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A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE; Benedict honors final-four squads

January 17, 2014

Columbia City boys basketball coach Chris Benedict took fans on a walk down memory lane before the Eagles’ game against Bellmont Saturday. Benedict recognized all three of Columbia City’s Final Four basketball teams, including the 2004 State Runner Up team. Pictured are three players who played on both the 2001 and 2004 Columbia City semi-state teams, from left, Doug Sheckler, Marcus Moore and Scott Moore.

COLUMBIA CITY — Ten years ago, after Columbia City’s boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedict’s post-game speech is still relevant today.

“That night after the game I told them, ‘You have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,’” Benedict said. “At that point, they had no idea what they’d accomplished and how far they’d come.”

A decade later, the impression they left on the community carries on, as many basketball fans still reminisce about the team’s trip to Conseco Fieldhouse.

Whether they made the trip to Indianapolis or watched the game on television, fans, future players and former players were impacted by the game that night.

“They were a special group of guys,” Benedict said. “To play in the last game of the year is a big deal.”

Players, coaches and support personnel from the 2003-04 squad were back on the court at Columbia City High School for a recognition ceremony Saturday, along with Benedict’s other two semi-state teams from 2001 and 2011.

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