Ocala Wins State Hoops Tourney Bid Away from Chipola

Marianna, FL---There's some bad news for the folks in Marianna and Chipola in particular.

Chipola's bid to continue hosting the juco state basketball tournament was voted down Wednesday by the Florida College System's Activities Association, or FCSAA!

Chipola College and the Johnson Health Center has been home to both the women's and the men's State Tournament the last 17 years.

That event perhaps gave the Chipola teams some home court advantage, the coaches won't argue that. More importantly it was quite the nice economic boost to Marianna, bringing in 16 juco teams and their fan bases, generating hundreds of room nights, putting people in local restaurants.

The College of Central Florida in Ocala with the winning bid, getting 18 of the votes cast at the FCSAA meeting Wednesday, Northwest Florida State's bid received 4 votes, Chipola just 1.

This bid will be for 2014 through 2016.