Second-ranked Indianapolis Bishop Chatard came up with big games by three players on route to capturing their first boys basketball state championship over Fort Wayne Elmhurst, 78-44, in Class 3A.
Chatard, coached by Dan Archer, finished 22-2 on the season, while unranked Elmhurst, in the state finals for the first time in any sport in school history, finished with a 22-6 record. Elmhurst was coached by Keith Edmonds.
Bishop Chatard took command of the game during a 7-0 run in the first quarter, breaking Elmhurst’s press. In addition to that first quarter streak, Chatard went on two other major runs in the game, 9-0 in the second, and 12-0 in the third. The presence of Dan Cage and Mike Dury plugged up the middle, forcing Elmhurst to rely on perimeter shooting much of the game.
Chatard also was making its initial appearance in the boys basketball state finals. But it was the first time the Trojans had captured an IHSAA championship in a sport other than football. Seven players from last November’s Class 3A football champs were on this team’s roster helping the Trojans become just the second school to win a football and basketball title in the same school year joining Lafayette Central Catholic in 1999-00. Bishop Chatard finished the season on a 10-game win streak, while Elmhurst’s nine game streak ended following last week’s semistate
upset of top-ranked Gary Roosevelt.
Bishop Chatard had four players in double digit scoring. Mike Dury led Chatard with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Dan Cage added 17 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists for the champions. Ryan Baker scored 16 points and Jamaal Wade had 11. Leading Elmhurst was James Hardy with 14 points, eight points below his average. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Joseph Poindexter added 11 points for Elmhurst.
Michael Dury of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard was named winner of the 2003 Arthur L. Trester Award for Mental Attitude in Class 3A Boys Basketball. For only the second time in IHSAA history, Mike became a dual mental attitude award winner, having also captured the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award for 3A football this past
season. He joins Sherry Hoover of Woodlan, who won the honors in cross country and track and field during the 1984–85 season. Farm Bureau Insurance, IHSAA corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000.00 to Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School in the name of Michael Dury.