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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer | December 6, 1992
Talk to South Carroll wrestling coach Pete Olson about the Cavaliers' 1992-93 season and the catch phrase "turning the corner" often enters the conversation.Olson says he has five proven wrestlers he can count on to get points.He also believes there's a few more on the roster who are ready to "turn the corner" -- going from average wrestlers to consistent winners. They will determine whether the Cavaliers have a good season or a great season.The Cavaliers have 10 wrestlers returning from last season's 9-5 squad, led by senior co-captains Matt Crill (152 pounds)
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1997
Despite graduating its entire starting team from last season's county basketball champ, Centennial started the new season by winning its opener.Andy McShane scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, made four steals and had three blocked shots in the Eagles' 61-48 season-opening victory against C. Milton Wright last Friday.McShane, Howard County's tallest player at 6 feet 6, hit several outside jumpers and scored off cuts from the wing through the middle of the lane."It wasn't pretty early," Centennial coach Jim Hill said.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | October 30, 1993
Write Glenelg coach John Bouman's name on the ever-growing list of people who think Centennial sophomore Brian West is an extra-special soccer player.West scored a goal and added an assist in second-ranked and Howard County champion Centennial's 3-1 victory over Howard County runner-up Glenelg yesterday.West's missed shot off the right post also helped create %J Centennial's first goal."The difference in the game was Brian West," Bouman said. "He went wild on us."With the wind at its back, visiting Glenelg (6-5-1, 4-2-1)
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By Gary Davidson and Gary Davidson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 2, 1997
PHOENIX -- Columbia City United defender Alan Woods has been dubbed The Invisible Man because he takes his mark so far out of the game he can't be seen.Woods did exactly that yesterday, but he also kept popping up on offense, contributing a goal and two assists in United's 6-0 rout of Clovis (Calif.) United Heat in a boys under-18 semifinal of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships at the Rose Mofford Sports Center.Columbia, the defending national U-17 champ, plays Scott Gallagher of St. Louis at midnight (EDT)
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer | November 5, 1994
No. 1 Centennial has a tradition of playing great defense, and the Eagles lived up to that tradition last night by beating Howard in the Class 3A East Region semifinal, 2-0.It was the eighth shutout for the Eagles, who have allowed six goals.Centennial (12-0-2) will play the winner of the Broadneck-James M. Bennett game for the regional championship Tuesday or Wednesday."I've got to hand it to our defenders because they held tight in back and freed up everyone else to run," Centennial coach Bill Stara said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 6, 1997
Soccer Club of Baltimore and the Severna Park Top Guns will meet in a championship game today for the second time this season, this time for the Under-17 boys soccer title at the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's Region I championships in Erie, Pa.SCB, which finished third in the nation last season, beat Severna Park, 1-0, earlier this season for the Maryland State Cup.SCB advanced to the final yesterday with a 4-0 win over Eastern Pennsylvania. Severna Park nipped New York West, 1-0.Three other Maryland boys teams advanced to finals today.
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By RICK BELZ and RICK BELZ,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
Top-ranked Centennial won its 22nd straight game yesterday with greater than expected ease.The Eagles (8-0 overall, 3-0 league) looked forward to some stiff competition from No. 8 Hammond, which allowed only six goals in its first seven games. Instead, the injury-riddled Bears fell easily, 4-0.Hammond (4-4-2, 1-1-1) played without its top offensive player, Jabari Richardson, and without its top defensive player, sweeper Tom Dispenza. Both suffered injuries during Monday's scoreless tie with Bel Air."
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1995
Centennial has won three Class 3A state championships in the past four years. Whitman won the other one.The teams had played each other seven times during that period and Centennial had won five times. All seven games were decided by one goal.But times change. Whitman graduated 13 seniors and its starting lineup yesterday included eight players who had never played a varsity game before this season.With 15 minutes left to play at Centennial, the Eagles led Whitman by four goals and Eagles coach Bill Stara waved in the second team.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff | August 30, 1996
The high school soccer program undergoes a sea change in what promises to be the most interesting season in a long time.Centennial, unbeaten state champs in four of the last five seasons, during which time they posted a 73-2-7 record, returns another strong team and is again favored to win county and state championships.But the Class 3A Eagles won't achieve those goals without navigating some turbulent waters. They'll be missing bedrock coach Bill Stara, who has made a career teaching move to the new River Hill, where favorable demographics and a technology-magnet program open the door to a future soccer dynasty that promises to be every bit as dominant as Centennial's has been.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | November 15, 1993
In each of the past three seasons, Howard County high schools have won two of the four state boys soccer championships.Centennial and Wilde Lake earned state-title shots Friday and are hoping to continue the county's dominance for a fourth straight season this Saturday when they play for Class 3A and 1A titles, respectively.Centennial (13-1-1) faces Whitman at 5 p.m. at Old Mill. The Vikings handed Centennial its only loss this season, 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 5. But the Eagles beat Whitman twice last season, 1-0, including in the state-championship game.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 6, 1997
Soccer Club of Baltimore and the Severna Park Top Guns will meet in a championship game today for the second time this season, this time for the Under-17 boys soccer title at the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's Region I championships in Erie, Pa.SCB, which finished third in the nation last season, beat Severna Park, 1-0, earlier this season for the Maryland State Cup.SCB advanced to the final yesterday with a 4-0 win over Eastern Pennsylvania. Severna Park nipped New York West, 1-0.Three other Maryland boys teams advanced to finals today.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
Matt and Ben Stephenson, Centennial's All-Metro soccer twins, committed orally last Friday to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall."It was a long, grueling process. I'm glad it's over and am looking forward to next fall," said Matt, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year.The brothers will split a full scholarship with the promise of additional money in future years if they play well. They turned down full scholarships from UMBC, The Citadel and Western Kentucky.
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By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT | November 21, 1996
All-Howard County boys soccer teamPlayer of the Year: Matt Stephenson, CentennialCoach of the Year: Bill Stara, River HillFIRST TEAMName .............. School ........ Year ..... PositionLars Berg ......... Wilde Lake .... Junior ... DefenseDavid Briefel ..... Wilde Lake .... Senior ... MidfieldPat Halter ........ Mount Hebron .. Senior ... MidfieldMatt Laycock ...... Centennial .... Senior ... MidfieldChristian Lewis ... Centennial .... Senior ... GoalkeeperBrian Otten ....... Centennial .... Senior ... MidfieldKamil Quander .....
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1996
Centennial's 45-game winning streak and hopes for a third straight state Class 3A championship ended at Catonsville Community College last night under appropriately unsettling atmos- pheric conditions.During the game there was lightning, thunder, sleet, rain and hail.In the end it was Thomas Stone goalkeeper Chris Stark's three saves during a shootout that decided the state semifinal contest, 2-1. Thomas Stone (16-0) won the shootout, 7-5."I knew we were the only team in the state that could beat them," Stark said.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff | August 30, 1996
The high school soccer program undergoes a sea change in what promises to be the most interesting season in a long time.Centennial, unbeaten state champs in four of the last five seasons, during which time they posted a 73-2-7 record, returns another strong team and is again favored to win county and state championships.But the Class 3A Eagles won't achieve those goals without navigating some turbulent waters. They'll be missing bedrock coach Bill Stara, who has made a career teaching move to the new River Hill, where favorable demographics and a technology-magnet program open the door to a future soccer dynasty that promises to be every bit as dominant as Centennial's has been.
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By Rick Belz | August 30, 1996
Atholton Raiders1995 record: 7-6-1 overall; 3-4 league.Coach: Reg Hahne.Top Players: Andy Walter, Sr., GK; Mehr Dhillon, Sr. M/F; Jason Green, Sr., M; Brent Hooper, Sr., D; Aaron Brown, Jr., D; Jay Garbart, Sr., M; Brian Hall, Sr., GK; Danny Dworkin, Soph., F; Justin Pak, Fr., F; Pat Thomas, Soph., D.Outlook: Walter should be one of the league's top goalkeepers. Atholton returns almost no scoring, but Pak shows promise and will start. Walter and Hooper are the only returning starters. The midfield will be made up of seniors and is a possible strength.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer | October 5, 1994
By any estimation, No. 1 Centennial was the dominant team in yesterday's league opener against Atholton.The Eagles fired off 17 shots; Atholton managed just two.Centennial (4-0-2, 1-0) had eight corner kicks; Atholton (2-2, 0-1) had none.But the final score of 2-0 was disappointing for Centennial's players.It wasn't until the 70th minute that the Eagles managed to score their second goal when Brad Terrill tapped in a short crossing pass from Brian West. It was Terrill's first goal of the season.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | October 21, 1993
Atholton soccer coach Reg Hahne thought that if his team could prevent Centennial's Brian West from scoring, it could beat the No. 2 Eagles.The Raiders stopped West, who has 10 goals this season. But they failed to stop Morgan Kershner (two assists), Matt Stephenson (two goals) and Cory Piette (one goal, one assist) and dropped a 3-0 decision at Centennial yesterday.Kershner, who found out 10 minutes before the game that he would play attacking midfield instead of stopper, was instrumental in creating a Centennial attack that outshot Atholton 15-7.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1995
Mount Hebron showed why it is ranked No. 4. The Vikings gave top-ranked Centennial its toughest game of the season yesterday in the Class 3A East Region quarterfinal.The Vikings pressured the Eagles into several defensive breakdowns, but were unable to stop Centennial's high-powered offense and lost, 5-3.Centennial (13-0), ranked No. 4 in the country by USA Today, had allowed only three goals (the starting team had allowed just one) and had 10 shutouts, including six straight, going into the game.
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By RICK BELZ and RICK BELZ,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1995
Top-ranked Centennial won its 22nd straight game yesterday with greater than expected ease.The Eagles (8-0 overall, 3-0 league) looked forward to some stiff competition from No. 8 Hammond, which allowed only six goals in its first seven games. Instead, the injury-riddled Bears fell easily, 4-0.Hammond (4-4-2, 1-1-1) played without its top offensive player, Jabari Richardson, and without its top defensive player, sweeper Tom Dispenza. Both suffered injuries during Monday's scoreless tie with Bel Air."
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