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Burris was taken to a deciding fifth game but, as has been the case in Class 2A
for the last seven years, the second-ranked Owls proved to be the class of the
field in the championship match at Hinkle Fieldhouse
With its 24-25, 21-11, 15-21, 21-15, 15-6 victory over sixth-ranked Brownstown Central, the Owls collected their seventh straight crown and 15th overall in the school’s illustrious volleyball history. All have come under the leadership of Steve Shondell, the state’s winningest coach.
Brownstown Central (30-8), determined to claim its first volleyball championship, gave Burris all it could handle though by winning two games in the match. In the seven previous years, Burris hadn’t lost an individual game in a championship outing. It was the fourth matchup for all the marbles between the teams since 1998, including last year’s three-game affair.
Freshman Caitlyn Vann led the Owls with 14 kills, while Brittany Fullhart and Jill MacMillan added 13 each. Kappy Lang recorded 43 assists as the Owls setter. On defense, Hana Ros chalked up 16 digs. The Braves were led on offense by Whitney McCory with 21 kills for the match. Five different Brownstown players added double-digit digs led by Jessica Smith’s 13.
advanced to the final game with a four-game win over third-ranked Adams
Central, 19-21, 21-18, 21-15, 21-14. Brownstown Central, meanwhile, swept
Natalie Young of
Natalie has been a lettering member of the varsity volleyball team all four years and, this season, served as co-captain. She received All-Conference honors for three years in the Allen County Athletic Conference, as well as the Jet Award as a Junior. This year, she led the team in kills.
In addition to her participation in volleyball, Natalie lettered three seasons on the basketball court, earning ACAC All-Conference honors for two seasons and was team MVP as Junior. She is a member of the Adams Central 1,000 Point Club. She also lettered three seasons as a player on the softball squad, again capturing ACAC All-Conference accolades.
Academically, Natalie ranks 24th in her Senior class, while carrying a full college prep course load. She was on the school Honor Roll all four years and was a two-year representative on the National Honor Roll. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is listed among the Who’s Who Among American High School Students and Who’s Who in Sports.
She has been active in the Sunshine Society, serving on the Executive Council for one year and is a member of the Swing Choir and girl’s sextet, which performs at numerous community and church gatherings.
volunteer work includes being active in the school’s volleyball and basketball
camps. She has been a Jr. Church
is the daughter of Kim and Roger Young of
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