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Columbia City's core has been together for years, and although their time together may not be dwindling away, their time with coach Chris Benedict will come to a close sometime in the next month.

Eagle seniors Drew Benedict (Chris' son), Daniel Woll, Derek Hinen and Austin Paul have been teammates for while.

Drew Benedict, Woll and Hinen will all play at Huntington University.

Paul will play at Indiana-South Bend.

"I have been with these guys a long time," Chris Benedict said. "They mean the world to me, like they are all mine.

"I have had a great, great run with these kids. They bought into the program at a young age, and they believe in what we are doing."

Both Benedict and Hinen have gone over 1,000 career points.

The Eagles, with Drew Benedict, Woll and Hinen as sophomores, went to a Class 3A semistate two years ago.

Now in 4A, Columbia City (19-3) will play in the Carroll Sectional with a chance to make one more run in the postseason.

"It is a very special group, and hopefully we can keep it going," Benedict said.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.