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For the first time in school history, the # 7 ranked Heritage Christian Academy Eagles Boys Varisty Basketball team was crowned the AISA Boys Class A State Basketball Champions by defeating # 6 Evangel Christian Academy in the championship game by a score of 38 - 30.  

The Eagles held a first-round bye in the playoffs and entered into the playoffs in the second round as part of the Elite 8, where they soundly defeated Crenshaw Christian Academy by a score of 61 - 37. After defeating Crenshaw, Heritage Christian advanced to the AISA Final 4, where they defeated Abbeville Christian Academy by a score of 56 - 54 to advance to the championship game. 

The championship game got off to a defensive battle in the first quarter with the Eagles trailing by a score of 5 - 2, but by the end of the period, they tied the score at 5 - 5. After pulling even with Evangel at the end of the first quarter, Heritage held the lead throughout the rest of the game with the score at halftime 19 - 14, at the end of the 3rd period 28 - 22, and the final score of 38 - 30. 

Junior Ty Stoutermire lead the Eagles in scoring with 12 points, and sophomores Greyson Sanford and Michael Hart each had 9 points. 

Heritage Christian Academy’s Sophomore Michael Hart, Sophomore Greyson Sanford, and Sophomore Tobias Stoutemire were chosen for the All-Tournament Team.

Heritage Christian Academy ended the regular season ranked # 7 in the ASWA top 10. The Eagles entered into the playoffs with a determination and a heart to show everyone they were the champions. They did just that, and now they come out on top with a final season record of 19 - 4 and as the 2021 AISA Class A Champions for the first time in school history. Congratulations Eagles.