Charter school makes mark with state title

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Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A small, west side charter school overcame major obstacles to win a state championship Saturday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan H.S. battled it out for the Class A boys' basketball championship against Triton at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pumas won 59-55 to claim the school's first title.

"I'm just so happy to be here," said one fan.

Being in the title game is pretty remarkable, given Metro's numbers off the court. The majority of its 433 students come from low-income families and most start more than two grades behind.

Five years ago, the school didn't even have a basketball team. Today, they still don't have a gym and practice at city parks, which made Saturday's experience overwhelming for fans.

"It's just amazing. We don't have a gym, boys just practice after school," said a fan.

"The fans are all behind the team, cheering, pulling for them," said another fan.

Their triumph over adversity captured the attention of the city and its leader, Mayor Greg Ballard, who joined Metropolitan fans in the stands.

"It has actually brought us together. Closer as a family," a fan said.

Now, the memory of a state championship will linger forever.

"The spirit of the school has definitely changed. They are very proud of their accomplishment," said a fan.