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Three Skipjacks on all-state hoop teams
Nicholson, Jenkins among second-team men; Jones on women’s HM

The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference all-state men’s basketball teams only had three freshmen among the 20 players selected. Two of those first-year players were provided by Chesapeake College.

Freshmen D.J. Nicholson and Jimmie Jenkins were both named to the 10-member all-state second team, which included all three freshmen honored. The 10-player first team included all sophomores.

"Their selection reflects both their own success and our success as a team," said Chesapeake first-year head coach Joel Dearring, whose squad posted 10 regular-season wins despite finishing the season with an all-freshman squad. "These guys are both hard workers. D.J., Jimmie and the rest of the guys were all part of our growing process this season."

Heading into the regional tournament that took place over the weekend, both Nicholson and Jenkins were in the state’s top 10 in scoring.

Nicholson (McKinley Tech/Washington, D.C.) was the state’s second-leading scorer at 25.08 points per game, just 0.06 points-per-game behind state leader Micah Fraction of Baltimore City Community College. Jenkins (Hyde/Washington, D.C.) was the state’s 10th-leading scorer at 19 points per contest.

Ashleigh Jones – also a freshman – was named to the women’s basketball honorable mention squad. She averaged a double-double with 16.68 points and 10.64 rebounds per contest.

Jones (Landstown High/Virginia Beach) finished the year in style, scoring a game-high 25 points in Chesapeake’s state quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Allegany College of Maryland. The Skipjacks won nine games and advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.

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