Centennial's volleyball team had a low-key celebration after winning the county title last week, gathering for a group picture and cleaning up the gymnasium after a four-game victory over Glenelg.
"Winning the county title was a great accomplishment for our team," said junior setter Jen Feldmann. "But that's just our first goal."
The undefeated Eagles are now vying for the Maryland 3A East Region title and their first state title since 2000.
After posting a 25-6, 25-5, 25-5 victory over Surrattsville in Monday's quarterfinals, Centennial (16-0) was scheduled to host Wilde Lake yesterday in a semifinal that finished too late to be included in this edition.
"We know we can't lose a game this season if we want to reach our goals," said senior outside hitter Margot Phelan, who had 15 kills and five aces against Glenelg. "So there's a lot of pressure on us."
Glenelg (13-2), which is in a different playoff classification than Centennial, is also aiming for a state title. Glenelg's only losses this season were to the Eagles.
The Gladiators, the No. 2 seed in the 2A South Region tournament, posted a 25-4, 25-10, 25-5 victory over Potomac on Monday and faced Reservoir in the semifinals yesterday.
"Just because we lost the county championship doesn't mean our season's over," Glenelg Coach Don Beall said. "I thought we played well against Centennial, but every time we made an adjustment, they made an adjustment. I still like the way we're playing going into the region tournament."
Zubko, Seelaus Win
River Hill junior Sergiy Zubko followed up his victory at the Howard County championships by winning his first 3A East Region title last week at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.
Zubko completed the three-mile course in a driving rain in 17 minutes 37.47 seconds, just ahead of Wilde Lake's Scott Gayer (17:41.76) and John Christon (17:44.78). Defending region champion Nick Keane of River Hill placed fourth in 17:52.16.
"I didn't care about my time because the rain tore up the course and I just didn't want to fall in all the mud, so I played it safe," Zubko said. "I'm pleased that I won because when you're running in those kinds of conditions, you can't compare your time to what you would run when the weather's good."
River Hill won the boy's title with 39 points, ahead of Wilde Lake (41), Centennial (51), Mount Hebron (92) and Long Reach (158).
On the girls' side, River Hill's Bess Seelaus won the 3A East region title in 21:53.83, followed by Wilde Lake's Katie Williams (21:58.23), Centennial's Sarah Lancos (22:18.76) and Centennial's Angeli Sivaraman (22:28.05).
Centennial placed all five of its scoring runners in the top-12 and cruised to its first region title since 1997 with 33 points, ahead of Mount Hebron (56), River Hill (69) and Wilde Lake (80).
The top five boys' teams and top four girls' teams advance to the state meet at Hereford High in Parkton on Saturday.
"Just because I won the county and region meet doesn't mean I'll win the state meet," Zubko said. "The competition there will be the best I've gone against."
Curley Up to the Challenge
Howard senior quarterback Ronnie Curley finished his high school career on Friday, but he wore his uniform one last time on Sunday in front of 69,781 spectators at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Curley participated in the Toyota Quarterback Challenge during halftime of the Ravens game against the Cleveland Browns. Curley and Dulaney's Greg Hoffman competed to see who could throw farther.
Curley's top throw was 61 yards -- 15 yards further than Hoffman -- to win a DVD recorder for his school.
"Walking out onto the field and being 10 feet away from [Baltimore linebacker] Ray Lewis was one of the biggest thrills I've ever had," said Curley, whose team was given 90 tickets to the game. "I was nervous at first, but then after I threw a couple of balls and the crowd started cheering, it was a huge rush for me."
During previous Ravens games, Hammond's Zack Swope, Wilde Lake's Chris Forrest and Atholton's Matt Winger participated in similar contests.