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Chipola Returns Home as Repeat National Champs

MARIANNA, Fla. - The party hasn't stopped in Marianna.

The city has been buzzing ever since their Chipola Indians won their second straight national title.

On Monday, the Indians returned home, trophy in hand, once again as champions.

 

It's a scene at Chipola College that's becoming much more familiar these days, but no less exciting.

The team got off the bus to all sorts of friends and family waiting for them.

To get to this point, the Indians won six straight elimination games, including two over the number one seed Walters State, who they beat 10-7 in the final game.

Morgan McCullough was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, along with Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Hitter.

The Indians describe their feelings coming home after a long week in Colorado.

 

"I can't say enough about our kids, the resiliency they had, the will to win,” Coach Jeff Johnson says, “They'd get up off the floor when they were knocked down, and just refused to lose. All the characteristics you try to teach kids to have that will help them in life as well, these kids had it."

 

"It means everything,” Chase Forester adds, “This is what we came here to do. There's no reason to come here besides winning a National Championship, and we did that back to back."

 

"I mean, it just makes it that much cooler,” The MVP McCullough says, “Rolling up with the cops and just seeing everyone taking photos - it's just awesome to have that kind of support. To be in such a small town and have everyone pull for us, it's pretty special."


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