Last weekend, the 2nd Annual Indiana Lutheran Schools Athletic Association (ILSAA) State Volleyball Tournament was held in Indianapolis. ILSAA is a non-profit organization that sponsors annual Christian based sports competitions for Indiana Lutheran middle schools. Ten grade schools were invited to the State Tournament and five of those teams were from the Fort Wayne area. The five Fort Wayne schools included Ascension, Central, Holy Cross, St. John-Emanuel, and Wyneken. Pool play began on Friday, October 7 and continued the next morning. Saturday afternoon saw cross over pool play, and the tournament concluded on Sunday with teams competing in Gold, Silver, or Bronze bracket play.
Three of our Fort Wayne area schools competed in the Gold Bracket: Central Lutheran, St. John-Emanuel, and Wyneken. Wyneken finished the tournament in 3rd place. The Championship game saw the Central Lutheran Charges against the St. John-Emanuel Tigers. This was the third time this season that Central and St. John-Emanuel played each other. St. John-Emanuel won the match in two games and was crowned the state champion.
All five Fort Wayne area schools had at least one player nominated to the All-Tournament team. This honor was voted on by coaches, athletic directors, and tournament directors. A special congratulations goes to Ascension for winning the tournament Sportsmanship Award.