Hauser volleyball state finals notebook

School has won 2 state titles

Hauser will be making its first appearance in the Volleyball State Finals, but the Jets have been to state in three other sports and won titles in two.

Bob Nobbe led the boys basketball team to a Class A state championship in 2006. The Jets beat Tri-Central 64-36 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse behind 24 points from Gabe Miller. Hauser trailed 14-10 after one quarter before outscoring the Trojans 54-22 over the final three periods to finish 25-2.

In 2015, Craig Sims led the Hauser softball team the Class A state crown. Led by sisters Leslie and Tessa Sims, the Jets beat Carroll (Flora) 4-1 at Ben Davis High School. Hauser finished 26-4.

The Jets also made it to the Class A state baseball final in 2005, falling to Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 7-0 at Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium. Hauser was coached by Jerry Schoen, whose daughter Sydney is a standout senior on this year’s volleyball squad.

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Tickets on sale at school

Presale tickets for the state finals are on sale through 3 p.m. today at Hauser High School.

Cost is $12 per ticket and will be good for all four games on Saturday at Ball State’s Worthen Arena.

Pep session set for today

There will be a pep session at 11:30 a.m. today at Hauser for students to send off the volleyball team.

Following the pep session, the Jets will go through a light practice before leaving for Muncie around 1 p.m. All eight state finalist teams in the four classes will attend a banquet on this evening.

Games will be televised

All four volleyball state finals games will be televised Saturday on Fox Sports Indiana and live streamed at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, the stream will be available only on a delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

Christian Academy of Indiana will play Andrean in the Class 2A game at around 1 p.m. Brebeuf Jesuit will meet New Castle in the 3A game at around 3 p.m., and Avon will face Crown Point in the 4A game at around 5 p.m.

Win would yield escort

If Hauser wins the state title, there will be a police and fire department escort that, depending on the travel route, will start either from State Road 9 and State Road 252 in southern Shelby County into Hope, or starting on State Road 46 in Hartsville is the team comes in through Decatur County.

The sirens-blaring escort if they win will be around the edge of Hope and through the Hope Town Square. If Hauser loses, there will be no police and fire escort at the team’s request.

Also if the Jets win, there will be a pep rally at the high school Saturday afternoon after they get back.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.