Bedford North Lawrence Sports

FOOTBALL: BNL lands three on All-HHC team

BNL senior Joe Jackson was named First Team All-HHC as a defensive back.

Scarpellini, Jackson and Flores

named First Team by coaches

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence’s Andrew Scarpellini, Joe Jackson and Esteban Flores were named to the Hoosier Hills Conference’s First Team by the league coaches.

Scarpellini, an offensive lineman, and Jackson, a defensive back, were senior captains for the Stars, who finished 4-6 overall and sixth in the league standings with a 2-5 record. Flores, a junior, was named as a kicking specialist.

Andrew Scarpellini

Esteban Flores

Jackson led the Stars with four interceptions while also recording two sacks and eight tackles for loss. Flores was a weapon as he kicked 13 field goals, and he also had 15 catches for 342 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. Scarpellini, a 6-5, 290-pound power blocker, was a key piece to BNL’s triple-option running game.

Columbus East, while finished as the Class 5-A state runner-up, led the league with seven First Team selections. The Olympians won their 13th consecutive HHC title and stretched their league winning streak to 70 games.

BNL’s Jackson Bartlett (linebacker) was named Honorable Mention.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stars drown in the Jallow end

BNL’s McCall Ray slides through Bloomington North defenders. Ray scored 23 points, but the Stars suffered a 67-55 loss on Saturday night.

North’s first-half blast

rocks BNL as Cougars

claw to 67-55 victory

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

The kids were not hot tonight. Not when defended, not even when wide open from 15 feet. At some point, Bedford North Lawrence’s youthful exuberance was going to be washed away by waves of experienced reality. At some point, the Stars were going to struggle in the deep end.

They dove into murky water on Saturday night, and couldn’t paddle to the surface, drowning in the Jallow end as Bloomington North gushed to a 67-55 victory in BNL Fieldhouse.  North star Musa Jallow, a Division I recruit who already has a standing offer from Indiana University, scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while powering the Cougars to a win in their season opener.

North star Musa Jallow, a Division I recruit, had 29 points and 12 rebounds.

If BNL had a shot at its first true signature victory, it had to make some. Anything. Drop a trey, swish a free throw, convert a short-range jumper. Unfortunately, the Stars fired more blanks than a movie stuntman with Clint Eastwood’s prized Magnum.

While BNL was suffering from rim disease in the first half, the Cougars were making almost everything, draining six 3-pointers during a devastating second-quarter run that was ultimately the difference. North exploded to a 41-20 halftime lead, and only BNL’s grit and determination – quite impressive for such a young group – kept the blowout from expanding.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagles land shots on faraway Stars

Kennedy Bunch

Jorie Allen

No.10 Zionsville pulls away

in second half for 73-49 win

as BNL drops third straight

Box score

ZIONSVILLE – When the Eagles landed, Bedford North Lawrence was stranded.

Class 4-A No.10 Zionsville got hot in the second half and shot down the Stars 73-49 on Saturday afternoon. Rachel McLimore, an Indiana Junior All-Star who transferred into the Zionsville program after last season, scored 26 points as the Eagles handed BNL (4-3) its third straight setback.

After a slow start, BNL rallied to take a 33-31 lead early in the third quarter. Then the roof caved in as the Eagles stroked shot after shot, forced BNL from its zone defense, and left the Stars gasping. Zionsville hit 15 of 19 shots in the second half and went on an 18-0 run to end the suspense.

“They just got hot,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “They’re a very good team, and if they can shoot like that, they’re going to be tough to beat. McLimore took over in the third quarter, and they had other kids start shooting lights out. We stayed in the zone as long as we could. I thought we were doing well in our zone, but they started making shots.”

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SWIMMING: Highlanders sweep past BNL

Kaiti Siedl

Andrew Swenson

GALENA – Floyd Central dominated with depth while splashing to a pair of wins over Bedford North Lawrence on Saturday morning.

The Highlanders won 9 events, and went 1-2 in all three relays, to conquer the Stars 136-50 in the girls meet. In the boys, Floyd Central posted 6 victories and went 1-2 in five of them to power past BNL 125-60.

Floyd Central results

In the boys meet, BNL’s Andrew Swenson won two events. The freshman touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:06.35) and the 100 backstroke (56.98), and he helped the Stars finish first in the 200 medley relay (1:47.64 with a five-second drop in time).

“Andrew is a solid kid,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “He was challenged a bit today, but ultimately came out on top.  He needs to sharpen up some aspects of his breaststroke and when that happens he will be even more dangerous than he is now.”

BNL’s Alden Crosby won the diving with 206.25 points.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stars get head start on Cougars

BNL sophomore McCall Ray and the Stars, who beat Brown County in the season opener, will host Bloomington North on Saturday night.

BNL, fresh from opening

win over Brown County,

ready for North’s debut

By Justin Sokeland

With the first-game nerves of a young team soothed by a victory, with a quality ballhandling performance easily overshadowing tepid shooting, Bedford North Lawrence made a positive first step into the unknown of the 2016-17 campaign.

The Stars, fueled by the momentum of success, will need that advantage when they host Bloomington North on Saturday night.

BNL statistics

The Cougars will make their belated debut. Although North got the chance to scout BNL’s new-look system and personnel during the 56-44 win over Brown County, the Cougars will have kinks the Stars have already worked out.

“Maybe we can actually have a little bit of the nerves out of the way, that first game out of the way, and use that as an advantage,” BNL coach Matt Seifers said. “There were so many pieces that we did well, and being that young we were able to do it. We missed a lot of shots, but the kids trust each other and moved the ball well. We didn’t over-do too much.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oh, shoot. Accuracy issue for Stars

BNL sophomore Jorie Allen and the Stars will look to end a two-game skid when they visit No.10 Zionsville on Saturday afternoon.

BNL seeks to end 2-game

skid when it makes tough

trip to 4-A No.10 Zionsville

By Justin Sokeland

Hired guns of the Old West lived, or died, off their accuracy. Movies and television hype the gunslinger’s quick draw, but fast was not always best. Nerves of steel and deadly aim got the job done better than wildly firing off stray bullets that missed the target.

Bedford North Lawrence proved that fact, in basketball terms, during its last two games. Launching bombs without a guidance system does not produce more damage or points. You have to hit something. The Stars didn’t even shoot themselves in the foot.

BNL statistics

After back-to-back losses, BNL (4-2) will look for answers as it prepares for another difficult assignment. The Stars will visit Class 4-A No.10 Zionsville (5-1) on Saturday for an afternoon matinee that won’t be cheap.

BNL’s recent stumbles can be traced to a season-long problem: shooting. The Stars, promising a free-flowing offense to capitalize on additional firepower, are connecting on 39 percent of their shots – only 27 percent from 3-point range. Take away the torrid night at Mitchell, and those numbers drop to an alarming level.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stars ride second-half surge

BNL freshman Brayton Bailey attacks the basket during Tuesday’s season opener with Brown County. Bailey had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Stars prevailed 56-44.

BNL wins Seifers’ debut

as Stockman, Bailey key

Stars to 56-44 triumph

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

When he replays his first win, both in his mind and on the video screen, as the new head coach at Bedford North Lawrence, Matt Seifers will fast forward to the fourth quarter. From his perspective, that’s how this collection of young guns should perform.

Clinging anxiously to a one-point lead, the Stars pulled away with a near-perfect conclusion while conquering dangerous Brown County 56-44 on Tuesday night. Isaiah Stockman scored 17 points while heralded freshman Brayton Bailey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and that duo did the bulk of the heavy lifting as Seifers hung this framed victory on the wall.

Isaiah Stockman

With their team questioning its fate, Stockman and Bailey shouldered the load. Stockman, a slasher on the baseline, hit his last six shots. Bailey, carrying a legend’s name as his baggage, made game-winning plays that were reminiscent of his pedigree. Their fourth-quarter surge powered BNL to safety.

“That was probably about as good a fourth quarter as we can play,” Seifers said. “We started going after balls, getting rebounds, doing things. It was pretty good.”

After a smooth breakout to a 13-3 lead, BNL’s offense started sputtering as shots clunked. Without junior reserve Koby Byers, who drilled three 3-pointers, BNL’s ability to score was nearly extinguished by the inside presence of 6-10 Brown County center Josh Cochran, who blocked six shots and altered most others by simply standing there with his arms extended.

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SWIMMING: Stars sweep past Edgewood

Sidney Carlile

Sam Tlustek

Bedford North Lawrence opened its dual-meet season with dominating victories over Edgewood on Tuesday night.

The Stars won the girls meet 133-43 and dunked the Mustangs 131-54 in the boys meet.

BNL-Edgewood results

In the girls meet, the Stars won every event. Sidney Carlile, Joslyn Wever and Hayley Hatfield were all double winners. Carlile won the 200 individual medley (2:26.10) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.04), Wever claimed the 50 freestyle (28.44) and the 100 free (1:02.45), and Hatfield took the 100 butterfly (1:11.22) and the 100 breaststroke (1:19.02).

BNL also posted wins by Kaiti Siedl (2:20.53 in the 200 free) and Zoe Zollman (6:38.96 in the 500 free).

“Sidney is so consistent and solid in her races,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said, “Joslyn has made some changes to her stroke in the offseason. Once she becomes more familiar with the changes, she is really going to do some damage.”

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PREVIEW: A new era dawning with BNL basketball

BNL sophomore guard McCall Ray and the Stars will start the 2016-17 season on Tuesday night.

With new coach, with

young team, Stars set

to start 2016-17 season

By Justin Sokeland

The sun, promising a better day and a brighter future as it pierces the darkness, rises each morning with its energy, its expectation, its hope. Dawn, so glorious and beautiful to behold, is not instantaneous. The amazing process unfolds on its own timetable.

Beadford North Lawrence basketball is about to start a new era. As with each sunrise, no matter what happened with its predecessors, the dawning is a fresh start. The past is not forgotten, for it influences the decisions of the future, but the direction can be changed.

Matt Seifers

With a new head coach, with a revamped program, with an anxiously young and inexperienced team, the Stars will begin anew on Tuesday night. They will be greeted with wonder, with questions, with excitement. Clouds will appear, storms will fire up. Anything could happen on this day.

Matt Seifers, the eighth coach in program history, has taken over a team in total transition as he succeeds Jamie Hudson (now at Bloomfield). BNL went 14-11 a year ago and lost eight seniors who represented 87 percent of the offense. The restart button has been pressed. From the coaching staff to the roster, the Stars are almost completely different.

Seifers promises no immediate success, nor should he. The constant question surrounding this change has been ‘How good will they be?’ and that’s almost unanswerable. With only two seniors on the roster, with two sophomores and a freshman in the projected starting lineup, the Stars are so young that no one knows.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Devils stick a fork in Stars

BNL’s Kennedy Bunch looks for help while facing defensive pressure. Jeffersonville clamped down on BNL’s offense and ended a 9-game losing streak in the series with a 43-34 win.

Jeffersonville ends 9-game

losing streak to BNL with

dominating 43-34 victory

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

JEFFERSONVILLE – The scouting report was perfect, down to the last detail, but of course Jeffersonville had months to come up with a game plan to conquer its nemesis. This time, the Red Devils executed it, dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’ while erasing a frustrating losing streak.

Every move BNL made was countered, every play call was defended, every pet move was expected. The Red Devils could not have scripted it any better. And the Stars, suddenly reeling, could not have performed much worse.

Mike Warren guided the Red Devils (2-2) to their first win over BNL in his tenure.

In the midst of that perfect storm, Jeffersonville clamped down for a 43-34 victory on Saturday night in Johnson Arena, ending BNL’s 9-game winning in the series. Jaelyn Lee, one of two Jeff seniors who did not know what beating BNL felt like, scored 13 points and freshman Nan Garcia added 10 as the Red Devils (2-2 overall, 1-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) handed the Stars their second straight loss.

The Devils also stuck a fork in BNL’s aspirations of reclaiming the league title. BNL (4-2, 1-1) is certainly not done, but now BNL’s aura of near-invincibility in the conference has vanished. The race is wide open.

Wide open? BNL shooters didn’t find much free space. When they did, they misfired at a scary rate. The Stars were a frigid 24 percent (11 of 45) from the field, and that won’t beat anyone, most certainly an opponent that has been ready for the moment since last year’s sectional final.

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