Top of their class: 5 Jackson County volleyball players selected to All-State teams

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The 2023 Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association All-State teams were announced Thursday.

Jackson County had its fair share of representatives: Three from Brownstown Central and three from Trinity Lutheran.

Brownstown Central’s Sophie Wischmeier was selected to the first team, being chosen as one of the best Class 2A players in the state. Jaydynn Yeadon was chosen for the second team for her excellence on the court.

Lady Braves coach Jennifer Shade spoke about her girls who were selected to the 2023 team.

“Both Sophie and Jaydynn have grown so much this season. They are stronger and more confident in their playing,” she said.

Shade also spoke about certain improvements that allowed these girls to grow as players.

“Sophie has learned to compete against big blockers and has become one of the best and most effective hitters in 2A,” Shade said. “Jaydynn has learned to read and anticipate other teams’ hitters and has kept the ball alive for us. I am proud of both of these girls for working hard and achieving such a high honor.”

Wischmeier is still only a sophomore and has two more seasons left to play. She led the Braves in kills with 447, dominating through the postseason with her offensive play.

Yeadon led the Braves in digs with 576 and had the second-most receptions with 144. Wischmeier led the team in receptions with 238.

Shade was selected as the Class 2A IHSVCA Coach of the Year for the Braves’ magical season. Brownstown went 24-14, making it all the way to the state championship game this season. The longtime coach spoke on receiving the award.

“I’m thankful to receive the state coach of the year award. I am very humbled by the award, but I would never take full credit for it,” Shade said. “I have assistant coaches who contribute so much to our program and to our success. I appreciate each one of them and what they bring to our coaching staff.”

Brownstown went through Henryville, Paoli and Mitchell in the sectional before downing North Decatur and Linton-Stockton in the regional. The Braves then defeated Indianapolis Scecina to make it to the state finals.

Trinity Lutheran had Addison Darlage and Laura Roeder selected to the Class A IHSVCA All-State first team for their play.

Darlage recorded 84 kills, 68 serve aces, 801 assists and 268 digs during the 2023 campaign. Roeder led the team in digs with 584. She also had 76 assists and 89 aces during the season for Trinity.

Carson Bowling was selected to the second team. Bowling recorded 56 total blocks and 43 aces and led the team in kills with 357.

Cougars head coach Janet VanLiew spoke about her recipients.

“I’m excited for Addison, Laura and Carson,” she said. “It’s an honor for them to be recognized by the coaches committee at the state level. Our girls work extremely hard on the court and in the classroom, so it’s nice to see their hard work pay off.”

Trinity Lutheran had a record of 19-16 during the season, breezing through New Washington and Rising Sun to secure their 10th straight sectional title.

The Cougars then defeated Loogootee but fell to the Class A runner-up, Tecumseh, in the regional title game.

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