The Final Part of the Season - Postseason Play
Chipola Opens Postseason Play Against Hillsborough
In a year that has seen many records already broken at Chipola, the Indians are not settling. Instead, they are looking forward to this week’s state tournament as a way to preserve their place forever in the history of Chipola Athletics.
Although the Indians went undefeated in the Panhandle Conference for the first time in school history and became the first conference team to win all 12 of their league games, head coach Greg Heiar says that his team is still hungry.
“At this point of the season, we can’t afford to be complacence. We talk about how there are four parts to each season and we are entering the fourth and final part – postseason play,” said coach Heiar.
“It’s time for the players to take their game to another level,” Heiar said. “The postseason is about nothing but playing as hard as we can to get a win, whether it’s pretty or ugly. Whatever it takes is the main focus.”
Chipola (28-1) will begin their bid for the state title Thursday at 6 p.m. against Suncoast Conference runner-up Hillsborough (23-7) at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. (Click here for the state tournament brackets)
Led by Casey Mitchell's 21 points per game average, the Indians are ranked first in the nation. Gary Flowers averages 12 points and seven rebounds and Justin Brownlee 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Although the big picture this weekend is winning the state title, the Indians understand the importance of not overlooking their first round opponent – Hillsborough.
“Hillsborough is a very tough first-round opponent. They are extremely quick and can shoot the ball. They like to play an up tempo game and force the opponent into traps,” said coach Heiar.
This is Chipola's seventh consecutive state tournament appearance and it is vying for a fifth state title in six years.
Also, released this week was the 2009 All-Conference selection. Chipola took home tops honors in the categories of Player of the Year, Casey Mitchell, and Coach of the Year, Greg Heiar. Overall, Chipola led the conference with 6 first teamers.
First-team: Casey Mitchell, SO, Chipola; Jamarr Sanders, SO, NW Florida; Marquis Gilstrap, SO, Gulf Coast; Gary Flowers, SO, Chipola; Bernard James, FR, Tallahassee; Charvez Davis, SO, NW Florida; Marvell Waithe, FR, Tallahassee; Brad Reese, SO, Gulf Coast; Justin Brownlee, SO, Chipola; Torye Pelham, SO, Chipola; Malcolm Armstead, FR, Chipola; Jeremy Jacob, FR, Chipola; Derrio Green, FR, Gulf Coast
Second-team: DeAndre Washington, SO, Pensacola; Johndre Jefferson, SO, NW Florida; Jon Kreft, SO, Chipola; Jalin Thomas, SO, Pensacola; Virgil Philistin, SO, Pensacola; Eric Buckner, FR, Gulf Coast; Johathan Brooks, FR, NW Florida; Jeremy Robinson, SO, Tallahassee
Honorable Mention: Terrell Barrett, FR, Tallahassee; Jamel Brazeal, FR, Tallahassee; Jedarren Mumpfield, SO, Pensacola; Jonathon Murner, SO, Gulf Coast; Levan Patsatsia, SO, Pensacola; Hugh Robertson, FR, Tallahassee; Josh Sain, SO, Chipola; Darius Stowers, FR, Chipola; Darrell Williams, FR, Chipola
Player of the Year: Casey Mitchell, Chipola
Coach of the Year: Greg Heiar, Chipola