Bedford North Lawrence Sports

SOFTBALL: New Albany fans out BNL’s flame

MIkala Haag

MIkala Haag

Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Morton strikes out 9 as Dogs

hand No.10 BNL its first loss

Box score

No walk-off heroics this time. Bedford North Lawrence walked away from home plate muttering more than smiling on Thursday night.

New Albany ace Hannah Morton struck out 9 and scattered 8 hits as the Bulldogs conquered the Class 4-A No.10 Stars 4-1 at BNL Field. New Albany (4-0) scored twice in the second and two more in the fifth to end BNL’s five-game winning streak to start the 2014 campaign.

Morton salted down one of the top slugging teams in the state. The Stars (5-1) had three extra-base hits, including a Mikala Haag triple to set up their only run, but stranded seven runners, including four in scoring position. The big hit was elusive.

“We weren’t patient enough,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “I think we had too many defensive swings instead of attacking the ball. We didn’t have good aggressive swings. We didn’t hit like I hoped we would. We want to move runners and drive in runners, and we were swinging out of our shoes.”

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5 (not so serious) Questions: Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Bedford North Lawrence is ranked No.10 in the latest Class 4-A softball poll, and junior catcher Justice Kline is the lead-off hitter for the undefeated Stars.

Question 1: Would your team also be ranked in the Top 10 in seed spitting or any other category?

Kline: We would be Top 3 in seed spitting and top 10 in “I forgot a practice shirt! Who has an extra!”

Question 2: Assistant coach D.J. West is very good at the hitting high foul ball for you to catch to end warm ups. How often does he practice that in secret?

Kline: I would say Coach West goes out during to lunch to practice his swing.

Question 3: The rules allow for coach Brad Gilbert to use a courtesy runner for you when you reach base. Which class would you like a courtesy test-taker?

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BOYS GOLF: Stars one degree better than Artesians

BNL's Trey Turner watches his pitch shot track toward the flag on the 10th green at Otis Park on Tuesday afternoon. Turner parred that hole and birdied the 18th to shoot a 4-over 39.

BNL’s Trey Turner watches his pitch shot track toward the flag on the 10th green at Otis Park on Tuesday afternoon. Turner parred that hole and birdied the 18th to shoot a 4-over 39.

BNL battles through the cold

to edge Martinsville by one shot

By Justin Sokeland

Anyone who posted a nine-hole score lower than the temperature on Tuesday afternoon at Otis Park had a good day. From that standpoint, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Turner and Martinsville’s Baylor Payne had great rounds.

Payne posted an even-par 35 on the back nine, but Turner answered with a 39 and got enough support from the bottom of the order to power the Stars to a 169-170 triumph over the Artesians.

Video: Stars prevail at Otis Park

Turner closed his bumpy tour of the back side with a chip-in birdie on the 18th green, and that was the deciding shot as BNL carded a much-needed victory. Winning warmed up everyone who had to survive the 40-degree walk in the Park. BNL was one degree warmer.

Mental toughness was as necessary as a solid short game.

“I expected to not play my greatest because of the weather,” Turner said. “You have to prepare and know it’s going to be cold. You have to be mentally ready and play the best you can.”

Turner had some brain-freeze moments with a bogey on the 11th and doubles on the 12th and 15 holes. But the last stroke, just off the right side of the last green, was perfect.

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GIRLS TENNIS: South turns up the heat on BNL

BNL's Nicole Backherms hits a forehand during Tuesday's match at No.2 doubles. Backherms and teammate Sierra Crane lost a tough two-setter to Bloomington South's Janani Kirshnan and Luiza Hauskrecht.

BNL’s Nicole Backherms hits a forehand during Tuesday’s match at No.2 doubles. Backherms and teammate Sierra Crane lost a tough two-setter to Bloomington South’s Janani Kirshnan and Luiza Hauskrecht.

Panthers ignore the cold

to overpower Stars 5-0

By Justin Sokeland

Tennis became a winter sport on Tuesday afternoon, although Bloomington South did not seem to mind the frigid playing conditions.

The Panthers dominated the top singles matches and withstood one-set challenges in the remaining matches to conquer Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on the frozen-tundra courts at BNL.

The chill in the air – it was a beautiful February day in mid-April – and the cutting wind did not deter South’s Denise Azcui (No.1 singles) and Lauren Whitlach (No.2 singles). They supplied their own heat and spent as little time exposed to the elements as possible.

Azcui conquered Hannah Yeary 6-0, 6-0, while Whitlach, an Indiana All-Star in basketball, stopped Schylar Hewitt 6-0 6-0.

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SOFTBALL: BNL No.10 in 4-A poll

Bedford North Lawrence (5-0) crashed into the Top 10 in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A poll.

The Stars, who will host conference rival New Albany on Thursday, are No.10. Jennings County, anotherĀ  HHC rival, is No.4.

BNL’s game at Brown County on Tuesday has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced.


4A Portage 132
4A Roncalli 121
4A Crown Point High 119
4A Jennings County 116
4A Hamilton SE 111
4A Pendleton Heights 100
4A Lake Central 71
4A Penn 64
4A Franklin Central 47
4A Bedford NL 45

SOFTBALL: Morron, No.10 Stars bash Brownstown

Marissa Watson

Marissa Watson

Cassidy Morron

Cassidy Morron

Watson sparks offense with

4 hits as Stars roll past Braves

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BROWNSTOWN – Sprinkle, sprinkle on a Star. Brownstown wondered how to hit it far.

Dark and dreary did not dampen Bedford North Lawrence on Monday afternoon. Senior hurler Cassidy Morron allowed only two hits in six innings of work in the circle and the offense ignored the pesky rain drops to pound out 15 hits and pound down Brownstown 7-3.

BNL (5-0 and ranked No.10 in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A poll) was not slowed by the wet conditions or anything the Braves could offer. Marissa Watson had four hits while Justice Kline and Kaci Ikerd had three apiece.

“We’ll take that every night,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said.

BNL took a 2-0 lead in the first on a bases-loaded walk to Morron and a single by Watson. Haley Greer drove in a run in the third, set up by singles by Morron and Watson.

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BASEBALL: BNL at South postponed

Bedford North Lawrence’s game at Bloomington South has been postponed on Monday afternoon because of field conditions. No make-up date has been announced. BNL is scheduled to visit Eastern Greene on Tuesday.



GIRLS BASKETBALL: North girls blister South

VINCENNES – The North dominated the South 114-81 during the 26th annual North-South All-Star Classic on Sunday afternoon at Vincennes University.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Sammy Dillman did not score for the South but had 3 assists and 1 blocked shots. She missed her only 3-pointer.

Hamilton Heights’ Haley Cook had a game-high 20 points and Kindell Fincher had 15 points for the North. Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings chipped in 14 and Homestead’s Sydney Buck had 13. Purdue recruit Erica Moore led the South with 18 points.



BASEBALL: Tow and ‘toddlers’ top Scottsburg

Sophomore Dakota Terrell delivers a pitch during Game 1 of the doubleheader with Scottsburg on Saturday afternoon.

BNL sophomore Dakota Terrell delivers a pitch during Game 1 of the doubleheader with Scottsburg on Saturday afternoon. Terrell earned the victory in relief as the Stars swept the Warriors, 16-6 and 4-2.

Senior slugger, young hurlers

power Stars to pair of wins

Box score: Game 1

Box Score: Game 2

By Justin Sokeland

If the ‘old man’ can hit and the ‘toddlers’ can pitch, Bedford North Lawrence could have some baseball fun at the ballpark.

Nothing is sweeter than a doubleheader sweep, especially for a team so dependent on underclassmen in key spots. The Stars (3-3) overpowered Scottsburg 16-6 (in six innings) in Game 1 on Saturday morning at BNL Field, then battled back by scoring in their last three plate appearances to clip the Warriors 4-2 in Game 2.

Video: Stars complete sweep

BNL's Tanner Tow connects for a base hit during Saturday's doubleheader with Scottsburg.

BNL’s Tanner Tow connects for a base hit during Saturday’s doubleheader with Scottsburg. Tow had 6 RBIs, including a mammoth home run, in the two games.

Senior first baseman Tanner Tow provided the offensive pop with a tremendous home run to dead center and five RBIs in the opener, then came through with the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning of Game 2.

The youth movement on the mound kept the Warriors at bay as sophomore Dakota Terrell picked up the Game 1 win with 3 2/3 innings of relief work. Sophomore southpaw Mason Mack and freshman Cole Mathews combined for the impressive performance in the back end of the twinbill.

“It was a good day,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “We played well enough to win the first game, and the second one is one we need to play, when pitches matter and at-bats matter. We wanted to come out with two wins. It was huge.”

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Boys golf: Stars finish 9th at Valley View

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence finished ninth in the 10-team field during Saturday’s Floyd Central Invitational at Valley View Golf Club.

The Stars posted a team total of 353. No.13 Center Grove won the event with 319, 11 shots clear of No.19 Evansville North.

Trey Turner paced the Stars with an 81. Caleb Thorne added an 89.

Center Grove’s Zach Carrabine was the medalist with a 2-over 73. Columbus East’s Adam Krebs was one shot back with 74, while Providence’s Kevin Crane posted a 76.

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