History in the making


Over the years, 255 Hoosier high school teams of the 412 schools that are currently members of the Indiana High School Athletic Association have won a state title in a team sport.

Brownstown Central High School and Trinity Lutheran High School aren’t on that list, but that may very well change Saturday as both schools have volleyball teams competing for titles. 

The No. 1-ranked Cougars, who are 30-5, face 29-4 Cowan at 11 a.m. for the Class A final, while the 32-5 and No. 2-ranked Braves will meet 25-10 Bellmont at 3 p.m. for the Class 3A crown.

In case you can’t make it to Ball State University’s Worthen Area in Muncie, Fox Sports Indiana will carry the games live, and they also can be seen on foxsportsgo.com or ihsaatv.org.

While there have been several individual state champions in various sports from Jackson County high schools over the years, Seymour High School is the only one on the list of those with crowns in team sports. 

The 1987-88 Owls baseball squad captured that school’s first state title in 1988. The girls golf team followed that up in 1989-90 with a state title, and the boys golf team won the following year.

There have been several teams in different sports from Seymour and Brownstown Central make it to the state finals in the past. In fact, the Braves have reached the finals in volleyball a record seven times, while the Cougars also have competed for a state title in volleyball once.

But there has never been an instance when two teams from Jackson County competed for state titles in one sport in the same year.

In some big cities, that may not seem to be a big deal, but for a county of less than 44,000 people, it’s historic.

It will be even more historic if both teams can bring home titles Saturday. Good luck.

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