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Fearless leader
In first year as Chipola Head Coach, Chris Jans leads his team on an unforgettable journey
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Monday, March 29, 2004

After coming to Chipola just before the start of the 2003-2004 season, Head Coach Chris Jans led the Indian basketball team to an outstanding 32-5 season, a State Championship and sixth place in the nation.

Assisted on the sidelines by Greg Heiar and Micah Byars, Jans came into the Chipola program with just three of his own recruits. He took the reigns of a position vacated by former Chipola Head Coach Ryan Cross, who left Chipola to go on to coach at Louisiana Tech.

Jans brought with him the tremendous triple-team of Je'Kel Foster, Vas'shun Newborne and Leon Woodstock, three of Chipola's most valuable team members this season.

The impact those three players had on the season was staggering as together they racked up 1,252 points, 542 team rebounds and 273 assists. Foster led the state in free throw percentage with 83.7 percent from the line and Newborne led the Indians in rebounds per game with a 7.5 average.

Jans inherited NJCAA All-Tournament team selection Mario Jointer, who led the Indians in scoring with 568 points on the season and led in three-point field goals with 125.

Last year's squad went 23-9 overall and 9-3 in Panhandle Conference action. The team was eliminated in the second round of last year's FCCAA state tournament as they fell to Polk Community College by a score of 73-69.

Jans and assistant coaches Greg Heiar and Micah Byars came into the program anxious to get started, as he quickly began working to bring the players together as a team.

"Right after we got hired, we hit the ground running," Jans said. "But I also had two really good assistants in Greg Heiar and Micah Byars. They did a really good job all year long and were a huge help in getting the team ready. The were definitely a big advantage all year long."

Foster, Newborne and Woodstock, who had played for Jans in the past, meshed well with the players recruited by Cross, according to the coach.

"We had kind of a melting pot of players but the common ground was that they were all good kids," he said. "They all had a tremendous work ethic, talent and desire for success.

"We thought it would probably take about a year to win over the new players but it helped tremendously that they were already used to the same style and system we use, so it was a big advantage that we were able to win the team over early."

Jans said that the season overall was a great success, especially for such a great group of guys.

"I'm happy for our guys that the end of the season was so sweet for us," he said. "I felt that we were all on the same page headed to Kansas. We felt we had as good a chance as anybody to win the national title."

He said he felt the team shot poorly during the tournament and that was somewhat of a disappointment. However, following the win in the first round of the national tournament, Jans said he felt that his team had gotten past the nervousness of being at nationals.

"After beating CSI (The College of Southern Idaho) in the first game, I thought we had gotten over our jitters," he said. "I thought we'd play better in the second game but we were just 28 percent from the field against Southern Idaho."

Jans was quick to give Southern Idaho credit, though, as he said they are a "very deserving champion."

He said he simply felt that the Chipola squad "never got comfortable."

The Indians' season is nothing to scoff at, as they finished the year with 32 wins, the FCCAA/NJCAA Region VIII State Championship and a trip to the 2004 NJCAA National Tournament.

"We finished the season with 32 wins and had the opportunity to go to Hutch (Hutchinson, Kan.), so I know we can look back and appreciate what we had," Jans said.

The coach could not say enough about the great attitudes, work ethic and drive of his squad.

"This couldn't happen to a better group of kids. They are great student-athletes and I am proud to be a part of that."

Jans said he has every intention of returning to Chipola as head coach of the Indians again next season.

"I'll be here if Chipola will have me," he joked.

Jans said he and his assistants have already worked hard at recruiting more high-quality athletes for Chipola as he realizes how tough it will be to replace the seven sophomores graduating from Chipola this year.

"It will be hard to find kids with that ability, work ethic and talent," he said. "I don't even know if we will be able to. It will be difficult to find that quality of person combined with that quality of athleticism.

"It will be a totally different team and it will be challenging but I am confident that my assistants and myself will be able to recruit players who will be a good addition to the team."

Although next season's squad will be young and somewhat inexperienced, the coach says he has high hopes for the program. Jans says he feels that Brent Crews and Kendaris Pelton will both step up and help lead the team.

"I would think that Crews and Pelton will have to be leaders. Crews came into his own toward the end of the season and has gained confidence. We counted on him to bring him in from the bench most games and he continued to gain confidence throughout the season.

"We relied on him and I feel that he understands what it takes."

Jans said he felt that Pelton would have had the same impact on the year had he not been injured toward the middle of the season.

"He is really a good player and person and I feel that he will have a big impact on next season."

With signing day just around the corner (April 8), Chipola fans will soon get a good look at next season's Indians.

The Chipola squad will work throughout the summer in the weight room and begin practicing late this summer to prepare for next season.
 


Indians are No. 1
By CLINT COX
Floridan Correspondent
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Pensacola - The Chipola Indians men's team struggled offensively in the first half but shook off their shooting woes in the second half to post an 84-54 win over the Pirates of Pensacola Junior College Wednesday night.

While the offense was sputtering, the Indians used a tenacious defense to create 14 first-half turnovers by the Pirates.? They needed that defense as the offense went the first five minutes of the game without a field goal.

Finally, Je'kel Foster and Mario Jointer each hit a couple of three pointers to break the shooting drought.? Vas'shun Newborne came off the bench to give the Indians some offensive spark and his basket with five minutes to play in the first half was the first two-point bucket of the game for Chipola.

Newborne scored seven straight points for Chipola and then with two and a half minutes remaining in the first half, Chipley's Brent Crews hit a bucket to give the Indians their first lead since early in the half.? Newborne added another bucket as the half came to a close to give the Indians a 26-25 lead. Unfortunately, Newborne had been knocked to the floor on a layup and would be out of commission for the remainder of the game.

First-year Indian Head Coach Chris Jans stressed to his team the importance of coming out strong to start the second half.? His squad must have listened as Jointer and Foster came out red hot.

After a Foster bucket, Jointer took a back door pass and his slam dunk put some fire into the Indian team and their fans.? Deke Thompson came up with a steal and layup, which was followed by a three-pointer from Foster.? Jointer then found his range from beyond the three-point arch and drilled three straight shots.

Chipola kept up the pressure defense as the Pirate turnovers continued to mount.? Five minutes into the second half, the Indians had outscored Pensacola 18-4 to push their lead to 44-29.? The Indian onslaught continued as Jointer nailed another three-pointer followed by baskets from Kyron Monette, Deke Thompson and Leon Woodstock.

Midway through the second half, the Indian lead had swelled to 24 points.? From that point on, the wind was out of the Pirates' sail and the Indians continued to pour it on their Panhandle Conference rival.? Woodstock's slam dunk off a rebound with five minutes to play pushed the lead to 32.

The final minutes of the game were filled with Pirate fouls and Indian free throws.? When the final horn sounded, the Indians had secure a 30-point victory and became the lone Panhandle Conference team to remain unbeaten in conference action.

Jans said his team responded to his halftime challenge.

"We struggled offensively early but Crews and Newborne kept us close," he said. "Then we got some guys to hit some big baskets to start the second half."

One of those guys was Jointer, the 6'3" sophomore guard out of Jackson, Mississippi.? Jans had high praise for Jointer.

"He can shoot as good as anybody in the country and when he's hot, he sure makes my job easier," Jans said. Jointer led the Indians with 20 points while Foster followed with 14 and Woodstock with 10 points.

The Pirates, led in scoring by Brandon Gordon with 20 points, fell to 17-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

The Indians, ranked No. 1 in the state and 11th nationally, improved to 18-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Chipola will play host to the Raiders of Okaloosa Walton on Saturday night at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The Raider men's team lost to Tallahassee by a bucket Wednesday night and will enter the game 13-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
 


Indian basketball teams honored
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Wednesday, April 14, 2004

The Chipola College Athletic Department honored its basketball players Tuesday night on their home court as many fans, friends and supporters came out to show their appreciation.

The Chipola cheerleaders received lots of recognition for their support of the basketball teams throughout the season and for their help in the recruiting process for the upcoming season.

The "Super Six" were awarded plaques for their tremendous efforts this year. They are: Andrea Cetera, Stephanie Mann, Tonya Blocker, Georgia Britt, Jessica Crutchfield and Candice Williams. The girls are coached by Geraldine DeFelix and Assistant Coach Melissa Laramore.

According to Chipola Men's Head Basketball Coach Chris Jans, the cheerleaders have been helping for weeks in the recruiting of new Chipola basketball players.

Head Women's Basketball Coach David Lane was introduced by new Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Dale O'Daniel, who said he is very proud of Lane for the success of the women's basketball team this season.

Lane came into the Chipola family just a week before the beginning of the season and had to quickly pull the team together and prepare for action.

O'Daniel said that when Lane was hired, there were many questions from individuals wondering if Lane was too young or if the team would be able to come together for a successful season. O'Daniel said those questions were quickly answered as Lane led the Lady Indians to a winning season including a trip to the state tournament.

Lane then thanked his players for the successful season and said that he feels they are a unique group of athletes.

"My first three or four weeks here were very interesting," Lane said. "It was a tough situation but we came in ready to go and the girls were great."

Lane thanked Chipola College President Dr. Gene Prough and O'Daniel for the opportunity to coach the Lady Indians and thanked several others for their support. He also said a special thanks to Jans for recommending him for the job.

Lane then recognized his assistant coaches Sally Jeter and Shehara Clark and then honored the Lady Indians basketball team.

The 2003-2004 Lady Indians were: Missy Curry, Courtney Wilson, Laura Cowling, Ashley Perry, Melissa Killings, Kristina Andjelkovic, Tojalynn "Sweet Pea" Atmore, Andrea Martin, Tameka Jackson, Alecia MacDonald and Reginette "Reggie" Maddox.

Andjelkovic received First Team All-Conference honors, as did Maddox, while Atmore received the team award for Most Improved Player. Martin was Defensive Player of the Year and Jackson was Freshman of the Year, while Maddox received the Coaches' Award.

Maddox was also named to the FCCAA All-State First Team and was Third Team All-American, the first female basketball player at Chipola to receive All-American honors.

Jans recognized his coaching staff, Micah Byars and Greg Haier, for all of their efforts this past season and said he feels he will "never have another group of guys like he had this year."

"They are going to be successful wherever they go," Jans said. "It is going to be fun to watch them grow and give back to Chipola."

Jans then handed out plaques to all of his players in appreciation for their hard work, dedication and success throughout the season.

The 2003-2004 Chipola Indians were: Chanan Coleman, Brent Crews, Traion Davis, Daniel Dieudonne, Je'Kel Foster, Victor Gomez, Isaiah Jenkins, Mario Jointer, Shawn Malloy, Kyron "Chief" Monette, Truman Montgomery, Vas'shun Newborne, Kendaris Pelton, Michael Reddick, Deke Thompson and Leon Woodstock.

Malloy received the Most Improved Player Award, while Jointer was named Mr. Offense. Mr. Defense was Thompson and Newborne was Best Rebounder. Woodstock received the Coaches' Award, as Jans said he was the "soul of our team."

"Every game night, he was the guy getting us going," Jans said. "That is more important than anything."

Foster received the team's MVP Award and Jans said that Foster was the "best player I've ever coached."

"He is just an all-around great player and great person," Jans said.

Prough closed out the evening by saying that he believes that Chipola is experiencing "history in the making" and that there are three things all Chipola supporters, coaches, faculty, staff, students and athletes and athletes should remember.

"First of all, we are a team. Second of all, we are Americans. And thirdly, we are a family."

 


Indians leaving on a jet plane
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, March 13, 2004

Va'shun Newborne hits a jumper during the state tournament at Chipola College. Mark Skinner/Floridan

All their bags are packed and they're ready to go and the Chipola Indians basketball team will be leaving on a pair of jet planes Monday morning for the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

Chipola fans are invited to a sendoff celebration planned for 10 a.m. at the Marianna Airport. An entourage of cheerleaders and college personnel will follow by bus on Monday afternoon.

The Indians will play the College of Southern Idaho at 1:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday in the first round of the tournament. The game will be broadcast on WJAQ Radio, 100.9 FM.

The Indians advanced to the national tournament after capturing the Florida FCCAA/Region VIII Championship March 6 with a 71-59 win over Okaloosa-Walton. Chipola's Je'kel Foster was named tournament MVP and first-year Chipola coach Chris Jans was named Florida coach of the year.

Chipola could win the national championship with four wins in the NJCAA tournament. All 16 teams in the tournament are guaranteed to play at least two and as many as four games in the double-elimination tournament.

A win in the first round would put Chipola in the 8:30 p.m. game on Thursday. A first-round loss would move the Indians to the 2:30 p.m. game on Thursday. The championship game is set for Saturday at 8 p.m.

Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans has a healthy respect for the Indians' first round opponent.

"Southern Idaho is a storied program. They have an 85 percent winning percentage, with 19 national tournament appearances and two national championships in their 37 year history," Jans said.

Idaho is 24-9 on the year after winning the very competitive Scenic West Conference. They played their six conference opponents four times each for a total of 24 league games.

Jans, who lost to Southern Idaho once as head coach of Howard College (TX), said, "They're very talented with great players. We'll have our work cut out for us. We have to be physical and competitive at the post."

CSI is the tallest squad Chipola has faced to date with a pair of 6'11" players and a total of five at 6'8" or bigger.

The Indians are ranked fifth in the national poll heading into the tournament. Jans says he especially likes the team mentality of his Indians.

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

Jans characterizes Chipola's style of play as "nothing fancy."

"We take care of the ball on offense and we play tough man-to-man on defense. We battle for rebounds and we try to neutralize people on the boards."

Jans says the key to success in the national tourney is to keep the players focused on the games.

"We're just going to try to continue to play the way we've played for the last month. We've got to remember what got us here. There's no reason to change anything. We've got as good a chance as anybody in the tournament. If we play well and shoot the ball decently, we should be successful."

Jans, who has coached in two national tournaments, said distractions are always a concern at a major event.

"Hutchinson has a big arena that holds 6,000 or so. We'll be away from home for about a week. But I firmly believe that our team is ready. We have a mature group that understands what's at stake. For most of these guys, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I want them to have fun and enjoy playing, but they have to realize that they've got to work hard and continue to do the things that have made us successful."

In his first season at Chipola, Jans led his Indians to 30-3 overall, pushing his career record to 157-43. Chipola won the Panhandle Conference Championship for the first time since 1998. The Indians are enjoying an 11-0 streak -- their last loss coming in overtime at Tallahassee Community College on Jan. 20.

The 35-year-old Jans is taking his walking good luck charms, his parents, to the national tournament.

"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.

Chipola fans were glad to learn that the Jans family would be making the trip to Hutchinson.

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


Nation's best
Chipola's Mario Jointer joins basketball elite
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Chipola's Mario Jointer makes national all-tournament team.

It's safe to say that the Chipola Indians did not shoot the ball as well as they expected to in the NJCAA National Tournament. However, one player who did standout above the rest was Mario Jointer.

On Monday, Jointer received recognition for his outstanding play as he was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.

Jointer averaged 20 points per game for the tournament, including a tournament high 22 points against the eventual National Champions, Southeastern Iowa.

For Jointer, the tournament was just a continuation of a dream season where he led the Indians in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game. Jointer also averaged five rebounds and two assists per game, making for a stellar sophomore season.

Jointer, who played with Okaloosa-Walton in 2002, says that Chipola was the best fit for him.

"It feels good; I can feel comfortable and I have a great coach who just let's me have fun."

Jointer first made his presence known at Chipola on Nov. 7 when he drilled six three-pointers against Pasco Hernando on his way to a huge 24-point night. Jointer went on to hit five or more three-pointers in a single game 10 times including eight against Gulf Coast in a 27-point night and against Globe in a season-high 29-point night.

Chipola Head Coach Chris Jans says that Mario is very capable of putting up big numbers.

"Mario is very capable of getting on a roll and a lot of credit goes to the guys on the floor who were able to find him when he was hot."

Jointer was also named to the Panhandle Conference First Team along with three other teammates.

Jans says that Jointer is just one of the many great players on this year's team.

"We have a bunch of great players. They are all very deserving. It's a tribute to the great season that they've had. It's nice to know that our kids are recognized for their ability to play this game."

Southern Idaho was the first team to find out about Jointer at the National Tournament as he put up 19 points, including four three-pointers and five rebounds. His 19 points led the Indians to a first-round victory by a score of 66-61.

The Indians then struggled against Southeastern Iowa, shooting only 28 percent from the field. However, Jointer kept the game from getting out of hand as he put up 22 points with five three-pointers, four rebounds and five assists in a 72-51 loss.

After losing to Southeastern, Jointer took out his frustration on Georgia Perimeter, who watched him drop 20 points, with three rebounds and three assists. The Indians went on to defeat Perimeter by a score of 56-44.

Jointer ended his career at Chipola with a bang, as he put up 19 points and six rebounds in a tough loss to Coffeyville, Kansas by a score of 69-55.

Despite the loss, Jointer says that this trip was a dream come true.

"It feels good; it's a dream of everyone on the team to play here."

Jointer will no doubt be a star at the next level as he has had many teams knocking at his door. Where he goes will be his decision but he has definitely made his mark as a Chipola Indian.

 


Indians hot in Classic
Natchez tandem leads Chipola to victory
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, December 6, 2003

It was Natchez, Miss., night in the Panhandle Classic as the Chipola Indians Je'kel Foster and Vas'shun Newborne, both from Natchez, put up a combined 46 points on Aiken Tech in a 66-55 rout of the Knights from South Carolina.

The Indians struggled to put points on the board early, but were able to pull away in the second half to destroy Aiken Tech. Foster highlighted the night as he got hot early and stayed hot throughout the night, finishing with an incredible 32 points.

Newborne started the scoring with a smooth little jumper from the paint to give Chipola a quick 2-0 lead. Foster followed Newborne by finding himself open behind the arch and knocking down his first three of the night to make the score 5-0.

The Knights came fighting right back as Derris Marshall knocked down a free throw and John Harris busted a three-pointer, cutting the lead to 7-4.

Newborne and Foster attempted to try and pull Chipola away as Newborne hit a pair of free-throws and Foster put down a jumper to make the score 11-4. However, Tech came right back with a 7-0 run and the Indians struggled on offense until Foster knocked down a pair of free throws to put Chipola back in the lead, 13-11.

Mario Williams tied the game back up at 13 with a pair of free throws before Newborne threw down a thunderous dunk and yelled, signaling that the war was on.

The two teams began going back and forth with extremely tough defense and incredible clutch shots. With 5:20 left in the first half and the score 20-18 in favor of Chipola, Marshall fired up a huge three that ripped through the net and gave the Knights a lead at 21-20.

Darrin Shine then made a free throw to make the score 22-20 before Newborne tied the game up with a spectacular lay-up underneath the basket and Kyron Monette followed with a smooth jumper to give Chipola back the lead at 24-22.

The Knights, however, came riding right back as A. J. Gordon put in a lay-up and Williams drilled a three to give Tech their largest lead of the game at 27-24.

Foster and Newborne again emerged and single-handedly kept the Knights from pulling away. With 1:52 left in the half, Foster drove to the inside, pulled up and threw up a prayer as he was fouled. The prayer was answered and Foster knocked down the free throw to tie the game up at 27.

After a steal by the Indians, they swung the ball around and again found Foster open for a jumper, which he knocked down and gave the Indians a 29-27 lead.

Kenny Thompson tried to go inside on the Indians defense to tie the game but in his path stood Newborne who swatted his shot about 20 feet away and held the Chipola halftime lead at 29-27.

The lead was short-lived in the second half as Harris drilled a quick jumper to tie the game at 29. Mario Jointer and Marshall swapped three-pointers while Leon Woodstock and Gordon swapped jumpers before Foster made a pair of free throws, making the score 36-34.

The two teams continued to go back-and-forth until there was 12:08 left in the game. With the score tied at 41, the Indians managed to set a pick and found Foster all alone near the corner for three, which he knocked down.

The referees also called a foul away from the ball that gave the Indians the ball right back and they again found Foster alone for three and he again found nothing but the bottom of the net, sending the crowd and bench into a frenzy and making the score 47-41.

Gordon made a lay-up before Newborne put in back-to-back lay-ups, extending the Indian lead to 51-43.

The Knights were lost and could not even get off a shot before the shot clock ticked away and the ball was given back to the Indians. With the Indians and their fans alive and kicking, it was again Foster making a pair of incredible shots to all but put away the Knights and making the score 55-43.

Woodstock made one of two from the line and Thompson drilled a three for the Knights to cut the lead to 56-46. Foster and Williams traded baskets before Newborne and Foster did it one more time. They made back-to-back lay-ups to extend their lead and Kendaris Pelton and Jointer got in on the action to make the score 65-48.

The Knights finished the game out strong with a pair of lay-ups from Darrin Shine but it was too little too late against the Indians as Chipola wrapped up a big win by a score of 66-55.

Following the game, Chipola head coach Chris Jans said that he felt his team played stronger than they have in the previous weeks.

"I thought we played harder than we did last weekend, which was a big focal point for us," he said. "I also thought Aiken Tech played their hearts out, too. They played real hard and it got to be a battle of wills in the end, but fortunately for us, we won today."

Jans was also excited in the play of Foster and said that he was a fighter and a leader.

"He's just a warrior; look up warrior in the dictionary and you can put his face in there," he said. "He's unbelievable; he's a warrior and a leader and he does whatever it takes to get it done."

Foster finished the night with 32 points while Newborne added 14 of his own. The Knights were led in scoring by Gordon who had 12 points on the night. He was followed closely by Thompson who finished the 11.

Chipola faced off with Cayuga of New York last night in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Results of that game were unavailable at presstime.

The Indians will be traveling next weekend to Wentworth, N. C., to participate in the Rockingham Rotary Classic, where they will play Georgia Perimeter on Dec. 12 and Globe on Saturday, Dec. 13. Chipola's next home game will be on Dec. 17 as they host Santa Fe. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

 


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.


Indians slam PyExpress
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Thursday, December 11, 2003

The Chipola Indian basketball team demolished Pyexpress in what Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O'Daniel referred to as a "tune up" game for this weekend's match-up with nationally-ranked Georgia Perimeter.

The Indians could not miss as they outscored PyExpress 102-72, which included 20 three-pointers.

The Indians finished out the night with four guys in double figures including Je'Kel Foster who finished with 18 points that came off of six three-point shots. Mario Jointer finished the night with 15 points, while Michael Reddick had 13 and Brent Crews added 11.

The Indians put away the game very early as they went on a 13-0 run that included a massive dunk from Leon Woodstock and several three-pointers from Foster and Jointer.

With 7:21 left in the first half, the game simply got out of hand as Foster lit up the net with three consecutive three-pointers, making the score 36-18.

Crews then nailed a pair of three-pointers before Daniel Dieudonne landed a three of his own to make the halftime score 60-29.

The Indians opened the second half just as hot as Woodstock again threw down a monstrous dunk and Jointer fired up a pair of three-pointers, extending their lead to 68-29.

With 13:44 left in the game, Reddick and Isaiah Jenkins added insult to injury as they grabbed a pair of steals and threw down a pair of jams, making the score 78-41. The Indians' shooting skills frustrated the Pyexpress defense all night and it showed after the dunks when Travis Pye yelled at the ref and was called for a technical foul.

Jenkins put the final nail in the coffin when he got loose on a fast break and slammed the game home with a huge dunk. Pyexpress made the game a little closer as Al Lawson fired up a prayer at the buzzer that went in, making the final score 102-72.

The game with Pyexpress was necessary in order for Chipola head coach Chris Jans to be able to coach against the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, Georgia Perimeter, tonight in the Rockingham Rotary Classic in Wentworth, N.C.

Jans was ejected from the Indians' Dec. 6 match-up with Cayuga. Jans was given a pair of technical fouls, which was said to have been given because of an "unsporting gesture" made by the coach. In the report from Jans to O'Daniel, Jans stated that after the first technical foul, he walked over to the official and said "What did I say?"

O'Daniel said that Jans reported that the official replied with somewhat of a "smart" remark, saying "Nothing."

Jans then stated, "That's the weakest stuff I've seen." The official then proceeded to give Jans the second technical foul, which ejected him from the game and forced him to sit out for one game.

If the game with Pyexpress had not been scheduled, Jans would have been forced to sit out tonight's game with Georgia Perimeter. Georgia Perimeter is currently 12-0 on the season and ranked No. 2 in the country.

Georgia Perimeter is currently averaging 101 points per game and recently defeated Gulf Coast by a score of 84-67.

The Indians will battle Georgia Perimeter tonight in the Rockingham Rotary Classic in Wentworth, North Carolina. Game time is set for 5 p.m. CST.

 


Chipola sweeps the Raiders
By CLINT COX
Floridan Correspondent
Thursday, February 5, 2004

The Chipola Indians defeated Okaloosa Walton Wednesday.

NICEVILLE -- Chipola swept a pair of games Wednesday night from the Raiders of Okaloosa Walton Community College.

The Lady Indians notched a 61-49 win while the men pulled off a 71-62 victory. Both wins were important as the conference race has now past the half-way mark, especially for the Lady Indians.

After a last second shot to beat Pensacola last Saturday night, Lady Indian Head Coach David Lane and the Lady Indians were poised to take sole possession of second place if they could beat the Lady Raiders.

Chipola led by as many as ten in the first half but a three pointer by the Lady Raiders at the end of the half narrowed the Chipola lead to 23-18. Okaloosa Walton came out and made a run at the Lady Indians to pull within two points midway through the second half.

Two minutes later, however, the Lady Indians had pushed their lead up to nine points. Another run by the Lady Raiders was answered by Chipola and with five minutes remaining, Tojalynn Atmore gave the Lady Indians another nine point lead with two free throws.

Melissa Killings hit a couple of free throws with three minutes to play and Kristina Andjelkovic's basket with one minute to play gave the Lady Indians a 61-47 lead.

The Lady Raiders hit a late bucket but Chipola picked up the 12-point conference win by placing four ladies in double figures. Killings led the way with 15 and was followed by Andrea Martin, Ashley Perry and Reginette Maddox with 10 points apiece.

Lane and the Lady Indians improved to 21-4 on the season but more importantly 7-3 in conference play.

"This (Okaloosa Walton) has been a tough place to get a win in past years so I'm proud for our team," Lane commented after the game.

The Lady Pirates fell to Gulf Coast on Wednesday so the Lady Indians currently hold a one-and-a-half-game lead for second over Pensacola.

The men's squad entered the contest in sole possession of first place but were facing a Raider squad that had won three straight after starting 0-3 in the conference. The Raiders took an early 2-0 lead but Chipola took the lead moments later on a Vas'shun Newborne bank shot.

The Indians never relinquished that lead as they took a 13-6 lead on a Mario Jointer three-point shot. Midway through the half, Je'Kel Foster hit a three pointer of his own as the shot clock expired to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.

The Raiders battled back to within four points with four minutes to play in the half when Chipley native T.J. McCullough scored after picking off an Indian pass.

Newborne hit a couple of free throws and then the Indians finished the half in a flurry as they turned up the defensive pressure. One steal resulted in 6'0" Deke Thompson's slam dunk and another steal ended with Newborne hitting a bucket. The flurry gave the Indians a 10-point lead at the half.

Chipola came out hot to start the second half as Thompson hit a three pointer and that was followed by back-to-back baskets from Foster. Four minutes into the second half, the Indians lead 40-25.

McCullough pulled the Raiders back to within eight points with six straight points with eight minutes to play in the game. That was as close as the Raiders would get as Thompson hit a three pointer to halt the Raider rally and give Chipola an 11 point lead.

Thompson hit his third three pointer of the half with five minutes to play to keep the Raiders at bay. Foster and Thompson each hit key free throws down the stretch as the Raiders were forced to foul in an effort to get back in the game.

In picking up the nine-point win, Chipola improved to 22-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play. Pensacola beat Gulf Coast, so the Indians now hold a three-game lead over their nearest competition.

Head Coach Chris Jans said it was good to get this road win.

"I thought we played well tonight. OW made some runs at us and tried to change our tempo. The team responded and I'm proud of how hard they've worked."

Thompson led the way with 17 points, followed by Foster with 15, Newborne with 13 and Jointer with 10.

Tallahassee comes to town on Saturday for Homecoming and the Eagles gave the Indians their only loss in conference play this season.

Jans hinted that his Indians haven't forgotten the 50-48 overtime loss.

"It shouldn't be too hard to get the kids ready for this one."

The Lady Indians will start at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 7:30.
 


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 now ranked 17th
Indians defeat Santa Fe 79-65
By AMY FULLER
Floridan Sports Editor
Thursday, December 18, 2003

The Chipola Indians improved to 14-2 on the season Wednesday with a 79-65 win over the Santa Fe Saints.

The Indians are currently ranked 17th in the nation after defeating two nationally-ranked teams in the Rockingham Rotary Classic in Wentworth, N. C., last weekend.

With yet another high-scoring night from Mario Jointer, the Indians had a strong game against the Saints although they struggled somewhat in the second half.

The Indians came out very strong from the tipoff, putting up seven points before the Saints could get on the board.

Vas'shun Newborne opened up the night for Chipola with a lay-up on the Indians' first possession of the game. Je'kel Foster then snatched the ball from the Saints' hands and took it back down the court. Jointer was found open outside the circle and put up a long shot that was right on target for a three-pointer to put the Indians ahead early, 5-0.

The Chipola defense once again denied the Saints a scoring opportunity and Leon Woodstock dropped in another one for the Indians to extend their lead to 7-0 with just 2 1/2 minutes off the clock.

Santa Fe's Bryan Harrison put the Saints on the board with a jumper and cut the Indian lead to five. Pedro Montano then hit a lay-up and Ketshner Guerrier spun around and dropped on in to cut the Chipola lead to one.

A penalty against Santa Fe's Raul Cardenas sent Jointer to the line for two shots, both of which he sank to put Chipola up 9-6.

Newborne then hit a jumper to extend the Indians' lead to five, but Harrison hit a long three to keep Santa Fe close at 11-9 with 14:25 left to play in the first half.

Jointer was then penalized for an illegal screen and the ball was put right back into the Saints' possession. Charles Rourk helped Santa Fe capitalize as he fired up a three to tie the game at 11.

Chipola quickly snatched the lead back with a spinning jumper from Leon Woodstock but Brent Crews was slapped with a foul for slapping Santa Fe's Alonzo Hird.

Hird went to the line where he hit one of two shots and the score was 13-12, still in Chipola's favor, with 12:20 left on the clock for the first half.

Chipola's Deke Thompson made a jumper to put the Indians up 15-12 and Santa Fe called a timeout with 10:30 left in the half following a foul by Woodstock for pushing off.

Santa Fe came back agressively from the timeout and Montano was hit with a charging penalty as he went up for a shot. Shawn Malloy snatched the ball away from the Saints and Chipola added three more to their score with a long shot from Jointer.

Up by six with time ticking away in the first half, the Indians tightened up on defense and began to expand their lead with back-to-back lay-ups from Foster and Crews.

Santa Fe called another timeout and Chipola chalked two more fouls before the Saints brought the score to 22-15 with a three from Rourk.

Newborne countered with a jumper, but another Indian penalty sent Hird to the line for Santa Fe. Hird hit both free throws, then the Indians went once again to Newborne, who spun around Saint defenders and hit a jumper to bring the score to 26-15 in favor of Chipola with 4:35 left in the half.

The Indians were then able to capitalize on back-to-back Santa Fe fouls as Jointer hit two from the line, then hit a nothing-but-net three to put Chipola up by 14 points on a score of 31-17.

Newborne then hit a three of his own to extend the Chipola lead to 17 with just 3:10 left to play in the first half.

A holding call on Kyron Monette sent Santa Fe's Guerrier to the line, where he hit both shots and brought the score to 34-19 with 3:04 in the half.

Foster then hit a three from downtown and Chipola took an 18-point lead.

Foster dropped in a jumper and followed it with another three before the Indians closed out the half with a 20-point lead, going into the locker room up 42-22.

Chipola looked to dominate the second half as they quickly extended their lead to 30 points on the shooting efforts of Jointer, Woodstock and Kendaris Pelton.

A technical foul was called on Santa Fe's Rourk against Pelton, who hit two free throws to put Chipola up 54-26 with 16 minutes left to play.

Jointer then hit a jumper before Santa Fe began a comeback effort.

Hird hit a lay-up to bring the score to 56-28, then Malloy went to the line for the Indians, where he hit one of two shots. Harrison put up two for the Saints and Jointer countered with a three to keep the Indians up 60-30.

Harrison went back to the line where he hit two and Newborne countered with a lay-up to bring the score to 62-32 with 12:40 on the clock.

The Chipola lead quickly slipped to less than 20 as the Indians racked up fouls and the Saints began heating up offensively.

With 9:40 on the clock, the Indians' score had been cut to 62-44 and the Santa Fe squad was working furiously to cut that lead even more.

After a steal by Pelton, Jointer found nothing but net on a three-point shot and Monette seemed to make up his mind that the Saints were not going to succeed as he hit a lay-up, then came back with a huge slam to bring the score to 72-48 with 6:55 left to play.

Rourk was then fouled and went to the line for Santa Fe, where he hit two shots and Guerrier followed him to the line as a technical was called on Woodstock. Guerrier had one shot and made it count, bringing the score to 72-53 with 6:60 left on the clock.

Hird then hit a lay-up and Chipola's lead was at 17 points on a score of 72-55. Monette and Newborne hit back-to-back lay-ups and Newborne went to the line after a foul. He missed the single shot and Thompson was charged with a foul on the Saints' next possession.

Hird hit one of two at the line and the score was 76-56 with 4:06 left to play. Brent Walker then dropped in a lay-up for Santa Fe, which was answered by Foster with a long three-pointer.

Walker hit a three of his own, then Cardenas followed with a jumper to bring the score to 79-63 with 2:50 left on the clock.

A foul called on jointer sent Montano to the line, where he hit two shots and with 12.3 seconds on the clock, the Indians held on to the ball to finish up the night with a 79-65 victory.

Jointer led the Indian scoring effort with 22 points on the night with 6 three-pointers, while Newborne added 17 to Chipola's final score. Foster also added 13 points to the Indian scoring effort.

According to Chipola head coach Chris Jans, the Indians played well throughout the first half of the game but seemed to struggle a bit in the second half.

"I thought for the first 25 minutes we played really well," he said. "I felt that obviously in the last 15 or 20 minutes we didn't do very well at maintaining and extending our lead."

Jans said that Jointer has been a good offensive asset to the team and has adjusted well to what Jans' staff brought to the table this season.

"Mario is a very capable scorer," the coach said. "He is a rhythm scorer; when he hits a shot or two, he usually goes on to score five or six more or so. He gets on streak and is really hard to stop. It is important for him to keep doing that and become a strong player on both ends of the court."

Jointer was inherited by Jans' staff this season and, according to the coach, came with a reputation as a good shooter. The 6'3", 180-pound guard from Jackson, Miss., has also become valuable on defense this season, according to Jans.

"He has bought into what our staff is trying to sell playing on both ends of the court," Jans said. "He is not the best defender by any means, but he has become a capable defender."

Jans said the squad needs to continue to improve and that Panhandle Conference play, which opens next month, is going to be an experience for him as a coach.

"This will be my first time in the conference and will be a new venue with new coaches," Jans said. "We have enough talent to be successful if we just continue to guard every game. We can't afford to take a night off."

Jans said the program is still working to develop its bench, and the coach says he is hoping to see one of the guys step up and see more playing time and be more valuable to the squad on the court.

"Minutes are earned in practice," Jans said. "I am comfortable with where our bench is right now."

The Indians will be in action once again Jan. 2-3, 2004, as they travel to the Florida JUCO Shootout in Ocala, Fla. Chipola will open Panhandle Conference play Jan. 10 as they host Gulf Coast Community College. The Lady Indians will tipoff at 5:30 p.m. with the men's team to follow at 7:30.

 


Chipola rolls over opponents in Classic
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Saturday, November 22, 2003

The Chipola Indian basketball team rolled over the first two opponents they faced in the Chipola Classic held at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center this weekend.

The Indians first defeated Abraham Baldwin on Thursday night by the score of 82-64.

The first half was dominated by the play of Mario Jointer. He knocked down four three-pointers in a matter of minutes and finished with 16 points in the first half.

Leon Woodstock got the game going with a smooth jumper. The jumper not only got the Indians on the board but it started a 9-0 Chipola run to start the game. The run lasted until 16:40 left in the first half when Abraham Baldwin's Erick Fisher knocked down a three and cut the lead to 9-3.

The Stallions made the score 9-4 when Tremaine Facison knocked down one of two from the line. However, Jointer denied any chance for a comeback as he fired up his first three of the night, extending the lead to 12-4.

After another free throw from the Stallions, Jointer put down a lay-up and Kendaris Pelton stole the ball right back for the Indians and went coast-to-coast for the dunk, giving Chipola a double digit lead at 16-5.

The Stallions lost the ball again on their next possession, this time to Woodstock, who kicked it out to Jointer, who proved to have the hot hand as he knocked down another three, making the score 19-5.

The Stallions tried to trade baskets but were unable to keep up as Jointer threw down three after three, extending the lead to 27-8.

The two teams traded baskets until 4:50 left in the half. Ronald Camon drilled a three of his own and cut the Chipola lead to 33-19. The momentum seemed to be shifting in the favor of the Stallions with the three, but Jointer and Pelton thought otherwise.

Jointer found himself wide open for a lay-up and Pelton stole all of the momentum with three consecutive lay-ups of his own, making the score 41-20.

The two teams traded free-throws near the end of the half and Ben Davis nailed a three for the Stallions, which ended the half with a score of 42-25.

Abraham started out quick in the second half as John Beugnot knocked down a pair of free throws and Warren Beaulah added two-points with a lay-up, cutting the Chipola lead to 13. However, as they did throughout the night, the Indians did not allow the Stallions to get back in the game.

Je'Kel Foster took the game into his own hands and fired up back-to-back threes to extend the lead back to 19 and make the score 48-29.

Jointer and Pelton again combined for a big block of points as Pelton knocked down four free throws and Jointer added his fifth three-pointer of the night, extending the lead to 55-31.

However, the Stallions did a nice job of guarding Jointer throughout the rest of the game and with 6:43 left in the game he fouled out, ending a big night for the sophomore from Jackson, Miss.

The two teams again traded baskets until 5:00 left in the game. With the score 69-50, the Stallions went on a 7-0 run in a last-hope attempt to get back into the game. However, the Indians again ended the comeback as Woodstock and Pelton knocked down back-to-back lay-ups to make the score 73-55.

The two teams traded baskets to end the game and a pair of Stallions fouled out, ending any hopes of a comeback. The Stallions got two quick baskets to end the game but it was too little too late as the Indians sealed the win by the score of 82-64.

With the win the Indians improved their record to 5-1. Pelton was the leading scorer with 22 points and Jointer was right behind him with 19. Foster also had a big night for the Indians as he put up 17 points.

The leading scorer for the Stallions was Chris Brown who had 16 points on the night.

After the game, Chipola head coach Chris Jans said that he was pleased with the way the team started but there are still some small adjustments that need to be made.

"I loved the way we started; we had great intensity and the guys were doing a good job at trying to execute the game plan and it showed in the first 12-to-15 minutes of the game," he said. "Overall, I was pretty pleased with the overall effort. Obviously, we've got to get better in a lot of areas but I thought we played better tonight than in some previous games."

Jans also said that Jointer is very important to the team.

"Mario is very capable of getting on a roll like that, being a streaky shooter and we need him to do that for us," he said. "When he gets on a roll like that we got to have people find him and I thought they did a good job of finding him and a lot of that credit has to go to the guys on the floor that were finding him when he was hot."

The Indians improved their record to 6-1 on Friday night as they blew out Jefferson Davis by the score of 99-67.

Pelton again had a huge night as he knocked down 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Woodstock followed with 16 points while Vas'shun Newborne added 13.

The Lady Indians were also in action Friday night as they took on Bevill State in the Pensacola Tournament. Chipola defeated the Lady Bears convincingly by the score of 71-42.

Reginette Maddox was the leading scorer for the Lady Indians with 17 points. Alicia McDonald added 16, while Melissa Killings added 11 and Andrea Martin put up 10.

With the win, the Lady Indians maintain their perfect record at 5-0.

Editor's Note: The men's team faced off with St. John's River Saturday night. Results of that match-up were unavailable at presstime.


Indians to host Chipola Classic this week
By BRETT SMITH
Floridan Correspondent
Tuesday, November 18, 2003

The Chipola College men's basketball team will be hosting the Chipola Classic this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

The Indians will open up the classic by facing Abraham Baldwin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Chipola will then face Jefferson Davis on Friday at 7:30 p.m. They will then close out the classic on Saturday by taking on St. John's River, again at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be three other games taking place during the three-day classic. Jefferson Davis will face St. John's River on Thursday. St. John's River will then play Abraham Baldwin on Friday and Abraham Baldwin will battle Jefferson Davis on Saturday. All three games start at 5:30 p.m.

The Indians won two of three in the Milton H. Johnson Classic held a few weeks ago. Chipola lost the first game of the classic to South Georgia Tech by a score of 57-50. The game was riddled with turnovers and poor shooting from Chipola. The Indians turned the ball over 26 times and shot only 28 percent from the floor.

Chipola head coach Chris Jans says that his team needs to work harder to keep the best players in the game as much as possible.

"We've got to cut out the unnecessary fouls to make sure that our best players are on the floor as much as possible," Jans said.

Chipola came back to defeat Pasco-Hernando very convincingly in game two by a score of 85-62. The Indians finished out the classic with a big win over Enterprise State by a score of 74-59. Mario Jointer and Je'kel Foster led Chipola with 18 points a piece. Vas'shun Newborne finished with a double double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Indians are off to a quick 4-1 start after defeating Santa Fe Community College 84-78 on Saturday, but Jans says that the team still has a long way to go.

"I'm a little disappointed in the way we played last weekend," Jans said. "I learned that we really need to focus on sustaining our effort for the entire game and concentrate on taking care of the ball and rebounding.

"We missed some assignments and didn't finish some plays. Hopefully we've corrected the problem and we're getting better. We're not very big, so we've got to all the little things right."

Chipola will be looking to improve on their record but will have to do so without the help of Deke Thompson and Shawn Malloy, who are out with injuries but are expected to return to the lineup later this month.

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