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Tigers only local VB team to win a conference title

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Among our six local high schools, Hagerstown was the only one to capture a conference championship in volleyball this season as the Tigers finished a perfect 8-0 in the Tri-Eastern Conference.

Winning conference titles in volleyball is nothing new for Hagerstown, as it has won the TEC three years in a row with perfect league records. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 21-4 record overall.

Second through ninth place, respectively in the TEC were Centerville 7-1 (23-5), Cambridge City Lincoln 6-2 (21-7), Union County 5-4 (13-14), Knightstown 3-5 (13-18), Northeastern 2-5 (7-18), Winchester 2-6 (9-19), Tri 1-6 (2-24), and Union City 1-7 (3-17).

Tri and Northeastern were supposed to play each other, but the result of that match had not been reported to MaxPreps at press time.

Except for Knightstown, six of the top seven teams in the TEC are assigned to play in Class 2A Sectional 41 at Cambridge City Lincoln. Knightstown hosts Class 2A Sectional 42, and Tri and Union City meet Thursday in the opening round of Class A Sectional 56 at Blue River Valley.

New Castle finished second in the very competitive Hoosier Heritage Conference. All eight teams in the HHC finished the regular season with winning records, so in a sense they took turns beating up on each other during the regular season.

Class 4A No. 1 Yorktown completed a perfect 28-0 regular season Saturday by sweeping past Center Grove on the road. The Trojans were the only team to win a set against the Tigers, as Yorktown finished first in the HHC with a 7-0 record.

Class 3A No. 1 New Castle placed second in the HHC with a 6-1 record and was 28-5 in the regular season. Finishing third through eighth, respectively, in the HHC were Mt. Vernon-Fortville 5-2 (24-8), Greenfield-Central 3-4 (20-11), Delta 3-4 (17-13), New Palestine 2-5 (22-8), Shelbyville 1-6 (12-11), and Pendleton Heights 1-6 (19-13).

Both New Castle and Delta are assigned to Class 3A Sectional 24 at Wapahani but can’t meet until the championship match if both get that far.

The Mid-Eastern Conference is very competitive in volleyball. Shenandoah and Eastern Hancock, the largest schools by enrollment and the MEC’s two latest additions, have found that out, as neither finished among the top three in the league.

In no big surprise, Wapahani won the conference championship with a perfect 9-0 record and is 24-7 overall. Finishing second through tenth, respectively, were Monroe Central 8-1 (27-6), Cowan 7-2 (19-8), Shenandoah 6-3 (20-11), Wes-Del 5-4 (11-17), Daleville 4-5 (12-18), Blue River Valley 3-6 (13-11), Eastern Hancock 2-7 (11-19), Randolph Southern 0-8 (3-23), and Union-Modoc 0-8 (0-15).

The Rebels and Rockets supposedly met to determine who would escape the cellar in the MEC, but no score on that match was reported to MaxPreps by press time. The two teams do play each other in Thursday’s semifinals of Class A Sectional 56 at Blue River Valley.

The host Vikings drew a bye and won’t play until Saturday when they will tangle with the winner of the Randolph Southern-Union match in the second semifinal.

The fourth-place Raiders and eighth-place Royals are assigned to Class 2A Sectional 42 at Knightstown. The two could meet in Saturday’s semifinals if Shenandoah gets past Triton Central Thursday night. Eastern Hancock drew a bye in the first round.