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GIRLS TENNIS: Brown County clips BNL

Olivia Riley

Olivia Riley

Jenna Williams

Jenna Williams

NASHVILLE – Brown County pulled out a third-set win at No.1 doubles to edge Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown County’s Sarah Barrick and Jacey Ferguson battled back from a first-set loss to clip BNL’s Jaclyn Defresne and Emily Chastain 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 for the deciding point.

BNL’s Hope Martin posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Halle Miller at No.1 singles, and the Stars prevailed at No.2 doubles as Olivia Riley and Jenna Williams rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Baelyn Koster and Kierra Omberg.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Loogootee blanks BNL

Hope Martin

Hope Martin

LOOGOOTEE – Bedford North Lawrence is still searching for that elusive first win following a road trip to Loogootee on Monday afternoon.

The Stars (0-5) won only one set while suffering a 5-0 setback.

BNL’s Hope Martin battled from a first-set loss to win the second at No.1 singles, but Loogootee’s Emily Bateman prevailed in the finale for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory. Katie Sims recorded an important service break late in the opening set and fought off Victoria Holt 7-5, 6-1 at No.2.

The Lions (5-0) had little trouble on the other courts. Jody Seals swept past Ali Adams 6-0, 6-0 at No.3 singles, Eden Jenkins and Emma Walters conquered Jackly Dufresne and Emily Chastain 6-1, 6-4 at No.1 doubles, while Tara Pennington and Meghan Mathies stopped Olivia Riley and Jenna Williams 6-0, 6-1 at No.2.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Advantage, South for 5-0 win

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

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Emily Chastain

No.15 Panthers pound

out 5-0 victory over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bloomington South dominated four courts and escaped with a shortened third-set win in the final battle to conquer Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

That is no surprise. The Panthers, state finalists last season and the program that produced back-to-back singles state champion Denise Azcui, are ranked No.15 in the state now while the Stars are still winless at 0-4. A mismatch was expected.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Loss to Lincoln chills the Stars

BNLs Victoria Holt prepares to hit a forehand return during her match at No.2 singles on Thursday afternoon. Holt posted BNLs only win during a 4-1 setback to Vincennes Lincoln.

BNL’s Victoria Holt prepares to hit a forehand return during her match at No.2 singles on Thursday afternoon. Holt posted BNL’s only win during a 4-1 setback to Vincennes Lincoln.

Alices win marathon matches

to pull out 4-1 win over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Perhaps when Spring finally makes her belated, fashionably late entrance, Bedford North Lawrence tennis will blossom.

This isn’t supposed to be a winter sport. Tell that to the athletes who wore sweatshirts, ear muffs and sweat pants to stay warm when the “feels like” temperature was plunging toward the freezing mark. Tell that to the hearty spectators smothered in blankets, gloves, toboggans, coats and other cold-weather apparel.

BNL coach Joni Stigall didn’t use the conditions – which also featured some rain spittle, just to add to the misery index – as an excuse. She was already heated after the Stars dropped a 4-1 decision to Vincennes Lincoln on Thursday evening.

BNL (0-3) lost two three-set singles matches and dropped 12 of 13 games at No.1 doubles after bolting to a 4-1 lead in the first set. The Stars figured this would be a tough year, and each win would be a cause for celebration, but this was one that Stigall felt got away.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Pioneers blank Stars

Nikola Malkova

Nikola Malkova

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

CLARKSVILLE – Providence swept to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon.

The Pioneers dropped only six games in singles and fought off BNL’s challenge at No.2 doubles.

“Providence is the best team we’ll see all year, the toughest on our schedule,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “They’re a really good program. They’re just better than us. There’s not a lot to do when facing a team that’s better than you.”

Heidi Popson paced Providence with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hope Martin at No.1 singles, Izzy Coe conquered Victoria Holt 6-2, 6-0 at No.2, and Mariel Vasa stopped Olivia Riley 6-0, 6-1 at No.3.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars dust in the wind in debut

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BNL’s Hope Martin pounded out a win at No.1 singles in the season opener on Monday, but the Stars dropped a 3-2 decision to Barr-Reeve.

Barr-Reeve pulls out 3-2

victory over BNL during

wind-swept season opener

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The wind was nobody’s friend. It was bone-chilling, cutting, vicious, cold. On a tennis court, that’s another opponent an unknown team like Bedford North Lawrence didn’t need to battle.

Barr-Reeve rode the wind to a 3-2 victory over the Stars during the season debut on Monday afternoon, winning two tight sets in the lower singles to take control of the team outcome.

But BNL didn’t get blown away. Hope Martin was dominant at No.1 singles, while the new doubles duo of Jaclyn Dufrense and Nikola Malkova, an exchange student from the Czech Republic, made quite a combo with their three-set rally at No.2 doubles. The Vikings won the key points in 2-3 singles and left a little warmer. Winning eliminates the wind chill.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Stars face rebuilding project

Hope Martin prepares to hit a forehand return. Martin suffered a two-set loss at No.2 singles.

Hope Martin prepares to hit a forehand return. Martin will make the move to No.1 singles this season.

BNL starting from ground

floor with only two veterans

returning from last season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

When coach Joni Stigall started meeting prospective players for Bedford North Lawrence’s 2016 season, she didn’t see too many familiar faces. That’s not a good sign.

When most of the starting lineup from last year disappeared, and when some of the possible replacements are athletes from other sports with little or no tennis background, that’s not a good sign. The Stars will be the poster girls for a complete remodeling project.

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With only two returning veterans from last season’s 5-11 team, and with both slotted for new spots in the lineup, Stigall is facing a challenging rebuilding process.

“It’s a very inexperienced crew,” Stigall said. “We lost basically every spot. But, if you look, we’ve got some athletes. That’s a good sign.”

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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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GIRLS TENNIS: Panthers overpower Stars

Hope Martin

Hope Martin

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South dropped only 11 games in five matches while rolling to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence in the IHSAA sectional semifinal at South on Thursday afternoon.

The Stars finished the 2015 season at 5-11.

“All in all, we played well,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “The score does not show how close that match was. We spent a lot of time at deuce and we won a ton of points. They just seemed to win the game-winning points.”

South’s Denise Azcui, the defending state singles champion, conquered Amanda Hearth 6-0, 6-0 at No.1. Hope Martin played BNL’s most competitive match but suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Kacy Poore at No.2 singles. Natalie Cook topped Jessica Goedde 6-0, 6-1 at No.3.

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GIRLS TENNIS: Artesians refuse to allow single point

BNLs Kyla Addison reaches to hit a backhand during action at No.2 doubles.

BNL senior Kyla Addison helped No.2 doubles win in her final home match, but the Stars dropped a 3-2 decision to Martinsville on Tuesday afternoon.

Martinsville pulls out win

at No.1 singles to record

a 3-2 triumph over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Amanda Hearth had victory on her strings, serving for the match. That’s all Bedford North Lawrence could ask for.

Well, perhaps one more point. One more Martinsville shot in the net. One more deep ball falling inside the line.

Martinsville’s Zoey Vieliegh battled back from a first-set loss, and from a 5-2 deficit in the third set, to clip Hearth at No.1 singles and lift the Artesians to a tense 3-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday afternoon.

BNL, in its usual pattern, swept the doubles and looked on the east end of the courts for a singles triumph. Hearth, playing her best match of the season, had it within reach. But Vieliegh won the marathon match 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3 in the deciding tiebreaker).

“I hate that for Amanda,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “Nobody hates that more than she does. She played so good.”

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