BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South ended Bedford North Lawrence’s record-setting season with a 4-1 victory in the IHSAA sectional at South on Wednesday night.
The Stars, who posted their win at No.2 singles, finished the year with a 16-7 record, the most wins in program history. South also recorded a 5-0 win over BNL during the regular season.
BNL certainly had its shot at the upset. The Stars lost two three-set battles, and their early lead – with one court already in hand and first-set wins on two others – got South’s complete attention.
“It was the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all in one,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “In the middle of the match it looked like we could pull it off, and then it kind of tailed off. We had them by the throat, the crowd was getting antsy, and we were just enjoying the moment. We were in the driver’s seat.”
BNL coach Donnie Thomas gets an ice-water bath after the Stars set the school record with their 16th win on Monday afternoon.
BNL blanks Edgewood
for 16th win this season
ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence concluded the regular season in record-setting style on Monday afternoon.
The Stars, who shut out Edgewood in the final match of the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday, duplicated that result with a 5-0 victory over the Mustangs. BNL recorded its 16th win of the year, which broke the school mark for team victories in a season.
“Give credit to these kids, and to them wanting to get better, and all the coaches that have helped,” said BNL coach Donnie Thomas, who got doused with ice water following the triumph. “Without the ‘want to’ and the help, they wouldn’t be where they are.”
BNL had little trouble in the finale. Ian Dillman dominated Austin Hammond 6-1, 6-1 at No.1 singles, Brandt Callahan topped Evan Whitlow 6-3, 6-0 at No.2, and Logan Bland-Chastain defeated Houston Holmes 6-1, 6-1 at No.3.
Members of the BNL tennis team celebrate after winning the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
BNL matches school record
and posts 3rd tournament
win with Edgewood crown
ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence posted its third tournament victory of the season and matched the single-season school record for wins while winning the title in the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars conquered Owen Valley 4-1 in the first round and swept past Edgewood 5-0 to claim the championship and improve to 15-6 this season.
BNL dominated singles in both contests, dropping only 9 games in the six matches.
In the opening round against the Patriots, BNL’s Ian Dillman topped Miguel Filho 6-0, 6-1, Brandt Callahan brushed off Coy Byerly 6-0, 6-0 at No.2, and Logan Bland Chastain conquered Isaiah Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at No.3. BNL also claimed No.2 doubles as Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd stopped Drew Mauder and Keaton Richardson 6-1, 6-4
Seymour won a tense three-set battle at No.2 singles to clip Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 in the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Ty McCory clipped Brandt Callahan in the final match, posting a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory as the Owls (8-7) avenged a 3-2 loss to the Stars earlier this month and claimed fifth place in the league.
BNL won the three-set battles during the regular-season meeting, but this time McCory rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set.
“Brandt is the man you want there,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “His head was down and he felt bad, but he’s the one you want in that position to win the match. He had won all the close ones until then, so I told him there was nothing to be down about. This was one of those good losses.”
BNL’s Ian Dillman and the Stars rolled past Jennings County in the HHC Tournament consolation round on Wednesday afternoon.
NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence pounded Jennings County 5-0 in the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
The Stars dominated singles, dropping only four games in three matches, while improving to 13-5.
Ian Dillman rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Justin Gasper at No.1 singles, Brandt Callahan conquered Weston Miller 6-1, 6-2 at No.2, and Logan Bland-Chastain blanked Bryce Kirchner 6-0, 6-0 at No.3.
In doubles, Alex East and Corbin Bushey cruised past Luke Ertel and Briar Davis 6-2, 6-0 at No.1. The only match that was competitive was No.2 doubles as Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd fought off Austin Mills and Garrett Marsh 6-4, 7-6 (11-9 in the tiebreaker).
Blake Winchell and the No.19 Red Devils rolled past BNL 5-0 in the opening round of the HHC Tournament on Monday at BNL. Photo courtesy of Jeff High Tennis
No.19 Jeffersonville shook off Bedford North Lawrence’s early surge to record a 5-0 victory in the opening round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon.
The Stars (12-5) got off to fast starts on three courts, but the Red Devils had too much firepower. They advanced to meet Columbus East in the semifinal round at East on Wednesday.
“We started off well, everybody was pumped and adrenaline was running strong,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “We played them well. We just couldn’t keep it up. They have a good program. They’re really steady, really strong.”
Bradley Cross rolled past Ian Dillman 6-1, 6-0 at No.1 singles, Blake Winchell topped Brandt Callahan 6-2, 6-4 at No.2, and Keith Asplund stopped Logan Bland-Chastain 6-2, 6-1 at No.3.
Brandt Callahan smacks a forehand while posting a win at No.2 singles during Senior Day action against Salem on Thursday.
Callahan, East lead BNL
to 4-1 victory over Salem
By Justin Sokeland
Together, they have banded a team into brothers, and that’s reflective of the success Bedford North Lawrence is enjoying on the asphalt courts this season.
On this Senior Night (an early celebration because BNL will host two matches in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament next week), it was appropriate for upperclassmen Brandt Callahan and Alex East to walk off as winners and celebrate. They have earned it.
Callahan posted a victory at No.2 singles, while East teamed with constant partner Corbin Bushey to lead the Stars to a 4-1 win over short-handed Salem on Thursday afternoon.
SCOTTSBURG – Scottsburg swept the doubles en route to a 3-2 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon, ending BNL’s six-match winning streak.
The Warriors dominated doubles as Camden Jones and Isaiah Walker rolled past Alex East and Corbin Bushey 6-2, 6-1 at No.1. Mar Hays and Malachi Carr disposed of Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd 6-2, 6-2 at No.2.
“The doubles need a reboot,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said.
The Stars (11-4) recorded their wins in the lower singles. Brandt Callahan (now 12-3) fought off Caleb White 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at No.2, and Logan Bland-Chastain (11-4) cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mason Noble at No.3.
PAOLI – Bedford North Lawrence extended its winning streak to six consecutive matches with a 3-2 victory at Paoli on Monday afternoon.
The Stars (11-3) won a key tiebreaker at No.1 doubles and dropped only two games in the other five sets of their victorious matches.
Brandt Callahan and Logan Bland-Chastain continued their solid play in singles. Callahan (11-3 as an individual) rolled past Dawson Long 6-1, 6-0 at No.2 while Bland-Chastain (10-4) thumped Marcus Stroud 6-0, 6-0 at No.3.
BNL’s No.1 doubles duo of Alex East and Corbin Bushey fought through a sluggish start to conquer Paoli’s Adam Engleking and Wyatt Ashley 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 for the final point.