Bedford North Lawrence Sports

GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL’s Rizzi on the Lincoln Trail

Brittani Rizzi has verbally committed to play at Lincoln Trail Junior College.

Brittani Rizzi has verbally committed to play at Lincoln Trail Junior College.

Bedford North Lawrence senior guard Brittani Rizzi has verbally committed to continue her basketball career at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Il.

Rizzi was the main perimeter weapon for the two-time Class 4-A state champions. She 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.

Lincoln Trail, part of the NJCAA, is coached by Scott Sparks, the son of former Vincennes University coach and Hall of Famer Dan Sparks. Scott played for his father at Vincennes, then played at the University of Evansville for three seasons. After graduating in 1996, he spent time in the NBA (Sacramento and Milwaukee) and played three seasons in Europe.

The Statesmen went 9-20 in 2013-14.


SOFTBALL: Two victories equal milestone for Stars

BNL's Kaci Ikerd hammers a base hit.

BNL’s Kaci Ikerd hammers a base hit. Ikerd drove in the winning run during the 1-0 victory over Edgewood on Saturday afternoon.

Gilbert records 200th coaching

win as Stars conquer Eastern

Greene and Edgewood in twinbill

Eastern Greene box score

Edgewood box score

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence senior Kaci Ikerd, nicknamed “Chicken” by her team, refused to lay an egg with the game on the line Saturday afternoon.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ikerd ripped a double over the head of the Edgewood left fielder, chasing home pinch runner Kiana Brown with the winning run as the Class 4-A No.10 Stars nipped the Mustangs 1-0 in the second game of a split twinbill.

Video: Stars sweep twinbill

BNL's Kiana Brown scores the winning run in the second game of BNL's twinbill on Saturday afternoon.

BNL’s Kiana Brown scores the winning run in the second game of BNL’s twinbill on Saturday afternoon.

BNL (7-1) cracked Eastern Greene 14-2 in five innings in the opener. The two victories gave BNL coach Brad Gilbert his 200th career victory in two stints with the program.

The Stars collected only two hits (both by Ikerd) against Edgewood pitcher Nicole Salyers, and the Mustangs committed only one error behind her. Both happened in the swing sixth.

Haley Greer started the frame with a ground ball to Edgewood shortstop Steffi Farkas, whose throw to first drew her teammate off the bag. Mikala Haag followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt. After Justice Kline was retired on a fly ball to center, Ikerd came through with the clutch hit, driving the ball deep into left field.

“I at least wanted to hit a gap so we could move the girl to third,” Ikerd said. She found more than a gap, and Brown wasn’t stopping as she sprinted around with the go-ahead run.

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BOYS GOLF: BNL finishes 14th at Legends


Caleb Thorne

Trey Turner

Trey Turner

FRANKLIN – Bedford North Lawrence finished in the middle of the pack during Saturday’s Spring Preview at the Legends of Indiana, the site of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals.

The Stars posted a team total of 344 to finish 14th in the 24-team field that included 12 teams ranked in the top 20 in the latest Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association state poll.

No.4 Hamilton Southeastern won the team title with a score of 298, followed by No.2 Columbus North (312) and No.3 Carmel (314).

“It was a heavy-duty field and a good experience,” BNL coach Mike Wright said. “I think we gained some confidence today, if nothing else. From a team aspect, it was a positive day.”

Trey Turner paced BNL with an 82. Caleb Thorne posted two birdies en route to an 86, and Alex Crane had one birdie while shooting his 86.

Columbus North’s Michael VanDeventer, a Ball State recruit, was the medalist with a 2-under 70.

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BASEBALL: Walk-off to walks for Stars

BNL freshman Drew Hensley zips a pitch toward the plate during his relief stint in Game 1.

BNL freshman Drew Hensley zips a pitch toward the plate during his relief stint in Game 1. Hensley got the win when the Stars scored in the bottom of the seventh inning.

BNL wins Game 1 with Green’s

game-winning hit, but walks lead

to 12-1 loss and split with North

Box score game 1

Box score game 2

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence junior outfielder Jack Green found green grass with a game-winning base hit on Saturday afternoon, capping a stirring comeback with a walk-off whack in the opening game of a doubleheader with Bloomington North.

Jack Green

Jack Green

Green’s clutch single chased home Cole Mathews with the deciding run as the Stars clipped the Cougars 6-5 in Game 1. That momentum didn’t last very long, as the Cougars struck for seven second-inning runs and took advantage of 11 walks to punish the Stars 12-1 in the nightcap.

The one-sided outcome on the back end dampened the day, but it did not take away from the importance of the victory in the opener. The Stars trailed 4-0 after a shaky third inning, but they bounced back and prevailed in dramatic fashion.

Video: Stars walk off with win

The Stars struck in the seventh against North freshman Riley Crean, the son of Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean. With one out, Mathews fought back from a two-strike hole to coax a walk, and freshman Drew Hensley followed with a sharp single to left.

North coach Richard Hurt brought in reliever Blake Richardson to face Green, who fell behind 1-2 and fouled off two tough pitches from the side-arm hurler on the mound. But Green connected with a smash to left field that plated the winning run.

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GIRLS TRACK: Stars finish 10th in FC Invite

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence settled for 10th place in the 12-team field during Friday night’s Floyd Central Invitational.

The Highlanders won the event with 106 points, followed by New Albany (72.25) and Jennings County (69). The Stars scored 18.25 points.

Dominique McBryde was BNL’s top scorer, finishing second in the long jump (15-10 1/4), sixth in the 100 meter dash (13.80) and seventh in the 200 (27.97). McBryde also anchored the 400 relay team, teaming with Whitley Brock, Sarah Evans and Liza Williams to finish fifth in 53.46.

Bret Roberts finished third in the pole vault (8-0) and Halle Hughes tied for sixth in the high jump (4-8).

Charlestown’s Megan Brooks was a double winner in the discus (125-2) and shot put (41-11) while Jennings County’s Keri Ertel claimed the 100 hurdles (15.57) and 300 hurdles (45.37)


Team scores: Floyd Central 106, New Albany 72.25, Jennings County 69, Castle 51, Corydon 47, Madison 35, North Harrison 30, Henryville 25.25, Charlestown 20, BNL 19.25, Crawford County 14, Borden 8.25

Individual winners

Discus – Megan Brooks, Charlestown 125-2; Shot put – Megan Brooks, Charlestown 41-11; Long jump – Kaitlin Soloman, Corydon 16-4; High jump – Emily Holland, Madison 5-2; Pole vault – Rachel Kavgazoff, FC 11-6; 3200 relay – FC 9:58.45; 100 hurdles – Keri Ertel, JC 15.57; 100 – Justine Corya, JC 13.42; 1600 – Ashton Bosler, NH 5:20.26; 400 relay – NA 51.13; 400 – Mackenna Peach, Castle 1:04.06; 300 hurdles – Keri Ertel, JC 45.73; 200 – Jayla Bethel, NA 26.91; 3200 – Cia Greene, Henryville 12:03.52; 1600 relay – Castle 4:20.68


GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde named MaxPreps All-American

BNL's Dominique McBryde was named a MaxPreps All-American.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde was named a MaxPreps All-American.

Bedford North Lawrence junior Dominique McBryde was named to the MaxPreps All-American team.

McBryde, who was named All-State and selected for the Junior All-Stars in Indiana, was selected for the Sixth Team on the national level. She averaged 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds as the Stars, who finished the year ranked No.9 nationally, won their second straight Class 4-A state championship.

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, was joined on the Sixth Team by Columbus North’s Ali Patberg.



BOYS TRACK: BNL finishes fourth in NA Relays

Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn

Matt Garrison

Matt Garrison

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence finished fourth during the 65th annual New Albany Relays on Thursday night.

Floyd Central won the seven-team meet with 131.5 points, followed by Silver Creek with 102, Jeffersonville with 82 and BNL with 76.

The Stars won the 400 relay with Isaac Kuehn, Nathan Dotts, Austin Hughes and Matt Garrison combining to finish in 44.15 seconds. Mike Flynn was victorious in the shot put with a throw of 51-0.

Garrison won the long jump at 22-11 and was also second in the high jump at 6-2. Dotts won the 200 in 22.01, and the Stars were second in the 1600 relay (Dotts, Garrison, Kuehn and Micah Wagner) in 3:32.70 behind Jeffersonville.

Event winners included:

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GIRLS TENNIS: Hearth the hero as Stars clip Eagles

Amanda Hearth

Amanda Hearth

NASHVILLE – With the match on her racket, Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Amanda Hearth was Miss Calm in the storm.

Hearth pounded out a three-set victory at No.3 singles as the Stars squeezed out a 3-2 victory at Brown County on Thursday afternoon. BNL swept the doubles, then waited on Hearth to heat up in the deciding set. Hearth handled it with ease, posting a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 triumph over Elisabeth Hulls.

“The difference in her in the last year is amazing,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “She was calm, and she just went out and played. She knew it was up to her and she made it happen.”

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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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