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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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GIRLS TENNIS: North drops BNL in sectional

Hope Martin hits forehand return during her three-set victory at No.1 singles.

Hope Martin and the Stars fell to No.20 Bloomington North in the sectional semifinal on Thursday.

BLOOMINGTON – No.20 Bloomington North dropped only six games while rolling to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence in the semifinal round of the IHSAA sectional at North on Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars advanced to the final to meet Martinsville (a 5-0 winner over Edgewood), while the Stars closed their season with a 2-12 record.

“North is a very good team,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “I was very pleased with the way we played. We hung in on some tough points and played well. They are just a really good, experienced team.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars settle for 6th in HHC

BNLs Nikola Malkova won at No.2 singles, but the Stars dropped a 4-1 decision to Jeffersonville in the consolation round of the HHC Tournament.

BNL’s Nikola Malkova won at No.2 singles, but the Stars dropped a 4-1 decision to Jeffersonville in the consolation round of the HHC Tournament.

Jeffersonville sweeps doubles

en route to 4-1 win over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

If only the facial expressions and sighs of Bedford North Lawrence coach Joni Stigall could be framed by a text emoji. That would be quite a picture.

Stigall could only grin and roll her eyes as the Stars dropped a 4-1 decision to Jeffersonville in the rain-delayed consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon.

BNL (2-11) settled for sixth place in the league, a far better conclusion than the overall record indicates.

“That’s better than what I thought,” Stigall said as a season of youth, inexperience and injuries nears its finish. “When you’re 2-11, that’s better than what we should be. So I’ll take it.”

Now that doesn’t mean Stigall found any satisfaction in BNL’s performance. The Red Devils swept the doubles, losing only four games on the two courts, and BNL’s only win was posted by Nikola Malkova at No.2 singles.

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GIRLS TENNIS: BNL wins Duel in the Dark

BNLs Nikola Malkova, a Czech exchange student, won a marathon match at No.2 singles, the deciding point during a 3-2 win over Madison on Friday night.

BNL’s Nikola Malkova, a Czech exchange student, won a marathon match at No.2 singles, the deciding point during a 3-2 win over Madison on Friday night.

Malkova wins marathon

match at No.2 singles as

Stars pull out 3-2 victory

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Her knees ached, her head was spinning, and her coach was a nervous wreck, almost afraid to watch as Bedford North Lawrence senior Nikola Malkova, an exchange student from far away, went the long way for a rare victory on Friday night.

The marathon match started in brilliant sunlight and ended in stark contrast. By the end, the only sounds were the chirp of crickets, the thump of a ball connecting with a racket, and the shrieks of teammates as Malkova won a duel in the darkness to drag the Stars through a wearisome match.

As the last match remaining on the dimly-lit courts, with the outcome riding on her, Malkova won a three-set, 3-1/2 hour brutal battle with Madison’s Riley Boone at No.2 singles, the final and swing point in BNL’s 3-2 triumph in the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

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GIRLS TENNIS: East top-spins Stars in HHC

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

Ali Adams

Ali Adams

Columbus East swept the singles, but Bedford North Lawrence posted some progress during its rematch with the Olympians in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on the upper courts at BNL on Monday afternoon.

The Stars (1-10) suffered a 5-0 loss to East last week. This time, BNL’s senior duo of Jaclyn Dufrense and Ali Adams broke through at No.1 doubles to put the Stars on the board during a 4-1 setback.

East was too tough elsewhere. And BNL coach Joni Stigall readily admitted that. East dropped only 6 games in singles and dominated the second doubles court while advancing to the second round.

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GIRLS TENNIS: BNL finally able to celebrate

BNL's tennis team celebrates following a 5-0 victory at Edgewood on Thursday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Ian Dillman

BNL’s tennis team celebrates following a 5-0 victory at Edgewood on Thursday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Ian Dillman

Stars conquer Edgewood

5-0 for first win of season

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence coach Joni Stigall promised to celebrate each win her inexperienced Stars recorded this season.

At last, the Stars can play a little Kool and the Gang and break into a victory dance.

BNL posted its first win of the season on Thursday afternoon, pounding out a 5-0 triumph at Edgewood.

“I’m so happy for the girls to get that win,” Stigall said “They needed to  win. We knew they would be few and far between, but we really thought we would have more at this point.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Seymour sweeps past Stars

McKenzie Messmore

McKenzie Messmore

Nikola Malkova

Nikola Malkova

SEYMOUR – Seymour didn’t surrender a game in doubles while sweeping to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon.

Seymour’s Emma Wood and Lindsey Hume, a recently formed tandem after Wood shifted from No.1 singles, powered to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Ali Adams and Jaclyn Dufresne at No.1 doubles. Katie O’Mara and Grace Otte cruised past the new BNL duo of Jenna Williams and Emily Chastain 6-0, 6-0 at No.2.

“The doubles teams, especially at No.1, were the best we have seen all year,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “This was another new lineup, but we just faced a much better team.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Olympians cruise past Stars

Ali Adams

Ali Adams

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

East sweeps to 5-0 win

in preview of HHC clash

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence got a sneak preview of its first-round opponent for next week’s Hoosier Hills Conference tournament. The Stars, winless and struggling to find consistency, have a tough challenge ahead.

Columbus East was threatened in only one set on the five courts while cruising to a 5-0 victory over BNL on Monday afternoon. The Stars (0-8) will host the Olympians once again on May 9 in the league tournament opener.

“It is a learning experience, but we definitely could have hung a little bit better on more courts,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “It’s one of those frustrating years, but I think we’re doing the best we can. We’re going back to the drawing board again.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Double loss for shifted Stars

BNLs Victoria Holt concentrates on a forehand shot. Holt won at No.3 singles, but she will miss the remainder of the season when she undergoes surgery later this week.

BNL’s Victoria Holt concentrates on a forehand shot. Holt won at No.3 singles, but she will miss the remainder of the season when she undergoes surgery later this week.

Bloomfield pulls out 3-2

win, and Stars lose Holt

for season-ending surgery

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence junior Victoria Holt had a triumphant, albeit premature, conclusion to her season on Monday afternoon. Now the Stars, still winless and waiting to celebrate, will have to figure out another lineup adjustment.

Holt pounded out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Bloomfield’s Maizy Gilliland at No.3 singles, then announced she is scheduled for surgery on Friday. She had been battling a chest issue that hampered her breathing on the court, and the time has come to repair that. She was one of the few with varsity experience before the season started.

“It’s like, ‘What else can go wrong for us?'” BNL coach Joni Stigall said.

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