National Writing Day Celebrated at Centennial

Photos: Anna Mitchell and Corey Grable

Words: Miranda Mason

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Advanced Composition students at Centennial led the celebration of National Writing Day during all four lunch shifts.

National Writing Day is a day dedicated to writing and to answering the question of “why write?” During each lunch shift, the Advanced Composition students went around the cafeteria and provided each table with a writing-related activity, such as directions to write a six-word story or to take part in “Exquisite Corpse,” a writing game in which you must write one sentence based on the last line of the previous sentence.

Students were also able to write their answer to the “why write?” question on a poster, and the Advanced Composition students wore National Writing Day shirts with their answers to the question written on the back.

“It encourages kids to write,” said senior, and Advanced Composition student, Dana Yablon when asked why National Writing Day is important. “We think of writing essays, but we’re showing it’s much more than that.”

Junior Meghan Kelley, who participated in some of the writing activities during her lunch shift, agrees that today is beneficial to celebrate. “Ideas get to mix together,” said Kelly.

The Football Team Falls to the Gladiators

Words: Giana Han

The Centennial football team fell to the Glenelg Gladiators 21-3 on Oct. 25.

Both teams went scoreless through the first quarter. The Eagles were the first to score in the game, with a field goal by Nick Cooper in the second quarter. However, the Gladiators quickly came back and scored a touchdown. The quarter ended with the Eagles down 3-7.

The Eagles returned from half time, only down four points, but  were unable to score in the second half.  The Gladiators scored a touchdown a quarter, bringing the final score to 21-3.

“My boys played as hard as they could, but sometimes it’s hard to get that ‘W,’” said senior captain Tyler Boettcher, who had four tackles. “We can’t just take things for granted; we’ll have to get better.”

Walter Fletcher finished the game with 81 rushing yards, which brought his season total to 1,183 yards. Damon Reaves had 11.5 tackles and a sack. The team will be working hard to improve this week so that they can come out victorious in their game against Marriotts Ridge next week.

“[From here] I’m going to strive to be better, I’m going to do it for my family, the football team,” said Boettcher. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

Boys’ Soccer Moves on to Next Round

Words: Michael Moore

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Centennial boys’ soccer team took the field against City College High School for their first game of the playoffs.

Things did not start off the way the Eagles planned when a collision between goalie Kevin Wilson and an opposing player less than 10 minutes into the game led to Wilson being ejected. Back-up goalie Corey Grable entered the game in Wilson’s place. Tommy Wang got things back on track a little later in the half with a goal assisted by Michael Merkey to make the score 1-0.

Senior Max Dwyer had the play of the night a few minutes later when he scored on a bicycle kick to make it 2-0.

The change in goal was not a problem, as seniors Andrew Gavlin and Alex Lingg, along with Grable, kept the opposing offense in check; they did not allow a goal all night.

The Eagles did not let up in the second half.  Dwyer assisted Gavlin off of a free kick early into the half. Senior Will Vea was all over the field in the game, which paid off as he was able to find the back of the net late in the game.

A foul late in the game resulted in a penalty kick for Centennial. Senior Anthony Chiu took the kick and scored to seal the deal for the Eagles. The final score was 5-0.

The Eagles move on to play Mt. Hebron in the next round.

Volleyball Team Ends Regular Season with Win

Words: Giana Han

Centennial Volleyball finished the season on a high note, sweeping the Atholton Raiders in three sets on Oct. 24.

The Lady Eagles won in three consecutive games, with scores of 25-19, 25-16, and 25-13. It was a great team effort; by the end of the third set, every player had seen court time.

“The underclassmen closed [the game] out,” said sophomore Emily Allen.  E. Allen tied Katie Havlik for the most kills of the match, both putting up eight kills for the night.  E. Allen also had two of the three blocks that the team had this game, and Camryn Allen also had an impressive night, with 13 digs and 5 aces.

“Our service got better in the third set.  We didn’t really have service runs in any of the other games,” said Katherine Chao, the varsity manager.

“It’s exciting to finally have positive points rather than negative points,” said senior captain Kristen Ritchie, who ended the game with four kills and 11 digs.  “I can dig it,” she said, laughing. The stats were solid across the board, the team finishing with 36 kills, 16 aces, and three blocks.

The team ended the year with a record of 7-6.  They will be moving on to play-offs where they hope to do repeat last year’s success and make it to the state championship.

“Each match we’ve gotten a little bit better,” said head coach, Larry Schofield. “We’re in the process of peaking.  We haven’t peaked yet, but we saw in the Howard game how good we can play against a strong team.  Keep that approach up, and we’ll scare people at states.”

Howard County Cross-Country Championship

Photos: Caroline Oppenheimer

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Howard County cross-country championships were held at Centennial. Runners representing each school in the county gathered to compete in the races.

The first race that took place was the boys’ varsity race, where the Centennial boys came in second place, behind Mt. Hebron. The boys were led by senior Hutson Baumann, who came in fifth place overall. Cross-country boys coach Alan Dodds was happy with his team’s performance. “I thought it was good. Hebron is a very good team,” he said. “They put three runners in the top ten, which is really hard to overcome. We were fighting for second place.” The Eagles edged out the River Hill Hawks by one point to take second in the county, which was propelled by having five out of seven varsity runners place in the top 25.

It was also a productive afternoon for the girls’ team, who took home the county title this year after coming in second last year. Junior Shreya Nalubola won the race for a second straight year, beating her time of last year by almost 30 seconds. Sophomores Devin McIntyre and Ally Driscoll came in fourth and sixth place respectively, and freshman Kara Taylor rounded out the top ten.

It has been a strong season for the girls, with wins at the Spiked Shoe Invitational, Barnhart Invitational, and the Georgetown Prep Invitational; the team seemed ready for the big race on Tuesday. With six out of seven runners in the top 15, their performance was no match for the rest of the county, and they prevailed by a large point margin of 34.

Both the boys and girls’ teams are now preparing for the regional meet held at Centennial next week.

Senior Crab Feast

Photos: Corey Grable

Words: Miranda Mason

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Centennial seniors returned to the school from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual crab feast, a night of eating crabs and socializing with classmates.

During the event, members of the junior class acted as waiters, bringing crabs out to all the tables. In addition to the crabs, other food such as macaroni and cheese and chicken wings were also served.

“I’m glad the class is all together,” said senior Jabari Mansell. “It’s a good opportunity to get to know everyone better.”

Assistant Principal Pamela West was one of the administrators that also attended the event, and she considered the night to be a success.  “They look like they’re having fun; like they’re hungry,” said West.