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Took the road trip (two lane Hwy100) to Lake City yesterday for the 6A Region 1 Boys Basketball Final. The hometown Tigers edged my Daytona Beach Mainland Bucs 70-65. The "good guys" missed a tying 3 pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, and then fouled the Tiger rebounder, who calmly hit two foul shots, to send the winning Tigers to Lakeland next week and the Final Four. I've never been to Columbia High before but I was impressed with the clean look of this older school campus and it's vast surrounding athletic fields. The home town fans and the working school employees couldn't have been nicer to this old man. Before the game I dined at a local steakhouse and there too everyone was friendly and courteous. You got a nice little town there ColumbiaFan and a pretty damn good basketball team. Be proud young man, we should all be so lucky.    

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7 hours ago, Dan in Daytona said:

Took the road trip (two lane Hwy100) to Lake City yesterday for the 6A Region 1 Boys Basketball Final. The hometown Tigers edged my Daytona Beach Mainland Bucs 70-65. The "good guys" missed a tying 3 pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, and then fouled the Tiger rebounder, who calmly hit two foul shots, to send the winning Tigers to Lakeland next week and the Final Four. I've never been to Columbia High before but I was impressed with the clean look of this older school campus and it's vast surrounding athletic fields. The home town fans and the working school employees couldn't have been nicer to this old man. Before the game I dined at a local steakhouse and there too everyone was friendly and courteous. You got a nice little town there ColumbiaFan and a pretty damn good basketball team. Be proud young man, we should all be so lucky.    

Man I didn't even know you made the drive, I would have been happy to meet up after the game if you had told me lol

 

I was out at softball for their game which got moved to 3pm and I helped out there until like 6:40 then drove over and got inside just as they were announcing the starters 

 

It was a good game and mainland reminded me a little of what i saw from Lincoln, very skilled kids but only difference was Mainland ran a much faster pace as a team and they definitely had me nervous for a lot of that game 

 

The fans for Columbia were rocking the entire night and it did add to the experience and I got several videos from last night that I posted on Twitter of how loud the crowd got 

 

I may need to post some later, btw which steakhouse you go to?

 

Also I believe that kid who hit the 2 FT was the QB Jordan Smith lol

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It was across the street from Longhorn, maybe Texas something on 90W ? The game was a last minute,spur of the moment thing. I hadn't gone through Palatka, Starke, and Lake Butler in decades. Great one day road trip through old rural Florida. Not much has changed in this part of the state. The exploding packed coastlines of Florida haven't interfered much with this quiet northern middle. Truth be told, the basketball game was just an excuse for the drive. Peace.   

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1 minute ago, Dan in Daytona said:

It was across the street from Longhorn, maybe Texas something on 90W ? The game was a last minute,spur of the moment thing. I hadn't gone through Palatka, Starke, and Lake Butler in decades. Great one day road trip through old rural Florida. Not much has changed in this part of the state. The exploding packed coastlines of Florida haven't interfered much with this quiet northern middle. Truth be told, the basketball game was just an excuse for the drive. Peace.   

Texas Roadhouse

 

 

Good selection especially on the fly, I always love going there 

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10 hours ago, Dan in Daytona said:

Took the road trip (two lane Hwy100) to Lake City yesterday for the 6A Region 1 Boys Basketball Final. The hometown Tigers edged my Daytona Beach Mainland Bucs 70-65. The "good guys" missed a tying 3 pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, and then fouled the Tiger rebounder, who calmly hit two foul shots, to send the winning Tigers to Lakeland next week and the Final Four. I've never been to Columbia High before but I was impressed with the clean look of this older school campus and it's vast surrounding athletic fields. The home town fans and the working school employees couldn't have been nicer to this old man. Before the game I dined at a local steakhouse and there too everyone was friendly and courteous. You got a nice little town there ColumbiaFan and a pretty damn good basketball team. Be proud young man, we should all be so lucky.    

My trip to Lake City a year and a half ago, was likewise, a pleasant experience. I was very impressed with the school and the quality football stadium. 

Also, I can vouch that Columbia fan is a decent young man who loves his Tigers!

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Just now, Dan in Daytona said:

After looking at some of your pics, were you the dark haired slender guy leaning against the wall, with an older man, near the Mainland bench at game's end. If so, I was wondering if that might be you !   :)

Nah I was over on Columbia side at ground level 

 

I walked by the mainland bench though on my way in wearing a black Columbia softball jacket (it looks similar to a baseball coach jersey)

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1 minute ago, ColumbiaHighFan2017class said:

Nah I was over on Columbia side at ground level 

 

I walked by the mainland bench though on my way in wearing a black Columbia softball jacket (it looks similar to a baseball coach jersey)

my bad, I should have made contact earlier. Next time....guaranteed my treat

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Just now, Dan in Daytona said:

my bad, I should have made contact earlier. Next time....guaranteed my treat

Well if you want to check out a Columbia game this year (maybe on mainland bye week) just let me know lol

 

Who knows maybe you can coordinate with @DarterBlue2 for the same game and we can go to lunch beforehand and talk football 

 

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Just now, Dan in Daytona said:

you weren't with the group on the floor who got the attention of law enforcement sent by the referee ?

Nah I was basically standing near the mainland locker room on the home side of gym at the end of the game where the school adminstration and coaches for football and softball were lol

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14 hours ago, Dan in Daytona said:

It was across the street from Longhorn, maybe Texas something on 90W ? The game was a last minute,spur of the moment thing. I hadn't gone through Palatka, Starke, and Lake Butler in decades. Great one day road trip through old rural Florida. Not much has changed in this part of the state. The exploding packed coastlines of Florida haven't interfered much with this quiet northern middle. Truth be told, the basketball game was just an excuse for the drive. Peace.   

When I read that,  I did it in my "Morgan Freeman" voice. Not quite sure why, but it just felt like the right thing to do.

morgan freeman.jpg

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