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Centennial Wrestling 2017-2018 Preview

Words: Sydney Beck

Centennial wrestling has made a mark in history coming into the new season. Centennial wrestling had over 50 student athletes at the first practice on November 15, 2017. The growth in newcomers may have been influenced by last year’s wrestling statistics. Centennial alumnae, Ammar and Amr Narmouq, could have greatly influenced the turn out for the 2017-2018 season with their impressive stats. Jason Kraisser, a two-time state champ and current junior at Centennial, ended last season with 40 wins and 1 loss as well as winning states.

Although former wrestlers may have influenced the increase in wrestlers this year, senior captain Jacob Blyukher believes it was all for the love of the sport.

“I think more people tried out this year because many of the wrestlers who came out before and stayed around really loved it,” said Blyukher, “wrestling teaches you a lot of valuable life lessons and really helps people reach their full potential both physically and mentally.”

When asked who to look out for, Kraisser said “make sure to keep an eye out for senior Jacob Blyukher, who’s looking for one last chance to make an appearance for himself by placing in states this year. Hopefully Centennial can impress the county this year with a solid line up ready to take on any team in the county.”

Whatever the reason for the turnout of the century, Centennials top competitors, Glenelg and Oakland Mills, better watch out!

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Centennial Boys Soccer Emerge As Regional Champions

Words: Parker Subasic

Photos: Sydney Beck

On November 7, our Centennial Eagles drove two and a half hours in the pouring rain to take on James M. Bennett High School in the 3A regional championship boys soccer game. Both teams came out blazing with aggressive defense and intense shots being taken.

JM Bennett scored with five minutes left in the first half, shortly after Centennial junior Hamzah Elhabashy scored with an assist from senior Nick Haskins making the score 1-1 at the end of the first half. Starting out the 2nd half, James M. Bennett quickly scored on the Eagle defense, but the high-powered Centennial offense quickly answered back with a goal from Haskins.

Toward the end of the second half, junior Matt Merkey scored making it 3-2 Eagles. Referees made a huge call to give James M. Bennett a penalty kick, which they took advantage of and tied the score 3-3. This sent the game into overtime, where neither team scored. This brought the game into double overtime.

Elhabashy drilled a dagger of a goal into the upper left corner of the goal to seal his second goal for the night as well as a win for the Eagles.

“I felt a huge adrenaline rush right after I scored, when I saw the ball hit the net I was going insane.” said Elhabashy.

The last time Centennial boys soccer won a regional championship was 21 years ago in 1996. Our Eagles will be playing for the semi-state title on Saturday, November 11 at Linganore High School.

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Centennial Field Hockey’s Senior Night

Photos: Sydney Beck / Words: Eliza Andrew

After countless days of long and tiring practices, late nights at away games, and many times of irreplaceable memories, the senior class of 2018 is now able to say goodbye to the team that has served them well for the past 4 years. Centennial’s varsity field hockey team played their last home game on Thursday night, against the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs. The 11 seniors, Lauren Muma, Camden Blevins, Samantha Dippel, Ally Parisi, Callie Andrew, Gracie Rockefeller, Julia Grable, Zahraa Hotait, Kate Reis, Grace Rout, and Meg Thompson (accompanied by their manager, Sarah Kruhm), all had their time in the spotlight as each of their names were called out before their game.

The first half of the game, was neck and neck, with the Centennial defense playing very well. The score at halftime was 1-0 in favor of the Mustangs. After the break, both teams came out stronger than ever. The game was tough for both teams, but in the end, Marriotts Ridge came out with a 4-0 victory.  We congratulate the seniors on a great four years!

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