Boys basketball teams look to complete their run for a State Championship this week, and on Monday, the Chipley Tigers headed down to Lakeland for Wednesday's Final Four. Their goal? To capture their second Class 1A State Championship in three years, as they guys won the school's first boys hoops title in 2012.
This year's Tiger squad very different from that team that brought home gold two years ago. That squad was very Senior heavy, while this team has a lot of young talent. One of those young guys is Sophomore Trent Forrest, who averages close to 30 points per game for the Tigers, and while he watched Chipley win back in 2012 as an eighth graders, he's excited to have his shot at getting a ring, and knows they wouldn't be where they are without the help of the community.
"Our community, they support us big time," he said. "They're at all the games, they're traveling, they're going to Lakeland with us and leaving early in the morning. It would be a big accomplishment to get them one too, because it's like they're a part of the team themselves."
"Hardly anybody gets a chance to go to State," said Senior Logan Justice. "Knowing that I have a chance to leave with two rings is a great feeling. I'm just ready to get there and get it all done."
Head Coach Joel Orlando choosing not to look at all the stats of winning a second State Championship, and instead, just trying to focus on the present.
"Obviously just to get here one time is an accomplishment on our own, but to get here twice, we don't really count, we're just glad to be down here, and we're hoping we can play the best that we can play and come back with another trophy," he said.
Coach Orlando and Chipley take on Hamilton County on Wednesday in the State Semifinals. Game time is at 12:30/CT and if they win, they play the winner of Malone-Chiefland for the Class 1A Title.