March 4, 2004

CHIPOLA INDIANS ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS OF STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA–The Chipola College Indians (28-3) will face Broward Community College, Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m., in the semi-final round of the FCCAA/Region VIII state Basketball Tournament at Chipola’s Johnson Health Center.

            Defending men’s state champs Okaloosa-Walton will play Central Florida in the other men’s semi-final game at 1 p.m., Friday.  

            Defending women’s state champs Gulf Coast will meet Miami Dade in the women’s semi’s, at 3 p.m. Friday. Pensacola plays Central Florida in the other women’s semi at 8 p.m. Friday.

            Chipola’s men defeated Florida Community College @ Jacksonville, 85-72, Wednesday in the first round. The Indians were led in scoring by Vas’shun Newbourne with 25 points. He also grabbed four rebounds. Mario Jointer was next on the scoring list with 17 points. He led the Indians in rebounding with 11 grabs. Panhandle MVP Je'kel Foster scored 16 points and pulled down five defensive rebounds. Leon Woodstock added 10 points.  Chipola entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in Florida and fifth in the national poll.

            In other men’s first round games Wednesday, Broward beat Polk, 81-52. Okaloosa-Walton slipped by Palm Beach, 96-92.  Central Florida defeated Hillsborough, 82-79.

            In women’s first round games Thursday, Gulf Coast defeated Daytona Beach, 79-33. Miami Dade beat Seminole, 73-70. Pensacola swamped Palm Beach, 88-68. Central Florida outlasted Chipola, 61-46.  

The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 6 with the men

at 5 p.m., and the women at 7:30 p.m. Both state champions will advance to their National Tournaments, March 16-20.  The men's tournament will be held in Hutchinson, KS. The women’s tournament is in Salina, KS.

            Tournament passes—good for all 14 games—are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  Session tickets (two games) are $10 for adults and $6 for students.  Chipola’s games will be broadcast on WJAQ, 100.9 FM. A live webcast of all tournament games is available at www.cybersportsusa.com

            For information and scores, visit the official tourney website at www.chipola.edu , or call 850-718-2252.         

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March 4, 2004

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS FINISH SEASON AT STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians’ 2003-04 season came to an end with a 61-46 loss to Central Florida in the first round of the State JUCO Tournament on March 4.

            First year Chipola head coach David Lane said he was pleased with the Lady Indians’ effort this season.

“Obviously, it didn’t end up the way we wanted. But our girls never made excuses. They dealt with every obstacle by working hard,” Lane said.

            Chipola finished third in the conference with a number four ranking in the pre-tourney state poll. The team reached as high seventh in the national poll and stayed in the Top 25 for 14 straight weeks. The Lady Indians also scored Chipola’s first-ever win at Tallahassee CC.

            “We had a couple of big injuries near the end of conference, but the hard work they put in early kept us in the race,” the coach said.  Chipola’s All Conference guard Reginette Maddox missed the last few regular season games with a broken foot. She returned for the Central Florida game, but was not at full speed. She led Chipola's offense this season with 14.2 points per game. She also averaged 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Lane said, “Reggie is a difference-maker. She’s arguably the best point guard in the Southeast. And as you can tell from our last few games without her, she’s been a very important part of our success this season.”

            Lane took over as interim head coach in October of 2003. His position was made permanent in January of 2004.

            The Lady Indians finished third in the league with a 22-9 overall record.

 

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March 4, 2004

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

     

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians improved to scored a 2-0 win over Darton College on March 2.

            Barrett Browning went 8 innings for the Indians. He allowed no runs and struck out eight. Daniel Forrer came in the last inning to strike out two of three batters and earn his first save of the year.  Travis Anderson was two for four with two homeruns.

            The Indians host a three-day series with Middle Georgia, Friday, March 5 at 2 p.m.; a doubleheader, Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m.; and one game Sunday, March 7 at 1 p.m.

            The Indians are on the road at Lurleen Wallace, March 9 and at Wallace Dothan, March 10. The squad returns home Thursday, March 11 to host Jefferson College at 6 p.m. Chipola hosts Wallace, Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m.

            Chipola begins their defense of the Panhandle Conference title, March 16, when they host Okaloosa-Walton at 5 p.m. Chipola was 32-12 last season with a Panhandle Conference Championship and a trip to the state tournament.

            The Lady Indians softball team is now 12-0 on the year. Chipola hosts Alvin Community College in a double-header, Monday, March 8 at 2 p.m. The team hosts Kishwaukee (IL), March 11 at 2 p.m. and Johnson County (KS), March 14 at 2 p.m.

            The Lady Indians begin conference play at home, March 16 with OW at 4 p.m.

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

 

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March 4, 2004

GYPSY OPENS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—A handful of tickets for the Wednesday, March 10 performance of “Gypsy,” is all that remains for the Chipola production which opens the same day. 

“Gypsy” runs March 10-14. Evening shows are set for 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. All other performances are sold out. 

            Tickets are also available for a special Gala dinner set for March 11, at 6 p.m., prior to the Thursday evening performance. The $25 a plate dinner will benefit the Anna K. Williams memorial scholarship fund.

            The cast of Gypsy includes Sandra Harrell as Rose, Chelsea Walker as Baby Louise, Kathleen Kleinginna as Baby June, Laura Beth Hatcher as Balloon Girl, David Culpepper as Pop, Chuck Kimrey as Weber, Bruce Culpepper as Herbie, Melody Ruano as Louise, Felicia Gibson as June, Jonathan Dowling as Tulsa, Josh Barber as Yonkers, James Spooner as Angie, Paul Carnes as L.A., Lee Shook as Kringelein, Charles Sirmon as Mr. Goldstone, Anne Gilmartin as Miss Cratchitt, Chris Manasco as Pastey, Sylvia Stanton as Tessie Tura, Rachel Cooey as Mazeppa, Erin Davis as Electra, David Culpepper as Cigar, Erin Davis as Maid, Lee Shook as Phil, Chuck Kimrey as Bourgeron-Cochon, Blake Benton, Kyle Tanner, Zac Davis, and Cody Flowers as Newsboys, Tara Padgett as Thelme, Kimberly Hobgood as Dolores, Anna Gilmartin as Edna, Leslie Furr as Gail, Mary-Kathryn Tanner as Agnes, Luke Flowers, Benjamin Hall, Unique Stevens, Faith Moore, Joni Flowers, Larami Taylor, Joy Wallace, Ashton Williams and Gracie Wallace as Mr. Jocko’s kids.  

Tickets are on sale weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college Business Office and are available by phone.  Children under the age of five will not be admitted to the show.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

             

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GYPSY FOUR— A handful of tickets for the Wednesday, March 10 performance of “Gypsy,” is all that remains for the Chipola production which opens the same day. “Gypsy” runs March 10-14. Pictured from left are, from left: (front) Chelsea Walker as Baby Louise, Kathleen Kleinginna as Baby June, (back) Melody Ruano as Louise and Felicia Gibson as June. 

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March 4, 2004

CHIPOLA SUCCESS CENTER OFFERS HELP FOR STUDENTS

 

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Success/Testing Center can assist individuals who would like to return to school or to train or retrain for a career. 

The center offers Computerized Placement Test, required for entrance into academic programs; the Nurse Entrance Test, required for entrance into Chipola’s nursing program; and the Test of Adult Basic Education, required for work force development programs. 

Success Center staff can assist students with weaknesses detected in areas such as reading, English, or mathematics. The staff includes Joyce Mitchell, of Sneads, and Rebecca Davis and Angie Tyler, both of Marianna, who have a combined 50 years of teaching experience. 

The staff may also help students locate scholarships and/or grants once program or major is chosen. 

Tyler says, “If you are interested in leaving a ‘dead-end job’ or if you are interested in changing jobs or career fields, we invite you to investigate the opportunities available through the Success/Testing Center at Chipola College.”

For information, call 850-718-2457.

 

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March 4, 2004

PUBLIC INVITED TO HEAR LOCAL ARTISTS AT MARCH CRAA MEETING

 

 

            MARIANNA—Local artisan William Ashley Hill and his long time artist friend Maria Lincoln Johnson will present a program on their successful team effort in stained glass for the Chipola Regional Arts Association meeting at Jim’s Buffet & Grill, Tuesday, March 16.

            The Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with a noon program. 

            The two artisans combine their talents in craftsmanship and design to create unique and custom works of art in stained glass.  Both artists will also briefly discuss their personal careers and accomplishments.  The public is invited.

            For information, call 718-2301.

             

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March 4, 2004

           

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

            MARIANNA-Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in March.

            Cake Decorating III is April 5 through 26.  Classes meet Mondays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $41.

            Several Childcare courses are slated. A 10 Hour Behavior Observation class is March 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38.  A 10 Hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices (3-5 Year Olds) course will meet April 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. 

            Introduction to Computers for Seniors will meet March 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.  Outlook is March 16 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Cost is $53. 

            First Aid will be offered April 13 and 15 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $41.  A CPR class will meet April 6 and 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $42. IV Therapy for the LPN & RN will begin April 5.  Cost is $121.        

            EducationToGo offers online programs in: computers, writing, personal enrichment, test prep, business, legal, nursing and media certification. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Courses also are available at www.elementk.com

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 718-2395.

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March 11, 2004

BEALL FUND HELPS CHIPOLA’S FIRST BACHELOR’S DEGREE STUDENTS

           

 

            MARIANNA— Students from the Secondary Education Program at Chipola College who have benefited from the Beall Endowment recently enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Jean Neel, the daughter of Roy Beall, Sr.

            In 1946, the late Roy “Mr. Roy” Beall met with a group of local business leaders to discuss the possibility of opening a private college for the students in the area.  Through the vision and determination of these men Chipola was founded.

            In 1983, Mr. Roy approached the Chipola Foundation about sponsoring a scholarship drive that would support two academic students and the top academic athlete from each of Jackson County’s six high schools.  Single handedly, he raised the money and the next year the program was expanded to include all five counties in the college district.  This scholarship was the genesis for the Chipola Valedictorian Scholarship which is awarded annually to the valedictorian from each of the 17 high schools in Chipola’s district.

            The Beall Endowment Fund has grown to $145,000.  A portion of the proceeds from this fund are earmarked to pay tuition costs for students enrolled in Chipola’s new Bachelor’s Degree programs in Secondary Education. Chipola BSSE students who do not receive financial aid from other sources are eligible for scholarships from the Beall Endowment.  Four students received $1,509 from the fund during the 2004 Spring semester, leaving $42,620 dollars available to help defray tuition for future BSSE students.

            Neel said, “Chipola has become an outstanding college and I know without the dedicated faculty and staff this would not have happened.” 

            For information about Chipola’s Secondary Education program, contact Dr. Kitty Myers at 850-718-2260. 

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DAUGHTER OF ROY BEALL MEETS CHIPOLA STUDENTS—Students from the Secondary Education Program at Chipola College who have benefited from the Beall Endowment recently enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Jean Neel, the daughter of the late Roy Beall, Sr. Pictured from left, are: (front) Jean Neel, Dr. Lou Cleveland, (back) Ron Allen, Robert Holland, Meghan Smith, Tameka Larry, Dr. Kitty Myers and Clint Clemons.  For information about Chipola’s Secondary Education program, contact Dr. Kitty Myers at 850-718-2260. 

 

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March 11, 2004

CHIPOLA INDIANS PLAY WEDNESDAY AT NATIONAL TOURNEY

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s basketball team will play the College of Southern Idaho at 1:45 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, March 17, in the first round of the NJCAA National Junior College Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.

            The game will be broadcast on WJAQ Radio, 100.9 FM.

            Chipola fans are invited to a sendoff celebration planned for Monday, March 15, at 10 a.m., at the Marianna Airport. An entourage of cheerleaders and college personnel will follow by bus on Monday afternoon. 

            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, March 18. A first round loss would move the Indians to the 2:30 p.m. game on Thursday. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m.

            Chipola 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 said.

            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,” he said.  

            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,” he said.

            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,” he said.

            The Indians are led by 6’4, Je’kel Foster who was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and MVP of the State Tournament.  Foster is first in the state in free-throw percentage, shooting an 85 percent from the line. He averages 17.3 points per game, ranking number 13 on the state scoring list. Three more All-Conference picks—Mario Jointer (6’3), Vas’shun Newborne (6’7) and Leon Woodstock (6’5)—will lead the Indians into battle. Honorable mention All Conference players Deke Thompson (6’0) and Shawn Malloy (6’10) will also play an important part in Chipola’s game plan.

            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 on an 11-0 streak—their last loss coming in overtime at TCC on Jan. 20.    

            Jans came to Chipola from Howard College in Big Spring, TX, where he went 29-4 in 2003.  Jans' captured the 1998 NJCAA National Championship in his first head coaching job at Kirkwood CC (Cedar Rapids, IA).  The 35 year-old Jans is taking his walking good luck charms—his parents—to the national tournament. Jans said, “I’ve never lost a state or regional championship with my parents in the gym and I’ve never won one without them.”  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

           

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March 11, 2004

PEOPLES FIRST TO SERVE FREE HOT DOGS AT TUESDAY GAME

 

            MARIANNA—Peoples First Community Bank will serve free hot dogs and cokes for fans at the Chipola vs. Okaloosa-Walton baseball game, Tuesday, March 16, at 5 p.m., at the Chipola Baseball complex.

            Chuck Hudson of Peoples First will throw out the first pitch to mark the start of Panhandle Conference season.

            For information about Chipola baseball, call 718-2CJC.

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March 11, 2004

CHIPOLA SCIENCE SEMINAR TO CENTER ON AREA RIVERS

 

            MARIANNA—Lane Boland from the Nature Conservancy will present a science seminar at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, in Jackson Hall on the campus of Chipola College.  Her topic will be conservation issues of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint River watershed.

            For information, call Dr. Steve Shimmel at 526-2761, Ext. 3246.

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March 11, 2004

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

            MARIANNA-Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses. 

         Cake Decorating III is April 5 through 26.  Classes meet Mondays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $41.

         Several Childcare courses are slated. A 10 Hour Behavior Observation class is March 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38.  A 10 Hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices (3-5 Year Olds) course will meet April 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 20 Hour Childcare Training course will meet April 10 and 24 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Cost is $76.

         First Aid will be offered April 13 and 15 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $41.  A CPR class will meet April 6 and 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $42. IV Therapy for the LPN & RN will begin April 5.  Cost is $121.        

            EducationToGo offers online programs in: computers, writing, personal enrichment, test prep, business, legal, nursing and media certification. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Courses also are available at www.elementk.com

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 718-2395.

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March 11, 2004 

ROBERTS IS CHIPOLA FACULTY/ADMIN OF THE MONTH

 

            MARIANNA—Dr. Jayne Roberts is the recipient of the March Faculty/Administrator of the Month Award at Chipola College

                                                                                  Roberts presently serves as Dean of Enrollment Services at the college.  She has responsibility over registrar and admissions, testing, financial aid, and serves as the college's Equity Coordinator.

       Roberts began her career at Chipola as secretary to the Office of Community Relations and has served as Student Activities Director. While serving as Compass Club Advisor, Jayne led the club to number one in the nation in 1989. She has also taught several courses at Chipola including orientation, Introduction to Psychology, Career & Life Planning, and Human Growth and Development. She currently serves on a number of college committees and chairs the Calendar Committee. She is active in FACC where she serves on the Executive Board and serves as co-chair of the audit committee. An avid CJC Indian fan, Jayne is an integral part of the State JUCO Tournament, serving as host committee chair.

             After being hired at Chipola, Roberts completed her A.A. degree.  She then went on to earn a B.S. from FSU, an M.S. from TSUD, and an Ed.D from FSU. While a working on her Doctorate, Jayne was a recipient of the Stickler Award and the Maurice Litton Scholarship from the Educational Leadership Department at Florida State.

            The colleague who nominated Roberts for the award, said, “Jayne is the motivator of all motivators. Her positive attitude and spirit are contagious. She initiated the Faculty/Administrator Awards program and worked hard to ensure its success. Her commitment to excellence is worthy of recognition.”

            Jayne is married to Mel Roberts, parks recreation director for Jackson County. The Roberts have three daughters—Heather, Heidi and Natalie—all graduates of Chipola and FSU, and four grandchildren. The family is active in the First Baptist Church of Marianna where Jayne serves on several committees and is a member of the Celebration Choir and Handbell Orchestra. She has taught Sunday School for the Children’s department since 1993.

            The CJC award includes a plaque, reserved parking for a month, a $300 bonus, and a $50 gift certificate from the College Book Store.  Monthly winners are eligible for the annual award.  

 

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March 15, 2004

 

2004-2005  CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR AUDITIONS SET FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2004

 

The Chipola  College Show Choir will be holding auditions on Thursday afternoon, April 25, 2002, in the Chipola Arts Center. The Show Choir is open to all full-time Chipola students. Interested incoming freshmen and current Chipola students are encouraged to audition. All students should come with: comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance audition; a completed Show Choir Application (available in the Fine Arts Office or on the Chipola Website www.chipola.edu  (Fine and Performing Arts Page – Music Department;) and an accompanied vocal solo. (Please bring either sheet music or an accompaniment track. Unaccompanied auditions are not accepted.)   

The auditions will begin at 3:00 p.m. with group dance routines. A choreographer will be teaching a dance routine to all auditioners at that time. Following the dance audition, everyone will have individual vocal auditions.

The Chipola Show Choir is directed by Dr. Ed Lyon and performs throughout the panhandle to schools, civic organizations and Chipola district events. In past years the Show Choir has won awards at the Invitational Show Choir Workshop; has participated in the Florida Community College Show Choir Festivals; has been guest performer on Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines.  The January Show Choir JAZZMATAZZ concerts have been near sellouts for six consecutive years.

All Show Choir members must take the class for credit and register for MUN1370 or MUN2371. Show Choir Scholarships are available and must be applied for at the time of the audition. Forms are available on the Web or in the Fine Arts Office.

For further information contact the Fine and Performing Arts office at 718-2227 or Dr. Lyon at 718-2221.

 

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March 29, 2004

 

INDIANS CLAIM 6TH PLACE IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

The Chipola Indians finished sixth in the nation with pair of wins at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS, March17-20.

            Chipola opened the tourney, March 17, with a 66-61 win over the Southern College of Idaho.  

 The Indians’ dream of a national championship ended March 18 with a 72-51 loss to defending National Champion Southeastern Iowa.

Chipola scored a 56-44 win over Georgia Perimeter in the consolation bracket on March 19.

The Indians finished the tournament with a 69-55 loss to Coffeyville, Kansas on March 20.

            Chipola head coach Chris Jans said the Indians really never got into a groove offensively. “We struggled shooting the basketball all tournament and could never get a rhythm,” he said.

            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.”

            Chipola’s first trip to the national tournament since 1988 began with a conference championship and an FCCAA State Tournament win over arch-rival OW. The Indians record ended at an impressive 32-5.

            Chipola sophomore Mario Jointer was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team. He 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.

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."

Coach Jans said, "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."