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columbia plays rival suwanee in jungle land this friday, i plan to go to it so i might accually be able to give a good insight since it would be first game ive seen of us this season

Good work tigers i see yall.!! that mean you guys are in the same district as us...WE are currently on a 5 GAM winning streak other info on dillard is up top.

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our basketball team is in rebuilding mode, and we are trying to build it up, so ik right now we not contenders, i just hope that we continue to improve, and i like the coach we have, i beilive he is right man for the job of turning the basketball team into contenders again like we were in the distant past

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our basketball team is in rebuilding mode, and we are trying to build it up, so ik right now we not contenders, i just hope that we continue to improve, and i like the coach we have, i beilive he is right man for the job of turning the basketball team into contenders again like we were in the distant past

So how did you guys do?

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    • But that's a lot of time & money moving back and forth.  Think about the time it takes to prepare a house to sell it.  Or if it's an apartment, then you have to break the lease and most apartments make you pay in full.  Then the next apartment won't approve you cause you broke a lease. So the REASON for moving is because of work, or just to play on a good team?  
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