Tag: Kaleb Addisu

Boys’ Basketball Falls to Wilde Lake

Words: Zach Grable

On Friday, February 3, the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball team hosted the Wilde Lake Wildecats. This was an important game for both teams because it determined who would be ahead in the county standings.

The first quarter was even and neither team was able to take a significant lead. Senior Stevie Sedlacko and junior Andrew Hohmann were leaders on the defensive end while senior Elijah White and junior Kaleb Addisu dominated offensively.

The second quarter was similar with each team only gaining a marginal lead. Centennial and Wilde Lake scored almost every possession which kept the first half very close. By the end of it the score was 20-23, with the Wildecats on top.       

By the third quarter, Wilde Lake had pulled away just enough for Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel to call a timeout to slow things down. The Wildecats had come out of the half with more intensity and a desire to win.

Even though Centennial was able to close the gap towards the end, they did not have enough time to gain a lead. The Eagles lost 51-55.
Centennial’s next game is against rival Mount Hebron on Tuesday, February 7 at Mt. Hebron.

Boys’ Basketball Defeats Atholton in Season Opener

Words: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, December 7, the Centennial Eagles Boys’ Varsity Basketball team hosted Atholton High School for the 2016-17 season opener.

The gymnasium roared as the starting five on Centennial stormed the court. Fans were screaming and jumping as the referee threw the ball in the air for the first tipoff of the season.

The Eagles’ student section quickly died down as the Raiders scored 12 straight points. After a timeout was called by head coach Chad Hollwedel, Centennial got back into the game. As they started scoring more and more points, the fans got on their feet again. The home-court advantage pressured Atholton into making multiple turnovers throughout the second quarter. Clutch plays by senior Elijah White and juniors Andrew Hohmann and Kaleb Addisu contributed the most to the Eagle’s lead.

Throughout the third quarter, Centennial controlled the game. Atholton shortened the Eagle’s lead by a little, but a fast-break dunk by White made the gym shake. Centennial students and parents were going crazy as White celebrated with his teammates. This was a big turning point in the game as the Eagles maintained their momentum.

Centennial held on to win the game 60-55.

The team’s next game is against rival Mt. Hebron on December 14, at home.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats Wilde Lake in Third Round of Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Wednesday, March 2, the gym at Centennial High School was packed with students, parents, and fans for the Regional Semi Final game between the Eagles and the Wilde Lake Wildecats. The Eagles impressed the crowd and came back to win the game 58-42.

The Eagles struggled to hit shots outside the paint, so the offense began looking into the post for points around the rim. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu was a force inside, finishing consistently.

With the Eagles down by three at the half for the second straight game, the team came out of the locker room fired up. Senior EJ Fowler and junior Elijah White, along with Brown, Addisu, and senior Michael Merkey, led the play for the Eagles. The Eagle defense pressured the Wilde Lake offense and made them take hard shots.

Brown led the game with 16 points, White finished with 13, Addisu scored 12, Fowler finished with 7, Merkey scored 6, and junior Alex Fant and sophomore Jayden Smith finished with 3 and 1 respectively.

The Eagles move on to play Stephen Decatur on Friday, March 5.

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Boys’ Basketball Beats Reservoir in Second Round of Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, February 29, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team started its playoff run. The team took on the reservoir Gators at home.

After overcoming a 3-point halftime deficit, the Eagles stormed back, emerging with a 57-53 victory.

Senior Tom Brown, was the offensive force for the Eagles, dropping a game high 20 points. Fellow senior Michael Merkey chipped in 13, capitalizing on many trips to the free throw line. Junior Elijah White and sophomore Jayden Williams each scored 8 points, senior EJ Fowler had 4 points, junior Alex Fant and sophomore Kaleb Addisu each scored 3 points, and sophomore Andrew Hohmann had 2.

The Eagles will play Wilde Lake at home on Wednesday, March 2.

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Leaping Into 16- A Leap Year Birthday

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Leap Year birthdays are extremely rare, considering that the date February 29 only comes around every four years. The chances for someone to be born on Leap Day would only be 1 out of 1,461,according to the law of averages, meaning that there are only 200,000 people in the United States who share this birthday, according to the Huffington Post. Extraordinarily, one of these 200,000 people in the nation attends Centennial High School. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu is celebrating his “fourth” birthday today.

Addisu explained, “I usually celebrate my birthday on March 1st if the year isn’t a leap year because March 1st would be the day that falls right after the 28th of February.”

Addisu added, “ I really don’t plan on doing much [tonight]. I mean I went out for dinner with my mom the other night, but I have a [basketball] game today so I can’t really celebrate unless we win. If we do win though, then that would be enough of a celebration for me.”

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, January 15, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team played rival Mount Hebron in the teams’ only meeting of the season. In front of a sold out crowd, the Eagles came away with a 49-41 win.

It was a strong performance from the Eagles who are looking to surge into the second half of their season.

The Eagles were led by seniors Tom Brown and Michael Merkey who each had 13 points in the game. Senior EJ Fowler finished with 7 points , sophomore Kaleb Addisu had 6, sophomore Jayden Williams and junior Elijah White both had 4, senior and Javon Smith finished with 2.

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