Eagles soared, then fell down

Title-game losses mar undefeated seasons

Notebook

October 25, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

The county championship game format has been up for debate at Centennial when the school's undefeated tennis and volleyball teams' regular seasons went unnoticed with losses in the title game.

The Eagles' field hockey team joined the list Thursday when Glenelg earned a 3-2 overtime win at Centennial in the inaugural title game in that sport.

The game drew a big crowd which was treated to a suspenseful game, but the home team left dejected and disappointed.

"It's hard when you've gone undefeated in the county and one game determines the outcome," Centennial coach Gail Purcell said after the loss. "Who wants to teach the kids, you work hard, you work hard, you work hard and then the whole outcome is based on one thing rather than the whole eight weeks of the season?"

Centennial (13-2) is the top seed in the Class 3A East playoffs set to begin this week, which assures the Eagles a home date against defending state champ Severna Park should the teams both reach the region title game. Glenelg (9-4-2) will be competing in Class 2A's South region.

Volleyball, too

When the week started, the top-ranked Centennial volleyball team was in position to finish in first place with two matches left in the Howard County Volleyball League. The reward is the opportunity to host the county championship game next Wednesday.

The Eagles (12-0) visit No. 6 Reservoir (12-1) tomorrow in what could be a preview of the county final. The Gators' only loss was to the two-time defending champion Eagles, 3-2, on Sept. 18.

"We're just trying to get a little better every day," said first-year Centennial coach Jerry Hulla.

Hulla said he really appreciates his libero, Jen Hilchey, who is like an unsung hero.

"I think a lot of times, liberos don't get the credit they deserve, because their job is primarily to pass and play defense," Hulla said.

Six is a crowd

There are six football teams making a push for the Class 3A East region playoffs, but only four spots available.

While River Hill and Edgewood continue to pace the field with 7-0 records, Wilde Lake and Centennial (both 5-2) did their part with wins over the weekend.

The two county teams got help Friday when Annapolis upset Severna Park, which along with North Harford is 6-1.

Wilde Lake travels to Oakland Mills at 7 p.m. Friday, and Centennial will host Marriotts Ridge at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pallotti on top

The Pallotti girls soccer team earned the top seed for the coming Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference playoffs.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.

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