(4-3-21) Blackhawk Christian won its 2nd iHSAA State Championship out of the last three seasons, had it not been for the pandemic last year they might be celebrating their third in row.
Class 2A State Championship
Final | Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 55, Parke Heritage 40
■ Blackhawk claims second state title in three years, first in Class 2A
■ Braves’ Caleb Furst named Trester Mental Attitude Award recipient
■ Final Records: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (28-3), Parke Heritage (27-4)
Blackhawk finished the Class 2A championship game on a 20-9 run to lift it to a 55-40 victory over Parke Heritage.
Senior Caleb Furst, a 6-10 Purdue recruit, led three Braves in double figures with 20 points as Blackhawk captured its second straight state title after winning in Class A in 2019. Zach Burke and Jacob Boyer each chipped in with 14 points for the winners.
Coach Marc Davidson’s top-ranked squad finished the season at 27-3, including wins over Class A champ Barr-Reeve and 3A finalists Leo and Silver Creek.
Blackhawk trailed, 5-4, early before a 14-1 run gave the Braves a lead they didn’t relinquish. The Wolves of coach Rich Schelsky did close within 35-31 late in the third quarter, but fell victim to Blackhawk’s closing run.
Parke Heritage, in only its third year as an IHSAA member, finished the season at 27-4. Connor Davis led the charge for the Wolves with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Class 2A State Championship Records
Most Blocks: 6 by Caleb Furst, Blackhawk Christian.
Following today’s game, the IHSAA Executive Committee named Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst as the recipient of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever.
The award is annually presented to a senior, who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during his four years of high school.
He is the son of Gary and Lotus Furst of Fort Wayne. He will be attending Purdue University to study Kinesiology and play basketball for the Boilermakers.
The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, presenting sponsors of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian’s general scholarship fund in the name of Caleb Furst.