Tag: Olivia O’Connell

Indoor Track and Field State Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 21, the Centennial Indoor Track and Field team competed in the State Finals.

For the Boys’ 4×800, juniors Greg Costello, Daniel Gao, Steven Mitchell, and senior Anthony Ferrera came in 7th place with a time of 8:39. This was a very good accomplishment for them and a strong finish to Ferrera’s last indoor season.

For the Girls’ 4×800, junior Claudia Pilcher and seniors Alli Krahe, Mary Monroe, and Olivia O’Connell finished in 6th place with a time of 10:10. This time set a new indoor record for Centennial. For the 1600m, sophomore Alison Betler came in 9th (5:30) and junior Kirsten Wikner came in 11th (5:33). For the 3200m, Betler came in 8th (12:22), sophomore Cora Blount came in 9th (12:25) and senior Kara Taylor came in 10th (12:26).

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Indoor Track and Field Regionals

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 7, the Centennial Eagles Track & Field team participated in Regionals. Centennial had many athletes who finished in the top 8 and multiple who qualified for States.

State qualifiers include Olivia O’Connell, Mary Monroe, Alli Krahe, and Claudia Pilcher for the Girls’ 4×800, along with Steven Mitchell, Daniel Gao, Anthony Ferrara, and Greg Costello for the Boys’ 4×800. Alison Betler finished in 8th place and Kirsten Wikner finished in 7th place for the Girls’ 1600, both qualifying for States. For the Girls’ 3200, Alison Betler, Cora Blount, and Kara Taylor finished 7th, 8th, and 10th, respectively, and all qualified for States. Ethan Carpenter finished in 4th place for the Boys’ 3200 and will run at States.

The runners will compete in the State Championship on February 21.

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National Spring Signing Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Shalini Malhotra

On Friday, February 4, four of Centennial’s senior athletes signed their Letter of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level.

Jasmine McCree will play Division 1 soccer at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. McCree made First Team All-County and First Team All-State.

Jennifer Dietrich signed to play Division 3 field hockey at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Dietrich made Second Team All-County as a goalie in the 2016 season.

Cristina Narron will be playing Division 3 soccer at Salisbury University in Maryland. Narron received recognition in the county and earned an Honorable Mention this past season.

Olivia O’Connell signed to Kenyon College in Ohio lay Division 3 field hockey. O’Connell made First Team All-County during her senior season.

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Field Hockey Defeats Hammond

Words: Zach Grable

On Monday, October 10, 2016, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team won 7-0 over the Hammond Golden Bears at Hammond.

The Eagles didn’t start off as strong as they would have wished. Scoring only two goals in the first half by juniors Lauren Muma and Camden Belvins, the Golden Bears were still in the game.

However, goals by seniors Olivia O’Connell and Maggie Sullivan, Muma, junior Julia Grable, and sophomore Marissa Lagara gave the Eagles their seventh win of the season.
The Centennial Field Hockey team will be playing the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs on Thursday, October 13.

Field Hockey Falls to Atholton in Playoffs

Words: Paul Drutch

Centennial’s field hockey season has unfortunately come to an end after a defeat to Atholton on Thursday, October 29.  The game was a battle for possession, with impressive attacking plays from senior Vicky De Sande and junior Olivia O’Connell.  

Centennial’s defense had many important plays, including goal line clearances from juniors Bella Brillante and Charlotte DeCarlo. Centennial’s progress from earlier in the year was very apparent, only losing 1-0 as opposed to 9-0 earlier in the season.

Atholton scored in the last minutes of the first half. Perhaps one of the best performances of the year came from junior Jennifer Dietrich, Centennial’s goalie. Dietrich had double digit saves by the end of the game, and multiple blocks.  

The season has come to an end, but the improvement was noticed by all players and spectators.

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Field Hockey Trumps Reservoir in Senior Night Game

Words: Brianna Belt

Photos: Centennial Field Hockey

On Wednesday, October 21, Centennial Field Hockey faced the Reservoir Gators for Senior Night.

Seniors, Alana morgante and Vicky DeSande, were awarded and thanked by the younger players, both on JV and Varisty, as well as their coaches for their dedication to the Centennial Field Hockey program.

“I am so happy how the past 4 years have gone and especially this season. We worked really well as a team this year and I can’t wait to see what we can do during playoffs,” says DeSande.

The Eagles went on to play the evenly matched Gators with an aggressive game that consisted of numerous corners on both teams and strong breaks down the field by juniors Mary Margaret Baldy, and Olivia O’Connell, and senior Alana Morgante.

The score remained tied at 0-0 until the last five minutes of the second half with a goal by Reservoir, and then Centennial’s Zahraa Hotait, a sophomore, answered quickly with a goal with less then two minutes remaining in the game.

The Eagles and Gators then battled it out in over time until O’Connell broke the tie and scored the game-winning goal, ending the game.

The Eagles pulled it off with a great end to the season for the seniors. Coach Tara Carr proudly stated, “The seniors were instrumental in our success last night, Alana made numerous contributions on the defensive line by stopping Reservoir’s fast breaks and creating quick offensive transitions. Vicky was a beast on the front line by consistently stepping to ball to continue to an offensive transition.”


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