New Castle claims state VB title

The New Castle Trojans claimed the Class 3A state volleyball championship Saturday, sweeping Brebeuf Jesuit in three sets, 25-11, 25-20, 25-15.

The Trojans finished 34-6 on the season. New Castle, which also won its first HHC volleyball championship this season, became a two-time state champion. New Castle also won the 4A volleyball title in 2007.

Mabrey Shaffmaster had 19 kills and hit for a .630 percentage. Melani Shaffmaster had 13 kills, three aces 24 assists. Zoe Conway had three aces. As a team, New Castle was 46-of-79 and hit for a state-record .494 percentage.

The victory was the seventh volleyball state championship won by an active Hoosier Heritage Conference member. Delta and Yorktown have each won three titles. HHC teams have won 17 state championships while members of the conference and 27 state titles overall. New Castle’s title was the conference’s third state champion in a calendar year – with Yorktown winning the 4A volleyball title in the fall of 2016 and New Palestine the 3A softball title in 2017.

Hoosier Heritage Conference team state champions (17)

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
 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
New Castle boys basketball