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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde powers Indiana to win

BNL's Dominique McBryde averaged xx.x points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde averaged 15.0 points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde scored 21 points as the Indiana girls thumped Ohio 68-58 in the final game of the Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School on Tuesday morning.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey added 2 points.

Indiana went 3-1 during the two-day event, and McBryde (a Purdue recruit) scored in double figures in each game, averaging 15.0 points.

The rest of the Indiana team (members of the Indiana Junior All-Stars coached by Columbus North’s Pat McKee) included Homestead’s Josie Fisher, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, NorthWood’s Jordyn Frantz, Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, Pike’s Brittany Ward, Evansville Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel and Madison’s Olivia Crozier.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Bailey on the Rise

BNL's Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL duo competing

for Indiana in Rising

Senior Academy games

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The basketball clock is ticking, louder with each passing summer game, for Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey.

Video: Rising Seniors Academy

Their final season as a Star awaits, with back-to-back Class 4-A state championships to defend. Once that drama plays out, they will be among the fortunate to continue their careers on the college level.

And then? The odds indicate their careers will conclude. Sad, but true. For a teenager, immortal and impervious, five years is an eternity. But after this summer, their lives will change. This is their last whirlwind tour with the Traveling Sisterhood of basketball junkies and their tight circle of parents and second families.

“I just love playing,” McBryde said. “And this is my last year of it, so I’m doing what I can.”

This week, that means an appearance in the second annual Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School, a showcase event staged by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. Not that McBryde and Bailey (and include absent teammate Jenna Allen, enjoying a well-earned family vacation in the mix) need much more exposure.

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BASKETBALL: Stars to compete in Top 100 Showcase

BNL's Blaze Byrer will compete in the Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis.

BNL’s Blaze Byrer will compete in the Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Blaze Byrer, Alexa Bailey, Jenna Allen and Dominique McBryde have been selected to participate in the 12th annual IBCA-IHSAA Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis on July 23-24.

The Top 100 is designed to grant extra exposure for the state’s top basketball prospects. Coaches from 88 colleges attended the event in 2013.

The girls will compete on July 23, with one-hour of station work at 2:30 p.m., followed by three sessions of games at 3:35. 4:30 and 7 p.m. The  boys will follow a similar format on July 24.

Byrer, a senior who averaged 16.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Stars last season, will be joined by New Albany’s Jeff Byrne, Davon Winburn and DeAnthony Warren, Columbus East’s Parker Chitty and Connor Umphress, and Madison’s Nick Macon from the Hoosier Hills Conference. New Madison coach Cliff Hawkins will serve as one of the Showcase coaches.

Bailey (destined for Butler), Allen (Indiana) and McBryde (Purdue) will represent the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, and the BNL senior trio will be joined by Madison’s Olivia Crozier and Jennings County’s Baylee Krueger from the HHC.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Bailey to play in showcase

Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey will play for the Indiana team in the inaugural NHSBCA Rising Senior Academy girls event at Ben Davis High School on July 14-15.

The BNL duo will join Madison’s Olivia Crozier, Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, Homestead’s Josie Fisher, NorthWood’s Jordyn Frantz, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Pike’s Brittany Ward and Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel on the Indiana team.

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association will stage the event, which will feature teams from four states, including Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. The boys event, in its second year, will also include a team from Washington.

Indiana will play Ohio on July 14 at 9:50 a.m. in the main gym, then face Wisconsin at 1:30 and Iowa at 8 p.m. Indiana will conclude the event against Ohio on Jul 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Admission is $10 for a one-day pass or $15 for a two-day pass.

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GIRLS: Athlete of the Year Award

Bret Roberts

Bret Roberts

Bret Roberts displayed skill

in three sports for the Stars

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bret Roberts, a three-sport standout during her senior year, was named TheHHCSports.com’s first Female Athlete of the Year at Bedford North Lawrence.

Roberts was named All-HHC in soccer, her main sport. But she also competed in cross country at the same time, a unique and demanding double. Roberts, who signed to play soccer at Franklin, finished with 9 goals and 6 assists (despite shifting back from forward to the midfield) during the soccer season.

She also competed in the pole vault in track and won the sectional title. She qualified for the regional and finished 10th in that meet.

Other notable performers included Dominique McBryde (basketball and track), Kaci Ikerd (soccer and softball), Whitley Brock (soccer and track), Lauren Mitchell (soccer and tennis), Alli Guthrie (soccer and cross country) and Mollie Bond (swimming and tennis).

TheHHCSports.com will also name a Coach of the Year. Matt Garrison was named the boys Athlete of the Year.

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COLUMN: The Year in Review

BNL's six seniors added to the program's legacy with the fourth state championship in school history on Saturday night.

BNL’s second straight girls basketball state championship highlighted a busy year in BNL sports.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 2013-14 calendar year officially concluded last week with the completion of the state baseball championships at Victory Field.

From the heat of August, through the misery of winter, to the magic of spring, Bedford North Lawrence enjoyed a busy, and successful, sports year. Girls basketball dominated the headlines, but other teams and individual athletes earned recognition for their accomplishments.

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

20. BNL football conquers Seymour: The Stars struggled in their first season under new coach Steve Weber, posting only one victory. That was a 46-26 road win at Seymour, as Matt Shoufler ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns while Dylan Stevens and Matt Brock had two touchdowns.

BNL's Nick Joyner won a wrestling sectional title at 220 pounds.

BNL’s Nick Joyner won a wrestling sectional title at 220 pounds.

19. Nick Joyner wins wrestling sectional: Joyner won the sectional championship at 220 pounds. He defeated Paoli’s Jordon Cadle 11-3 in the semifinal, then pinned Southridge’s Alex Markel in 3:47 in the final.

18. Jeff Callahan named baseball coach: Callahan, the athletic director at BNL, assumed double duty and guided the young Stars, with several freshmen playing key roles, to a 14-15 record. Callahan still holds multiple school records and was named  All-State player in 1986 and an Indiana All-Star in 1987. He has been the AD since 2003.

17. BNL’s Hudson records 100th win: BNL boys basketball coach Jamie Hudson reached a milestone as the Stars ran past Floyd Central 85-69. Continue reading

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Summer school for Stars

BNL's Alexa Bailey attacks a Greenfield Central defender during Sunday's IU Shootout at Assembly Hall.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey attacks a Greenfield Central defender during Sunday’s IU Shootout at Assembly Hall.

BNL learns its lessons

while going 1-2 at IU

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence lost more games in one day than it did the last two years combined during Sunday’s IU Team Shootout at Assembly Hall.

Call it a crash course in Summer School basketball. The Stars, especially those who are vying for the two vacant starting spots and the backup roles behind them, earned some credits but did not make the expected grades of honor while going 1-2.

BNL, playing without senior star Dominique McBryde, opened with a 38-33 victory over Franklin Central, then suffered a 37-32 loss to Pike and Junior All-Star Brittany Ward.

The head-shaking defeat came in the final against Greenfield Central. The Stars rolled to a 28-14 lead, then gave up a flurry of 3-pointers, missed crucial free throws in the final minute, and fouled a shooter on a desperation trey with two seconds left. All three free throws were converted as BNL dropped a 44-43 decision.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Allen named new coach at BNL

Jeff Allen was named the new head coach of the Bedford North Lawrence girls program on Thursday night.

Jeff Allen was named the new head coach of the Bedford North Lawrence girls program on Thursday night.

Assistant coach moves up

to succeed Bailey at helm

of two-time 4-A champions

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Former assistant and interim coach Jeff Allen was named to succeed Damon Bailey as the official girls basketball coach at Bedford North Lawrence on Thursday night.

Allen served four seasons as an assistant under Kurt Godlevske and retained that position last year as Bailey guided the Stars to their second straight Class 4-A state championship. He was named interim coach when Bailey stepped down to accept a post as an assistant coach for Godlevske with the Butler University women’s program.

Allen will now attempt to make history. No girls program has ever won three straight 4-A state championships, and no team of any classification has ever won three straight titles under three different coaches. Fort Wayne Luers won four straight 2-A titles with a different coach for the final run in 2002.

“I fully expect to go after that history mark,” Allen said. “We know it’s a tough challenge, but the last two years have been tough. I expect the same out of these kids and we will give it a good shot.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: June game ‘counts’ for Stars

BNL's Jenna Allen draw a foul while attacking the basket during Thursday afternoon's scrimmage with Center Grove. Allen scored 16 points and added 17 rebounds.

BNL’s Jenna Allen draw a foul while attacking the basket during Thursday afternoon’s scrimmage with Center Grove. Allen scored 16 points and added 17 rebounds.

Allen powers defending

champs, minus McBryde,

to win over Center Grove

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

June basketball scrimmages do not count in any recorded win-loss column.

Bedford North Lawrence, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champion, must keep a secret account of all games in any of the four seasons, because the Stars were dead serious about the outcome of Thursday afternoon’s unofficial workout with Center Grove.

Video: Stars scrimmage Center Grove

“They count,” senior guard Alexa Bailey said. “Whatever it is, we’re going to win them.”

So let the record show BNL, minus All-State senior forward Dominique McBryde, conquered the Trojans 44-42. Senior center Jenna Allen scored 16 points and dominated the interior with 17 rebounds, and varsity newcomers Loren Bailey and McKenzie Messmore hit important free throws in the final minute as the Stars battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first half.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Stars selling calendars

Bedford North Lawrence’s girls basketball program is selling 18-month commemorative calendars, showcasing the 2014 state championship season.

All proceeds from the $10 donation for each calendar will benefit BNL Lady Stars Basketball. They are available at Crane’s Leather & Shoe Shop, 1605 J Street, on Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the main office at BNL from 7:30-noon and 1-4 p.m. during the week.