Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.

9150 North Meridian Street, Box 40650, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-0650

Phone: 317-846-6601    Fax: 317-575-4244    Website:

Blake Ress, Commissioner


November 8, 2008



Muncie Burris just seems to have everyone’s number in Class 2A and, unfortunately for them, no one knows better than Brownstown Central.


For the 12th straight year, top-ranked Burris (36-4) claimed the 2A state championship trophy defeating Brownstown Central, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20, at Ball State’s Worthen Arena. It was the seventh time during that stretch the two teams met up in the final including a repeat of last year.


It was the Owls’ 20th volleyball state title overall and marked their 82nd straight tournament victory during the 12-year run.


As a team, Muncie Burris hit .291 for the match including .367 in the second game. Taylor Unroe tallied 17 kills and Taylor Morey added 15 for the match. Both tied on the defensive end with 13 digs each while Kelsey Carr earned 11. Mia Tabberson was credited with 39 assists.


Brownstown Central (29-8) was led offensively by Katelyn Shoemaker with eight kills and Emily Sommers with seven. Megan Wesner dug out 11 balls on the defensive side and Sammie Bane totaled 23 assists.


Coached by Steve Shondell, Burris advanced to the afternoon championship match via a 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 triumph over Fairfield. Brownstown Central, coached by Jennifer Shade, took a 25-17, 25-15, 25-23 decision from Southwood in the other semifinal match.




Courtney Herschberger of Fairfield High School was named the winner of the Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A following the state championship match by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.


The award is presented annually to a senior participant in the state finals who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.


Herschberger maintains the fourth best GPA in her class with a 3.962 on a 4.0 scale. She has been elected class president in her sophomore, junior and senior years and and Vice President of the Student Council this year. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Sunshine Society and serves as student leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Athletically, she also plays basketball and softball for the Falcons. Outside of school, she is involved in church activities and 4-H.


She is undecided on a college at this time but is interested in studying physical therapy.


She is the daughter of Kirby and Carla Herschberger of Goshen.


Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Fairfield High School in the name of Herschberger.




Visit our friends at Visual Sports Network, the IHSAA’s official photographer for all state championship events and one of the leading action photographers in the Midwest. VSN, which was on site Saturday, has captured hundreds of images from this year’s State Finals and will have them ready for viewing and purchase beginning Monday.