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Chipola Softball are Panhandle Conference Champions

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The Chipola Lady Indians are the 2017 Panhandle Conference Champions.  They captured the conference against Pensacola in double header action, defeating them 3-0 in game one before run-ruling them 13-2 in game two.  

Championships are no stranger to the Lady Indians under veteran coach Belinda Hendrix.   Hendrix’ teams hold seven Panhandle Conference titles, five state championships, four regional eight titles, and two national championships.  They have made 10 FCSAA state tournament appearances and for national championship appearances, including back-to-back appearances in 2015 and 2016.  

The Lady Indians are 52-5 overall this season with a 17-3 conference record.  They have two pitchers who have multiple honors of Pitcher of the Week for FCSAA Region 8 and players with the honor of Player of the Week for FCSAA Region 8.  Chipola began conference play with a 15-0 record before dropping their first game 4-3 on the road at Northwest Florida State College.  

The Lady Indians have concluded their regular season and will begin state tournament play April 28 at Vero Beach.

Congratulations to the Chipola Lady Indians, their coaches, fans, and Chipola College on this awesome accomplishment.

Chipola Indians Baseball are Panhandle Conference Champions

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The Chipola College Indians baseball team has done it again for the fourth straight year.  They are the 2017 Panhandle Conference Champions again, again, again and again.  Coach Jeff Johnson is in his 20th year at the helms of Chipola baseball team and is referred in the baseball world as CHIPOLA BASEBALL.  In 20 years, Johnson has had one losing season and countered with 12 conference titles, four state championships, one national championship, and four Region 8 championships.  

Overall this year, the Chipola Indians are 38-7 with an 18-3 conference record.   The Indians clinched the their fourth straight Panhandle Conference Championship Saturday with a 16-1 run-ruled win over Pensacola State College.  The win was their eight win in a row.  

The Indians will conclude the conference season April 22 at home against Gulf Coast before playing three non-conference games at home reading for the state tournament.  The State tournament begins May 5 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.  

The publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times congratulates the Chipola Indians players, coaches, fans, and administration on their accomplishment.

Gray grand slams the Bulldogs over Godby for District Championship

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The Bulldogs made a statement last Thursday night when they took on district rival Godby and picked up an 11-0 shutout.  Coach Bobby Hughes sent junior Cameron Gray to the mound.  Gray went the distance of five innings, gave up no runs on two hits, one error, and struck out three batters.

Gray doubled to start the game with Josh Baxley following with a single.  Neither run crossed the plate.  In the top of the second inning, Brolin VanHuss reached on an error but failed to cross the plate.  

The Bulldogs got on the board in the third inning with a leadoff walk to Dalton Smith.  Smith moved to second when Pender Johnson laid down a bunt and was safe at first.  Both runners advanced to second and third before Max Harrell scored both with a two-out double.  Cody Gwin doubled to score Harrell with Brolin VanHuss following with a single to score Gwin.  A ground out ended the inning but the Dogs led 4-0.

Marianna tacked on three runs in the fifth inning.  With one out, Johnson bunted for the second time and reached first safely.  Gray sent his first shot over to score two before Baxley singled.  Harrell picked up his second double of the night to score Baxley before a flyout to third ended the inning with Marianna in control 7-0.

The Bulldogs were not done as they posted four runs off the bat of Gray who towered a grand slam to make it an 11-0 game.  Brolin VanHuss doubled with Ryan Reed following with a walk. With one out, Dalton Smith walked to load the bases.  Pender Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice that got VanHuss heading for home.  On a 3-0 count, Gray sent his second shot of the night over to plate four runs and give the Bulldogs a commanding lead that would stand.  

The win clinches the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP for the Bulldogs and moves them to 16-6 on the season overall with a 5-1 district record. 

No. 1- The Destruction of the Cunard Liner, “Lusitania”

The “Lusitania” left New York on Saturday morning, May 1, with approximately 1,906 souls on board. Prior to the news of the terrible disaster considerable anxiety was caused as she was overdue and because of the face that German submarines had been particularly active off the Irish coast. When nearing Queenstown Harbour, just off the Old Head of Kinsale, the “Lusitania” was struck by a torpedo fired from a German submarine, and she sank in about 20 minutes. Of the 1,906 persons aboard 1,134 men, women, and children were drowned. 

The first intimation of the German designs on the Lusitania” was contained in the following notices from the German Embassy at Washington which appeared in many American newspapers on the morning of May 1, the date of the vessel’s departure from New York; -

“Travelers intending to embark for an Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between  Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the British Isles; that, in accordance with the formal notice given by the Imperial German Government, vessels flying the flag of Great Britain or any of her allies are liable to the destruction in those waters; and that travelers sailing in the war zone in ships of Great Britain or her allies do at their own risk. – Imperial Germany Embassy, Washington, April 22.”


The “Lusitania’s” Last Voyage

The Lusitania set out on her last ill-fated journey from New York to Liverpool on Saturday morning, May 1, with 1,906 souls aboard. The first intimation of danger was conveyed to the passengers on Friday morning, about one o’clock, when the vessel was some distance off the Irish coast. The ship suddenly adopted a zig-zag course, and passengers aboard her stated that they sighted a submarine on the port side. After a time this submarine disappeared altogether and an even course was resumed. 

An hour later- at two o’clock- the Lusitania was sailing at a speed of eighteen knots, and was eight miles south-south-west of the Old Head of Kinsale. Here she received the first torpedo from a German submarine away to star-board. 

Immediately the ship heeled over and within 20 minutes the ship sank, carrying with her 1,134 persons. There was no warning of any kind given before the torpedo was discharged, and the submarine soon disappeared after she had finished her deadly work. 

After the vessel had been struck she continued for about 10 minutes to make way, leaving the passengers and crew who were already in the water astern. The torpedoes, it is thought, entered the forward stokehold, and the engines were paralyzed by the breaking of the main steam pipe.  

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