Noblesville in the 1950’s was, and remains, the county seat of Hamilton County, the county located due north of Marion County, with its large capital city of Indianapolis. It was small in population (approximately 7000), Protestant, Republican, conservative, overwhelmingly White, quietly segregated, and enjoyed a comfortable prosperity anchored by the largest employer, a Firestone Tire and Rubber company plant.
Chandler is located in Warrick County about five miles west of the county seat Boonville and thirteen miles east of downtown Evansville and today has a population of about 2900. Chandler High School first played in the state tournament in 1925 in the Evansville sectional, the Panthers were matched up with archrival and county foe Boonville, losing 22-19.
Any Hoosier remotely interested in the history of the state that became known as “the basketball state” is usually well informed about the Milan Miracle that took place in Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 20, 1954. It is the story of a small rural town in southeastern Indiana and how it pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history by winning the Indiana high school basketball state championship. In fact, the movie Hoosiers has helped to keep this famous game alive which pitted little Milan against powerful and heavily favored Muncie Central. Milan won 32-30 on a last second jump shot by the last of the small town heroes, Bobby Plump.
In a school known for its football success, sometimes it’s easy to forget about the other all-time great times here at Ben Davis. Especially when they were around before any of us current students were born. But on December 29, some truly historic teams were celebrated at halftime of the Ben Davis - Carmel boys basketball match up.
Gene brought an article with him that was written by Jeff Wolfe in March of 1991 and published in the Columbus Evening Republic that caught my attention. It concerned a farm house in Decatur County which had produced over 6000 points scored by high school basketball players over a span of just over 30 years.