Tag: Ryan Maher

Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament Final

Words: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, March 29, the Championship game for the March Madness 3v3 Zaching Against Cancer Basketball Tournament took place.

The two teams in the championship were Natural Lightning and Big III. The gym was filled with students as the two teams battled for the win. In the end, Natural Lightning came out with the “dub.” The team was composed of seniors Ryan Maher, Hudson Graves, and Alex Fant. The team received a Zaching Against Cancer t-shirt for winning the tournament.

The teams that participated in the event helped raise money for the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.

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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’ 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 Takes A Triumphant Win Over River Hill

Photos: Hunter Hall

Words: Michael Moore

On Thursday, September 25, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took the field to play defending state champion River Hill in a battle of the top two teams in the county.

The game started off as a defensive battle as both teams were struggling to get good offensive movement. Senior goalie EJ Fowler along with defenders Tom Brown, a senior, and Ryan Maher, a junior, kept River Hill from getting many shooting opportunities.

On offense, senior Michael Merkey, and juniors Paul Drutch and Shawn Atmar moved the ball well, creating goal scoring opportunities. Seniors Savya Konkalmatt and Bobby Nasafi generated many long balls intended for Drutch and Merkey, but had trouble connecting.

With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, Merkey got on the end of a cross and rocketed the ball into the far side of the net.

The Eagles ended the half leading the Hawks 1-0.

As the second half progressed, the score was kept at 1-0. With time winding down, the Eagles held the Hawks in their defensive third with high pressure from the midfields and forwards. Atmar was able to get his head on a high ball and aimed at the goal. The impressive header slipped past the goalie and the score was 2-0 with five minutes left in the game.

Though down by two goals, River Hill’s offense pressured hard. The Centennial defense stepped up and stopped the Hawks’ relentless goal attempts. Fowler made countless saves, including a one on one opportunity from a River Hill striker. In addition to Fowler, senior Phillip Vea, along with Brown and Maher held the score at 2-0.

This is a huge win for the Eagles soccer team. Following this win, the team is undefeated in the county and is on track to make a run at the county title.

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