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Listen to 25 Greatest Sports Stories in state history

Damon Bailey powered BNL to the state championship in 1990 before a world-record crown of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome.

Damon Bailey powered BNL to the state championship in 1990 before a world-record crown of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome.

The 25 Greatest Sports Stories in the History of Indiana will air tonight on WFNI-1070 (93.5 FM) and other stations across Network Indiana tonight at 7 p.m.

The 3-hour program, hosted by Greg Rakestraw, will feature over 200 interviews and discuss stories ranging from Milan’s historic IHSAA state championship in basketball in 1954, to Peyton Manning and the success of the Colts, to the Indianapolis 500.

Bedford North Lawrence basketball legend Damon Bailey, who guided the Stars to the 1990 state championship before a world-record crowd of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome, won the Mr. Basketball honor and set the state scoring record, will be featured.

Other stations set to broadcast the show include WAMW in Washington, WXVW-1450 in Jeffersonville, WGCL-1370 (96.1 FM) in Bloomington and WKBV in Richmond. WCSI in Columbus will air it on a tape-delay basis later this weekend. Check the websites of these stations (if out of range) for live streams on the Internet. 1070thefan.com will live stream the broadcast.

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BASKETBALL: BNL’s Ray set for Underclass Showcase

BNL freshman McCall Ray attacks the defense. Ray had 6 points off the bench for the Stars (3-5). Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL sophomore McCall Ray is scheduled to play in the IBCA-IHSAA Underclass Showcase at Ben Davis.

Bedford North Lawrence sophomore McCall Ray is scheduled to compete in the IBCA-IHSAA Underclass Showcase on July 13 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The two-day event is designed to help athletes (approximately 100 boys and 100 girls) gain exposure to college coaches and scouts across the nation. The Girls Showcase, with three sessions of games, is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. on July 12, while the boys will follow a similar format and compete from 3-9 p.m. the following day.

The events are NCAA certified, which gives coaches from all levels an opportunity to attend and evaluate the participants.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL taking change on the run

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 have been busy during the critical month of June.

Seifers, Stars playing

over 50 games as they

adjust to new system

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Matt Seifers speaks in a hurry, compacting as many words into one breath as possible. Not quite like the guy who reads the fine print and the disclaimer at the end of commercials, but he’s cramming a lot of information into a sentence. Jerry Seinfeld would call him a “fast talker.”

That also describes his first month as Bedford North Lawrence’s new basketball coach. He was hired in a rush, with the crucial process and decision packed into a few weeks, and he’s been in hyper mode since May 19, with a lot to accomplish and little time. June is a critical offseason month, with camps, scrimmages and practices. Winter is coming. Think it’s hot now, wait until November arrives with a new coach and staff, an unfamiliar system and inexperienced personnel thrown into the heat of the regular season.

“You take advantage of the time you have,” Seifers said.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Welcome to the new way

New BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers issues instructions during the opening day of the BNL summer camp.

New BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers issues instructions during the opening day of the BNL summer camp.

New coach Seifers starts

his introductory phase

with BNL summer camp

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Exactly one month has vanished since Matt Seifers was hired as the new basketball coach at Bedford North Lawrence. He could use a few more days like this, ones with the most daylight to burn, as he strikes the match and ignites the candle on both ends to get up to speed with his new program.

June is hectic under the best of circumstances. Seifers’ arrival does not qualify for that. He was thrust into a rebuilding situation, in terms of staff and returning varsity veterans, and he’s been running to catch up since his introduction.

However, this week is his element. Teaching, stressing fundamentals and instructing eager kids who absorb everything, is his comfort zone. He’s hosting – with a lot of help – his first BNL Summer Camp. Give him a whistle, a rack of basketballs and a gym full of energy, and Seifers is bouncing.

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BASKETBALL: Stars hit the road to improve

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Terri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

BNL girls finish 2-1

during IU team camp;

boys go 1-2 at Carmel

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence spanned the state in search of competition and improvement on Friday.

The BNL girls went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University, dropping a two-point decision to Warren Central (after allowing a 12-point lead to vanish) before conquering Edwardsville (Ill.) by one point and clipping Archbishop Alter (of Kettering, Oh.) in overtime in the finale.

“We had a good day,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “This was really good competition for us. We learned a lot. These teams forced us to make adjustments.”

Warren Central went 12-12 last year, but the Warriors feature sophomore Shaila Beeler, projected to be one of the top point guards in the state in 2019. Edwardsville is a 4-A Illinois program that went 31-2 a year ago, and Alter was 29-3 and ranked No.5 in Ohio last season.

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COLUMN: 2016 year in review

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars received a bye for the first round of the sectional.

Former BNL boys basketball coach Jamie Hudson was a key part in several storylines during the 2015-16 campaign.

Where did the 2015-16 season go? It was the vapor that appeared for a little while and vanished. Somewhere between August’s heat and May’s monsoon rains, Bedford North Lawrence crammed in 19 sports and several hundred events. And even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

The sports year was interesting, to understate the obvious. Basketball dominated the headlines again, of course, and captured the public interest with a controversial coaching change, but other teams and individual athletes made the campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. BNL baseball raises over $9,000 in Coaches vs. Cancer game: Sometimes it doesn’t matter who wins. The Stars honored cancer survivors and remembered the disease’s victims during its annual fundraiser game with county-rival Mitchell. For the record, Austin Long struck out 10 as the Stars overpowered the Bluejackts 10-0 in six innings.

19. Megan Lambrecht shatters school record: Lambrecht, a sophomore, pulled off a unique double play, competing in track and softball simultaneously during a hectic spring. She made it worthwhile when she shattered the school record in the shot put, heaving that ball 37-11 while winning the Hoosier Hills Conference title in that event.

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Coach of the Year Award

BNL golf coch Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golf coach Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Wright guided BNL golf

to state finals for first

time since 2009 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf coach Mike Wright was named TheHHCSports.com Coach of the Year after leading the Stars to the 2016 state finals.

Wright, in his 18th season, guided BNL to the Hoosier Hills Conference title, its first since 2011. The Stars finished second in the IHSAA sectional at Indiana University, then qualified for their first appearance in the state championship since 2009 with a third-place finish against a loaded field in the regional at Champions Pointe.

“Getting to the state finals is an accomplishment in itself, but going there with a sectional no longer at Otis Park is something,” Wright said. “Getting there, not going through Otis (the sectional was moved in 2013) means a little more.

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BOYS: BNL Athlete of the Year

BNLs Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Evan Baker during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL’s Garrett Flinn takes the baton. Flinn helped the Stars qualify for the state finals in two relays.

Flinn excelled in 3

sports and qualified

for state track finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Garrett Flinn, a three-sport standout as a senior, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Male Athlete of the Year.

Flinn played soccer during the fall campaign and helped the Stars finish 6-8-5. He was a starter on the basketball team, averaging 2.7 points (scoring a career-high 11 against Corydon) and 1.3 rebounds as BNL went 14-11.

He made the major impact in track. Flinn was a member of the 400 and 1600 relays that won Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional championships while qualifying for the IHSAA state finals in both races.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL to host summer camp

Matt Siefers was named the new BNL boys basketball coach on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Indiana Elite Basketball

New BNL coach Matt Siefers

Bedford North Lawrence will host its Boys Basketball Summer Camp on June 20-22 from 9-11 a.m. (grades K-5) and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (grades 6-8) each day.

The camp will stress fundamentals and include skills competitions and scrimmages. The cost is $35 per camper, and registration will be open 30 minutes prior to each session on June 20.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL names Seifers as new coach

Matt Siefers was named the new BNL boys basketball coach on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Indiana Elite Basketball

Matt Seifers was named the new BNL boys basketball coach on Thursday night.
Photo courtesy of Indiana Elite Basketball

Former Southport girls coach

to succeed Hudson as 8th

man in charge of the program

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence went outside its comfort zone to break precedent and hire Matt Seifers as the new boys basketball coach.

Seifers was officially introduced on Thursday night during a special session of the North Lawrence Community Schools board. He succeeds Jamie Hudson, whose contract was not renewed after 9 seasons at the helm of the program. Seifers was approved by a 6-0 vote, with one absent board member.

Seifers is the eighth coach in program history, following Bob Masterson, Mike Sorrells, Dan Bush, Mark Mathews, Mark Ryan, Damon Bailey and Hudson. He is only the second on that list to be brought in from outside the system.

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