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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stars drown in the Jallow end

McCall Ray

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

TheHHCSports.com

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

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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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 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

TheHHCSports.com

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.

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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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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 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

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

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

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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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.

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

TheHHCSports.com

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.

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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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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL better than advertised

Isaiah Stockman

BNL junior Isaiah Stockman drives to the basket against Columbus North during Thursday’s scrimmage. Stockman had 11 points as BNL ‘won’ the workout by a combined score of 54-48.

Young Stars ‘win’ scrimmage

at Columbus North as Ritter,

Ray, Stockman lead the way

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

COLUMBUS – If the muttering was true, if the worriers were concerned about the state of Bedford North Lawrence basketball – and the angst was coming from within the BNL camp – imagine the fear from without.

Take a deep breath.

In their public debut against real competition (not counting the intrasquad practice, which is just a glorified practice), the Stars were better than advertised as they not only competed against Columbus North in the IHSAA-sanctioned scrimmage on Thursday night, they won it. That’s right. Won it.

Now let’s preface that just a bit. The Bull Dogs were missing a couple of important players (out because of illness and suspension). The format, four quarters of a running clock until the final minute, included dictated defenses. And if free throws were shot for every foul whistled, North would still be camped at the line.

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BNL Coaches Corner – week 13

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BOYS BASKETBALL: The journey starts with a single step

First-year BNL coach Matt Seifers watches Isaiah Stockman work on a ballhandling drill during the first official practice for the 2016-17 season.

First-year BNL coach Matt Seifers watches Isaiah Stockman work on a ballhandling drill during the first official practice for the 2016-17 season.

BNL, under new direction,

opens the official practices

for intriguing 2016-17 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The whirlwind courtship and hiring of new Bedford North Lawrence coach Matt Seifers was followed by an intense month of summer practices, games . . . and then an eternity of waiting. Four months dragged on forever, even worse than the presidential campaign.

Now, finally, the real work begins. The Stars, along with the rest of the state, started their official practice sessions for the 2016-17 season on Monday afternoon as Seifers and his newly-structured staff welcomed 44 athletes (in four grades, some better represented than others) to the opening day of an intriguing winter.

So many questions surround the program right now, and there aren’t enough days until the season opener to answer them all. What’s the new system going to look like? Who steps into the void left by 8 seniors? How many games will the Stars win? All will be addressed, in due time.

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BASKETBALL: Burton knows language of the game

Former BNL standout Ryan Burton has been living his basketball dream as a walk-on at Indiana University. Photo courtesy of Insidethehall.com

Former BNL standout and Indiana University walk-on Ryan Burton will travel to China to compete in the World University League.
Photo courtesy of Insidethehall.com

Former BNL standout set

to compete in 3-on-3

event during China trip

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The Chinese word for basketball is lanqiu. Some aspects of the sport need no translation. Ryan Burton doesn’t know one word of Mandarin, but he can speak the universal language of the game.

Burton, a former standout at Bedford North Lawrence and a walk-on at Indiana University, will represent his country in a unique format next week when he visits China to compete in the World University League in Xiamen.

The competition, under the oversight of the International University Sports Federation, is a 3-on-3 event featuring 16 international teams. Burton will join forces with former IU teammate Max Bielfeldt, Nate Ritchie and Dalton Judd in the second annual event.

Now this isn’t the typical 3-on-3 fund-raiser or playground battle. The games will feature a 12-second shot clock and a 10-minute game clock in a race to 21 points. It’s fast paced, and the Hoosier foursome is preparing for the up-tempo concept.

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BASKETBALL: Hudson named new coach at Bloomfield

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars (8-13 in 2012-13) will start the improvement process during a crucial offseason.

Former BNL coach Jamie Hudson will take over at Bloomfield.

Former BNL coach returns

home to Greene County roots

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Former Bedford North Lawrence coach Jamie Hudson, whose tenure with the program ended in controversy, has been hired as the new head coach at Bloomfield.

Hudson, who graduated from Eastern Greene, coached the Stars for 9 seasons and posted a 107-96 record, winning one Hoosier Hills Conference championship. BNL had four losing seasons during his tenure and did not win a sectional championship. The Stars went 4-9 in the postseason and played in three sectional finals.

Coming off a 14-11 campaign that was widely regarded as one of the best coaching jobs of his career, Hudson was expected to remain with the system. But during a tense April meeting which included voices in opposition, by a 4-3 decision, the North Lawrence Community Schools Board voted against renewing his contract.

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SERIES: 3 key questions facing the Stars

BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers and the Stars have been busy during the critical month of June.

BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers and the Stars will take a new direction.

BOYS BASKETBALL

BNL faces rebuilding project

with new coach, young team

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Note: This week, with the start of official practices for fall sports looming, we’ll look at five different sports and examine the key issues heading into the 2016-17 calendar season. 

1. What direction will the program take with the coaching change?

For the first time in 10 years, Bedford North Lawrence is under new management with the hiring of Matt Seifers as the eighth head coach in school history. Seifers follows in the footsteps of Bob Masterson, Mike Sorrells, Dan Bush, Mark Mathews, Mark Ryan, Damon Bailey and Jamie Hudson.

The last five on that list were linked, the line of succession was evident and the course was basically unaltered. They did it the “BNL Way,” if such a label exists. That is no longer the case. Seifers is new blood, and he will feature a new style, a different philosophy. His background is based on old-school instruction and fundamental training, but his resume includes more AAU success as a coach.

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