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Call it a late Christmas – Chiefland varsity basketball finally got their glorious new threads Friday, just in time to suit up against their favorite rival, Dixie County. Due to layoffs at the manufacturer, the uniforms were delivered about a month later than promised, but still in time for the second half of the season.
Indians' Head Coach Mark Lundy said the uniforms, paid for with the help of donations from local businesses and individuals, were delivered early Friday afternoon during a P.E. class.
Several members of the team were on hand for the delivery, and they tore into the big parcel like kids under the tree, admiring the dignified boxy cut of the tops and the length of the shorts.
The uniforms are home white, in white polyester dazzle with black insets. The numbers and name “Chiefland” are in Columbia blue transfer, with gold outlines. The “Chiefland” script, in lieu of the usual “Indians” for home suits, will make it easier for the team to wear these sets for home and away games the rest of the season, for which Lundy has received a waiver from the Florida High School Athletic Association. Chiefland varsity will have only one set of uniforms for the rest of the season; a full set of home and away suits has been ordered and will arrive in March or April to wear next year. JV will inherit these whites next year.
The varsity and JV Indians have been wearing newly purchased practice suits for practice, home and away games since the beginning of the season when a burglary in the athletic department left them with no uniforms. Lundy again expressed his gratitude to members of the community who stepped up to help Chiefland buy uniforms to play in.
“We couldn't have done it without them,” he said.