Tag: Sports

Looking Towards Wrestling’s County Competition

Words: Peyton Leineweber

The Centennial varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams are heading into their county competition on February 16 and 17 at Mount Hebron High School.  In previous years the competition has been held at River Hill, but this year it was decided to move the competition to Mt. Hebron.

The varsity competitors have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition whereas the junior varsity team cannot advance forward.

The wrestlers to keep an eye out for are junior Jason Kraisser (145), a two time county and state champion, who is looking to add to his victories, and senior Jacob Blyukher (138), who has finished top in the county tournament every year.

When asked about what he’s looking to accomplish in this year’s county competition Blyukher said, “My ultimate goal is to get a county title, but I also have to set myself small goals to get there like not getting taken down in any match or scoring certain points. I am going to take one match at a time and we’ll see where it goes.”

Newcomer Chris Lee (106) is expected to finish in a top spot in the county competition because of his impressive matches this season. Lee finished in 5th place at the Franklin Tournament. Centennial Wrestling hopes to continue to dominate both individually and as a team at counties.

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Centennial Boys Varsity Basketball Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

Words: Josh Horen

After defeating the Long Reach Lightning, 57-43, the Centennial Eagles boys varsity team has now extended their winning streak to five games, their longest streak of the year.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, and ended the first quarter leading the Lightning 15-5. Senior Sean Taylor led all scorers with seven points at the end of the first quarter. Fellow senior Jaden Williams brought great energy and hustle off the bench as well to highlight a very well rounded first quarter for the Eagles.

The pace picked up for the Lightning in the second quarter, but the Eagles easily matched their speed and went into halftime holding a 25-17 advantage.

The third and fourth quarter remained the same with the Eagles continuously stepping on the gas and not letting up.

Long Reach just seemingly could not close the gap.

Senior Andrew Hohmann led the scoring attack with 18 points, followed by Taylor with 13 points.

With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles know how important it is to finish out the season strong and not ease up.

“It is very important to finish these last three games of the regular season strong and with wins. Now is the perfect time to get our chemistry 100% right before playoffs. We are rolling right now and I see that continuing for this team,” said Taylor.

Centennial looks to keep their streak alive tomorrow, February 10, when they take on Carver Vocational Technical High School at home at 2:00.

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Howard County Welcomes Vanderpool Into Women’s Hall of Fame

Words: Josh Horen

Photos: Zach Grable

On Saturday, February 3rd, Centennial’s own Athletic Manager Jean Vanderpool was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Vanderpool joins an elite group of women who have played, coached, or been a part of some legendary sports teams.

Vanderpool has been the Athletics Director here at Centennial High School since 2004.

Not only has Vanderpool been the Athletic Director for fourteen years and running, but she has also served as the chairperson for the Howard County tennis tournament since 2001, and also coordinates the county’s tennis program.

Being inducted into the 2018 Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame is just another accolade Vanderpool has added to her already impressive resume.

In 2004, she was elected Tennis Coach of the year by both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.

This past year she was named the District V Athletic Director of the year, her first time winning the award.

What doesn’t count as an accolade, however, is the good things people say about her.

Mrs. Grimm, head Varsity Softball coach here at Centennial High School, has very high praise for Vanderpool.

“I consider Ms. Vanderpool to be a great mentor & friend to me.  She has always supported me as a coach in the athletic department and as a colleague in the building… Ms. Vanderpool makes sure that both girls and boys teams have comparable quality of equipment and uniforms,” Grimm shared

Grimm went on to talk about how Vanderpool always ensures the cleanliness and the safety of the facilities in use.

“She really deserves this honor and I’m so happy for her.  Her door is always open, so stop in and say hi and get to know her—you won’t regret it.”

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Centennial Boys Basketball Picks Up Third Straight Win on the Road Against Long Reach High School

Words: Josh Horen

The Centennial Eagles boys varsity basketball notched their third straight victory and their first in-county win tonight in a thrilling victory over Long Reach, 69-67.

The Eagles had a slow start to the season dropping their first two games to Atholton High School and Mount Hebron High School. Since then, they have won three straight and seem to finally have picked up their offense.

Centennial, for the first four minutes of the first quarter, looked like they were ready to dismantle the Long Reach defense, jumping out to a 13-5 lead.

Senior Hayden Ford threw down back-to-back Shaquille O’Neal-esque dunks to put the Eagles up by eight points with 3:12 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Long Reach Lightning answered with a 5-0 run of their own to end the quarter at 13-10. Ford was by far the standout player of their quarter tallying eight points and a handful of rebounds.

However, the second quarter was when the game really started to take its shape.

Long Reach scored an easy two points, to carry over their scoring run from the end of the first quarter, cutting the Eagles lead to just one point.

After that basket, the two teams traded baskets back and forth the rest of the quarter. Senior Corey Eudell connected on two three-pointers and Ford added seven more points in an extremely fast paced second quarter.

With 1:24 remaining in the half, junior Stafford Smith nailed a three-pointer to extend the Eagle lead to eight points. With a little more basket trading left in the half, Centennial went into halftime carrying a 34-28 lead.

In the second quarter, the Lightning switched to a 2-3 zone which proved to be quite ineffective. The Eagles made three three-pointers as Ford was continuing to find holes in the defense and scoring.

The second quarter was an offensive explosion for both teams and the pace would stay just as fast throughout the rest of the game. Ford and Eudell were carrying the offensive workload in the half and the defense picked up their play. Ford finished the quarter with 15 points, going 5/7 from the free throw line. Eudell had nine points all from beyond the three-point line.

The Eagles didn’t slow down in the second half either.

Senior Andrew Hohmann kicked off the third quarter with his first three points of the game, and extended the lead to 37-28.

After that shot, the Eagles offense went quiet and the Lightning offense picked up their play. Long Reach went on a 7-0 run and pulled within two points.

Senior Sean Taylor decided enough was enough and he made his first basket of the game, nailing a clutch three-pointer to push the Eagles lead to five points.

After a Lightning basket, Taylor went on an offensive eruption, scoring seven consecutive Eagle points, including a smooth finger roll after dicing through the lane, and another three-pointer.

When asked about his break-out in the third quarter, Taylor was confident in his offense but credits it all to his effort and sticking to the game plan.

“I just tried to be that spark for the team. In order to keep our energy up, all five of us needed to have that intensity we always talk about. I just tried to help to control the game by simply trying to make play,” said Taylor

With 2:04 remaining in the third quarter, Centennial held a 49-41 lead but Long Reach wasn’t going away. After some Lightning lay-ups, a Shawn Hill lay-up, and another Eudell three-pointer, Long Reach cut the lead to just five points, trailing 57-52 heading into the fourth.

Just like the third quarter, Hohmann started off the quarter with another three-pointer, extending the lead to 60-52.

After a Taylor lay-up, the Eagles saw their lead grow to eight points. However, the Lightning’s unwillingness to call it quits ultimately propelled them right back into the game.

With 2:13 left in the fourth quarter, the Lightning scored a lay-up and pulled to within just three points.

The Lightning were at the free throw line when they missed the shot and Hohmann had a tremendous effort to grab a very key offensive rebound. After hoisting it down he threw the ball out to the top of the key where it was stolen and taken the other way by Long Reach. The lay-up was missed but he was fouled and went to the free throw line. He connected on only 1/2 shots.

The Eagles were up 67-65 after that miss, but the Lightning got the ball again and tied the game at 67 a piece with 45 seconds left.

The Eagles had the ball and they were inbounding from their bench sideline. Hohmann got ahold of the ball, cut through the lane, and made what was ultimately the game winning shot.

When asked about the play and the shot, Hohmann was very blunt.

“The play was designed and the thought going through my head was to make the shot,” Hohmann stated.

Whatever was going through his head must’ve worked because the Eagles picked up their first in-county win tonight and the offense played out of their mind.

When asked about the offense’s performance, Eudell says that’s always what the Eagles strive for.

“That’s our goal every night, to get in rhythm as our offense flows and to get hot, and tonight we did that. To keep the offense flowing we have to cut down on turnovers and keep making the extra pass to push the ball,” explained Eudell.

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