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Chief's mom is in Alaska, but she's not out of touch
By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published March 2, 2006
LAKELAND - Chamberlain forward Kylan Robinson scored 14 in the Chiefs' 56-43 state semifinal win over Port St. Lucie, but once again his mother wasn't there to experience it. Her inability to make it is understandable.
She lives in Alaska.
"She tried to make it, but it was too late," Robinson said.
Robinson, a Miami football recruit, moved to Tampa from Alaska last year. His mother, Barbara Hord, lived with him for a while, but has since moved back to Anchorage (though she visits whenever she can). The two chatted before Wednesday's semifinal, and near the end of a postgame news conference, Robinson said, "I'm going to call her again right now."
The team plans to send her a tape of the victory.
CLEAN CUT: Debra Aplin wanted her husband, Chamberlain coach Doug Aplin, to look good for his final four appearance. That's why she, ahem, encouraged him to get a haircut Tuesday.
"I didn't make him," she said, laughing. "I just thought it would be nice."
When asked what she thought of the coach's clean-cut do, Aplin's wife of 24 years didn't hesitate. "He looks great."
UH, NO THANKS: That Aplin didn't call a timeout when the Chiefs were struggling early was no surprise to those who follow the program. "I don't call timeouts too often," he said. "They're rare."
Instead, he prefers to substitute or change things up.
ODDS AND ENDS: Neither Chamberlain nor Gainesville Eastside, the Chiefs' opponent in Friday's 7 p.m. final, has won a state championship. The Chiefs reached the final in 1990, but lost to national power Miami Senior 91-62. They are 2-2 all time at the final four.