AMERICAN CORNER — When the division’s nine coaches announced their annual All-North Bayside teams recently, it stood to reason that Colonel Richardson High would take the lion’s share of the laurels.

Two Colonels — Remy Mangum, named Co-Player of the Year, and Jamison Covey, honored as North Bayside Pitcher of the Year — received top honors from the division. St. Michaels senior Nick Newnam was also given high honors, receiving a Co-Player of the Year nod.

“He’s a big, strong kid, and he’s put a lot of work into it,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said of his son, Remy. “Last year he had outstanding pitching numbers; he was Pitcher of the Year last year, and this year, he took on catching.

“Pitching one game and then catching the next two, I think that was a lot of work for him,” Dan Mangum said. “Hopefully, he goes on and does well in college. He’s a hard-working kid and has good instincts.”

Covey, said the Colonel coach, “he’s been the go-to guy obviously for us. We’ve been blessed with pitching in recent years — Jake (Zebron, drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in graduation day last year), Remy, Jamison, and then Chucky (Ty Scott) coming on this year, we’ve had outstanding pitching.

“And Jamison has been at the top of that; he’s a four-year pitcher for us on varsity, and he’s going on to play college ball,” Dan Mangum said. “He’s put up great numbers for his career, and he’s been a great kid to coach.”

Remy Mangum, who caught during most of the games he wasn’t on the mound, was a solid hitter all season, primarily in the two-spot of the Colonels’ lineup. Remy Mangum, who’ll be playing at Chesapeake College next year, hit .403 with 22 runs scored, 19 runs batted in, and eight doubles. On the mound, Remy Mangum went 6-0 with a 1.67 earned-run average, and 47 strikeouts in 25 innings of work, against just nine walks.

Newnam, a southpaw who burst onto the scene in local Little League action eight years ago and who’s kept the pedal down ever since, finished his four-year career with a monster senior campaign.

Going 4-0 on the mound with an ERA of 1.74, Newnam held opponents to a .203 batting average. At the plate, he was a dominant lefty-hitting force, posting a .467 average, 31 runs and 19 RBIs; 12 of his 28 hits on the season were for extra bases.

Covey, had one of the best seasons ever, in a storied Colonel program replete with strong showings. Posting an 8-0 record and an ERA of 0.57, Covey pitched 61 innings, finishing seven of the nine games he started. He fanned 78 hitters while walking only 10 and held opponents to a .145 batting mark.

Dan Mangum, in his 11th year as head coach of Colonel baseball, guided the team to its first-ever unbeaten season in 2019; the team went 24-0, scoring six runs in the top of the ninth to break a scoreless, extra-inning tie and defeat McDonough on May 25 for the Class 1A state title. The win was the Colonels’ first championship in 12 years, and second in program history.

For his efforts, the Colonel skipper was named Coach of the Year by his divisional peers.

“This team was the most determined one I’ve ever been a part of,” Dan Mangum said. “There’s no words. Me and (assistant) Ty (Stanley) talked about it, and (assistant) Neil (Lambert) to some extent with his son being a year younger. We had coached these kids from T-Ball, from travel ball, little league, all the districts, all that stuff, and we laughed about it, just the uncountable number of hours we put in — not just our own kids but all the kids.

“We knew it was gonna be a really great year,” Dan Mangum added. “We had no misconceptions of thinking we’d go undefeated and 24-0. We knew the team that was going to beat us would have to bring their ‘A’ game, but going undefeated all the way through, it’s extremely difficult. These kids had all been on varsity, Remy and Jamison, since ninth grade, and the rest since they were sophomores. It was their time.”

Rounding out the first team All-North roster for 2019 were: Khalik Beasley (Jr. P/OF, Cambridge-South Dorchester), Tyler Stanley (Sr. 2B, Colonel), Ty Scott (Sr. SS/P, Colonel), Jackie Zebron (Jr. OF, Colonel), Jaden Cassell (Sr. 1B/P, Easton), Trent Weems (Sr. OF, Easton), Noah Iseman (So. 1B/P, Kent County), Peyton Taylor (So. IF/P, Kent County) Cooper Fulton (Jr. OF, Kent Island), Will Manship (Sr IF/P, North Caroline), Jack Vener (Sr. P, St. Michaels), and Nolan Sawatsky (Jr 3B, St. Michaels).

Second Team recipients were: Cambridge-SD: Shamar Young (Sr., 2B); Col. Richardson: Nathan Roth (Sr., 3B); Easton: Logan Baillif (Sr., 3B), Colin Baynard (So., 1B/DH), Alek Riedel (Sr., 2B); Kent County: Dylan Hill (Sr., OF); Kent Island: Tre Thomas (Sr., OF), Hunter Griebel (Jr., P), Toby Skeans (Jr., P); North Caroline: Jayden Watkins (Fr., OF/P), J.B. Brown (Jr., OF); North Dorchester: J.B. Lewis (Sr., P); Queen Anne’s County: Chance Porter (Jr., P/IF); PJ Gunther (So., OF); St. Michaels: Jock Luthy (Jr., C), Ryan Smith (Jr., OF), Josh Risher (Jr., OF).

{div}Members of all nine North teams received Honorable Mention as follows: Cambridge-SD: Jay Duey (Jr., IF/C), Noah Presley (Jr., C); Col. Richardson: Ryan Stanton (Sr., OF), Chad Willoughby (So., OF), Mason Lambert (Jr., C); Easton: Ryan O’Connor (So., IF), Ashton Echternach (Jr., Util), Dante Hall (Sr., P), Brandon Latham (Sr., P); Kent County: Don Forgan (Sr., C), Ken Fowler (Jr. IF), Ian Walters (So., Util.), Buddy Welsh (Jr., 3B/P); Kent Island: Ryan Ryder (Sr., P/OF), Tyler McMullen (Sr., C); North Caroline: Chris Curler (So., P/3B), Mason Pate (So., C/2B), Kyler Boyd (So., P/OF), L.B. Thompson (Fr., P/OF), Tanner Young (Fr., IF); North Dorchester: Ryan Cheesman (Sr., 1B), Ben Johnson (Sr., P/IF); Queen Anne’s: Noah Skinner (Sr., 1B), Colin Athey (Fr., IF/P); St. Michaels: Owen Baum (So., IF/P), Grant LaBelle (Jr., 3B), Josh Sherwood (Fr., IF).{/div}

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