Centennial set for success



The Centennial softball team may want to take a cue from the River Hill girls basketball team this spring.

Both teams had similar seasons last year - going undefeated through the regular season before being knocked out late in the playoffs.

The Hawks basketball team went back to work and produced a 28-0 season that was highlighted by its first state title.

As for the Eagles, who went 20-1 last spring (falling to county rival Mount Hebron in the regional final) and return plenty of talent , they are confident, but well aware they can't rest on last year's laurels.

"We're starting all over," senior shortstop Michelle Grap said. "We have some power, everybody is playing a smart game and everyone is contributing."

Proof came in last week's season-opening win against the same Vikings team that kept them from the state tournament. The Eagles showed off power, getting homers from Grap, second baseman Jessica Grimshaw and outfielder Teri Swinson; strong pitching from Katie Hobson; and near-flawless defense, with only one error in cold weather.

New lacrosse regions

The regions in lacrosse have been re-structured this season, with 10 Howard County schools in the Class 3A-2A South, competing with five teams from Baltimore City.

Glenelg, Atholton, Howard and Reservoir move up to join Mount Hebron, Centennial, Hammond, Long Reach, River Hill and Wilde Lake. Oakland Mills stays in Class 2A-1A North.

The switch most notably effects the Glenelg girls, who captured their first Class 2A-1A state title last season and had won six straight regional crowns. The Gladiators and the rest of the newcomers to 3A-2A now have the stern task of facing perennial state power Mount Hebron, which has won nine straight titles.

Wrestlers honored

Hammond junior wrestler Vince Taweel added to his impressive resume over the weekend with a fourth-place finish in the 135-pound class of the National High School Coaches' Association Junior National Tournament at the University of Pittsburgh, earning him All-America status.

The three-time state champ went 4-2 in the three-day event, dropping a 7-2 decision to Ohio's Jermaine Lindsey in the consolation final.

"My goal going in was to place," Taweel said. "As for taking fourth, I really didn't see that coming - I did a lot better than I expected. ."

In the senior nationals, held at the same venue, Atholton's Rob Eloshway, a 103-pound senior All-Metro selection, earned similar honors.

Eloshway, who will compete at York College next season, won three of five bouts en route to a seventh place finish among 15 wrestlers to earn high school All-America honors.

Quick hits

The Mount Hebron boys lacrosse team will host its annual lasagne dinner next Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school's cafeteria. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students, staff members and seniors, with proceeds benefiting the lacrosse program. ... The Howard High boys lacrosse team will have its alumni day on May 6. The outing will start at noon with a tailgate for former players, coaches and managers as well as parents. A varsity game against South Carroll will take place at 2 p.m., with the alumni game to follow. For more information, contact John Rice at 410-579-8700 or howardhighlax@yahoo.com.


Sun reporter Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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