Tag: Paul Drutch

Centennial vs. Homewood Game

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Shalini Malhotra and Zach Grable

Centennial hosted Homewood for the annual Centennial vs. Homewood game on Wednesday, March 22. Centennial’s team was made of up students from the Sports for Life classes. Eighteen Centennial students played: Shawn Atmar, John Bossom, Drew Burk, Stephen Cagas, Floyd Collier, Sean Cooley, Paul Drutch, Hamzah Elhabashy, Hudson Graves, Nick Haskins, Zane Haug, Justin Homassel, Alex Kartak, Andy Lee, Ammar Narmouq, Michael Pellegrini, Eli Ross, and Kevin Woo. The team was coached by Corey Eudell, Shawn Hill, Andrew Hohmann, Michael Kefyalew, and Sean Taylor.

Homewood quickly took the lead in the opening play of the game and continued to put points on the board. Centennial responded with strong passes and teamwork but was unable to take the lead. Centennial trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Collier started the Eagles off with a basket while Pellegrini and Burk also helped close the gap between the teams. Despite their best efforts, Centennial went into the locker room behind 23-17 at the half.

During halftime, Matthew Na energized the crowd with his halftime dance party. Centennial fed off this energy and was able to take the lead in the third quarter after Graves hit two foul shots. Homewood quickly responded with a three point shot and once again took the lead. The Eagles fought back, with Narmouq, Pellegrini, and Haug putting points on the scoreboard, but Homewood made impressive three point shots to keep them ahead. Centennial went into the fourth quarter behind 37-31.

The Eagles came out hard in the fourth quarter with Burk putting up two, Graves with four, and Haug with seven. However, the crowd agreed with emcees Meg Thompson and Rachel Mathew about Centennial’s lack of defense, and Homewood continued to score relentlessly.

Centennial ultimately fell to Homewood, 55-46. After the game, the teams participated in a dunking competition and a three-point contest where Centennial won the former and Homewood the latter.

 

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Boys’ Soccer Wins Senior Night Game

Words: Kieran Senisi

On Wednesday October 19,  the Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team faced off against the Glenelg Gladiators at home for their Senior Night.The team and came out on top with a win after an exciting game.

The Eagles pulled off an impressive victory, defeating the Gladiators 4-2.

As the night kicked off, seniors Shawn Atmar, Skippy Bicknell, Justin Breedlove, Paul Drutch, Amr Narmouq, Ammar Narmouq, Ryan Maher, and Noah Taylor walked out with their families before the game.

All the seniors came out in high spirits to help defeat the Gladiators.

The Eagles will play at Reservoir on Friday, October 21, for the last game of the season.

 

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Boys’ Baseball Falls to Oakland Mills

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Michael Merkey

Centennial’s Varsity Boys’ Baseball team lost 12-4 to Oakland Mills on Wednesday,  April 13 ending the team’s three game winning streak.  The team started off strong, leading 4-1 until the third inning.  However, after a short spur of unfortunate plays, Oakland Mills took the lead.  Centennial switched pitchers between junior pitcher Matthew Steen was subbed for sophomore Alex Crocamo,
who was then subbed for senior Ben Carr.  The Eagles will play again April 15 at Wilde Lake.

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Boys’ Basketball Defeats River Hill

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Izzie Chausse

The Centennials Boys’ Basketball team finished out their regular season on February 22, with a strong victory against River Hill, ending at 53-25.

The game started off slowly, with the Eagles and Hawks tied the first few minutes of the game. Great shooting from senior Tom Brown helped the Eagles take the lead during the first quarter, after a Centennial time out.  

While the Eagles held their lead throughout the game, they pulled away early in the third quarter.

This ended the season with the Eagles at 13-6, and third overall in county. The boys’ playoff schedule will be released during the week.

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Tom Brown Scores 1,000 Points During Senior Night

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Saturday February 20, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team had their Senior Night against the Reservoir Gators. The seniors honored were Tom Brown, E.J. Fowler, Michael Merkey, and Javon Smith.  The Eagles defeated the Gators 56-53, with Brown and junior Elijah White leading the team.

In the late third quarter, the game was stopped to congratulate Brown, as he hit 1,000 points over his career as an Eagle. He is only the second person for Boys’ Basketball to score 1,000 points during their high school career. The win pushes Centennial to 12-6 in county and 14-7 overall.

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Girls’ Basketball Pulls Out Victory Over Wilde Lake

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Hunter Hall

Centennial’s Girls’ Basketball team won on Wednesday, January 13. The Eagles beat Wilde Lake 44-41 in a hard fought game.  

Sophomore Kelly Simmons and senior Kewa Gray led the team in points, scoring 16 and 12 respectively.  Senior Jesse Dunagan contributed to the win by increasing the energy. Dunagan challenged the Wilde Lake offense and defense with her unwavering hustle. This now puts the Lady Eagles record at 5-4.

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National Signing Day

Words: Paul Drutch

Photos: Hunter Hall

On November 11, National Signing Day, various Centennial student-athletes signed commitment letters to the colleges where they intend to play a sport. Mrs. Hafets announced each person to the table where they signed their letter to their chosen college, surrounded by loved ones and friends.  The senior athletes who signed included Austin Kraisser (wrestling at Campbell University), Samantha Courtemanche (lacrosse at Coastal Carolina University), Michael Moore (lacrosse at Wingate University), Emily Allen (softball at Salisbury University), and Devin McIntyre (lacrosse at Salisbury University).

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Hebron in Third Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, November 5, Centennial Boys’ Soccer defeated rival Mt. Hebron in the third round of playoffs. The game was intense and stressful; the win finally decided after two overtimes and penalty kicks.

Motivated by two heartbreaking losses in the previous playoff seasons, the Eagles came out as a dominant force, creating many offensive chances and clearing many of Hebron’s attacks.  Senior goalie EJ Fowler, senior defenders Bobby Nasafi and Tom Brown, and junior defender Ryan Maher kept Hebron’s offense off of the scoreboard for most of the first half.

On the offensive side, senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq continuously beat the Hebron defense through expert passing and foot skill.

The Eagles struggled initially, but when once they found their rhythm, they quickly produced a goal.

At the 20 minute mark of the first half, Sophomore Nick Haskins dribbled past the Hebron defense and slid the ball past the goalie giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Though the Eagles continued to play hard, the Viking offense was able to get a goal with 8:24 left in the half.

The Eagles and Vikings were tied 1-1 at the half.

Entering the second half, both teams came out with a vengeance. As the fog moved in and covered the field, the crowd grew louder as the teams battled it out on the field. Narmouq and Merkey created many goal scoring opportunities but were unable to put any in. The Eagle defense stopped the Vikings’ momentum by heading out any crosses from our defensive third.

The game became physical as fatigue set in, but the boys continued to play hard. The Eagles hit many impressive free kicks but were unable to score until the last two minutes of the game when Narmouq took the ball down the left flank of the field and got the ball past the goalie.

With seconds left the Eagles were winning 2-1, but the Vikings continued to fight and were able to score with four seconds left.

The game was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Neither team scored in the first overtime and few chances were created on either side of the field.

During the second overtime, the Vikings had many close chances, but Fowler, Brown, and Maher kept the ball from going into the net. Haskins and Narmouq generated many offensive chances and won many corners for the team, but the Eagles remained scoreless. At the end of overtime, the teams were still tied and headed into PKs.

Centennial took the first PK,  and Merkey hit it past the keeper, but the Hebron player did the same.  Nasafi took the second kick, and scored, but the Vikings answered with a goal of their own. Junior Justin Breedlove took the third shot. The Hebron goalie guessed correctly and got a hand on the ball, but Breedlove hit the ball hard enough that it was able to go through. Hebron missed their third shot, giving the Eagles an edge. Narmouq scored on the fourth PK, and Hebron made another shot. Brown missed the fifth shot, but the Eagles were still up 4-3. With the game on the line, Fowler stepped up and saved the Vikings final shot, winning the game.  The Eagles quickly began to celebrate as the entire team ran to Fowler and jumped in a dog pile. After shaking hand with the Vikings, the Centennial fans sprinted onto the field to congratulate their team.

The Eagles will take on Atholton at home on Tuesday, November 10,  to compete for the Regional Title.

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Boys’ Soccer Beats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, November 3, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on the Reservoir Gators in the second round of the state soccer playoffs. A strong second half performance by the Eagles offense provided them with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Gators.

During the first half, the Eagles’ offense dominated with senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq leading the attack. They were not able to find the back of the net however, with the Reservoir goalie making many key saves in the first half. Seniors Bobby Nasafi and Savya Konkalmatt, along with juniors Justin Breedlove and Noah Taylor, provided assistance to the offensive charge.

On defense, the Eagles were led by the direction of seniors EJ Fowler and Tom Brown.

In the second half, the scoring came fast and furious. Merkey blasted the ball into the net quickly followed by a goal from junior Shawn Atmar. Junior Narmouq added an insurance goal to put the game out of reach for the Gators.

With this win, the Eagles move on to play Mount Hebron on Thursday, November 5, at 7pm.

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Girls’ Soccer Falls to Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Paul Drutch

On Tuesday, November 3, Centennial Varsity Girls’ Soccer fell to Reservoir 1-0, in the first round of playoffs. The Gators’ goal came in the end of the first half after a Reservoir forward was able to penetrate Centennial’s defense and put one in the back of the net.
The Eagles and Gators battled it out in the midfield, but the Gators were able to generate many offensive opportunities throughout the entire game. The Eagles were not able to come back and tie the game, and lost in regulation. The Eagles finished their 2015 season with a regular season record of 6-5.

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