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Chipola hosts Gulf Coast Saturday
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Friday, February 13, 2004


The Chipola Indians are in position to clench the Panhandle Conference Championship this Saturday when they host Gulf Coast.- Mark Skinner/Floridan

The Chipola Indian basketball teams will host rival Gulf Coast this weekend as Panhandle Conference action heats up heading into the state tournament.

The Lady Indians will tip off with the Lady Commodores at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the third time this season. In their first match-up, Chipola fell to GCCC by a score of 54-66. In their second battle, the Lady Indians avenged that first loss by defeating the Lady Commodores by two, 49-47.

The Lady Indians head into the matchup with an overall 22-4 record for the season and are 8-3 in conference play. They defeated Tallahassee Community College 77-53 last weekend in Homecoming hoops action at Chipola.

The Lady Indians are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation and are third in the state. The top three Panhandle Conference women's teams will earn a berth in the state tournament to be held March 3-6 at Chipola.

Men's action will tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the Indians attempt to clinch the Panhandle Conference Championship. Chipola is one win away from the title as they are 23-3 on the season and 7-1 in conference action following a 78-45 win over Tallahassee Community College last Saturday in Chipola Homecoming action.

The Indians are currently ranked No. 1 in the state and recently moved up to No. 7 in the national poll. Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans says his team won't have a break anytime soon, though.

"We've got four games in eight days," he said. "We've got to play everyone for the third time. It's hard to beat a team three times in one year. That's one of the things that makes this league so tough. This is one of the only conferences where you have to play everyone three times."

The top two men's teams in the Panhandle Conference will earn a berth in the state tournament.

Currently, several teams are vying for the second-place slot as many of them are 4-5 in conference play. This could force a playoff situation for second place in the conference.

Both Chipola squads are looking to be strong contenders for the state JUCO tournament.
 

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Chipola teams split games at rival Gulf Coast
By CLINT COX
Floridan Correspondent
Thursday, January 29, 2004


PANAMA CITY -- The Chipola Indians split with the Commodores of Gulf Coast Wednesday night as the ladies fell 70-41 and the men won 80-56.

In their previous matchup with Gulf Coast, the Lady Indians had hung close with the national powerhouse Lady Commodore squad. Down near the saltwalter, though, the Lady Commodores jumped out to an early 20-2 lead midway through the first half.

Reggie Maddox finally hit a couple of baskets but the Lady Indians trailed 31-16 at the half.

The second half didn't go much better as Gulf Coast continued to expand their lead and went on to win by a margin of 29 points.

The loss dropped the Lady Indians to 19-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

The Chipola men reclaimed some of their firepower after struggling offensively in their last two outings.

An eight-day layoff seemed to help the Indians as they jumped out to an early lead behind the shooting of Je'Kel Foster. Vashaun Newborne then chipped in with four points as the Indians took a 15-6 lead with 11 minutes to play in the first half.

The Commodores big man, Soni Ebbraham, was later whistled for his second technical foul of the game and was ejected.

Foster made the free throws and then hit a three-pointer to push the Indians lead to 31-14 with just three minutes remaining in the half. The Commodores managed to cut into the Indian lead with five straight points to close out the half trailing Chipola 37-25.

The second half was all Chipola as Leon Woodstock got the start at forward and made the most of his opportunity. Woodstock hit three straight baskets as the Indian lead swelled to 43-27 with two minutes gone in the half.

The Commodores never got any closer than 16 points for the remainder of the game as Foster continued his hot shooting and Mario Jointer got into the scoring act as well.

Foster finished with a game high 24 points while Newborne followed with 15 points. Jointer got into double figures with a 12-point scoring effort.

The defensive pressure by the Indians was also evident as they caused 19 Commodores turnovers.

"I though we played with a lot of energy tonight so the layoff seemed to help," Head Coach Chris Jans commented.

Early foul trouble for the Indians meant that some of the players off the bench got more minutes than normal and Jans said he was pleased with their efforts.

"It is always nice when those guys can get some quality playing time and develop some trust with the coaching staff," the coach said.

Kyron Monette and Chanan Coleman came off the bench and scored 7 and 6 points respectively.

The win improved the Indians overall record to 20-3 and 4-1 in the conference. As the Indians approach the mid-point of their conference schedule, the win was critical, according to Jans.

"Anytime you can win on the road in this conference is good," Jans said after the game. "It also gives us a one and a half game lead in the conference and that's important."

Both the men and women will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Pirates of Pensacola Junior College. Women's action begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 7:30.
 


Chipola's dream team
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Monday, March 29, 2004


The Chipola Indians basketball season was a dream come true for many players and fans: a season that included 32 wins, a State Title and a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas for the NJCAA National Tournament, something the Indians have not done since 1988.

Some of the credit goes to Head Coach Chris Jans, who, in his first season led the team to sixth place in the nation. Some of the credit also goes to the one-of-a-kind fans who supported the Indians throughout the season. However, most of the credit should no doubt go to the players who sacrificed their time to put in the work in order to make their dream a reality.

Here are those players:

Chanan Coleman, Freshman Guard, Denmark: Coleman was a welcome surprise to Jans and his staff as he provided some much-needed relief off the bench. Playing in only 23 games, Coleman was not a big time scorer, however, his ball-handling skill and his ability to make things happen got him a lot of playing time at the National Tournament.

Brent Crews, Freshman Guard, Chipley, FL: Possibly the toughest player on the team, Crews was a nuisance to opponents' offenses. Even after breaking his thumb against Tallahassee Community College in the last regular-season game, Crews continued to play tenacious defense. Despite averaging only two points, Crews played in every single Chipola game and will be looked upon as a leader for next year's team.

Traion Davis, Freshman Guard, Arlington, TX: Davis saw limited playing time this year but will bring back National Tournament experience to next year's team. In 16 games, Davis shot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line.

Daniel Dieudonne, Freshman Guard, Miami, FL: Another bright spot for next year's team will be Dieudonne. An extremely quick guard, Dieudonne showed great ball-handling ability in limited playing time.

Je'Kel Foster, Sophomore Guard, Natchez, MS: Foster is the complete package. FCCAA Player of the Year, FCCAA All-Tournament Team, Panhandle Conference First Team and the heart of this year's Indians team. A player everyone will be talking about for a long time to come, Foster averaged 17 points pr game. Although he was not the leading scorer for the Indians, Foster was near the top in every category. He was third in rebounds with 5.12 per game; first in assists, averaging 5.27 per game; first in steals with an amazing 82; and first in the state in free throw percentage with 83.7 percent.

Isaiah Jenkins, Freshman Guard, Port St. Joe, FL: Jenkins is one of the most talented players coming back next season. In limited playing time, Jenkins showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with as he has an incredible leaping ability and a great shooting stroke.

Mario Jointer, Sophomore Guard, Jackson, MS: A three-point shooting machine, Jointer knocked down an incredible 125 three pointers during the regular season. The leading scorer on the team, Jointer averaged 17.2 points per game. He also averaged 5.06 rebounds per game and 2.33 assists per game. Jointer shined during the regular season and sparkled during the National Tournament as he averaged 20 points per game and four rebounds per game on his way to an All-Tournament Team selection. Jointer was also one of four players named to the Panhandle Conference First Team and the FCCAA All-Tournament Team. Jointer will no doubt be playing Division I basketball next season and will be sorely missed by the Indians.

Shawn Malloy, Sophomore Center, Raeford, NC: One of the most amazing athletes, Malloy was a dominant force for the Indians. At 6'10", 230 pounds, Malloy has the ability to move like a guard. Malloy was not the typical center as he was not a huge scoring threat or a big rebounder. However, simply his presence down low was enough to cause all kinds of problems for opposing defenses. This was the main reason why he was named a Panhandle Conference Honorable Mention.

Kyron Monette, Sophomore Forward, Port St. Joe, FL: The only remaining player from last year's Chipola team, Monette averaged only 3 points per game, 2.53 rebounds per game and one assist per game. However, he played in every game except one. Another defensive specialist, Monette was in the game to get minutes and he handled his role perfectly.

Vas'shun Newborne, Sophomore Forward, Natchez, MS: An unbelievable talent, Newborne has one of the smoothest shots in college basketball and, to think, he's 6'7", 220 pounds. Newborne can do it all. He averaged 11.2 points per game; led the team in rebounds, averaging 7.45 per game; averaged 1.36 assists per game; and shot a remarkable 53 percent from beyond the three-point line. Newborne was also named to the Panhandle Conference First Team and the FCCAA All-Tournament Team.

Kendaris Pelton, Freshman Guard, Troy, AL: The story with Pelton is not necessarily what he did but what he could have done if not for a costly injury on Jan. 28 against Gulf Coast. Pelton tore his ACL on a freak play, causing him to sit out the rest of the season. At the time of the injury, Pelton was averaging 7.41 points per game, 5.55 rebounds per game and 2.05 assists per game. One of the go-to guys, things may have been different at the National Tournament if Pelton had been in the game. He will no doubt be one of next year's stars.

Michael Reddick, Freshman Guard, Sunrise, FL: One of the many talented freshman on this year's team, Reddick saw considerable playing time during the National Tournament. He has a ton of athletic ability and will be one of the many weapons for Jans next season.

Deke Thompson, Sophomore Guard, Tulsa, OK: A deadly shooter with a textbook jumper, Thompson was one of the leaders in the Jans offense. He averaged 7.13 points per game, 2.13 rebounds per game and 3.19 assists per game for the Indians. Thompson was named a Panhandle Conference Honorable Mention and will more than likely be moving on to a Division I school.

Leon Woodstock, Sophomore Forward, Miami Shores, FL: The strongest player on the team, Woodstock was what Jans called a "warrior." Woodstock has the mentality of a football player as he seems to always be pumped. When he's taken out of the game, he sprints off the court like a linebacker. Woodstock was one of the three players Jans brought with him from Texas. He averaged 10 points per game, four rebounds per game and 2 assists per game. He was named to the Panhandle Conference First Team and will be a force at the next level.

This team was Chipola's version of the dream team and one in which Jans says he would not trade for the world.

"I wouldn't trade these guys for anything. This is possibly the best team I've ever coached. They work hard and they never give up."

The Indians will lose seven sophomores this year in what is possibly the greatest sophomore class to ever leave Chipola. However, April 8 is signing day and an entirely new batch of Indians will arrive at Chipola. Will these players be able to fill the shoes of this year's team? Maybe not, but then again, they could be better.
 


Buckeye bound
Chipola's Je'Kel Foster signs with Ohio State
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, April 17, 2004


Chipola's Je'Kel Foster signed with Ohio State.- Mark Skinner/Floridan

The decision was not an easy one for one of Chipola College's greatest basketball players, but in the end, Je'Kel Foster chose to join one of the most prestigious colleges in the world -- Ohio State University.

Chipola Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans recently said that Foster was struggling with whether or not he wanted to be the main man or play for a big-time program.

Foster spent weeks narrowing his decision down to just two choices, Illinois State and Ohio State. Foster says that he made his decision based on what the two schools had to offer and that Ohio State was the winner.

"I like their program, and they just had a lot of things to offer me," Foster said.

Foster was one of the main reasons for the success of the Indians team this season as he led Chipola in four different categories. Foster was first on the team in three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists and steals. Foster also led the state in free throw percentage with an amazing 83.7 percent.

Foster was also second in points per game, averaging 16.8, and third in rebounds per game, averaging 5.12.

Foster was recently named to the All-American First Team, an honor which has only been awarded to two other Indians, Chris Porter and Austin Robbins.

The honor was just another award to go in Foster's crowded trophy case as the sophomore has been named to every team and given every award imaginable.

Foster was named the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and placed on the Panhandle Conference First Team. He was then named the FCCAA All-Tournament Most Valuable Player and named to the tournament's first team.

Foster was also recently named the Indians' Most Valuable Player at the team's annual athletic banquet.

By going to Ohio State, Foster will now join one of the oldest and most competitive conferences in all of sports, the Big Ten. The Big Ten includes basketball powers Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Foster will also be under the reigns of Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim O'Brien, who in 21 years of coaching has compiled a 354-289 record, including an NCAA Final Four appearance with the Buckeyes in 1999.

Foster says that he will like playing in the Big-Ten.

"I'm going to enjoy it," he said. "It's a great conference."

Last season, the Buckeyes finished a disappointing 14-16 and ninth place in the conference. They were knocked out in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament by Indiana.

The stage will no doubt be much larger for Foster but when asked if he was nervous about going from Marianna to Columbus he simply said, "No, not at all."
 


Indians win final home game of season
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Friday, February 20, 2004


The Okaloosa-Walton Raiders are in a tight battle with Tallahassee for second place in the Panhandle Conference. However, if the Raiders were looking for any help from Chipola on Wednesday night then they were looking in the wrong place as the Indians completely demolished the visiting Raiders in their final regular season home game by a score of 73-61. Clarence Sanders got the Raiders on the board first as he nailed a long range three-pointer. However, the Indians countered with back-to-back baskets from Deke Thompson and Mario Jointer, making the score 4-3. The Raiders then got a layup from Marcus Elliot before Chipola found Vas'shun Newborne wide open underneath the basket for a huge, rim-rocking dunk. The two teams swapped a pair of baskets before the Indians again found Newborne wide open, this time for three. Newborne nailed the three-pointer, extending the Indians lead to 12-8. The teams continued to go back and forth until 11:24 left in the half when Brent Crews nailed a short jumper, pushing the lead up to five at 16-11. However, the referees then made a call that Chipola head coach Chris Jans did not agree with. Jans made sure the refs knew his displeasure for the call and received a technical for his efforts. Elliot made both of the free throws and cut the lead to three at 16-13. Thompson and DeShawn Danzey then traded three-pointers before Danzey and Shawn Malloy traded free throws, making the score 20-18. After a jumper from Thompson, the Raiders got back-to-back jumpers from Mack Bealim, tying the game up at 22-22. The game looked as though it was going to be another classic battle between the two rivals. However, Chipola had different ideas for the final five minutes of the game. The Indians took over the game and went on an unbelievable 20-0 run. Leon Woodstock started the run with a pair of free throws. He then made a layup while being fouled. After Woodstock converted the three-point play, Crews followed with a huge three-pointer, extending the lead to 30-22. The Indians then got back-to-back layups from Jointer and Newborne before Newborne nailed his second three-pointer of the game, making the score 37-22. Thompson then made a layup and a free throw before Crews made a pair of free throws, ending the half with a score of 42-22. The run continued to start the second half as Je'Kel Foster made an incredible reverse layup and Jointer made three consecutive free throws, pushing the lead up to 25 at 47-22. After seven minutes of scoreless basketball the Raiders finally got on the board with a 9-0 run of their own, including baskets from Bealim, Sylvania Watkins, Elliot, and T.J. McCullough, making the score 47-31. The Indians continued to hold their lead until the final minutes when Jans began subbing in his bench. The bench gave up a pair of baskets near the end of the game that cut the lead to 12 and ended the game with a score of 73-61. Following the game, coach Jans said that he didn't feel that his team played very hard at the beginning but got it together later on. "We were trading baskets and I didn't think we played with the intensity we needed to early," he said. "But, we were able to get a cushion at the half." The Raiders seemed to be focusing on the Indians two stars, Jointer and Foster, but Jans says that he was impressed by the way the rest of the team stepped up. "Teams do different things to stop Je'Kel and Mario, but we've got enough players that can pick up the slack." The Indians finished the night with four players in double digits. Jointer was the leading scorer for Chipola with 15 points while Newborne and Thompson finished the 14 and Woodstock ended the night with 11. The Raiders ended the night with three players in double digits as Elliot finished with 18 points while Bealim had 12 and Danzey finished with 10. With the loss, the Raiders now must root for the Indians as they travel to Tallahassee on Saturday. The Raiders are currently tied for second place with Tallahasse with a conference record of 5-6. Game time for Chipola at Tallahassee is set for 6:30 p.m.
 


Tourney tips off today
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Tuesday, March 2, 2004


Tall people are invading Marianna! Do not be alarmed, however, as it is merely a large group of basketball players.

The teams are in Marianna for the 2004 Men's and Women's FCCAA/Region VIII Basketball Tournament which begins today with men's state tournament action.

At 1 p.m., Suncoast Conference Champion Polk Community College will tip off with Southern Conference runner-up Broward Community College. Game two, at 3 p.m., will see Southern Champion Palm Beach go head-to-head with Panhandle runner-up Okaloosa-Walton.

In Game Three today, at 6 p.m., Mid-Florida Conference Champion Central Florida Community College will face Suncoast runner-up Hillsborough. For a night-cap, the home team -- Panhandle Conference Champion Chipola lndians -- will take on Mid-Florida runner-up Florida Community College at Jacksonville at 8 p.m.

FCCJ handed the Indians one of their few losses of the season on Nov. 29, slipping past Chipola by a mere two points. The Indians, however, went on to win 19 of their next 20 games and clinch the Panhandle Conference title.

Women's state tournament action begins Thursday with Southern Conference runner-up Miami Dade taking on Mid-Florida runner-up Seminole at 1 p.m. Following that game, Panhandle Champion Gulf Coast Community College will battle Mid-Florida third-place team Daytona Beach at 3 p.m.

Game Three in the women's tournament will pit Mid-Florida Champion Central Florida Community College against Panhandle third-place team Chipola at 6 p.m.

The Lady Indians are 22-8 overall this season and 8-7 in conference play. They are expected to have star guard Reginette Maddox back in the starting line-up as she missed the final few games of the season due to an ankle injury.

In the final game Thursday night, Southern Conference Champion Palm Beach Community College will tip off with Panhandle runner-up Pensacola at 8 p.m.

Men's and women's semi-final action will take place on Friday, with the men playing at 1 and 6 p.m. and the women at 3 and 8 p.m.

State Championship title games will be Saturday with the men's championship game slated for 5 p.m. and the women's championship game set for 7:30 p.m.

Both the men's and women's state champions will advance to the NJCAA National Tournaments to be held March 16-20 in Salina, Ks.

Tournament passes, for all 14 games, are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Two-game session tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tournament games will also be broadcast on WJAQ, 100.9 FM. A live webcast is available at www.cybersportusa.com.

For more information, call Tournament Coordinator Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2370, or visit the official website at www.chipola.edu.
 


The next level
Chipola's Deke Thompson and Mario Jointer ink Division I scholarships on national signing day
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Chipola's Deke Thompson and Mario Jointer both signed Division I scholarships Wednesday.

Mario Jointer and Deke Thompson, a pair of Chipola basketball players, made a jump to the next level Wednesday as they signed with a pair of NCAA Division-I basketball teams.

Next season, Jointer will be in a University of South Alabama uniform, while Thompson will be donning the maroon and black of Southwest Missouri State.

Jointer was the Indians' leading scorer last season, averaging 17.5 points per game including 20 per game in the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

Jointer was named to the All-Panhandle Conference first team, All-State first team, and the All-National Tournament first team.

Jointer says that he chose USA because of the atmosphere and the opportunity to make a quick impact on the Jaguars program.

"People think you have to go to a big school," Jointer said. "But I think it's a nice school. Their coach knows our system and I think I can make a big impact and maybe move my career further."

Jointer will be a welcome sight to the Jaguars team as they ended the season with a 12-16 record and finished in last place in the Sun Belt Conference.

Thompson will join a very good Bears team who finished last season 19-14 and fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference. In the conference tournament, the Bears defeated Southern Illinois, who just last year made a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Bears' Head Coach Barry Hinson says that Thompson is the perfect player for their program.

"Thompson is going to be a perfect fit for our squad we have coming back next season," he said. "We needed a true point guard to work in in place of Merrill Andrews and our staff has done an excellent job in recruiting Deke."

Hinson went on to say that they have been keeping their eye on Thompson ever since he was in high school.

"We've known about Deke since he was in high school, and, after two years out east, he's looking forward to coming back home."

Thompson averaged 7.4 points per game and four assists per game, helping the Indians to a school record 32 wins. He was also named a Panhandle Conference Honorable Mention.

Thompson says that he felt at home once he visited SMS and that it reminded him of Chipola.

"Their team has a lot of heart," said Thompson. "It reminded me a lot of Chipola -- guys diving for loose balls and making tough plays."

Chipola Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans says that he is excited for the two players and that both players will do big things for their new programs.

"Obviously we're excited for them," Jans said. "I think both made good choices and I believe they have the ability and the opportunity to help both of their respected programs to win conference championships and even make it to the NCAA Tournament."
 


Ready for action
Indians prepared for some tough competition
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Thursday, January 8, 2004


The Chipola Indians are gearing up for some tough competition with conference rival Gulf Coast Community College Saturday night.

The Indians head into the Panhandle Conference match-up ranked No. 14 in the nation, higher than any other Florida team in the national poll. Chipola is currently 16-2 and the conference race this season looks to be more competitive than ever before.

Pensacola Community College notched a win over defending conference champion Okaloosa Walton this week, while Gulf Coast earned a big 75-61 win over Tallahassee Community College. According to Chipola Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans, the Indians are up for some stiff competition Saturday.

"Gulf Coast is going to come in here with a lot of confidence after beating TCC," Jans said. "The butterflies are over for them. We're going to have our work cut out for us."

Jans said the Gulf Coast squad is loaded with size, especially in 6'11" Sani Abraham.

"He's 6'11" and averaging about 20 points a game," the coach said. "He has a nice touch and can dunk easily."

The Gulf Coast Commodores will also work the Indians on the board, according to Jans, but the Indians will try and neutralize that part of the GCCC game.

"They're not as deep as we are, so as the game progresses, this should play in our favor," Jans said.

The coach says he is pleased with the Indians' progress this season and the squad's play after the Christmas break.

"We played well against Santa Fe the day before we left for the holidays, but with a two-week layoff, you always worry that your players are going to get a little lazy," Jans said. "Thankfully, this didn't happen to our guys. We came back and beat Miami Dade and Seminole in the Florida JUCO Shootout. I'm happy. We're as healthy as we've been and we're ready to start playing Panhandle games."

Jans says he has also been encouraged by Chipola's pre-conference performance, especially on defense.

"Our players understand that you've got to have something to hang your hat on; for us, that's been defense," the coach said. "We're a pretty good defensive team, which will carry you through some of the close games even when you're not shooting well."

The Indians will tip off with Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center on the Chipola College campus.
 


One step closer ...
Chipola overpowers Southern Idaho
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, March 17, 2004


Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans watches his team from the sidelines Wednesday.- Contributed by Evelyn Ward

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The Chipola Indians basketball team took one step closer to their first-ever National Championship as they defeated Southern College of Idaho by a score of 66-61 Wednesday.

Idaho came in with a huge size advantage, but the Indians used their quickness and ball-handling skill to defeat the Eagles.

Deke Thompson opened up the game with a short jumper. Southern Idaho answered by making one of two from the line. The second free throw rimmed out, allowing Yusuf Baker to grab the rebound and put it back in, giving Idaho the lead at 3-2.

The lead was short-lived as the Indians answered with a quick 8-0 run including three consecutive jumpers from Thompson, Leon Woodstock and Vas'shun Newborne, making the score 10-3.

Idaho fired back with a layup from Baker before Newborne could knock down another jumper, making the score 12-6.

Chipola increased the lead back to seven as Mario Jointer fired a smooth pass to Shawn Malloy down low for an easy layup, making the score 17-10.

Idaho then made three consecutive baskets of their own including a huge goal-rocking dunk from Mohamed Kone, cutting the lead to just one at 17-16.

The Indians stopped the Idaho charge as they busted out on a 7-0 run with a pair of three-pointers from Thompson and Jointer, extending the lead to 24-16.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye attempted to stop the Indians' run but Chipola pushed the lead into double digits as Jointer nailed a huge three-pointer and Je'Kel Foster hit a sweet running jumper, making the score 29-18.

However, Idaho did not panic as they went on a 13-2 run that included 11 points from Schafer Jackson and tied the game at 31 apiece.

Jointer ended the half by making a pair of free throws, giving the Indians a small halftime lead at 33-31.

Baker started the second half with an easy layup but was answered with four consecutive free throws from Malloy, making the score 37-33.

The two teams then traded baskets before Jackson drilled a three-pointer, cutting the lead to one at 40-39.

Idaho grabbed only their second lead of the game with 14:35 left on the clock as Dani Hazut dribbled into the lane and put in an easy layup, making the score 41-40.

This lead -- just like the first -- was short-lived as Thompson nailed a three-pointer and Jointer drilled a short jumper, giving Chipola back the lead at 45-41.

Baker made a jumper and a free throw before Hazut made a pair of free throws, giving Idaho back the lead at 47-46.

The lead continued the go back-and-forth until 4:30 left in the game. That's when Jointer found Thompson all alone behind the arch. Thompson nailed the huge three-pointer, making the score 53-51 in favor of Chipola.

The two teams traded baskets before Aking Elting made a smooth layup, tying the game at 55-all. However, Chipola got a big lift as Foster nailed a huge three-pointer, pushing the lead up to three at 58-55.

After a pair of free throws from Elting, the Indians found Newborne underneath the basket. Newborne went up hard and put in a tough layup while being fouled. He finished the three-point play by making the free throw and extending the lead to 61-57.

Baker made a layup, cutting the lead to two but the Indians then found Leon Woodstock all alone on the other end of the floor. Woodstock put the icing on the cake by throwing down a huge monstrous dunk.

The Eagles were then forced to foul the Indians and Chipola was up to the task as Newborne made a pair of clutch free throws, sealing the win by a score of 66-61.

Following the game, Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans said that they got everything they expected from Idaho.

"We expected a dog fight and we got one," he said. "We got a little complacent early with the big lead but we've got great kids and we were able to neutralize their rebounding."

Jointer said that the win was huge for the teams' confidence.

"It feels good to get the first one under our belt; it's a dream of everyone on the team to play here," he said. "When we came in for practice, they laughed at our size, so we were ready to play and the win makes us and everyone very confident."

The Indians will now face the defending national champs in Southeastern Iowa. Jans says that he has a lot of respect for the next team.

"They are an unbelievable basketball team."

Jointer was the leading scorer on the night as he finished with 19 points. Thompson was right behind him with 14, while Newborned ended the night with 11 of his own.

Jackson led the way in scoring for the Eagles as he finished with 17 points. Both Elting and Baker ended with 12 points, while Hazut finished with 10 of his own.

Chipola will now play the last game of the night on Thursday as they take on Southeastern Iowa at 8:30 p.m.
 


All-American Indian
Chipola's Foster joins elite with national recognition
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, April 10, 2004


Chipola's Je'Kel Foster was named All-American this past week after an outstanding season with the Indians. - Mark Skinner/Floridan

Every now and then in basketball there comes a player who is unlike any other. Chipola College's Je'Kel Foster is one of those players.

Foster's season has been full of honors and recognition but he recently recieved the icing on the cake when he was named to the NJCAA All-American First Team.

The recognition puts him with elite company as only two other players from Chipola have ever received the honor.

Austin Robbins was the first Indian to be named to the first team in 1964. Robbins holds many records at Chipola, including the record for most rebounds in a single game, with 37 against Middle Georgia. He also holds the record for rebounds in a season with 590.

The second first-teamer came 34 years later as NBA Draft Pick Chris Porter put up big numbers for Chipola and joined basketball's finest. Porter was one of the most dominating players to come through the Milton H. Johnson Health Center and was later named the SEC Player of the Year at Auburn University.

Now, just six year's later, Je'Kel Foster has reached the pinnacle of junior college basketball.

Foster was given the honor not only for his scoring ability but also for his exceptional all-around play and his dominance against Panhandle Conference teams and other state opponents.

Foster was second on the Indians team in points, averaging 16.8 points per game. He was first in the state in free throw percentage with an amazing 83.7 percent and was third on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.12 per game. Foster was second on the team in three-pointers, hitting 91 times from behind the arch.

Foster's leadership shows in the stats as he led the team in assists with 5.27 per game and in steals with 82.

Chipola Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans says that Foster was one of the best players he has ever coached.

"Je'Kel is a joy to coach," he said. "I've never coached a player who was a better leader than Je'Kel."

After just his first game in a Chipola uniform, everyone in Marianna knew who Foster was, as he dropped 31 points against the IMG Academy. Foster drilled seven three-pointers and shot 5-for-5 from inside the arch.

Following the FCCAA State Tournament, everyone in the state knew who Foster was as he completely dominated the tournament. He was named the FCCAA Player of the Year and named to the All-State First Team.

Foster averaged an incredible 20 points, 5.6 rebounds and five assists in the tournament and in the second game against Broward, Foster put up 27 points, including five three-pointers and five rebounds.

Foster was also named the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and placed on the All-Panhandle Conference First Team.

Foster struggled to find a rhythm at the National Tournament but did manage to record a double-double against Georgia Perimeter. Despite his struggles, he says that he was proud of what the team accomplished.

"We came a long way," he said. "It started in September with weight training and we worked our way all the way to Nationals."

Jans says that being named to the All-American Team is a huge honor for Foster.

"To be only the third player named to the first team from Chipola, it's quite an honor."

Jans also said he feels that Foster is deserving of all the recognition.

"He's very deserving and I'm glad he's being recognized for his overall game and for his influence on the rest of the team."

Foster will be moving to the next level this coming season and Jans says that he has already visited both Ohio State and Illinois State and right now he is trying to decide what is best for his career.

"Right now he's just trying to decide what role he wants to be in at the next level."

Foster's decision will be made Wednesday as it is the official signing day for all colleges.

Foster will be sorely missed at Chipola but there is no doubt that he will make all Indians fans proud at the next level.
 


Indians to open season Monday
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, November 1, 2003


The Chipola College men's basketball team will open up the new season in Marianna on Monday against IMG Academy.

The game will not only mark the beginning of a new season but also a new era in Chipola basketball as Chris Jans takes to the sidelines as the Indians' new coach.

The team is full of new faces, including an international connection of Victor Gomez from the Dominican Republic and Chanan Colman from Denmark.

However, not all of the players will be strangers to the fans. Kyron Monette is the lone returning player from last year's team and is trying to build on his 14-point, 34-rebound season.

Another pair of recognizable faces to the crowd will be Truman Montgomery and Brent Crews. Montgomery is the only player on the Indians squad who is from Jackson County. A year ago, Montgomery, a 6'2," 170-pound guard, was in his senior year at Graceville High School, where he racked up some big numbers and led the Tigers to a successful season.

Crews finished up his senior year last season at Chipley High School. The 6'3," 195-pound guard helped lead Chipley to an FHSAA Final Four appearance where they lost a close game to P.K. Yonge in the semifinal round.

Montgomery and Crews will have their work cut out for them, however, if they are looking for a starting position as this team lists 10 guards on its roster.

The Indians come into this season carrying a rich history. This history includes 10 Florida State Championships, 16 Panhandle Conference Championships, nine National Tournament appearances and they are ranked second in the nation in sending players to NCAA Division I schools.

The Indians will be trying to build on last year's successful season. Chipola went 23-9 on the year and finished in the final four of the state basketball tournament. The Indians, however, have a tough road ahead as they take on quality opponents such as Jefferson Davis, Santa Fe, and inner-conference rival Okaloosa-Walton.

The Indians will battle IMG Academy Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.
 


Chipola star point guard named FCCAA Player of the Week
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, February 4, 2004


Chipola star point guard Je'Kel Foster has been named the FCCAA Player of the Week.

It is the first time this season that a Chipola basketball player has been given the honor.

Foster racked up 42 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and 11 steals in the Indians' recent wins over Gulf Coast and Pensacola Junior College.

Foster currently leads the state in free-throw percentage at 83 percent. Out of 99 free throws, Foster has knocked down 83. He is also fifth in the state in assists, averaging 5.8 per game.

Halfway through the Panhandle Conference season, Chipola leads the league with a 5-1 conference record. The top two men's teams will earn a berth in the state tournament to be held March 3-6 at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Foster finished with 18 points in Chipola's most recent win over Pensacola. The Indians took the win by a score of 90-63 and improved their overall record to 21-3.

On Jan. 28, Foster led the team to a big win over conference rival Gulf Coast by a score of 80-56. Foster finished the night with 24 points.

Chipola has been ranked No. 1 in the state for three consecutive weeks and are currently ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Indians are the only team in the state of Florida to be ranked in the national poll this season.

The Indians traveled to Okaloosa-Walton last night, however, results of that game were unavailable at presstime. Chipola will be back at home on Saturday as they host Tallahassee Community College for homecoming. Game times are set for 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

For the latest Chipola scores, call 718-2CJC or visit www.chipola.edu.
 


State JUCO Tournament returns to Chipola
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, February 11, 2004


For the past nine years, teams from all around the state of Florida have been converging on Chipola College to take part in the FCCAA State Junior College Basketball Tournament. This year is no different as 16 teams will compete for four days in Marianna to see who is the best and who will move on to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. More than 2,000 visitors are expected to come to Marianna for the tournament, that will run from March 3-6. The visitors will fill the hotels and restaurants, bringing an estimated $250,000 to the surrounding community.
Chipola College Human Resources Director Karen Davis says that more than 175 hotel rooms will be reserved for the teams and game officials. Recently, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded Chipola a grant in the amount of $10,000 to help promote the tournament. In a press conference on Tuesday, Chipola College President Dr. Gene Prough said that the college is very appreciative for the donation by the Development Council.
"We are excited about hosting the tournament again this year. And we are very grateful to the TDC for their support of this important event." Robert Trammel, chairman of the ticket-sales drive, says that 500 pre-tournament passes will be sold until March 3. The passes will be good for all 14 games and will cost $25 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets for single games will be $10 per person. The Chipola men's basketball team is expected to be a part of the tournament action as they are currently number one in the Panhandle Conference and ranked number one in the most recent state poll. The team is also ranked number 11 in the nation.
The Indians are currently 23-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference after beating Tallahassee Community College in front of a capacity crowd at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center by a score of 78-45. The Lady Indians are also contending for a spot in the tournament, as they are currently number two in the Panhandle Conference and ranked number four in the state. They are ranked number eight in the nation. The team is currently 22-4 overall and 8-3 in the conference after a big win over Tallahassee by a score of 77-53. Legendary and former Chipola head coach Milton Johnson says that he expects big things out of both of these teams.
"I feel that both teams will be in the tournament and I'm just glad that I can be apart of this." Johnson also says that the two teams have very good coaches in men's coach Chris Jans and women's coach David Lane.
"Coach Jans has done a tremendous job. If you watch this team they are aggressive and just well coached and it's the same with the women. David has done a great job." Chipola won the state tournament in 1961 under the direction of another legendary coach, Jim Pavy. They then appeared in six State Tournaments and seven Region VIII Tournaments under the direction of Johnson, who has more wins than any other coach in FCCAA history. The rotating Panhandle Conference Championship trophy, which is expected to go to Chipola this year, is named in honor of Johnson.
Johnson says that if you've ever been a part of basketball then you know how exciting a tournament is. "If you're a basketball fan, a tournament is what you look forward to and in junior college you look forward to coming to Marianna." For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 718-2341, or visit the official tournament website at www.chipola.edu.
 


Not too shabby
Indians are sixth in nation
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, March 20, 2004


Chipola finished sixth in the nation.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The Chipola Indians season came to an end Saturday. The ending was not what the Indians were hoping for, however, as the Ravens of Coffeyville, Kan., jumped on Chipola in the second half, pulling away and winning by a score of 69-55.

Mawel Soler gave Coffeyville the first lead of the game with a sweet layup. Chipola was slow to answer, but when they did, they got a big three-pointer from Je'Kel Foster and a jumper from Leon Woodstock. Woodstock was fouled on the play and added the free throw to give Chipola a 6-2 lead.

The Ravens tied the game with 13 minutes left in the half as they got back-to-back jumpers from Robert Green and Tyrell Reed. However, Chipola took the lead right back as Mario Jointer nailed a three-pointer and Brent Crews fought hard for a tough layup, making the score 12-8.

Coffeyville took a small lead with nine minutes in the first half as they scored a pair of baskets from Lorenzo Lasley and Soler, but the Indians tied the game back up as Vas'shun Newborne made a tremendous layup while falling down, making the score 20-20.

The game continued to go back-and-forth until the Ravens managed to find Ryan Martin wide-open for a jumper. Jakeel Gary then made one of two from the line before Marlon Mahorn drilled a long-range three-pointer, pushing the lead to 28-22.

Jointer then made an incredible move to the basket, drawing the foul and scoring the basket. Jointer hit the free throw and cut the lead to three at 28-25.

The Indians cut the lead to one going into the locker room as Crews made a great pass to Woodstock underneath the basket for an easy layup, making the halftime score 30-29.

Chipola quickly took the lead to open the second half as Jointer went on a 7-0 run by himself, making a pair of three-pointers and a smooth finger-roll layup. The Indians then found Crews all alone on the opposite end of the floor. Crews made the easy layup and extended the lead to nine at 39-30.

The Chipola run ended just as another began, this time for the Ravens. Green knocked down a three-pointer before Soler made a pair of free throws and Martin scored and east layup, dropping the lead to just two points at 39-37.

After a timeout by the Indians, the Ravens continued to pour it on as Mahorn made a pair of free throws, tying the game at 39.

Chipola finally ended the run as Newborne grabbed a steal and took the ball coast-to-coast for an easy layup. Shawn Malloy made one of two from the line, extending the lead to three at 42-39.

The two teams went back-and-forth until nine and a half minutes to play when the Ravens' Soler, Green and Lasley made three consecutive layups, giving them the lead at 48-45.

The lead increased to five with a jumper from Lasley and to six with a free throw from Belfor.

Soler made a pair of free throws for the Ravens before Foster nailed a huge three-pointer, cutting the lead to five with three minutes to play.

The three-pointer only slowed down the Ravens as they pushed the lead into double digits with a pair of free throws from Belfor and a layup from Soler, making the score 63-53 with only two minutes to play.

Coffeyville then put the game away as Belfor drilled a long-range three-pointer, sealing the win by a score of 69-55.

Following the game, Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans said that the team struggled throughout the tournament.

"We struggled shooting the basketball all tournament and could never get a rhythm," he said. "But, the fact that they didn't have to play yesterday definitely gave them an advantage."

FCCAA Player of the Year Foster said that this season was a great ride.

"We came a long way," he said. "It started in September with weight training and we worked all the way to Hutchinson."

Jans went on to say that he was proud of his team and thankful for the opportunity to come to the National Tournament.

"I'm happy for our community and the players," he said. "It was a great experience."

With the loss the Indians season came to a close. However, the season was not without some great achievements. Chipola won the FCCAA State Tournament and finished sixth in the entire nation. The Indians record ended at an impressive 32-5.

Jointer was the leading scorer for the Indians for the fourth straight game as he posted 19 points and six rebounds.

The Ravens finished with three players in double digits as Soler had 19, Belfor had 12 and Green ended with 10.
 


STATE CHAMPS!
Chipola headed to national tournament
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, March 6, 2004


MARIANNA -- The Chipola Indians won their first State Championship since 1988 Saturday night as they completely dominated the Okaloosa-Walton Raiders for the fourth time this season, defeating them by a score of 71-59.

Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans was also named the FCCAA Coach of the Year, while Indians star Je'Kel Foster was named Player of the Year.

Mario Jointer got the crowd rocking as he started the game with a long three-pointer. The Raiders did not want Chipola to pull away too early as Clarence Sanders drilled a three-pointer of his own, tying the game at three.

The Indians were pumped and the crowd was going wild as they fired the ball down the court to a wide-open Shawn Malloy who threw down a monstrous dunk. The dunk was followed by a big layup from Vas'shun Newborne, extending the lead to 7-3.

The Raiders tried to stem the tide as Sylvania Watkins knocked down a jumper but the Indians kept rolling as Foster nailed a huge three-pointer, sending the capacity crowd into a frenzy and forcing the Raiders to call an early timeout with the score at 10-5.

A huge slam dunk from Sammy Sharp quieted the crowd but they got right back to their feet as Foster and Jointer combined for back-to-back three-pointers, pushing the lead up to 16-7.

Chipola continued to pound the Raiders on both sides of the ball and the Indians again found Malloy wide-open for a huge earth-shattering dunk, extending the lead to double digits at 22-12.

The lead increased to twenty with five minutes left in the first half as Chipola went on a 7-0 run including a pair of baskets from Newborne and another three-pointer from Foster, making the score 38-18.

The Raiders got a pair of jumpers from T. J. McCullough and Sanders that ended the half with a score of 42-23.

Foster came out hot in the second half as he nailed a sweet jumper before drilling his fourth three-pointer of the game, extending the score to 47-23.

However, as Jans has said before, the hardest thing in basketball is for a team to maintain a big lead. The Raiders found that to be true as the Indians all of sudden became cold and the Raiders became red hot.

DeShawn Danzey lead the way for the Raiders as he put up nine points in four minutes, cutting the Chipola lead to just 13 points with 7:42 left to play.

After a timeout and a talk with Jan,s the team realized that they could not allow Okaloosa-Walton back into the game. The Indians mounted a charge of their own as they recorded back-to-back baskets from Newborne to push the lead back to 17 at 65-48.

The Raiders again showed their tremendous heart as they somehow managed to go on a 7-0 run with a pair of baskets from Marcus Elliot and a gorgeous layup from Mack Bealim, dropping the lead down to 10 at 65-55.

But this night belonged to the Indians. Okaloosa was forced to foul in the waining minutes of the game and Chipola shot flawlessly from the line as they sealed the victory and grabbed the State Championship by a score of 71-59.

Following the game Jans said that the win felt really good.

"This feels really, really good. I'm proud of the way the players stepped up and got the job done."

Jans said that the team got a big lead but that a lot of credit should go to Okaloosa for not giving up.

"We came out hot and played good defense which gave us a big lead going into the half," he said. "We got a little cold near the end of the game and coach Stewart and his guys never gave up."

Chipola star point guard, Foster, said that he felt awesome after the game.

"I feel great, I feel on top of the world right now."

Foster went on to say that his team simply played well enough to win.

"We played pretty good," he said. "We got kind of sluggish at the end but we played good enough to win."

The Chipola Indians now have a date with destiny in Hutchinson, Kansas, for the NJCCAA JUCO National Tournament.

Jans says that his team is prepared and excited about going to the nationals.

"I'm excited; this team is great and they have just as good of a chance as anyone in the country."

The leading scorer for the Indians on the night was Newborne, who finished the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Foster was right behind him with 18 points.

Okaloosa was lead in scoring by Sanders, who finished with 14 points, while Elliot had 13 and Danzey had 10 of his own.

Chipola will now travel to the National Tournament which is set to begin on March 16 and run through March 20.
 


Indians off to chase a title
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Monday, March 15, 2004


Two jets took off from Marianna yesterday morning headed to Hutchinson, Kan., for the NJCAA National JUCO Tournament.

Aboard those jets were the Chipola Indians, Florida FCCAA/Region VIII Champions. The Indians received a huge sendoff from fans, cheerleaders and school officials as nearly 200 well-wishers showed up for the Indians' departure.

Chipola will now make their first national tournament appearance since 1988 on Wednesday as they face the Screaming Eagles of the College of Southern Idaho at 1:45 p.m.

The Indians finished the regular season with a 30-3 record and are currently ranked No. 5 in the national poll. Southern Idaho is 24-9 on the year and won the Scenic West Conference.

Chipola captured the Panhandle Conference Championship after going 11-1 in conference action.

The Indians are guaranteed at least two games in the national tournament, as the event is a double-elimination bracket. If Chipola wins the game against CSI, they will advance in the championship bracket and play again Thursday at 8:30 p.m. If they pick up a loss, they will enter the consolation bracket and will play in the 2:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

CSI is the tallest squad Chipola has faced this year, as the Screaming Eagles boast two 6'11" players and a total of five players at 6'8" or taller. But Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans says he likes he team mentality of the Indians.

"We're a good team that plays together. We have good chemistry and we don't beat ourselves. We have very good guard play. We're a little undersized at the post, but we have the ability to create some real match-up problems."

Jans will also have his "good luck charms" with him as his parents make the trip to Hutchinson, Kan., as well.

"I've never lost a state or regional championship with my parents in the gym and I've never won one without them," he said.

The games will be broadcast on WJAQ Radio, 100.9 FM and latest results will be on the Chipola hotline at 718-2CJC and at www.chipola.edu.
 


Indians to face Santa Fe tonight
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Tuesday, December 16, 2003


The Chipola Indians basketball team will face Santa Fe Community College today in a rematch of a Nov. 15 meeting between the two teams in which the Indians won 84-78.

The Indians were ranked No. 4 in the state in the latest FCCAA poll while Santa Fe was ranked 10th.

In the two teams' first meeting, it was Mario Jointer and Je'Kel Foster who dominated the night. Jointer finished the night with 27 points while Foster finished with 24 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Chipola scored a decisive win over Georgia Perimeter this past Friday by a score of 88-77. Georgia Perimeter was ranked No. 2 in the nation when the two teams met but they were unable to stop the scoring of Jointer, who finished with 26 points. Leon Woodstock and Deke Thompson both finished with 16 points on the night.

On Saturday, the Indians finished up the Rockingham Classic in Wentworth, N. C., with a 104-70 beating of the 16th-ranked team in the nation, Globe.

Mario Jointer again led the Indians in scoring with 29 points while Je'Kel Foster finished with 19. Woodstock had 14 and Vas'Shun Newborne added 12.

Jointer is leading the Indians' powerful offense by averaging 18.3 points per game. Foster is right behind Jointer, averaging 17.8 points per game and is 89 percent from the free throw line. Foster also leads the team in assists with 5.87 per game.

Newborne is leading Chipola in rebounds with 7.67 per game while Kendaris Pelton is averaging 5.93 a game.

The Lady Indians were also in action Saturday as they suffered their first loss of the season against Daytona Beach by a score of 59-55. Reggie Maddox was the leading scorer for the Lady Indians with 18 points while Alicia McDonald had 14 and Kristina Andjelkovic added 10.

The Lady Indians, who are 9-1 on the season, will also be hosting the Chipola Women's Classic starting Thursday, Dec. 18, and running through Saturday, Dec. 20.

Chipola will play host to St. Catherines from Kentucky on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the Lady Indians will take on Three Rivers from Missouri and on Saturday they will battle it out with Cloud County from Kansas. Both of those games are slated for 7:30 p.m.

With the New Year, the Indians will begin Panhandle Conference play. The Indians' first conference game will be Jan. 10 as they host Gulf Coast. The Lady Indians will play at 5:30 p.m. while the men's team will start at 7:30.

For the latest scores, call the Chipola Hotline at 718-2CJC.
 


Indians are ready
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Monday, March 1, 2004

The nationally-ranked Indian basketball team will enjoy having the home court-advantage over Florida Community College at Jacksonville Wednesday in state tournament action at Chipola.

According to Indian Head Basketball Coach Chris Jans, playing at home definitely has its advantages.

"You always expect to win a greater percentage of games on your home floor, but I think the real advantage is that our players will be sleeping in their own beds, going to class and sort of staying in their routine," he said.

The Indians may need that added edge, says Jans, who states that FCCJ's playing style could be trouble for Chipola.

"They're really a non-traditional type team," he said. "They run a full-court press every trip down the floor, then they fall to a loose zone. It's just not the type of team we're accustomed to playing.

"We're definitely going to have our hands full. They've beaten us before. They'll play with a very carefree attitude," Jans added.

The Indians fell to FCCJ by a mere two points on Nov. 29, but Chipola tightened up and went on to win 19 of their next 20 games.

Rebounding could quite possibly be the key to Chipola's success against FCCJ, according to Jans.

"We need to work hard and rebound on both ends of the floor," he said. "Jacksonville doesn't get enough credit when it comes to rebounding."

Defense has been an integral part of Chipola's success this season and, according to Jans, defense is key to a win on Wednesday.

"We've got to keep an attack mentality," he said. "We don't want them getting us back on our heels. We want to be the aggressor."

Jans began his career at Chipola this year with a bang by leading the Indians to an 11-1 conference record and a Panhandle Conference Championship. He was also named Panhandle Coach of the Year and six Indian hoopsters received All-Conference honors.

Je'Kel Foster, Panhandle Conference Player of the Year, has led the squad this year by averaging 17.3 points per game, which puts him at No. 13 on the state scoring list. He also leads the state in free-throw percentage, hitting an amazing 85 percent from the line.

Foster is tenth in the state in assists, averaging 5.5 assists per game, and is eighth in steals with 2.5 steals per game.

Mario Jointer, Vashun Newborne, Leon Woodstock, Deke Thompson and Shawn Malloy all earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Chipola Lady Indians will take to the court Thursday night as they begin their battle for a state championship title by hosting Mid-Florida Conference Champion Central Florida Community College at 6 p.m.

The Lady Indians clinched a berth in the state tournament by finishing third in Panhandle Conference action this season. They went 22-8 overall for the season and 8-7 in conference play.

The squad is led by All-Conference team members Reginette Maddox and Kristina Andjelkovic.

Although Maddox missed the final few games of the season due to an injury, she earned the All-Conference nomination by leading the Chipola offense with 14.2 points per game. She also averaged 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Maddox is expected to be back in the starting line-up for the state tournament.

Andjelkovic is No. 17 in the state in free-throw percentage at 69 percent. She is also averaging 9 points per game and 6 rebounds per game.

Advance state tournament tickets are on sale now. Tournament passes are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Session tickets (two games) are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tournament souvenirs are also available.

For information, call Tournament Coordinator Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2370, or visit the official website at www.chipola.edu.

For the latest information, call 718-2CJC, or visit www.chipola.edu.


Newborne joins Conference USA
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, April 21, 2004


Chipola's Vas'shun Newborne signed with St. Louis.- Mark Skinner/Floridan

Chipola College's Vas'shun Newborne took one step closer to reaching his goals in basketball on Wednesday as he signed with Conference USA power St. Louis.

Newborne, a transfer to Chipola from Howard College in Texas, led the Indians in rebounds with 7.45 per game and plans to do the same at St. Louis.

Newborne was a dominant force for the Indians. Not only did he lead the Indians in rebounding but he also averaged 11 points per game and managed to shoot 53 percent from the field.

Newborne says that St. Louis was the best fit for him and his career.

"It is a great school," he said. "They have very good coaches and they have some great players."

St. Louis finished tied for sixth place in Conference USA with Rick Pitino's Louisville. Other Conference USA opponents that will be going up against Newborne include Cinncinatti, Army, TCU, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Marquette and regular season champions DePaul.

Last season, St. Louis made it to the second round of the NIT before losing to Notre Dame by a score of 77-66.

Newborne says that being able to play in Conference USA is a great opportunity.

"It feels good," Newborne said. "It's what I wanted to do. I want to play at a high level and St. Louis is giving me that opportunity."

St. Louis finished last season at 19-13 on the season and 9-7 in the conference.

Newborne will join a very experienced team as the Bilikens are only losing four seniors from last year's squad.

There is no doubt that Newborne will be a welcomed sight and hopefully the city that is the "Gateway to the West" will be a gateway to a fantastic career.


Indians advance with 85-72 win
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Thursday, March 4, 2004


Chipola's Jekel Foster goes to the hoop against Florida Community College in the Florida Men's and Women's JUCO Basketball Championship Tournament Wednesday.- Mark Skinner/Floridan

MARIANNA -- The Chipola Indians won when it counted Wednesday night as they avenged an early season loss to the Florida Community College of Jacksonville by defeating the Stars in the quarterfinals of the State JUCO Tournament by a score of 85-72.

Bobby Guyton got the Stars on the board first by putting in an easy layup. The Indians Vas'shun Newborne answered the Guyton layup with a smooth jumper, tying the game at two.

Mike Williams followed with a layup of his own before the Indians began to pull away. The Indians took three minutes to go on a 10-0 run that included back-to-back three-pointers from Mario Jointer and an incredible diving tip-in by Leon Woodstock, extending the Chipola lead to 12-4.

The two teams continued to battle back-and-forth until 10:40 left in the first half as LaShawn Mitchell put in an easy layup and Williams made one of two from the line, cutting the Chipola lead to just three at 22-19.

After a tip-in from Newborne and a pair of baskets from the Stars, the Indians went on a quick 6-0 run with baskets from Shawn Malloy, Newborne and Jointer, pushing the lead up to seven at 30-23.

Ben Colon ended the run with a layup but the Stars could not handle the Chipola charge as the Indians continued to pound the Stars, this time going on an 8-0 run with a pair of baskets from Newborne and another three-pointer from Jointer, extending the lead to double digits at 38-25.

Adam Holmes made a pair of jumpers for the Stars to end the first half with a score of 38-29.

The Stars came out in the second half firing as they recorded back-to-back baskets from Williams and Guyton, cutting the lead to 38-33.

Jointer answered with his fourth three-pointer of the game, pushing the lead back to 41-33.

After a jumper from Williams, the Indians again went on a fast-paced 8-0 run including a jumper from Deke Thompson and pair of baskets from Newborne, pushing the lead back to double digits at 49-35.

With nearly 14 minutes left in the game, the Indians got back-to-back jumpers from Woodstock and Je'Kel Foster to give Chipola their largest lead of the game at 57-40.

The teams traded baskets until 7:29 left in the game when the Stars got a huge three-pointer from Mike Williams and a smooth jumper from Byron Williams to drop the lead down to 12 at 69-57.

However, Chipola continued to play tremendous defense and the Stars could never mount a comeback as the Indians took the win by a score of 85-72.

Following the game, Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans said that it was not their best outing but that winning is the name of the game.

"It wasn't our best performance and a lot of that is due to FCCJ's style," he said. "They play a style that gives us problems and gives a lot of people problems. But, it's tournament time and the key is to survive; it doesn't matter how you look as long as you get the job done."

Jans was also impressed by the performance of Newborne.

"He had a nice game for us," the coach said. "FCCJ played tough defense but we were able to get it inside to Vas'shun for some easy baskets."

The Indians will now move on to face Broward Community College in the semifinals of the state tournament. Jans says that it should be a tough one. "We have our work cut out for us; they won their first game by about 30 points and looked very good doing it."

The leading scorer on the night for Chipola was Newborne, who finished the night with 25 points. Jointer also had a huge night as he put up 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds, all on the defensive end.

Panhandle Conference MVP Je'Kel Foster was right behind Jointer with 16 points while Woodstock ended the night with 10.

Mike Williams led the way for the Stars as he put up 22 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Holmes had 16 points and Byron Williams finished with 12 of his own.

Chipola will battle it out with Broward tonight for a spot in the championship game. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
 


Indians head into conference play
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Wednesday, January 7, 2004


The Chipola Indian basketball teams will open conference play this Saturday as they host long-time rival Gulf Coast Community College of Panama City.

The women's teams will tip off at 5:30 p.m. with men's action to follow at 7:30.

With new faces leading the two teams and a new school name (Chipola College), both teams are off to their best starts in recent history.

The men's team, with first-year head coach Chris Jans at the helm, is 16-2 following a pair of huge wins recently in the Florida JUCO Shootout. The Indians are currently ranked 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

Chipola notched a 59-52 victory over Miami Dade on Jan. 2 and went on to record a landslide victory over Seminole Community College on Jan. 3 by a score of 76-43.

Je'kel Foster led the Indians in scoring over Miami Dade, chalking 12 points. Foster also recorded 8 assists and 5 rebounds on the night. Mario Jointer added 10 points to the Indians' final score, while Vas'shun Newborne also added 10 points and chalked 6 rebounds. Shawn Malloy scored 6 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Against Miami Dade, Chipola had a total of 15 offensive boards and forced 23 turnovers.

In the big win over Seminole on Jan. 3, the Indians held Seminole to just 17 points in the first half. Jointer this time led Chipola's scoring effort by putting up 17 points. Leon Woodstock followed with 13 and Newborne added 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Foster recorded 9 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds.

The Indians will now face off with Gulf Coast in their first game of the conference season Saturday. While Chipola is 16-2 and has been nationally-ranked this season, the Commodores are struggling this year and is currently 8-10 on the season.

On the other hand, the Lady Commodores are currently 13-1 after having their 88-game regular season win streak snapped by Central Florida Community College on Jan. 4 in Panama City.

The Lady Indians earned a convincing win over Central Florida C.C. in the Gulf Coast Classic Jan. 3 by a score of 68-46.

Under the direction of new coach David Lane, the Chipola women are currently 15-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Panhandle Conference after defeating North Florida Community College Tuesday on the road.

The Lady Indians won their first conference game of the season by a score of 65-43 and should now jump a few notches in the polls after five big wins over the holidays.

As of Tuesday, the Lady Indians were ranked at 22 in the NJCAA poll and are at third in the Florida Community College Activities Association/NJCAA Region VIII weekly coaches poll.

The Lady Indians notched a 73-59 win over Indian River Jan. 4 in the Gulf Coast Classic with a big scoring night from Reggie Maddox. Maddox put up 20 points for Chipola, while Kristina Andjelkovic and Alicia MacDonald each scored 16.

The Lady Indians will tip off with Gulf Coast Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
 

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