Girls Varsity Soccer Defeated By Atholton

Words: Delanie Tucker

On October 18, Centennial’s Girls Varsity Soccer team hosted Atholton High School for our senior night game.

Seven seniors were honored last night: Ashley Molz, Ashley Deng, Courtney McVicker, McKenna Griffin, Casey Clark, Peyton Wilkerson and Fjordia Akhtalr.

All seven girls were starters for the game.

Sadly, the final score was 2-1, with Atholton taking the win.

The game was very aggressive, which resulted in both teams earning several fouls.

Centennial’s goal was scored by Molz off of a free kick in the second half.

A win last night would have secured the Eagles a second seed spot in playoffs. Because of the loss, they will have to play this coming week and will be forced to play Reservoir High School, the top team, in their first playoff game.

Despite the loss, the girls are looking forward to playoffs, and will learn from their mistakes made in earlier games.

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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.”

Eagles Come Up Big for Homecoming

Words: Michael Moore

Contributor: Giana Han

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Centennial Eagles took the field for a homecoming showdown against the Atholton Raiders.

The Raiders received first possession and marched down the field, only to have their drive halted by senior Damon Reaves, who picked off a pass in the end zone to give the Eagles possession less than three minutes into the game.

The ensuing drive by the Eagles was fueled by a 30-yard pass to Quinn Western from Tyler Morris. That play helped to set up a touchdown run by Walter Fletcher, to put Centennial up 7-0.

The next offensive possession by Atholton would again end with an interception by Reaves.

“I’d felt I hadn’t been playing to my full capacity,” said Reaves. “It [felt] really good to come out and get two picks. I felt the momentum shift.”

The Eagles would capitalize on this opportunity less than a minute later, with Fletcher reaching the end zone for a second straight possession. 14-0 Centennial led after one quarter of play.

The run game worked well for Centennial, with Fletcher, Western and Logan Tignall consistently getting positive yards on every carry. The offensive line was also a big part of the success.

“[The] line did a good job. Anytime the back has a lot of yards, that means they’re doing their job,” head coach Todd Kriner said of the line’s performance.

The offense didn’t use just the running game to score, Morris found senior Chase Conley through the air to increase their lead to 21-0.

After an interception near the end of the half, the Eagles once again destroyed any momentum the Raiders had when sophomore Austin Kraisser came down with interception to end the half.

The second half was more of the same for the Eagles as they continued to use their potent running game to their advantage, and their solid defense to keep Atholton from scoring.

The last scores of the game would come in the fourth quarter when Fletcher found the end zone for the third time, and Sam Reichenthal kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Reichenthal also contributed to the game by going 4/4 on extra point attempts. The game ended in a shut out with a final score of 31-0.

This was a big win for the seniors on the team, since they had never won a homecoming game up to this point.  “[The win] feels good. [Because] we worked hard this summer to get here,” Fletcher said. Fletcher finished the day with 195 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. Morris was 5/8 on passing attempts for 81 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Conley had 38 receiving yards on two catches and one touchdown.

The win puts the Eagles at 5-1 on the year. Their next game is at Howard High School on Oct. 18.

Lady Eagles Win Against Atholton

by Emma Harring – Sports Writer

After an undefeated season, the Centennial Eagles volleyball team went
into the 3A East Regional Semifinals with high hopes.The team played
the Atholton High School Raiders on November 7th and came away
victorious in four sets.

Junior Jessie Link said that although they expected to play
Mt. Hebron High School, they went in to the game anticipating a
victory. The Eagles came out strong in the first two sets,
over-powering the Raiders with scores of 25-17 and 25-22.
The Raiders put up a challenge in the third set defeating the
Eagles 25-22. However, after re-focusing and re-grouping, the Eagles
came back in full force. A tight race between the two teams led to a
back and forth battle at the end. The Eagles won the final set, 29-27,
because of key plays by junior Kristen Ritchie and seniors Lexi
White-Torruellas and Trisha Mockapetris. Continue reading

CHS Volleyball Update

On November 7, 2012, The Centennial Eagles Varsity Volleyball continued their undefeated streak, winning three of the four games they played against Atholton in the regional semi-finals. They won 25-17 and 25-20 in the first two matches, respectively. In the third match the raiders defeated CHS 25-23, yet the Eagles came back with a win of 29-27 in the fourth and final match. This win will push the Eagles to the regional finals.

See our latest sports post for more details!