Bedford North Lawrence Boys Tennis

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: BNL wins on the road again

 Will Bohling

Will Bohling

 Zach Tran

Zach Tran

Stars top Loogootee

for second road win

LOOGOOTEE – Perhaps Bedford North Lawrence should play all its matches on the road.

The Stars won for the second time in the last three matches – both of them away from their own asphalt courts – with a 4-1 triumph at Loogootee on Tuesday afternoon. BNL swept the doubles while improving to 2-7.

Taylor Turpen and Kaleb Carpenter combined for a 6-4, 6-4 win over Hayden Bell and Jordan Berry at No.1 doubles, while Jack Green and Johnny Underwood dented Caleb Dent and Wyatt Wade 6-3, 6-4 at No.2.

“They both played well.” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “They’re making better shots and putting the ball where  it needs to go. They’re making the right shot instead of the harder shot.”

BNL’s Will Bohling, making a rare appearance in the varsity lineup because of Garrett Andrews’ illness, made it count with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jayce Wagoner at No.3 singles. BNL’s other win came from Zach Tran at No.2 singles, 6-0, 6-4 over Tylan Norris.

Continue reading

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: Comebacks fall short at Brown County

 Michael Carr

Michael Carr

NASHVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence dropped a pair of tough three-set matches while falling to Brown County 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.

The match hinged on the No.2 doubles battle. BNL’s Jack Green and Johnny Underwood rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the final set to force a tiebreaker before coming up short, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to Shane Franklin and Brady Rose.

“We made a lot of good comebacks,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “The last one we really needed, we didn’t quite get.”

The Eagles also prevailed in a three-set duel at No.3 singles as Cash Myers fought off Zach Tran 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The final Brown County point came at No.2 singles as Dakota Patterson conquered Garrett Andrews 6-1, 6-0.

The Stars won at the top of the lineup. Michael Carr lost control of his match in the second set, when a 5-2 lead vanished into a tiebreaker, but he held on for a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Bryce Fish at No.1 singles. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen rallied from a 5-2 hole in the second set to knock off Evan Rosh and Nathan Miller 6-1, 7-5 at No.1 doubles.

BNL (1-7) will visit Loogootee on Tuesday.

Brown County 3, BNL 2

Singles: 1. Michael Carr, BNL d. Bryce Fish 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); 2. Dakota Patterson, BC d. Garrett Andrews 6-1, 6-0; 3. Cash Myers, BC d. Zach Tran 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: 1. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen, BNL d. Evan Rosh and Nathan Miller 6-1, 7-5; 2. Shane Franklin and Brady Rose, BC d. Jack Green and Johnny Underwood 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).

 

 

 

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: Stars break through for first win

 Zach Tran

Zach Tran

Kaleb Carpenter

Kaleb Carpenter

Taylor Turpen

Taylor Turpen

Tran, doubles teams

lead BNL to 3-2

win at Jennings

NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence swept the doubles matches, and sophomore Zach Tran posted a key victory at No.3 singles as the Stars conquered Jennings County for their first win of the 2013 season.

“Finally,” said BNL coach Donnie Thomas, whose club prevailed 3-2 and climbed to 1-6. “Hopefully this will get us going. We still need to play better and get more balls back in play, but they’ll get there eventually.”

Taylor Turpen and Kaleb Carpenter, BNL’s most consistent and competitive performers thus far, posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Colton Pifer and Jacob Woods at No.1 doubles. Jack Green and Johnny Underwood, a recent coupling at No.2, combined to conquer Avery Johnson and Conner Wheeler 6-1, 6-2.

Continue reading

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: East shuts out BNL 5-0

Columbus East surrendered only eight games while conquering Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on the asphalt courts at BNL on Monday afternoon.

The Stars (0-6) will visit Jennings County on Tuesday.

The home match with Seymour, originally set for Friday, has been moved to Sept. 5.

Columbus East 5, BNL 0

Singles: 1. Seth Myers, CE, d. Michael Carr, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Matt Fuehne, CE, d. Garrett Andrews, 6-0, 6-0. 3. JoJo Woolwine, CE, d. Zach Tran, 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: 1. Alex Pegram and Sammy Woolwine, CE, d. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen, 6-3, 6-2; 2. Alex Galle and Matt Furnish, CE, d. Jack Green and Johnny Underwood, 6-1, 6-0.

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: BNL Invitational results

Kaleb Carpenter

Kaleb Carpenter

Taylor Turpen

Taylor Turpen

BNL INVITATIONAL

BNL pool play results

Bloomfield 4, BNL 1

Singles: 1. Del Carter, Bl d. Michael Carr 6-2, 6-4; 2. Jared Myers, Bl d. Zach Tran 6-2, 6-2; 3. Conner Dowden, Bl d. Johnny Underwood 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: 1. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen, BNL d. Hunter Heaton and Alex Chestnut 6-2, 6-4; 2. Nathan Steele and Evan Fuller, Bl d. Jack Green and Garrett Andrews 6-3, 7-5

Mooresville 5, BNL JV 0

Singles: 1. Chandler Gunnell d. Will Bohling 6-1, 6-0; 2. Alex Teders d. Sam Tlustek 6-2, 6-1; 3. Peyton Baker d. Logan Treanor 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 1. Sloan Schafer and David Freund d. Josh Chaney and Pace Siedle 6-0, 6-1; 2. Jacob Delk and Jonathan Fleischman d. Alex East and Bryce Carpenter 6-0, 6-0 Continue reading

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: North rolls to 5-0 win over BNL

Kaleb Carpenter

Kaleb Carpenter

Taylor Turpen

Taylor Turpen

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington North was too intense and too tough for Bedford North Lawrence as the Cougars breezed to a 5-0 win on their home courts Thursday afternoon.

BNL did win a set at No.1 doubles, but North’s Jake Barrett and Ben Chapman recovered for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen.

“They played really well in the first set,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas. “The other sets we just made too many mistakes. We didn’t get the points when we needed them.”

The Stars came up with very few points in the other matches.

Peter Leonard conquered Michael Carr 6-0, 6-1 at No.1 singles, John Isaacson downed Zach Tran 6-0, 6-1 at No.2, and Scott Bode stopped Johnny Underwood 6-1, 6-3 at No.3.

Zach Wisen and Jory Shoup dumped Garrett Andrews and Jack Green 6-0, 6-0 at No.2 doubles.

BNL (0-3) will host its invitational on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Bloomington North 5, BNL 0

Singles: 1.Peter Leonard d. Michael Carr 6-0, 6-1; 2. John Isaacson d. Zach Tran 6-0, 6-1; 3. Scott Bode d. Johnny Underwood 6-1, 6-3

Doubles: 1.  Jake Barrett and Ben Chapman d. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 2. Zach Wisen and Jory Shoup d. Garrett Andrews and Jack Green 6-0, 6-0

 

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: South storms past BNL

 Garrett Andrews

Garrett Andrews

Jack Green

Jack Green

Panthers wait out

lightning delay

to zap Stars 5-0

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The bolts shot from the sky and from across the net during Tuesday’s home opener on the asphalt courts at Bedford North Lawrence.

Most of them were aimed at the Stars.

Bloomington South surrendered only six games in four matches and zapped the Stars 5-0. Not even a 40-minute weather delay could stop the Panthers, who lost the thunder at the top of their lineup but still had too much power for BNL.

With Ronnie Schneider, a three-time state champion, now with the University of North Carolina, South had to rely on other contributors. It had several. The Panthers dropped only five games in singles.

“They still have a lot of good players,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said.

BNL’s best match came at No.2 doubles as Jack Green and Garrett Andrews survived the longest and forced the issue with Eric Johnson and Rich Huang. The Panthers prevailed 6-4, 6-2.

“They played a lot better tonight than they did last night (during a loss at Barr-Reeve),” Thomas said. “If they had played like that, we would have picked that one. They played a lot better against better players.”

South had little trouble otherwise, although the Stars showed flashes of excellence. Those points just weren’t grouped together often enough.

Continue reading

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: Barr-Reeve clips BNL in opener

 Michael Carr

Michael Carr

MONTGOMERY – Barr-Reeve pulled out a three-hour match for the deciding point to clip Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 in the season opener on Monday afternoon.

Barr-Reeve’s Tyler Bennett fought back from a first-set loss to edge Johnny Underwood 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2 for the winning point at No.3 singles.

BNL posted wins at No.1 singles and No.1 doubles. Michael Carr rolled past Trevor Steiner 6-1, 6-2 at the top of the lineup, while Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen combined to rally from a 3-2 deficit in the third set and deck Clay Cummings and Zach Graber 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

“Michael played really well,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “He took control early and made a lot of good shots.”

BNL will host Bloomington South on Tuesday.

Barr-Reeve 3, BNL 2

Singles: 1. Michael Carr, BNL d. Trevor Steiner 6-1, 6-2; 2. John Cangeloski, BR d. Zach Tran 7-6 (8-6), 6-3; 3. Tyler Bennett, BR d. Johnny Underwood 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2

Doubles: 1. Kaleb Carpenter and Taylor Turpen d. Clay Cummings and Zach Graber 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; 2. Jeff Parsons and Colton Lottes, BR d. Jack Green and Garrett Andrews 6-2, 6-3

 

Shortlink

BOYS TENNIS: Competition is breeding lack of contentment

BNL's Michael Carr will start the season at No.1 singles.

BNL’s Michael Carr will start the season at No.1 singles.

Win total rising with

body count as Stars

feel heat from within

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Want to play tennis at Bedford North Lawrence? Better bring more than a racket and a water jug to the asphalt courts. Better bring a game.

In the past, when the roster barely had enough bodies to field a complete team, lethargy was the toughest opponent to conquer. Improvement was not necessary to hold a lineup spot. And the team record reflected that.

That is no longer the case.

Donnie Thomas, entering his seventh season as coach, did some bush beating to push up the program numbers. As the body count rose, so did the victory total. Last season, the Stars went 12-11 – which does not sound like anything to brag about. But for a team that toils in anonymity and faces some of the elite competition in Southern Indiana, it was quite an accomplishment.

“When we only had nine players, nobody put much into it,” Thomas said. “There was no need because there wasn’t anybody to compete against. With 26 players, it’s making them work harder and I think we’re seeing it’s not as easy to play. It’s making us better.

“They have to get out there and work if they want to be in the top seven. They want to play.”

Continue reading