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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rizzi signs with Lincoln Trail

BNL's Brittani Rizzi signed with Lincoln Trail College.

BNL’s Brittani Rizzi signed with Lincoln Trail College.

Bedford North Lawrence senior Brittani Rizzi signed with Lincoln Trail College on Thursday morning.

Rizzi will play for Statesmen coach Scott Sparks, the son of former Vincennes University coach and Hall of Famer Dan Sparks, at Lincoln Trail. The Statesmen went 9-20 in 2013-14. They need immediate help from one of the school’s all-time scorers.

“I didn’t think about a junior college,” Rizzi said. “But I’ll be playing right off the bat and still be getting recruited (by Division I programs) at the same time. So it sounded good to me. I’m looking to see what college basketball is about. It leaves a lot of options open.”

Rizzi averaged 9.2 points per game and shattered the school record for career 3-pointers. She hit 279 career treys, third in state history, and she scored 1,138 career points, third in school history.

She set a Class 4-A finals record with five 3-pointers, scoring 17 points, in BNL’s win over Penn in the 2014 championship.

“I pushed everybody away in recruiting during the season,” Rizzi said. “I just wanted to concentrate on winning the state again. So this decision was a big lift off my shoulders.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Godlevske named interim coach at Butler

Former BNL coach Kurt Godlevske ihas been named the interim head coach at Butler.,

Former BNL coach Kurt Godlevske has been named the interim head coach at Butler.

Butler University has fired women’s coach Beth Couture and named former Bedford North Lawrence girls coach Kurt Godlevske as the interim head coach.

Godlevske just completed his first season as an assistant under Couture after leading the Stars to the 2013 Class 4-A state championship. Godlevske coached BNL for seven seasons and went 120-41.

“I am very pleased that Kurt Godlevske has agreed to lead our program at this time,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said. “Kurt is highly respected, a tireless worked and has excellent relationships throughout the game of basketball.”

Couture  was 193-174 in 12 seasons at Butler, including five women’s NIT appearances. The Bulldogs went 15-16 in 2014, and four players transferred following the end of the season.

BNL junior Alexa Bailey has verbally committed to play her college basketball at Butler.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Castle coach Hobson resigns

Beau Hobson, who guided Castle to back-to-back sectional titles, resigned as the girls basketball coach of the Knights on Tuesday night.

Hobson accepted the position as the boys basketball coach at Gibson Southern, his alma mater. Hobson went 31-14 in two seasons with Castle, losing to Bedford North Lawrence during the 2012-13 regular season and during the 2014 regional semifinal at Columbus North.

Former BNL star Carrie Mount Roelle was an assistant on his staff.

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TRACK: Depth, distance the key for Star power

Matt Garrison flies toward the sand during the long jump competition. Garrison, last year's state runner-up in the event, set a new school record at 23-3.

Matt Garrison flies toward the sand during the long jump competition. Garrison, last year’s state runner-up in the event, set a new school record at 23-3.

Garrison shatters long jump record;

BNL girls rely on depth to record

dual-meet victory over Edgewood

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Matt Garrison soared a great distance, and Bedford North Lawrence’s girls team went the distance for a booster-shot victory during Tuesday night’s dual meet with Edgewood.

Garrison, the Purdue-bound leaper who is not as Earth bound as most, shattered the school record in the long jump, flying 23 feet, 3 inches while leading the Stars to seven wins. But the Lady Stars proved depth can overcome individual stardom as they won an equal number of events but prevailed 71-61 in the team competition. The Mustangs won the boys meet 78-54.

Video: BNL track meet

BNL's Nathan Dotts races across the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash.

BNL’s Nathan Dotts races across the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash.

Garrison and speedster Nathan Dotts provided the main highlights for the Stars. Garrison chased records and got one, winning his specialty by breaking his mark of 23-2 ¼ while finishing second in the state meet last season. He also won the high jump at 6-4, narrowly missing the next height (6-6) that would have smashed a school record that has stood for over three decades.

That 6-6 mark is next on his to-do list.

“That’s right there in my mind, it’s dug in and buried,” Garrison said. “It’s more practice. That’s all it is. A little more practice will get me over. Nothing but the best.”

Everybody chased Dotts, a self-described “slow, chubby, tall kid in middle school” who has transformed himself into a powerful sprinter. Nobody caught him. He won the 100-meter dash (11.26) and 200 (22.99), and had a huge hand in BNL’s winning 400 relay (43.99).

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SOFTBALL: Stars steal one from Hatchets

MIkala Haag

Mikala Haag

Justice Kline

Justice Kline

BNL pounds out 11 hits,

swipes seven bases during

11-1 victory at Washington

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WASHINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence hit the ground running at Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

The Class 4-A No.13 Stars swiped a season-high seven bases and took out the frustrations of a tough loss to Bloomington South just 24 hours earlier with an 11-1 victory over the Hatchets.

BNL pounded out 11 hits and Cassidy Morron allowed only three hits in five innings in the circle.

“We played pretty well,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “We scored some runs early. We had an inning or two where we got lethargic. I don’t know if it was a little fatigue, but it was nice to get the win. That’s what we needed.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Borden bounces BNL 4-1

Sierra Crane

Sierra Crane

Nicole Backherms

Nicole Backherms

BORDEN – Borden swept the singles and remained undefeated with a 4-1 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon.

The Braves (4-0) surrendered only three points in the three singles matches. Abby Ellis conquered Hanna Yeary 6-0, 6-1 at No.1, Sarah Hurst stopped Schylar Hewitt 6-1, 6-1 at No.2, and Kendyl Wheatley topped Amanda Hearth 6-0, 6-0 at No.3.

“They’re a good team,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “Everybody was thinking it’s Borden, but they’re just really strong in singles. They have some good players.”

BNL’s victory came at No.2 doubles as Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane combined for a 6-2, 6-4 win over Bailee and Katie Kruer.

“They’re playing well and playing well together, which is a big deal,” Stigall said. ” The chemistry is a much bigger deal than people think. They’re determined. They did a really good job tonight.”

The Stars (3-2) will host Jennings County on Thursday.

BORDEN 4, BNL 1

Singles: 1. Abby Ellis (B) d. Hanna Yeary 6-0, 6-1; 2. Sarah Hurst (B) d. Schylar Hewitt 6-1, 6-1; 3. Kendyl Wheatley (B) d. Amanda Hearth 6-0, 6-0

Doubles: 1. McKenzie Owens and Sidney Martin (B) d. Mollie Bond and Lauren Mitchell 6-1, 6-1; 2. Sierra Crane and Nicole Backherms (BNL) d. Bailee Kruer and Katie Kruer 6-2, 6-4

 

 

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GIRLS GOLF: Lady Stars to host clinic

Bedford North Lawrence coach Aaron Sanders will host a clinic for participants in grades 3-8 on May 5-8 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each day at Otis Park.

The cost is $40 per player and will include instruction on the short game, swing fundamentals, rules and etiquette. All participants will receive a Lady Stars golf shirt.

For more information, call Sanders at 812-797-4922.

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SOFTBALL: To err makes BNL far too human

Bloomington South's Olivia White drops a bunt down against BNL pitcher Cassidy Morron. BNL's defense broke down on Monday afternoon, allowing 11 unearned runs during a 12-8 loss to the Panthers.

Bloomington South’s Olivia White drops a bunt down against BNL pitcher Cassidy Morron. BNL’s defense broke down on Monday night, allowing 11 unearned runs during a 12-8 loss to the Panthers.

Stars allow 11 unearned runs,

including five in the seventh,

during 12-8 setback to South

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

To err is human. Softball does not forgive.

Bedford North Lawrence fielders were certainly prone to mistakes on Monday night, but allowing an unbelievable, almost sinful, 11 unearned runs required forgiveness of a divine nature. Bloomington South applied pressure and found plenty of cracks.

After scrambling back from a 7-2 deficit with a remarkable rally, the Stars gave away all that hard work with two seventh-inning errors, gift-wrapping a five-run South answer as the Panthers conquered BNL 12-8 in a wild, whacky and bizarre game at BNL Field.

The contest was designated for cancer awareness, an emotional Play for a Cure fundraiser dedicated to the memory of BNL student Katie Butterfield.

But it was not pretty in pink. BNL (7-2) is sure to tumble from the No.10 spot in the Class 4-A poll.

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BASEBALL: BNL loses its magic touch

BNL's Patrick Price scores a first-inning run against Seymour on Monday afternoon. The Stars struck for three in the first, then went silent as the Owls rallied for a 7-3 win.

BNL’s Patrick Price scores a first-inning run against Seymour on Monday afternoon. The Stars struck for three in the first, then went silent as the Owls rallied for a 7-3 win.

Seymour scores 7 runs in final

two innings to subdue Stars 7-3

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The first inning was a grand illusion. From that point, Bedford North Lawrence’s offense performed a magic trick. It disappeared.

The Stars scored three times in their first frame, then squandered opportunities to inflict more pain. Seymour, scoreless until the top of the sixth, struck late and pulled a victory out of its collective cap, stopping BNL 7-3 on Monday afternoon.

The Owls (4-4), sparked by a lead-off home run in the sixth by Tyler Reedy, escaped BNL’s grip with a four-run outburst, then took advantage of two critical errors to add on insurance runs in the seventh. The Stars stranded 10 runners on base while slipping to 4-5.

“We didn’t lose this game in the sixth or seventh inning,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “We lost it earlier when we had opportunities to extend the lead. That’s a whole different ballgame if you’re sitting over there with a five- or six-run lead. We didn’t take advantage of that.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars rain on Loogootee

LOOGOOTEE – Bedford North Lawrence improved to 3-1 with a rain-shortened 3-0 victory at Loogootee on Monday afternoon.

The Stars swept the doubles and recorded a victory at No.3 singles before the remaining matches were halted because of rain and slick courts.

BNL’s Nicole Backherms and Sierra Crane won 6-0, 6-1 over Ashley Jones and Emma Walters at No.2 doubles, while Mollie Bond and Lauren Mitchell prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over Ashley Lindauer and Eden Jenkins at No.1. Amanda Hearth posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tara Pennington at No.3 singles.

“We looked ugly but we’ll take it,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “We had a lot of errors and didn’t play well in some matches. Sometimes that happens.We got a win, that’s all that matters.”

The Stars will visit Borden on Tuesday.