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CROSS COUNTRY: Run ends in regional for Stars

BNL's Zoe Zollman and Danielle Kittaka run together during the opening section of the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning. The Stars finished 10th in the field.

BNL’s Zoe Zollman and Danielle Kittaka run together during the opening section of the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning. The Stars finished 10th in the field.

BNL girls finish 10th,

Stars fail to advance

individuals to semistate

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s postseason run ended without team or personal glory during Saturday’s regional races.

The Stars finished 10th in the field during the girls race, and couldn’t land any individuals on the qualifying list for next week’s semistate at Brown County. The BNL boys, with four runners competing as individuals, also failed to advance to the third round of the state tournament series.

Boys regional results

Girls regional results

In the girls meet, BNL scored 246 points. No.7 Bloomington North won the team title with 33 points while No.21 Bloomington South was second with 49. The top five teams among the 10 in the meet, plus the top 15 individuals who were not members of advancing teams, qualified for the semistate.

The Stars, who pointed their training toward last week’s sectional race, couldn’t come back with much energy against higher-level competition.

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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL girls team advances to regional

Payton Flynn mug

Payton Flynn

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

BNL boys send four

individuals to regional

Bedford North Lawrence earned one of the five team spots in the IHSAA regional during Saturday morning’s sectional race on the BNL course.

The Stars totaled 152 points to finish fifth in the 10-team field. The top five teams, plus the top 10 individuals who are not members of qualifying teams, advanced to the second round of the state tournament series.

Girls sectional results

Boys sectional results

Bloomington North defended its team title with 23 points while Bloomington South was second with 35. Those two teams dominated the race, claiming the top 14 spots between them. North’s Grace Williams was the individual winner in the 5K event in 18:41.9.

Danielle Kittaka paced the Stars, finishing 22nd overall in 21:51.3. BNL’s Payton Flynn was 24th (22:05.7) and Zoe Zollman was 30th (22:37.7).

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CROSS COUNTRY: JC boys, FC girls win HHC titles

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Trey Pemberton

Trey Pemberton

Jennings County won its first Hoosier Hills Conference boys cross country championship since 1975, roaring past New Albany and the rest of the field on Saturday morning at Bedford North Lawrence.

The Panthers won the crown with 39 points, followed by the Bulldogs (76) and Floyd Central (93). BNL finished seventh with 187.

HHC boys results

HHC girls results

Columbus East’s Paul Bean, for the second consecutive year, was the boys winner in 16:24.1, but the Panthers claimed the next three spots as Alex Hendrix (16:33.3), Franklin Sanders (16:51.8) and Carter Leak (17:00.6) propelled their team to its second overall title.

Trey Pemberton finished 21st in 17:49.9 for the Stars.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars finish 10th in both Fox races

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Isaac Gilbert mug

Isaak Gilbert

Bedford North Lawrence finished 10th in both the boys and girls 5K races during the annual Ted Fox Invitational on the BNL course on Saturday morning.

The Stars scored 302 points in the 20-team boys field. Terre Haute South won the meet with 34, followed by Christian Academy (75), Columbus East (117), Jeffersonville (128) and Floyd Central (142).

Ted Fox boys results

Ted Fox girls results

Christian Academy’s Skylar Stidham won the individual race in 15:47.15, while teammate Caleb Futter was second in 15:52.62.

BNL’s top finisher was Isaak Gilbert, who was 32nd in 18:03.83, while Chance Pemberton was 46th in 18:35.56.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars finish 12th, 17th at BC

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Chance Pemberton

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

NASHVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence’s girls cross country team finished 12th in Class 2A while the boys settled for 17th during the annual Eagle Classic at Brown County on Saturday morning.

In the girls meet, the Stars scored 265 points in the 15-team field. New Albany won the team title with 74 points.

Boys results

Girls results

BNL totaled 444 points in the 18-team 2-A field in the boys race. Homestead claimed the crown with 84 points.

Danielle Kittaka was the top finisher for the BNL girls, crossing the line on the fast course (which will host the IHSAA semistate) in 23:43.50. Payton Flynn (46th in 24:32.06) and Zoe Zollman (47th in 24:33.81) finished together.

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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL boys 26th in State Preview

BNL senior Trey Pemberton finished 7th in the boys race in 17:47.4.

BNL senior Trey Pemberton was 84th in the State Preview race on Saturday.

TERRE HAUTE – Bedford North Lawrence finished 26th out of the 29 teams in the Terre Haute Savings Bank State Preview race on Saturday morning.

The Stars scored 716 points. Carmel won the meet with 54, followed by Fishers (80) and Westfield (157).

State preview results

Trey Pemberton paced the Stars, finishing 84th in the field of 278 runners in 17:32.7. Isaak Gilbert was 164th in 18:42.7.

Cathedral’s Cole Hocker was the individual winner in 15:54.0

BNL will compete in the Scottsburg Invitational on Tuesday.

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BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: BNL 18th in Tiger Run

Trey Pemberton

Trey Pemberton

LOUISVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence finished 18th in the 34-team Tiger Run, hosted by Louisville St. Xavier, on Saturday morning.

The Stars totaled 490 points to finish in the middle of the pack. St. Xavier won the meet with 29, followed by Louisville schools Trinity (69) and Manual (136).

Tiger Run results

Trey Pemberton was the top finisher for the Stars as he crossed the line in 44th place (in a field of 302 competitors) in 17:50.58. Chance Pemberton was 100th (18:55.84) and Isaak Gilbert was 124th (19:17.27).

Alex Mortimer of Tates Creek was the individual champion in 16:05.50. St. Xavier had five finishers in the top 8 places, paced by Patrick Schaefer (2nd in 16:13.18).

BNL will compete in the Terre Haute North Invitational on Sept. 3.

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CROSS COUNTRY: First look at the real Stars

BNL's Danielle Kittaka churns toward the finish line while securing a spot in the top 10 during Monday's BNL Invitational.

BNL’s Danielle Kittaka churns toward the finish line while securing a spot in the top 10 during Monday’s BNL Invitational.

BNL boys finish 3rd,

girls fourth during

the BNL Invitational

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys coach Scott Hiles didn’t know what he had in this trial run. Girls coach Jill Vance knew her team was better than it showed during its first event. Both were satisfied with the results during the annual BNL Invitational on Monday afternoon.

Boys results

Girls results

BNL senior Trey Pemberton finished 7th in the boys race in 17:47.4.

BNL senior Trey Pemberton finished 7th in the boys race in 17:47.4.

The Stars, with a herd of freshmen making their varsity debuts, finished third in the seven-team field with 96 points in the boys meet, while the BNL girls shook off the discouragement of Saturday’s sloppy tour through the rain and muck to finish fourth in drier, more favorable conditions.

Jennings County won the boys meet with 25 points, while Seymour swept aside everyone, claiming the top six spots in the girls meet to record a perfect score of 15 and take the title.

In the boys race, BNL senior Trey Pemberton was seventh in 17:47.4, and his younger brother Chance was 18th (despite falling on the first lap during the double tour of the BNL course) in 18:57.2.

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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL pack a bunch of ‘brats’

BNL junior Trey Pemberton finished 14th overall in the sectional and advanced to the regional.

BNL senior Trey Pemberton will lead a young pack of freshmen into the 2016 racing season.

With 13 freshmen on roster,

Stars have young faces for

the races in 2016 campaign

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Pemberton already looks the Teamfather part, rocking the senior beard and leading a pack of brats in his wake. Somebody made the freshman class an offer they couldn’t refuse.

BNL’s cross country program, down in numbers the last two years, has been bolstered by a remarkable and needed influx – 13 freshmen, the biggest class ever in Scott Hiles’ long tenure as head coach. Practice now resembles a thundering herd rather than the pitter-patter of a few feet.

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“I think a coach in any sport will tell you things will be up, then they’ll be down,” Hiles said. “We’ve had some ferocious hot weather the last few years, and sometimes I’m surprised we can get any athletes in any sport to train every day in 90-degree heat. But I’m encouraged. The kids that came out this summer are still standing here, and that’s a good sign.”

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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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