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Former Meade standout Mahzi Thames leads Chesapeake College men’s basketball into national rankings | NOTES

Mahzi Thames is a major reason why the Chesapeake College men’s basketball team is off to a 12-1 start and ranked No. 13 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll. The Severn resident is starting at point guard for the Skipjacks and leads the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game.

Thames also tops Chesapeake with averages of 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals and is snagging 3.8 rebounds per game. The Meade High product exploded for 34 points in Chesapeake’s lone loss to Harcum and netted 27 in a victory over Delaware Tech. The 6-foot-2 sophomore has been held below 12 points just once this season.

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Chesapeake coach Andy Sachs considers Thames the best point guard within the Maryland junior college and Region XX ranks.

“Mahzi runs the team and knows where everyone needs to be. He has the ability to distribute and score the basketball,” Sachs said. “On the defensive end, Mahzi does a great job of using his length to pressure the basketball, cause deflections and create turnovers.

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“I think Mahzi’s basketball IQ and overall game have improved during his time in the program. He has also put time in the weight room to get stronger. He’s a winner who embraces competition.”

Sachs said Thames is being recruited by several Division II programs such as Augusta State, Bowie State, Fayetteville State, Kentucky Wesleyan and Virginia Union, among others.

Sachs, a Pasadena native and Chesapeake High graduate, has quickly rebuilt Chesapeake men’s basketball during his three years at the helm. Delonte Joyce, an Annapolis High product who played for Sachs at Bethany College, is an assistant.

Yellow Jacket Buzzing

Buzz Anthony chose to return to the Randolph-Macon men’s basketball program for a fifth year of eligibility as granted by the NCAA because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anthony is enjoying another outstanding season as a fifth-year senior and leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 19.4 points per game. The Arnold resident also tops the team with 75 assists, ranks third with 19 steals and is averaging 4.3 rebounds.

The Archbishop Spalding product was named a first team All-American by D3hoops.com last season and was a second-team selection in 2019-2020. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound combination guard is a three-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Anthony was recently named United States Basketball Writer’s Association Division III National Player of the Week. He was honored after leading Randolph-Macon to a pair of victories over ranked teams at the Great Lakes Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Anthony scored a career-high 32 points on the strength of 14-for-21 shooting against Emory, which was ranked No. 13 at the time. He posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 assists against Marietta, which was ranked third at the time.

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Randolph-Macon (12-1) remains the top-ranked team in Division III.

Football Updates

Linebacker Gereme Spraggins enjoyed a strong sophomore season with the Maryland football program. The Arundel High graduate started the final five games and finished with 25 tackles. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Severn resident notched a career-high five tackles against Michigan State and Rutgers.

Meanwhile, junior Colton Spangler split punting duties with Anthony Pecorella throughout the season. The Chesapeake High product set a single-season school record with an average of 45.1 yards on 29 punts.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Pasadena resident had nine punts that traveled 50 yards or more and eight that resulted in fair catches. He boomed a career-long 62-yarder at Ohio State.

Jake Marcus played in seven games with three starts for the Lebanon Valley football team. The 6-foot-3, 259-pound defensive tackle recorded a career-high four tackles versus Delaware Valley. The Old Mill graduate was credited with half a sack against Wilkes University.

Cosh Climbing Ladder

Billy Cosh remains one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Anne Arundel County and state of Maryland history. Now the Arundel High graduate is climbing the ranks of the college coaching business.

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Cosh was hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Richmond in early December. He joins the staff of fifth-year head coach Russ Huesman after building a high-scoring attack during a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Virginia Military Institute.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to coach at a prominent program such as the University of Richmond,” Cosh said. “I am excited to work alongside Coach Huesman, his staff and Spider student-athletes. I am hungry to get to work.”

Cosh’s prolific offense, dubbed the “Air Raid,” was a primary reason VMI posted a 6-2 record, captured the Southern Conference championship and earned a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Keydets ranked 20th nationally in scoring offense (29.2 points per game), 18th in passing efficiency (144.77), 17th in total offense (427.6 yards), ninth in passing offense (309.4 yards) and fifth in total first downs (201).

Cosh, who completed his college career at Houston, got into coaching as a graduate assistant at Concord and Indiana. He previously served as wide receivers coach at VMI for two years. He is the son of Chris Cosh, who served as defensive coordinator for eight Football Bowl Subdivision schools during a lengthy college coaching career.

Chris Cosh was working as defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland when his youngest of two sons played at Arundel High. Billy Cosh still holds Maryland public school records for career passing yards (7,433), completions (594) and touchdown passes (112) while playing for the Wildcats from 2007 to 2009 in the run-and-shoot offense of Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Markiewicz.

Lacrosse Captains

Senior midfielder Taylor Bohanan was voted one of two captains of the UMBC men’s lacrosse team. The Arnold resident will team with senior goalkeeper Tommy Lingner to lead the Retrievers.

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Bohanan has been a fixture of the UMBC offensive midfield units since his freshman campaign. The St. Mary’s High graduate started the final nine games of the 2021 season and contributed seven goals and 11 points. The political science major has netted 15 goals and added six assists in 25 career games for the Retrievers.

“Within our program. Taylor has consistently set the standard for what going above and beyond looks like,” UMBC coach Ryan Moran said. “His commitment and work ethic are attributes that his teammates see and strive to match. He is an elite teammate in terms of inspiring others to commit more. I have no doubt he will have a positive impact on our program in this leadership position.”

Meanwhile, senior midfielder Charlie Olmert has been elected co-captain of the Harvard men’s lacrosse program. The Annapolis native has appeared in 29 career games and contributed 22 ground balls, six caused turnovers and five goals heading into his senior season.

During the 2018 season, Olmert was named to the All-New England second team after an impressive rookie campaign in which he collected 15 groundballs, caused seven turnovers and scored a goal.

The Severn School product is heavily involved on Harvard’s campus, serving as vice president of the Harvard Undergraduate Constitutional Law Society. He is majoring in history and literature with a secondary in economics.

Along with earning John Harvard and Harvard College Scholar recognition, Olmert is a peer advisor in the history and literature department. He has previously completed investment internships with Hildene Capital Management and Alpine Investors, while also spending time at the Premier Lacrosse League as a special projects intern and Harlem Lacrosse as a volunteer and coach.


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