-pound division.

As a team, Centennial placed eighth in the tournament after scoring 100 points.

Following counties, Centennial wrestlers Lee, Shaikh, Harris, and Shapiro all competed in the regional tournament on Saturday, February 29. Unfortunately for the Eagles, none were champions, but many made it far in the tournament.

In the 120-pound division, Lee was defeated in the third place match of the tournament, while Shaikh placed fifth in the 113 pound-division after defeating Nick Bakhtiar from River Hill High School.

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Centennial Wrestling Celebrates Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Delanie Tucker & Noorie Kazmi

On Thursday, February 6, the Centennial wrestling team honored five senior wrestlers during the match versus rival Mount Hebron High School. Yusuf Mehboob, Siddharth Dudla, Yash Joon, Young Han, and Usman Sabir were all honored for their commitment and dedication to the wrestling program. Unfortunately, the Eagles lost the match by a score of 40-27.

Last week,  Centennial faced off against numerous county opponents. On January 30, Centennial defeated Reservoir High School 42-36. In their next match on February 1, the team competed in a tri-meet with Glenelg High School and Howard High School. The Eagles lost versus Glenelg 58-15, but Centennial bounced back with a 39-30 win against Howard.

In the match leading up to senior night, Centennial competed against Carver Vocational-Technical High School. The Eagles suffered a close loss by two points.

Now that the regular season has ended, the wrestlers will represent the Eagles at the county championships.

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Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships Recap

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photo contributed by: Thomas Altman

On Tuesday, January 15, the Centennial boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Howard County Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Overall, the boys’ team finished in fifth place with 64 total points, while the girls’ team finished in sixth place after scoring 54 points. However, numerous Centennial athletes were able to finish in the top three of their respective events.

In the girls 1,600 meter race, junior Katerina Talanova finished first with a time of 5:18. Also, senior Thomas Altman placed first in the boys 500 meter dash with a time of 1:06.70.

“I feel great about the way I performed at counties, it was a major step up from what I did a couple weeks ago the first time I ran the 500,” Altman said. “I managed to PR by about three seconds and put myself in the number one spot going into regionals as well as top four in Maryland and top 15 in the U.S.”

At the meet, Centennial shined in the field events. Junior Cherakie Pierre came in third in the girls’ triple jump, sophomore Liv Ragonese finished second in the girls’ shot put, junior Atharv Ananth placed second in the boys pole vault, and senior Jack Ragonese earned third place in the boys’ shot put.

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Centennial Varsity Girls’ Basketball Falls to South River

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

The Centennial Varsity girls’ basketball team lost to opponent South River High School by a score of 60-49 on Wednesday, December 18. The girls’ team will play in a Christmas tournament over winter break, starting on December 27.

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Centennial Wrestling Continues to Improve

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

On Tuesday, December 17 the Centennial wrestling team hosted a three-team match. The Eagles defeated Wilde Lake High School by a score of 72-12, but lost 44-30 to their second opponent of the day, Hammond High School.

For Centennial, Christopher Lee, Nick Shapiro, Yusuf Mehboob, and Charles Schmidt won both of their matches versus Hammond and Wilde Lake. Also, Centennial’s Ethan Gauthier won his match against his opponent from Hammond.

Six wrestlers from Wilde Lake had to forfeit their match, which allowed Centennial to gain a large lead in points.

For the Eagles, David Ye, Matteo Daly, and Duran Anderson were also victorious in their matches versus Wilde Lake.

The wrestling team is back in action on December 19, when they face Severna Park High School.

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Centennial Wrestling Starts New Chapter

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Sara Ferrara

    The 2019-20 season marks a new beginning for the Centennial Wrestling program. The Eagles start their season this year without four-time state champion Jason Kraisser. It will be the  first season in 14 years that a Kraisser will not be wrestling for Centennial.

However, the team still has valuable Varsity experience. Top wrestlers senior Yusuf Mehboob, juniors Chris Lee, Ibaad Shaikh, and Matt Harris, and sophomore Nick Shapiro all return to the team this season.

On Thursday, December 5, the wrestling team lost their home opener match against Oakland Mills High School by a score of 45-28.

Junior Charlie Schmitt and sophomore Moiz Subir won their match. Also, Mehboob, Shapiro, and Lee were all victorious.

The Eagles had to forfeit a match in three different weight classes which is part of the reason Centennial lost the match.

The wrestling team continues their season on Tuesday, December 10 when they face Long Reach High School and Atholton High School.

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Centennial Soccer Season Recap

Words: Joey Sedlacko

As the 2019-20 fall sports season comes to an end, we look back on the accomplishments of Centennial’s soccer program.

Under first-year head coach Hank Hurren, the girls’ Varsity soccer team finished the regular season with a 5-3-1 in-county record and an overall record of 8-5-1.

“Our team was most proud of the easy transition we had from our old coach to our new coach. We had a new coach with a new coaching style and we came out with a winning season that was much better than the years past. It was something that many of us were worried about going in but it really ended up being better and we accomplished more than any of us could have imagined,” senior Gabrielle Castle-Smith said.

The team’s chemistry stood out to senior captain Ashely Bilger and was a reason their team was successful.

“Our team chemistry really improved throughout the season. The girls on JV last year and the returning Varsity players had to get accustomed to playing with each other. With each practice there was improvement, and we began to connect really well in games,” stated Bilger. “Coach also emphasized the importance of communication this season. I think that was an area we really struggled with, but with practice and repetition we were better [at] communicating on the field.”

The girls’ season came to an end when rival Mount Hebron High School knocked the team out in the first round of the playoffs.

As for the boys, their Varsity team ended the season with an overall record of 8-6-1. After a slow start to the year, they changed their mindset which helped them find success later on in the season.

“We turned our season around in the second half. We played with more intensity and came into each game with a winning attitude,” said senior captain Zach Grable.

Although the team lost in the opening round of the playoffs against Marriotts Ridge High School, they reflect positively on the season.

The highlight of the season, according to senior Darian Avery, came when they defeated River Hill High School, one of the top teams in the state.

“We made the best out of a young team that began with little chemistry and turned it into a team that played with plenty of pride,” Avery said. “We started off slow, but ended up taking down River Hill, which was definitely our proudest moment this season.”

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Centennial Football Season Comes to an End

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

Centennial’s Varsity football team suited up for the last time for the final game of the season on Friday, November 1. The Eagles were defeated by Hammond High School by a score of 28-0.

Before the game, nine seniors on the football team were honored for their commitment and dedication to the program.

In the first quarter, Hammond started the game strong and returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. They continued to extend their lead throughout the first half and finished the second quarter with a 20-0 lead.

During halftime, seniors in the Centennial marching band, color guard, and Counterpoint were honored.

In the third quarter, Centennial’s defense held strong and gave up zero points. However, another touchdown scored by Hammond in the fourth quarter secured the 28 point victory.

The Eagles finished the season with a 1-7 record, but were able to end a 25-game losing streak after defeating rival Mount Hebron High School earlier in the year.

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Centennial Allied Soccer Wins County Championship

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Melissa Notti

On Thursday, October 24, the Centennial Allied Soccer team defeated Oakland Mills High School 4-0 to win the Howard County Championship and complete their undefeated season.

Both teams came into the championship game with their undefeated season on the line. It was a great all-around performance for the Eagles. JJ Howser-Doty led the way for Centennial’s offense with two goals. Additionally, Matthew Na and Marcie Cohen each scored a goal.

Centennial’s defense dominated and goalie Mike McCarthy held the Scorpions to zero goals.

With the championship victory, the Eagles finished the season with a 7-0 record.

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