2017 Begins with Basketball Fever!

January 20, 2017

CCHS is kicking off 2017 by exhibiting the rich history of Carmel High School basketball! In 1977 our basketball team won a state championship in the final seconds of the game with an undesigned play! The victory was thrilling!

We invite you to relive the excitement of our first basketball state championship 40 years ago. With 11 seconds left in the final game, East Chicago Washington’s star, Drake Morris, put his team ahead by one point with two successful foul shots. Carmel guard Bart Burrell passed to forward Jon Ogle with 4 seconds left. Ogle sunk a baseline jump shot to seal a Greyhound victory 53-52 in front of a packed crowd in Market Square Arena.

Join us on March 21 at Flix Brewhouse as we bring former players to share their memories of the tournament and watch an edited video of the championship game and the community pep session. This event has sold out. Tickets cannot be purchased through Flix Brewhouse or their website. Please contact us at 317-979-4236 for more information.

Our first exhibit of 2017 will celebrate Carmel High School boys and girls basketball from 1900 to the present. Memorabilia from the Shepherd family, the Heady family, and the 1977 championship team will be on display. The exhibit will also highlight the girls 2008 championship as well as the boys back to back wins in 2012 and 2013 with video segments of games and interviews with past coaches. Interactive displays have been designed for younger visitors.

CCHS Members are invited to preview the exhibit on Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit opens to the public during regular museum hours on March 25. If you have any CHS basketball memorabilia you would like to loan us for the exhibit, please email us at archives@carmelclayhistory.org.

2 Responses to “2017 Begins with Basketball Fever!”

  1. March 01, 2017 at 11:45 am, Carmel’s Improbable 1977 Basketball State Championship | Carmel | said:

    […] On March 21, 2017, the Carmel Clay Historical Society is hosting the 1977 Basketball State Championship 40-Year Reunion at Flix Brewhouse. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Children are free but still need to be registered on Eventbrite. Tickets will not be available at Flix Brewhouse or on their website. Contact 317-979-4236 for more information or visit carmelclayhistory.org/2017-begins-with-basketball-fever. […]


  2. March 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm, Pam Spillman said:

    I was 13 years old when Carmel won the 1977 Indiana State Basketball Championship!! I remember wearing my blue and gold Carmel shirt. I knew several of the basketball players. My family went down to Market Square Arena for the game.

    That last minute shot!! Wow!!

    The best part was coming home from downtown Indy. The streets were lined with cheering people, cars, and homes. We had a huge caravan of player school buses, fan buses, fire trucks, police cars and many cars of families, students, and alumni. The cars and homes were flashing their lights at us!

    I was lucky, I got to ride in a Carmel Police Car on the way home. My stepdad was part of Carmel’s Government. What a thrill! The Pep session was back and the high school. All the students were so excited to celebrate AND they canceled school the following Monday!!!

    Go CHS!!
    Class of 1982
    Pam Spillman


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