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SWIMMING: BNL’s sweep of East easy as 1-2-3

BNL junior Sam Tlustek cuts through the water while winning the 100-yard backstroke. Tlustek won two events and was a member of two winning relays as BNL conquered Columbus East.

BNL junior Sam Tlustek cuts through the water while winning the 100-yard backstroke. Tlustek won two events and was a member of two winning relays as BNL conquered Columbus East.

Stars take top three spots

in three events to splash

to wins over Columbus East 

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Columbus East swimming coach David Fribley wears an orange hard-hat, a symbol of hard labor, around the pool. In this meet, Bedford North Lawrence went to work.

The Stars swept the top three spots in three events on Thursday night, and those hard-earned points propelled BNL to wins over both East teams. BNL won the boys meet 102-81 and splashed to a 105-74 victory in the girls.

The Stars, who practiced on Thursday morning and following school prior to the meet, scored huge in the boys 100-yard breaststroke, the girls 500 freestyle and the girls 100 breaststroke to leave the Olympians in their wake.

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SWIMMING: Stars suffer losses to Jasper, Jeff

Alden Crosby

Alden Crosby

JASPER – Bedford North Lawrence suffered a pair of double-dual losses to Jasper and Jeffersonville on Wednesday afternoon.

In the girls meet, Jasper recorded a 114-53 win while Jeffersonville topped the Stars 117-43. BNL’s boys also dropped decisions to the Wildcats (107-78) and Red Devils (128-52).

Jasper-Jeffersonville results

BNL had two individual winners. Alex Manke claimed the 200-yard indivdual medley (2:08.80) while Alden Crosby was the winner in diving with 381.60 points.

“The girls had two tough losses,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “Many of the girls were swimming very tired or sick, and as a result we were not in force today.”

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SWIMMING: Stars sweep past Southridge

Hayley Hatfield

Hayley Hatfield

Sam Tlustek

Sam Tlustek

HUNTINGBURG – Bedford North Lawrence continued its forward progress on Saturday afternoon, sweeping to wins over Southridge. The boys posted a 104-83 win while the girls prevailed 122-66, with both teams evening their dual-meet records at 3-3.

Alex Manke and Sam Tlustek both won twice for the BNL boys, while Sidney Carlile and Hayley Hatfield were double winners for the girls.

Southridge results

“I couldn’t be happier,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “Considering the girls didn’t win a single meet last year, I am extremely happy with the results. The boys only had two wins last year, so we are moving in the right direction. The kids are seeing the rewards for their hard work.”

Manke was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.94) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.39). Tlustek touched first in the 50 freestyle (24.94) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.40) as the Stars won nine events overall.

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SWIMMING: BNL boys good to the last touch

Sam Tlustek

BNL junior Sam Tlustek drives through the water en route to winning the 100-yard backstroke on Tuesday night. The Stars won the boys meet against Jennings County.

Stars edge Jennings 94-90,

but Panthers win girls meet

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence coach Terry Tlustek could barely speak above a course whisper on Tuesday night. His swimmers were loud enough to be heard.

The Stars won five events en route to a tense 94-90 victory over Jennings County during the boys meet. The Panthers claimed the girls meet 96-76.

BNL-Jennings results

BNL and Jennings were deadlocked at 77-77 with two boys events left, and a victory by senior Michael Ball in the 100-yard breaststroke catapulted the Stars to the team triumph. Ball touched first in 1:13.89, and a BNL sweep of the top three spots in the 500 freestyle was also huge in a meet where every point mattered.

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SWIMMING: BNL girls post win at New Albany

Elli Crosby

Elli Crosby

Sidney Carlile

Sidney Carlile

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence won six events while splashing past New Albany 100-75 during the girls meet on Saturday at New Albany.

The Bulldogs won the boys meet 101-81.

BNL-New Albany results

Sidney Carlile won two events to pace the Stars in the girls meet. Carlile claimed the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.49 and the 100 backstroke in 1:06.54. Elli Crosby was the winner of the 200 freestyle in 2:24.86, Hayley Hatfield won the 200 individual medley in 2:33.04, and Victoria Orender touched first in the 500 free in 6:27.77.

The Stars also won the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

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SWIMMING: North wave washes away BNL

BNLs Alex Manke stretches through the water during the 200 individual medley race on Thursday night. Manke won two events for the Stars.

BNL’s Alex Manke stretches through the water during the 200 individual medley race on Thursday night. Manke won two events for the Stars.

BNL’s Manke posts pair

of wins but Stars can’t 

cope with North numbers

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Through the water, Bedford North Lawrence junior Alex Manke cut like a knife. And it felt so right.

Manke splashed to a pair of overwhelming victories on Thursday night, leaving the competition in a wake of waves and spray in BNL Pool. However, the Stars needed more like him in a numbers duel with Bloomington North. Since cloning humans is still frowned upon, BNL will have to settle for his best and second best in the meets.

The Cougars swept aside the Stars 123-62 in the girls meet and 106-69 in the boys. North, coached by Dave Tanner (a former Indiana University teammate of Olympic legend Mark Spitz), had superior firepower, a 2-to-1 edge in bodies and on the scoreboard.

Sam Tlustek led a BNL sweep in the 100 backstroke.

Sam Tlustek led a BNL sweep in the 100 backstroke.

BNL had to settle for individual achievements, and that’s where Manke led the way. He won the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.48) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.96) by wide margins. The Stars only won three other events in the combined meets.

Manke still has time to trim, but early December isn’t the prime time. There’s still a lot of miles ahead, a lot of laps during the holiday break, a tapering period to peak for the sectional. And that’s Manke’s focus right now.

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SWIMMING: Highlanders splash to sweep of BNL

Alden Crosby

Alden Crosby

Sidney Carlile

Sidney Carlile

Floyd Central posted a sweep of Bedford North Lawrence during meets at BNL on Saturday morning.

The Highlanders won the boys meet 124-56 and cruised to a 145-40 victory in the girls meet.

FC-BNL results

In the boys meet, the Stars won only two events. Alex Manke touched first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.38 while Alden Crosby won the diving with a score of 211.95.

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SWIMMING: BNL sweeps Edgewood in openers

Hayley Hatfield

Hayley Hatfield

Sidney Carlile

Sidney Carlile

Bedford North Lawrence posted wins over Edgewood during the season-opening meet at BNL Pool on Tuesday night.

The Stars splashed to an easy 105-65 victory in the girls meet and squeezed out a 94-91 triumph in the boys meet.

BNL-Edgewood results

Freshman Sidney Carlile led the way for the Stars in the girls, posting wins in the 100-yard  backstroke and 100 butterfly. Carlile set a school record in the backstroke, touching in 1:05.09 to clip the old mark by .71 seconds. She won the butterfly in 1:05.95.

Other double winners for the Stars included freshman Hayley Hatfield (2:34.36 in the 200 individual medley and 1:17.99 in the 100 breaststroke) and Joslyn Wever (28.44 in the 50 freestyle and 1:03.42 in the 100 free).

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GIRLS SWIMMING: BNL still a little wet behind the ears

Victoria Orender

Victoria Orender

Terry Tlustek

Terry Tlustek

Freshmen and sophomores

make up bulk of the roster

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With a young team, with 70 percent of the roster comprised of freshmen and sophomores, Bedford North Lawrence is preparing to dive into the deep end in 2015-16.

Ready or not, the rookies will be counted on to score a lot of points. Like it or not, BNL coach Terry Tlustek might have to draft a diver or two from his squad of 13. Right now, the roster – inflated to that unlucky number after suffering through a season of low tide last year – includes no divers. Somebody might get pushed off the board.

BNL roster

BNL schedule

If he can persuade a couple of Stars to take the leap, Tlustek has enough bodies to fill out every event. And with the influx of talented freshmen, the Stars could make a splash in the postseason.

“We have a lot of freshmen who have a lot of experience,” Tlustek said. “They’ve broken middle school records and been successful at the club level. They’re going to experience a condensed season that will allow them to improve, if they put their heart and soul into it.”

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GIRLS: Athlete of the Year

Dominique McBryde and the Stars  Photo courtesy of Varsity Views

Dominique McBryde

McBryde set basketball record,

advanced to IHSAA state finals

in long jump during track season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Dominique McBryde, who shattered the girls basketball career scoring record , was named TheHHCSports.com’s second Female Athlete of the Year at Bedford North Lawrence.

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, averaged 20.0 points and 6.4 rebounds as the Stars went 26-1 in 2015. She also finished as the school’s career leader in scoring (1,762 points to break the mark set for former Miss Basketball Marla Inman) and blocked shots (229). The Stars won back-to-back championships in 2013-14 and finished McBryde’s four-year career with a 104-5 record.

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