This week is one of the most important weeks for baseball in Champaign this year. The big Central vs. Centennial games are on Tuesday and Thursday. But this week, the teams are proving that the games are more than just a game. Both days, the schools are holding a fundraiser for Kelsey Kaiser. Continue reading Batting A Thousand For Kelsey Kaiser
Expectations are sky-high for the Centennial baseball team this year following a sectional semifinal defeat to Chatham Glenwood last year. For the Chargers, they return six position starters and all but one pitcher from the 2013 team. Continue reading Charger Baseball Begins Season with High Expectations
This article was written with Luigi Fabi.
The Blue Man has been chosen as Student of the Week because he has been an uplifting part of the Centennial High School spirit for a few years now. Whenever you see that blue suited figure coming out of the crowd running madly, it always turns up the noise in the stands. Having that presence comes with some drawbacks, though. Recently, the Blue Man’s career has been put into jeopardy by doing stunts that have caused much of the administration to put a target on his back. Even though he is heavily wanted by the opposition, the Blue Man has made two huge appearances in both the Centennial versus Central football and home basketball game. Luckily, The Centinal got a chance to meet up with the reclusive suited figure and get an interview with him. Continue reading Student of the Week: Blue Man
This Saturday, December 21 at 4:30, the Illinois basketball team takes on the Missouri Tigers in this year’s edition of the Busch Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis, Missouri. The event has taken place in late December every year since 1980 and has showcased some of the closest games in one of the fiercest rivalries in college basketball today. The Illini hold the advantage in all-time wins, going 27-16 overall, aided by a streak of nine straight wins between 2000 and 2008. That has now been followed up by four straight wins by Missouri going into the game this Saturday. The past two years, the matchup has included both teams being ranked, with #25 Illinois falling to #9 Missouri 74-78 in 2011, and #10 Illinois once again falling to #12 Missouri 73-82 in 2012.
This upcoming Saturday, East-Central Illinois has a local team playing for the 3A state football championship. The Saint Joseph-Ogden Spartans (11-2) go to battle with the Stillman Valley Cardinals (11-2) at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium in Dekalb. Led by senior quarterback Dalton Walsh, the Spartans have steamrolled through the IHSA state playoffs thus far, beating the likes of Ashland-Chanderville Central, Monticello, Williamsville, and Greenville quite easily along the way. Continue reading SJO Spartans Battle for State Football Championship
Grant Baker is a senior at Centennial, and he loves to represent the school in whatever ways he can. He represents clubs, such as Student Council and Interact, where he participates in organizing activities like Homecoming and Haunted High. He has enjoyed being a leader in the student section at sporting events and is looking forward to basketball season. Recently, The Centinal was able to catch up with Baker and ask him a few questions.
With the Illinois football season a little more than halfway done, now is a good time to reflect on the season thus far and figure out what the team is doing right and what they need to improve on as the season moves forward. Continue reading Illinois Football: Is It Really “Scheel’s House”?
This article was written with Kumar Bhowmik.
Physical education used to be the class everybody loved. Starting this school year, that all changed. From the dress code to the activities and the free days, PE has seen a drastic change all around the board. Continue reading Centennial Increases Physical Education Intensity
Nick Beaty is a senior at Centennial who loves to have a great time with his friends, no matter what the situation. He was recently named Homecoming King and is also involved in many things after school. Beaty is the student council executive treasurer and goes to nearly all of the CHS sporting events to cheer on his team. The Centinal was interested in learning more about his life at Centennial and also what he plans on doing this time next year. Continue reading Student of the Week: Nick Beaty
After a very successful 2012 campaign, the Centennial golf team is looking for a repeat in success during the current season. After losing the presence of Ryan Hunt, Grey Schultz, and Matt Warren on the varsity squad, veteran varsity members Christian Khachaturian, Mike Braverman, and Isaac Overman are taking over as captains, and hoping to lead the team to success. Continue reading High Expectations Are No Problem for Centennial Golf