Bedford North Lawrence Sports

TENNIS: Stars set school record for victories

BNL coach Donnie Thomas gets an ice-water bath after the Stars set the school record with their 16th in on Monday afternoon.

BNL coach Donnie Thomas gets an ice-water bath after the Stars set the school record with their 16th win on Monday afternoon.

BNL blanks Edgewood

for 16th win this season

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence concluded the regular season in record-setting style on Monday afternoon.

The Stars, who shut out Edgewood in the final match of the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday, duplicated that result with a 5-0 victory over the Mustangs. BNL recorded its 16th win of the year, which broke the school mark for team victories in a season.

“Give credit to these kids, and to them wanting to get better, and all the coaches that have helped,” said BNL coach Donnie Thomas, who got doused with ice water following the triumph. “Without the ‘want to’ and the help, they wouldn’t be where they are.”

BNL had little trouble in the finale. Ian Dillman dominated Austin Hammond 6-1, 6-1 at No.1 singles, Brandt Callahan topped Evan Whitlow 6-3, 6-0 at No.2, and Logan Bland-Chastain defeated Houston Holmes 6-1, 6-1 at No.3.

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GIRLS SOCCER: What color are goals? Brown

Kat Emery

Kat Emery

Kiana Brown

Kiana Brown

BNL senior cards another

hat trick during 3-1 victory

ELLETTSVILLE – No defense can stop Bedford North Lawrence senior Kiana Brown’s current scoring spree.

Brown recorded another hat trick as the Stars conquered Edgewood 3-1 on Monday night. Brown has now scored 22 goals in the last seven matches, and BNL (10-3-3) has ridden her hot streak to six wins during that span.

Brown gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with a goal off Kat Emery’s assist in the 25th minute of the first half. She added another in the 53rd minute, converting her own rebound after the initial shot deflected off an Edgewood defender.

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL shrugs off Eastern Greene

Maddy Cosner

Maddy Cosner

Sophie Scarpellini

Sophie Scarpellini

EASTERN HEIGHTS – A lack of energy and enthusiasm did not deter Bedford North Lawrence as the Stars swept aside Eastern Greene on Monday night.

BNL (15-7) recorded a functional 25-13, 25-17, 25-17 victory and extended its winning streak to three straight as it prepares for a test against Class 3-A No.6 Silver Creek.

“We didn’t play poorly, just not great,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We just kind of kept score. We were probably the better team, and we did what we expected to do. But there wasn’t a lot of excitement in the gym, and we just played until the game was over.”

BNL got contributions from all over the court. Jenna Dufresne had 21 kills and 5 digs, Maddy Cosner totaled 29 assists, Sophie Scarpellini had 7 kills, Tristin Day added 4 kills, 7 digs and 3 blocks, and Hannah Dotts had 7 digs and 4 kills.

The Stars will visit Silver Creek on Thursday.


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East’s Major named Athlete of the Week

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major looks for an opening in BNL's defense. The Olympians overpowered BNL 56-21. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major guided the Olympians to a road win at Floyd Central.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East junior quarterback Josh Major was named Athlete of the Week by

Major ran for 127 yards and one touchdown, and he also completed 7 of 8 passes for 215 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Caleb Voelker, during a 49-14 road victory over Floyd Central. East (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) extended its league winning streak to 67 straight games. will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Floyd Central’s offensive line were honored in previous weeks.


GIRLS GOLF: BNL’s Gilmore advances to state finals

BNL senior Bailee Gilmore carded a 73 while advancing to the state finals during Saturday's IHSAA regional at Country Oaks.

BNL senior Bailee Gilmore carded a 73 while advancing to the state finals during Saturday’s IHSAA regional at Country Oaks.

BNL sets school record but

falls 3 shots shy of qualifying

for IHSAA state championship

MONTGOMERY – Asked to play its best in the tournament marked as the ultimate challenge, Bedford North Lawrence exceeded expectations. It was almost good enough.

The Stars shattered the school scoring record with a sizzling team total of 322 during the IHSAA regional at Country Oaks on Saturday afternoon, but they came up one spot short in their quest to qualify for the state finals for the first time since 1985.

For senior Bailee Gilmore, her best was better than almost all the rest. She carded a 1-over 73 to earn one of the individual spots reserved for the two state championship rounds at Prairie View on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. But the Stars finished fourth in the 18-team field, just three shots away from their goal, and that’s the most agonizing finish of all. So close.

Regional scores

Yet BNL did all it could. When the school mark is smashed by 15 shots, when sophomore Carly Stigall cards a career-best 79, there was little left out on the course.

“We came down here and they brought their best,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “Not everybody can do that. It took a lot of guts to do what we did today. I’m real proud of them. They’re a bunch of gamers. They brought their A game today. It would have been nice to have been a few shots better, but shooting 322 we’re certainly happy with that. That’s a great number for this team.”

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BOYS TENNIS: Stars add to their hardware

Members of the BNL tennis team celebrate after winning the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the BNL tennis team celebrate after winning the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

BNL matches school record

and posts 3rd tournament

win with Edgewood crown

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence posted its third tournament victory of the season and matched the single-season school record for wins while winning the title in the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars conquered Owen Valley 4-1 in the first round and swept past Edgewood 5-0 to claim the championship and improve to 15-6 this season.

BNL dominated singles in both contests, dropping only 9 games in the six matches.

In the opening round against the Patriots, BNL’s Ian Dillman topped Miguel Filho 6-0, 6-1, Brandt Callahan brushed off Coy Byerly 6-0, 6-0 at No.2, and Logan Bland Chastain conquered Isaiah Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at No.3. BNL also claimed No.2 doubles as Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd stopped Drew Mauder and Keaton Richardson 6-1, 6-4

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL battles back to clip Madison

Maddy Cosner

Maddy Cosner

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

MADISON – Bedford North Lawrence rallied after dropping the first two sets to conquer Madison in a five-set thriller on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars, for the first time this season, battled back from the huge deficit to stun the Cubs 27-29, 15-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-11 while improving to 14-7 overall and  2-3 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

“To the kids’ credit, we fought back,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We did a good job of regrouping and taking it one shot at a time, and it paid off. It just took one set to get back in it, and the pressure swung back.”

BNL wasted a 24-19 advantage in the first set and was on the brink of a quick road loss. But the Stars recovered as Jenna Dufresne totaled 21 kills and 9 digs, Tristin Day had 9 kills, 16 digs and 4 blocks, Hannah Dotts totaled 21 kills and 11 digs, and Maddy Cosner added 39 assists, 8 digs and 4 blocks.

“I hope this gives us confidence,” Saunders said. “When things go bad, it’s just a matter of doing things the right way. I hope we can build off of that.”

BNL will visit Eastern Greene on Monday.


BOYS SOCCER: Stars send off seniors in style

Nate Bartlett mug

Nate Bartlett

Zach Bradshaw

Zach Bradshaw

Bedford North Lawrence’s offense came to life in the second half as the Stars celebrated Senior Day with a 6-0 victory over Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Zach Bradshaw scored three times, all within a 16-minute span, as BNL tallied five goals after intermission to subdue the Cubs. BNL improved to 8-5-1 overall and 2-4 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

Bradshaw did all his damage as BNL extended its 1-0 lead (courtesy of Logan Andrews’ goal in the 35th minute) at the half.

“At times we were kind of panicking in the first half, and Logan’s goal kind of settled us,” BNL coach Logan Jackson said. “We were able to move the ball and wear them down, and that played to our advantage.”

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars finish 10th in both Fox races

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Isaac Gilbert mug

Isaak Gilbert

Bedford North Lawrence finished 10th in both the boys and girls 5K races during the annual Ted Fox Invitational on the BNL course on Saturday morning.

The Stars scored 302 points in the 20-team boys field. Terre Haute South won the meet with 34, followed by Christian Academy (75), Columbus East (117), Jeffersonville (128) and Floyd Central (142).

Ted Fox boys results

Ted Fox girls results

Christian Academy’s Skylar Stidham won the individual race in 15:47.15, while teammate Caleb Futter was second in 15:52.62.

BNL’s top finisher was Isaak Gilbert, who was 32nd in 18:03.83, while Chance Pemberton was 46th in 18:35.56.

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