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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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Centennial Indoor Track Performs Exceptionally at the 25th Hispanic Games and the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Meet

Words: Joey Sedlacko & Natalie Knight-Griffin

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, and Saturday, January 5, the Centennial Indoor Track team competed in the 25th Hispanic Games. Over the weekend, the team travelled to New York City to participate in the annual indoor track meet.

Multiple runners finished in the top ten of their respective events. In the girls’ triple jump for the Freshman/Sophomore division, sophomore Cherakie Pierre placed sixth with a jump of 30-10.50 meters; breaking Centennial’s long jump record. In the Novice division, junior Tyler Dan finished first in the boys 55 meter dash with a time of 6.71. Also in the novice division, junior Zack Garwacki ran a 8.71 in the boys’ 55 meter hurdles to place ninth.

In terms of Varsity, Centennial shined in the field events and long distance events. Junior Anthony Matthews finished ninth in the boys’ triple jump after jumping 42-03.05 meters. Another junior, Jack Ragonese placed tenth in the boys’ shot put. Senior Alison Betler represented Centennial well in the girls’ 1500 meter race and one mile race. In both events, Betler placed tenth.

The indoor track team’s following meet, the Howard County/Anne Arundel County Challenge, took place at the PG Sportsplex on Monday, January 6. Both boys’ and girls’ Varsity teams competed against 11 other schools in the region.

Numerous Centennial runners from both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams placed in the top five of their individual events. In regards to the boys’ Varsity team, junior Zachary Garwacki placed second in the 55 hurdles.  Sophomore Adrian Nwakalor took fifth in the boys’ triple jump.

The girls’ team excelled throughout the meet, as junior Leah Alkire placed fourth in both the girls 500 meter as well as the girls’ 500 dash. The Varsity girls took fourth out of all eleven teams in the 4×400 relay. Senior Christina Stavlas dominated her respective events, landing an impressive third place in both the girls’ 3200 meters and girls’ 300 meters.

Centennial’s indoor track team will next meet on Tuesday, January 15, for the Howard County Championships.

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Centennial Varsity Boys’ Basketball Falls Short of Completing Comeback Against Broadneck

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

On Wednesday evening, December 19, the Centennial Varsity boys’ basketball team lost their second game to Broadneck High School, putting them at 3-2 overall for the season. This was the first out-of-county opponent that the Varsity boys’ team has faced all year.  

In the first quarter, Broadneck jumped out early with a 19-7 lead. The Eagles struggled to score the ball and get stops on the defensive end.

In the second quarter, Centennial picked up the defensive pressure and only allowed six points. Despite the improved effort on defense, the Eagles were down 25-16 at halftime.

After halftime, Centennial started to find their rhythm on offense and cut the Broadneck lead down to one point in the first three minutes of the third quarter, forcing the Broadneck coach to take a timeout. Despite outscoring their opponent 15-10 in the third quarter, the Eagles were down four points going into the last quarter of the game.

In the fourth, Centennial could not complete the comeback and Broadneck won the game, with a score of 52-42.

The Varsity Boys’ basketball team plays next on December 27 in an out-of-county holiday tournament.

 

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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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