Col. Cityâ€™s pint-sized coach
Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Sam studies Columbia Cityâ€™s game against Carroll in December.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Head Coach Chris Benedict does all the play calling, look farther down the bench to see a pint-sized boy dressed in a shirt and tie at the end of the Columbia City coaching line-up.
Sam Eberly, 6, has followed the Eaglesâ€™ boys basketball team closely for the last several years.
Eberly traveled with the team to the semi-state finals in the 2010-11 season and has spent most practices and every game as Columbia Cityâ€™s junior â€śmascotâ€ť.
Sam, as a kindergartner, played in Columbia Cityâ€™s youth league against 3rd and 4th graders.
When asked who his favorite player is, he was quick to answer. â€śDerek Hinen,â€ť Sam said.
â€śSammy is all over the place,â€ť Hinen said. â€śHeâ€™s always hanging out with us. Everybody likes him. Everybody always wants to be with Sam.â€ť
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