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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 finishes 7th in 11th Hour

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Zoe Zollman

Zoe Zollman

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence finished 7th among the eight teams in the season-opening 11th Hour Meet at Edgewood on Saturday.

Bloomngton North won the event with a score of 18 points. The Stars totaled 144.

11th Hour Meet results

North’s Grace Saccone was the individual winner in 20:20.84 while teammate Alexa Gebhardt was second in 20:51.94.

BNL’s top finisher was Zoe Zollman, who was 25th in 24:56.27, whle Danielle Kittaka was 28th in 25:15.90.

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CROSS COUNTRY: BNL girls stressed about injuries

Kittaka run

Danielle Kittaka is expected to be one of the lead runners for the Stars in 2016,

New coach Vance hoping

Stars can wear running

shoes, not walking boots

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Jill Vance, promoted from volunteer to head coach for the 2016 season, has hit the ground running, hoping to chase down the cause of the injury ‘virus’ that has plagued the Bedford North Lawrence program in recent years.

Jill Vance

Jill Vance

The Stars did more limping than racing last season, with key wounds slowing them down at critical junctures in postseason preparation. Vance is stressing prevention to avoid the stress fractures and pulled muscles that have hurt BNL’s bid for titles and deeper tournament runs.

 

She speaks from experience, as someone who loves running and calls it a “special experience.” Vance, a former cross country runner at DeKalb High School and a prominent member of the local running community, has suffered through her own misfortunes. She’s ready to impart some wisdom that was learned the hard way.

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“I have a long history of injuries with myself as a runner, and we struggled with injuries on the team last year,” Vance said. “One thing I want to do this year is focus on injury prevention. We’ve done a lot of strength training, and it’s especially important for female athletes at this particular age. It’s a lesson I learned too many times.”

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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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GIRLS: BNL Athlete of the Year

BNL goalkeeper Jaclyn Dufrense dives to deflect a shot near the post. BNLs defense surrendered 19 shots as Bloomington North won the season opener 3-1.

BNL goalkeeper Jaclyn Dufrense dives to deflect a shot near the post.

Jaclyn Dufresne made

mark around the net

in soccer and tennis

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Jaclyn Dufresne was always around the net during her senior season at Bedford North Lawrence.

Dufresne, a force in soccer and tennis, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Female Athlete of the Year. She was named the All-Hoosier Hills Conference goalkeeper for the second straight season as the Stars finished 10-5-3.

She also showed her versatility, joining the tennis team for the first time during her senior year. She proved to be a natural in doubles, pouncing on shots at the net.

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TRACK: Flinn crosses the college finish line

BNLs Carrie Flinn led the Stars to a ninth-place finish in the annual Ted Fox Invitational on Saturday morning.

BNL’s Carrie Flinn will continue her running career at Franklin College.

BNL senior set to run

with Franklin College;

Bradley signs for hoops

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

By her own estimation, over the course of the last six years, Bedford North Lawrence senior Carrie Flinn has run over 7,200 miles. Enough to make it to Shanghai, if she didn’t mind treading water.

All those steps led her much closer to home. Flinn, a cross country and track distance standout, signed her letter of intent to continue her career at Franklin College on Wednesday afternoon.

Flinn started running in the sixth grade, and that much pounding on her legs and feet has taken a toll. But she deemed it a necessary evil to reach a goal, and she crossed that finish line when she scribbled her name on the page.

“It makes it all worth it,” she said.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Trey on the way to the semistate

BNL junior Trey Pemberton qualified for the IHSAA semistate race during Saturdays regional at BNL. Pemberton posted a career-best time of 16:49.

BNL junior Trey Pemberton qualified for the IHSAA semistate race during Saturday’s regional at BNL. Pemberton posted a career-best time of 16:49.

BNL’s Pemberton posts

career-best time during

regional race on home venue

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With his final burst of energy and will, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Pemberton lunged across the finish line and fell, causing a traffic jam. He could not run another step.

He didn’t have to, not until next week.

Pemberton earned a spot in the IHSAA semistate race at Brown County, posting a career-best time of 16:49.0 and collecting one of the individual qualifying spots during the regional race at BNL on Saturday morning.

Pemberton was 21st overall, and his time was the 25th best in school history. More importantly, he fell well inside the cut line of semistate-bound runners. The top five teams, plus the top 10 individuals who are not members of advancing teams, will compete at the next level of the state tournament series on Oct. 24.

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5 Not So Serious Questions: Baili Peterson

BNL senior Baili Peterson

BNL senior Baili Peterson

Bedford North Lawrence senior Baili Peterson didn’t start running cross country until it was almost too late. And she hated it when she first tried it. But now she’s fallen in love with the sport, and she qualified for the IHSAA regional on Saturday at BNL.

Question 1: What else do you hate that you’re good at?

Peterson: I show horses, and I hate putting in the work for that. I’ve been showing since I was in kindergarten (in 4-H), and I have a horse that I’ve had since I was 8 (named Knight). It’s so time consuming, but I love it when we show.

Question 2: Which sounds better to a runner, 3.1 miles or 5 kilometers?

Peterson: The 3.1 sounds better, because I’m used to going 6 miles in a day, and that’s half of what we normally have to do.

Question 3: Have you ever thought about taking a short cut?

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars on their own in regional

Baili Peterson

Baili Peterson works her way around the BNL cross country course on Saturday. The BNL senior qualified for the regional.

BNL fails to advance teams,

but three individuals qualify

during the sectional races

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

From this point, Bedford North Lawrence runners are on their own. No team for support, no pack to race with, no goals but their individual pursuit of the next step in the state tournament series.

The Stars failed to advance teams from Saturday morning’s IHSAA sectionals on their home course. In the girls race, BNL – plagued by injuries – slid down to seventh in the field, while the Stars settled for ninth in the boys meet.

The top five teams, plus the top 10 runners who were not members of qualifying teams, earned a return ticket to the regional at BNL on Oct. 17.

BNL did qualify three runners by the latter standard. Trey Pemberton finished 14th overall and easily qualified in the boys meet, while newcomers Baili Peterson and Danielle Kittaka made it out of the girls field.

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

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

BNL’s team chances in the girls meet were shattered by physical breakdowns among the top runners. Joslyn Wever watched the race while wearing a boot on her injured right foot, and Carrie Flinn sat out with a strained right calf. With those two leading the way, the Stars would have jumped into the fray. Without them, they were frayed.

“It’s not a surprise,” BNL coach Bill Deckard said. “We had a number of girls hurt, and the other teams have gotten better.”

The surprise was Peterson, a senior who played basketball and didn’t compete in this sport until this season. She showed her toughness from the first meet, and she finished 20th in the sectional in 21:46.7. Not bad for a kid who hated running.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Floyd Central clips Seymour for title

BNLs Baili Peterson powers her way up the hill to the finish line.

BNLs Baili Peterson

SEYMOUR – Floyd Central won its fourth straight Hoosier Hills Conference girls title on Saturday morning, edging Seymour by one point for the league championship.

The No.24 Highlanders totaled 28 points, clipping No.12 Seymour. Bedford North Lawrence was seventh in the eight-team field with 162.

Floyd Central’s Kassidy Manning was the individual winner, crossing in 18:56.9 and nipping Seymour’s Ashton Chase (second in 18:57.8) at the finish line.

Baili Peterson was the top runner for the Stars as she completed the 5K tour in 19th place in a personal-best time of 21:30.5. Carrie Flinn, battling a calf strain, was 28th in 22:03.9.

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