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New Castle, Yorktown win IHSAA volleyball titles

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The New Castle Trojans and Yorktown Tigers each won IHSAA volleyball championships Saturday at Worthen Arena in Muncie, the 19th and 20th state titles won by Hoosier Heritage Conference schools since 2000.

The HHC, which was formed in 1993, has seen five of its eight current members win 20 state titles. In addition, the eight current members won a combined 10 state titles before joining the HHC.

New Castle won its third volleyball state title, joining championships won in 2007 and 2017. The Trojans beat Northview 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 in the 3A title match.

Mabrey Shaffmaster had a State Finals-record 28 kills. Melani Shaffmaster added 36 assists. New Castle finished the season with a 35-5 record.

Yorktown won the 4A title with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Avon, the defending 4 champion.

The Tigers finish 34-0, making it the first perfect season since Cathedral took the Class 4A title with a 36-0 mark in 2015.

Kenzie Knuckles had a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Kylie Murr had 18 digs.

Yorktown has also won titles in 2000, 2011 and 2016, all in Class 3A.

Yorktown and New Castle mark the first time two HHC schools won state titles in the same sport in the same year.

Hoosier Heritage Conference team state champions (20)

2018: New Castle volleyball
2018:
Yorktown volleyball
2018: 
New Palestine softball
2017: 
New Castle volleyball
2017: New Palestine softball
2016: Yorktown volleyball
2014: New Palestine football
2013: Mt. Vernon girls basketball
2012: Yorktown girls golf
2011: Yorktown volleyball
2009: New Palestine softball
2008: Delta volleyball
2008: New Palestine softball
2004: New Palestine baseball
2004: New Palestine softball
2002: Delta volleyball
2002: Delta boys basketball
2001: Delta volleyball
2000: Yorktown volleyball
2000: Mt. Vernon softball

Championships won by current HHC members before joining the conference (10)

2007: New Castle volleyball
2006:
 New Castle boys basketball
1985: Delta wrestling
1984: Delta wrestling
1983: Delta wrestling
1982: Delta wrestling
1981: Delta wrestling
1973: Greenfield-Central football
1947: Shelbyville boys basketball
1932: 
New Castle boys basketball

The 2018 Class 3A state champion New Castle Trojans.
The 2018 Class 4A state champion Yorktown Tigers.
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