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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Ten years ago, after Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedict‚Äôs post-game speech is still relevant today.
‚ÄúThat night after the game I told them, ‚ÄėYou have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Benedict said. ‚ÄúAt that point, they had no idea what they‚Äôd accomplished and how far they‚Äôd come.‚ÄĚ
A decade later, the impression they left on the community carries on, as many basketball fans still reminisce about the team‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThey were a special group of guys,‚ÄĚ Benedict said. ‚ÄúTo play in the last game of the year is a big deal.‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôs other two semi-state teams from 2001 and 2011.
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