Spring Sports Preview 2013
Words: Salman Hashmi
Ellicott City, MD – “I am very excited about the upcoming season for Centennial Lacrosse. We have a young team with great skill and speed. All the girls are really ready to learn and grow as lacrosse players so from here forward we will just get better,” said varsity girls lacrosse coach Rachel Lenzo.
Entering her first season as girls lacrosse coach, Lenzo feels that this year’s team will be competitive and will give it their best effort. “I am looking to raise the expectations of the team for our county play. To be competitive in every single game and give 100% win or lose, and in all situations show our character through sportsmanship to our opponents,” said Lenzo.
She also feels that in order to be competitive, she has to push every one of her lacrosse players. “We condition daily, as well as, working on fundamental lacrosse skills (catching, throwing, shooting, ground balls and draw controls). We practice our offensive sets and plays, defensive options and man up/man down plays,” said Lenzo.
Lenzo believes she has a solid team offensively and defensively. “We have a group of girls who are fast and that will benefit us in the transition. We also have some incredibly skilled defenders who I am looking to step up vocally and lead our team, as well as, attackers who can capitalize on scoring opportunities,” said Lenzo.
Spring Sports Preview 2013
Words: Salman Hashmi
Ellicott City, MD – The 2013 Centennial Eagles baseball team looks to build upon last year even though the team lost key players to graduation. Coach Dennis Ahearn feels that this year will be a year to grow for the team. “[I am] Excited—-we have a young and relatively inexperienced team. I am curious to see what we can make of it all,” said Ahearn.
Ahearn feels that each of his players should try to be the best at their position and be motivated to win every game. “We expect compete to win every game and to grow throughout the season. Everyone is motivated and we have a lot of competition for starting roles,” said Ahearn.
Ahearn believes that Centennial has some good competition in Howard County. “Hebron is always a rivalry—so is River Hill. It would nice to beat teams like Glenelg and Reservoir who have very strong teams,” said Ahearn.
by Salman Hashmi
Ellicott City, MD – After four years of hard work and determination on the golf green at Centennial, senior Connor Flach has committed to Loyola University Maryland by signing his national letter of intent on November 19, 2012. Flach signed his national letter of intent in front of his family and friends on hand as well as Centennial Athletic Director Jean Vanderpool.
Connor Flach has been a big part of the success for Centennial golf for the last four years. Flach’s career at Centennial is an impressive one. Connor was ranked one of the top boys’ golf players in Howard County, finished in second at states, and was “one shot 68 away from win district.”
Connor Flach ends one golf career and starts a new one at Loyola University. The opportunity for playing for coach Baloga is one of the factors that led to his decision. “I am really excited to go play college golf. It has been a dream of mine ever since I was seven,” said Flach. One area of Connor’s game that he wants to improve on is to become more consistent to his putting. “Before I go to Loyola, my putting is what I want to work on the most,” said Flach. Other than playing on the green, Connor hopes to major in business.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Cetennial Eagles 1 @ Howard Lions 3
Starting pitcher Ben Goldsmith pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs. First basemen Garrett Kurtz went 2-4, with two doubles, outfielder Brandon Feurman went 2-4, with two doubles, and Derek Nadeau went 1-3, with a single and an RBI.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Long Reach Lightnings 0 @ Centennial Eagles 6
Starting pitcher Aerian Vedadi went seven innings, no earned runs, and almost threw a no hitter. Pitcher Aerian Vedadi also got three walks in the game and outfielder Jerry Burgow went 2-4, with two doubles.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Centennial Eagles 3 @ Reservoir Gators 5
Playing on back to back days, the Centennial Eagles struggled to put runs on the board. The Gators were looking to seek revenge from the Eagles after an opening day loss. Starting pitcher Garrett Kurtz struggled in five innings, giving up five earned runs. Pitcher Peter Baum came in for an inning of work giving up no earned runs. Seniors Aerian Vedadi went 2-3 with a double, a single, and a walk, and Garrett Kurtz and Jared Lacey went 1-4 with a double.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mount Hebron Vikings 1 @ Centennial Eagles 6
Starting pitcher Ben Goldsmith pitched seven innings and gave up one earned run. Goldsmith showed the reason why he is the ace of the pitching staff. The Centennial hitters provided enough runs to give Goldsmith another quality start.
On April 26, 2012, the Howard County Board of Education unanimously named Renee Foose as the new school superintendent. Foose signed a four year deal that will pay her $250,000 annually. Foose is replacing current superintendent Sydney Cousin, who is expected to retire July 1, 2012 because of illness.
Foose will bring her experience in the Baltimore County and Montgomery County School Systems when she becomes the new superintendent. Previous positions held have been the current Baltimore county deputy superintendent that she has held for the last one year, and Montgomery county director of school performance, director of shared accountability and associate superintendent.
On Friday, April 20, 2012, the Centennial Eagles won against the Wilde Lake Wildcats 16-10. Starting pitcher Jerry Burgow lasted only one inning and gave up four earned runs. Pitcher Joe Eads came in and relieved Burgow, but he struggled in his one third of an inning giving up two earned runs. After Burgow and Eads struggled to get Wildcats hitters out, coach Ahearn called to Areian Vedadi to finish the game. Vedadi went five and two thirds innings and gave four runs. Centennial’s hitting picked up the struggling pitching. Pitcher Areian Vedadi also had a good day at the plate. Vedadi went 2-3, with a single, double, two walks, an RBI, and scored five runs. First basemen Garrett Kurz also had a good day at the plate going 2-4, with two home runs and six RBI’s. Third basemen Jared Lacey went 1-2 and hit a grand slam totaling for four RBI’s. The Eagles hope to continue their winning ways versus the Mount Hebron Vikings on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the Centennial Eagles lost against the Atholton Raiders 13-3. Starting pitcher Garrett Kurtz gave up seven earned runs, struggling to get Raiders hitters out. Third basemen Jared Lacey went 1-3, with a double and an RBI. The Centennial Eagles just could not hit and struggled against one of the top teams in Howard County. The Eagles will try to bounce back from a tough loss when they play against the Wilde Lake Wildcats on Friday, April 20, 2012.