March 28, 2015

Park Tudor topples Frankton to continue its dominance in Class 2A
If there was any doubt that the Park Tudor Panthers would capture another state championship, they eliminated it in the third quarter. The Panthers held the Frankton Eagles to 1-of-12 shooting in the third to break open the game en route to a 73-46 victory in the Class 2A final.

For Park Tudor, it was the fourth boys state title in five seasons. Coach Kyle Cox's top-ranked Panthers won their last 14 games to finish 26-2. They went 16-0 against other 2A teams and 4-0 against 3A squads, suffering their only two losses to Class 4A Southport and Indianapolis North Central.

Bryce Moore topped Park Tudor with 31 points, hitting 10-of-14 from the field and 9-of-11 from the foul line. Five straight  points from Moore provided the Panthers with their first 20-point lead with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jaren Jackson Jr. and Evan Frank each scored 11 points for Park Tudor. Frank also had 11 rebounds to complete a double-double. Park Tudor outrebounded Frankton by a 46-20 margin.

Coach Brent Brobston's Frankton team, ranked fourth in the AP Poll, finished its season at 26-3. The school won its first regional and semi-state titles over the last two weeks. Austin Compton led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 22 and seven.

Class 2A Championship Game Records

Largest Margin of Victory
(Tied) 27 by Park Tudor (73) vs. Frankton (46), 2015.

Highest Field Goal Percentage
.578 (26-45) by Park Tudor vs. Frankton, 2015.

Most 3-Point Field Goals Attempted
29 by Frankton vs. Park Tudor, 2015.

Most 3-Point Field Goals Attempted
(Tied) 10 by Austin Compton, Frankton vs. Park Tudor, 2015.

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Conner and Cameron Bates of Frankton High School win Trester Mental Attitude Award
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Conner and Cameron Bates of Frankton High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Boys Basketball.

The award is annually presented to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is named after the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929 to 1944.

Conner and Cameron Bates are not only excellent athletes, they also excel academically.  In their senior class of 107 students, Conner is ranked 24th with a 3.41 GPA and Cameron is ranked 28th with a 3.35 GPA.  In addition to playing basketball and tennis and exceling in the classroom, Conner and Cameron have also participated in many school organizations and are active members of their church, where they have served on mission trips to Paraguay.

Conner and Cameron Bates are the sons of Jeff and Beth Bates of Anderson. Conner is undecided on where he will attend college, but plans to study occupational therapy. Cameron will attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he will study sports medicine.

This is third time in state finals history that twin brothers were named co-winners of the Trester Award joining Tom & Dick VanArsdale of Indianapolis Manual in 1961 and Jon & Don McGlocklin of Franklin Community in 1974.

The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, the presenting sponsor of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Frankton High School in the name of Connor and Cameron Bates. Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school athletes in Indiana.