Players aim for state playoffs


Noah Reem

Riverhawks’ Men’s Basketball prepares to play Chesapeake Community College.

Noah Reem, Co-Editor

AACC Men’s and Women’s Basketball players are preparing for the second half of their 2018-2019 season.

As of Campus Current’s press deadline on Jan. 17, Men’s Basketball sat at seven wins and eight losses so far in the season, while the women’s team had four wins and nine losses.

“We feel pretty good,” second-year power forward and transfer studies student Jacoby Rojas said. “Our goal for the rest of the season is to go undefeated.”

Second-year center Deondre McNeill said the men’s team is “getting better each day.”

“Everything’s just clicking together,” said McNeill, who has not chosen a major. “We’re winning, so the season is going as planned.”

Joe Snowden, who is in his fourth year as head coach, leads the team.

“It’s coming along exactly how we hoped it would,” Snowden said. “I’m pleased but I know we can do better.”

Rojas said the team can win the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference championship and advance on to Rochester, Minnesota, for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.

Snowden said his players are getting looks from four-year schools such as Salisbury University, Stevenson University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bowie State University and Southern Vermont College.

Women’s Basketball, despite having only seven players, has shown “persistence” and “improvement,” coach Lionel Makell said.

Makell, who is in his sixth year as head coach, said, “We’ve had seven girls and haven’t lost anyone to eligibility.”

The women have an overall team grade-point average of 3.0.

“So far I feel like it’s an uphill battle but we’re improving every day,” said second-year transfer studies student Marcelaine Augustin.

“This is the only team that I’ve been on that is such a family,” said second-year transfer studies student Karley Haensler, who transferred to AACC from Baltimore City Community College.

Makell said the women’s team has games almost every other day and is prepared for their busy schedule.