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Boys Lacrosse Dominate Rival Hebron Under Friday Night Lights

Words: Peyton Leineweber

Photos: Sydney Beck

The Centennial boys varsity lacrosse team took on long-time rival Mt. Hebron High School on Friday, April 27. The Eagles won 10-3, dominating the whole game on offense and defense.

The game started off with a quick goal from sophomore Connor Carpenter. From there, the Eagles took off, scoring one goal after another. Hebron answered with three goals of their own, however, the deficit proved to be insurmountable.

Senior goalie Jack Schlossberg had an impressive run in the goal saving the majority of shots on goal. Captain Jeremy Wilson was a key player on offense who kept the ball in the Eagles’ possession through the game.

The Eagles’ defense stepped up by playing an aggressive defense that kept the Vikings from getting opportunities to take many shots on goal.

The Eagles take on Fallston High School at home on Monday, April 30.

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Academic All-State Basketball Team Inductees

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Sydney Beck

Many of Centennial’s athletes have recently earned Academic All-State Team recognition in basketball, with all of them coming from Centennial’s varsity teams. From the girls’ varsity team, seniors Mary Grace Lambert and Gracie Rockefeller were recognized. The others recognized, from the boys’ varsity team, were juniors Cameron Berkeley, Ryan Hollwedel, Matt Merkey, and Michael Kefyalew, along with seniors Kaleb Addisu and Sean Taylor.

All eight students have worked very hard to reach this point, taking three to four of their high school years to accomplish this goal.

Despite the eight of them achieving the same goal, each player boasted of different aspects that contributed to improving their athletic performance and educational integrity.

Lambert, one of the captains for girls’ varsity basketball, exclaims how grateful she is for others who have helped her along the way.

“I would just like to say thank you to my teachers, parents and coaches for supporting me and helping me, and the school for always supporting student athletes,” Lambert disclosed.

Rockefeller, the other captain for girls’ varsity, was more focused on her recent improvement and her ability to prove herself worthy of her position as captain, even though she was not given much playing time last year.

“I feel proud that I was able to make a bigger impact on the court this year.”

The girls were not the only ones who were proud of their achievements. Robert Slopek, their varsity coach, spoke highly of his captains.

“They were committed to making our program the best both on and off the court. They are both great examples of student-athletes. They complete their work and do a great job balancing their time,” Slopek praised.

Beyond the incredible accomplishments from girls’ basketball, several varsity basketball players from the boys team feel just as proficient in reaching the All-State level and express the commitment and hard work required to become successful student athletes.

Sean Taylor, a common name in the starting five for Centennial varsity, openly shared the challenges he faced to obtain the elite achievement.

“Playing basketball is what I love to do but doing well in school and getting good grades is something I pride myself on,” Taylor revealed. “To reach this level took hard work and some afternoons or nights that were homework filled and time-consuming.”

While Taylor described his struggles as a student athlete, his fellow player, Cameron Berkeley, divulged his belief that the accomplishments of the selected players were due to the effort and endurance of the entire team, whether it be on the court or in the classroom.

“It is incredible to be recognized for any accomplishments and as a team it was important that we took care of the academic side of being a student athlete in order to focus on our performance on the court,” Berkeley commented.

Centennial High School students and staff are very proud of the achievements of the school’s student athletes, and hope to see many more students emerge as leaders in their own sports.

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Centennial Girls Lacrosse Looking to Continue Their Crusade As Top-Tier Team

Words: Sydney Beck

The Lady Eagles Head Varsity Coach, Bethany Cunha’s motto for the 2017 season was “redemption”. Cunha wanted the girls to forget about the prior season, and come out strong as a new team. This was the beginning of redemption.

The Lady Eagles caused heads to turn going into their 2016-2017 season. The Eagles started off the season with a loss of 14-7 to Marriotts Ridge High School. They quickly regained speed and won two games back to back before meeting their defeat against Glenelg High School. Although the loss against Mount Hebron High School was nearly heart wrenching, due to such an intense game, the Eagles did not slow down.

All eyes were on the Eagles when they won their first game, against Howard High (15-12), in three years. Centennial girls varsity did not stop there.

The girls pushed through the next game against River Hill winning 15-1. Winning against River Hill put the girls in the first round of playoffs against team rival, Mount Hebron. The Eagles came for revenge, and left with just that. Breaking the never ending tie of 7-7, Marissa Lagera won the game in over time with an unbelievable eight-meter foul shot.

Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles met their demise in the second round of playoffs against Glenelg, losing the game 4-16.

Redemption was what it was.

“I couldn’t be prouder with how the season ended last year as we exceeded all expectations and set out to redeem ourselves within the county.” Cunha stated.

Going into the 2018 season, the Lady Eagles have been preparing both mentally and physically. According to Cunha, it’s all about the foundation.

“So far we have been preparing by making sure we are solid in game basics like offensive sets, midfield transition, defensive movement and clears. Once the foundation is set, we can build off those pieces.”

The 2018 season will be more challenging for the Lady Eagles, as they have been moved up into the upper tier. However, just like last year, the Eagles will rise to occasion and demand redemption, but this time, as the ‘Dark Horse’.

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Centennial Takes on Homewood at Annual Face-off

Photos and Words: Sydney Beck

On March 16, 2018, Centennial High School hosted the annual Homewood basketball game. The game, which took place during fourth period, was watched by students and faculty. The friendly, yet competitive game was played by students who qualified for the game after winning the tournament in the Sports for Life class.

The not-so-serious commentators of the game included Seniors Meg Thompson, Dylan Toth, and Chris Hopkins. The score was accurately kept by the Centennial boys Varsity basketball manager, Terry Kim.

The Eagles were coached by members of both the girls and boys basketball teams. The starting lineup consisted of Seniors Jake Horen, Josh Horen, Michael Pellegrini, Alex Keppler, and Andy Lee. The Eagles constantly rotated players throughout the game, due to complaints from the bench and student section.

The Eagles came out strong against the opposing team, ending the first half with a convincing lead of 36-16.

Centennial’s Dance III performed an upbeat routine at halftime. The group of 18, danced in unison to “You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones featuring RAYE.

The Centennial Eagles wrapped up the game with a final score of 78-30

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Centennial Boys Lacrosse Ready to Conquer This Season

Words and photos: Sydney Beck

After a sluggish start to the 2016-2017 season, Centennial boys lacrosse pushed passed their losses against top-ranked Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg, ending the season with an 11 game winning streak. Unfortunately, all winning streaks have to come to an end. Last season, Centennial met its demise in the second round of playoffs against Glenelg with a final score of 7-3. Boys varsity lacrosse finished their season first in the county with nine wins and three losses.

Despite the departure of last year seniors, senior Francis Kim is optimistic about what this year’s team has to offer and finds that the team is physically stronger.

“It was hard to see our seniors leave after such an early playoff loss, but we were definitely happy with how the regular season went. As a team, we had great chemistry, and gelled at a great time of the season,” Kim said. “I really can’t think of any improvements, other than an extreme amount of weight lifting. We just got unlucky [last season] with the absence of our head coach the day of the playoff game.”

Senior Jeremy Wilson, who was the leading scorer of the 2016-2017 season, received high praise from fellow senior teammate, Thomas Thurmond.

“Jeremy Wilson is a player to watch as he is on the brink of a points record,” he stated.

Wilson, who ended his junior season with an outstanding 82 goals, only needs two more goals to wipe out the existing goals record at Centennial High School. In addition to potentially becoming the highest goal scorer in Centennial history, Wilson only needs eight assists to tally the most assists by any Eagle the school has ever seen.

According to Thurmond, the Eagles have been preparing for the up and coming season in many ways, hoping to bounce back after last years loss in the playoffs.

“We have been preparing for run tests this year as there are stricter requirements, as we try to be a more conditioned team,” he said.

Senior goalie Jack Schlossberg believes that the team will excel in all physical aspects of lacrosse this upcoming season, due to all of the hard work put in by each player.

“We’re really expecting a major comeback. We all lift regularly and will surely be ripping net all season,” Schlossberg stated.

The 2018 season will definitely be one for books, as the Eagles are ready to make their mark on Centennial history.

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