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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 TRACK: BNL journey ends in regional

BNLs Sarah Brewster competes in the 200 during Tuedays regional. Photo courtesy of Dianna Johnson

BNL’s Sarah Brewster competes in the 200 during Tuesday’s regional.
Photo courtesy of Dianna Johnson

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence failed to qualify any individuals for the IHSAA state finals during Tuesday’s regional at Bloomington North.

The top three in each event advanced to the state championships at Indiana University on June 3.

North regional results

BNL sophomore Megan Lambrecht finished 5th in the shot put with a throw of 37-0. Henryville’s Hannah White won the event at 38 feet 1/4 inch.

Sarah Brewster was 10th in the 200 meter dash (27.44) and 10th in the long jump (15-4 1.2). Mikaela Rainey was 10th in the discus (104-7).

BNL’s Carrie Flinn qualified for the regional in the 3200 but did not compete because of a calf injury. Greencastle freshman Emma Wilson won that race in 10:50.55, setting a meet record (held by Bloomington North’s Daniellia Daggy at 11:02.94 since 1989).

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TRACK: Stars to chase tickets to state finals

Micah Wagner

Micah Wagner

Megan Lambrecht

Megan Lambrecht

Lambrecht, BNL boys relays

in position to qualify for state

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Megan Lambrecht has beaten herself up, playing two power-based sports simultaneously this spring, and she would not recommend her double-dip with softball and track be duplicated.

All her aches and pains will be worth it if she qualifies for the state finals during the IHSAA track regional at Bloomington North on Tuesday night. Lambrecht and three BNL teammates will battle for berths in the state championship at Indiana University on June 3.

The top three in each event will advance, and Lambrecht is positioned to challenge for one of those coveted spots. While her softball teammates are busy facing New Albany in the sectional semifinal at Seymour, she will compete in the shot put, seeded fourth in the field of 12.

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GIRLS TRACK: Four Stars advance to regional

Carrie Flinn

Carrie Flinn

Sarah Brewster

Sarah Brewster

BNL finishes fourth

in IHSAA sectional

NORTH VERNON- Bedford North Lawrence advanced four individuals to the regional during the IHSAA track sectional at Jennings County on Tuesday night.

The Stars totaled 64.5 points to finish fourth in the team competition. Seymour topped the 12-team field with 127 points. The top three finishers in each event qualified for the regional at Bloomington North on May 24.

Sectional results

BNL’s Sarah Brewster finished second in the 200-meter dash in 27.97, clipped at the line by Jennings County’s Justine Corya (27.44). Corya also won the 100 (12.98) and 400 (1:01.94).

Other qualifers for the Stars included Megan Lambrecht (third in the shot put at 36-2 while Paoli’s Rachel Cadle won at 37-9), Carrie Flinn (third in the 3200 in 12:59.79 while Seymour’s Ashton Chase won that race in 12:12.39), and Mikaela Rainey (third in the discus at 105-1 while Brownstown’s Trentity Vaught took that title at 110-6).

Brewster missed advancing in a second event by the narrowest of margins.  She was fourth in the long jump at 15- 3/4, missing third place by 1/4-inch.

 

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GIRLS TRACK: Lambrecht shines for Stars

Megan Lambrecht

Megan Lambrecht

BNL sophomore sets school

record in shot during HHC

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Megan Lambrecht set a school record while winning the shot put competition during the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Friday night.

The Stars finished eighth as a team with 43 points, but Lambrecht was the bright spot as she heaved the shot 37-11 to win that individual event.

HHC girls results

Lambrecht also finish fifth in the discus (109-2), while Sarah Brewster was fourth (15-9) and McKenna Garrison was fifth (15-5 1/2) in the long jump.

Floyd Central won the meet with 123 points, followed by Columbus East (96.5) and Jennings County (92).

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TRACK: Brewster powers BNL past Brownstown

Sarah Brewster

Sarah Brewster

BROWNSTOWN – Bedford North Lawrence’s Sarah Brewster won three events while pacing the Stars to an 81.5-52.5 win over Brownstown in the girls meet at Brownstown on Thursday night.

Brewster was victorious in the 100 meter dash (13.4), 200 (28.5) and the long jump (15-2 3/4).

The Stars won six other events. Zoe Zollman crossed the line first in the 1600 (6:04.4) and 3200 (13:17.3) distance events, Halle Hughes cleared 4-10 to win the high jump, and Baili Peterson claimed the 800 in 2:46.8.

BNL also won the 400 and 3200 relays.

Brownstown won the boys meet 71-67.

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TRACK: Relay fills BNL’s need for speed

BNLs Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Evan Baker during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL’s Garrett Flinn takes the baton from Alex Adams during the 400 relay. The Stars won that event en route to a victory over Mitchell.

BNL boys win 1600 relay

to cap triumph while Stars

roll to victory in girls meet

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Somebody had the math wrong. Bedford North Lawrence went to the 1600 relay, the final event of the annual county meet with Mitchell, believing it needed to win the last race to conquer the Bluejackets. Turns out the Stars were comfortably in front.

But that sense of urgency brought out the best in BNL’s best foursome.

BNL-Mitchell results

In the most dramatic and thrilling race of the day, the Stars roared from behind in the anchor leg, with Micah Wagner capping a huge scoring meet with a tremendous effort on the final stretch to the finish line, to win the showcase race and cap a 72.5-58.5 win over the Bluejackets on Tuesday afternoon.

Sarah Brewster splashes into the sand while winning the long jump with a leap of 15-2.

Sarah Brewster splashes into the sand while winning the long jump with a leap of 15-2.

The girls meet lacked intrigue as the Stars swept the field events en route to an 86-46 triumph.

That last race, which seems to bring out the best in tired runners, had a thrill on every turn. Garrett Flinn, Alex Adams, Isaac Kuehn and Wagner traded the lead with the Bluejackets on successive laps. When Wagner took the baton for the final circuit, he was behind, and he trailed by three strides around the third turn.

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TRACK: Stars finish second in Big Blue Relays

Garrett Flinn

Garrett Flinn

Carrie Flinn

Carrie Flinn

NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence boys and girls track teams both finished second to Jennings County during the Big Blue Relays at Jennings County on Friday night.

In the boys meet, the Stars scored 112 points to finish second behind the Panthers (118). BNL also scored 112 points in the girls meet while Jennings County totaled 146.

Blue Blue Relays results

BNL posted four wins in the boys meet. Isaac Kuehn, Alex Adams, Garrett Flinn and Micah Wagner combined to claim the 400 relay in 44.21, and that same foursome took the 1600 relay in 3:32.36.

The Stars also finished first in the 800 relay as Wyatt Martin, Nate Bartlett, Evan Baker and Dylan Bortner crossed the line in 1:36.91. BNL’s James Ford, Baker, Bortner and Braden Weilbaker won the 800 sprint medley in 1:40.46.

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TRACK: Stars, Mustangs battle to the wire

BNLs Alana Alexander leads the pack to the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash. Alexander won two events as the Stars clipped Edgewood by 2 points.

BNL’s Alana Alexander leads the pack to the finish line while winning the 100-meter dash. Alexander won two events as the Stars clipped Edgewood by 2 points.

BNL girls post 2-point win

while Edgewood boys slip

past BNL by single point

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence girls coach Jo Scott was worried, afraid that giving up 15 points in the relay races was too much to overcome, fretting that a disqualification because of a botched handoff in the 400 relay would cost her Stars the meet.

She wasted a lot of nervous energy. Had it all the way, the Stars did.

BNL-Edgewood results

BNL gave up a lot of ground to Edgewood but made it up with quality depth while squeezing past the Mustangs 67-65 in the home opener on Tuesday afternoon. On the flip side, the Stars weren’t as fortunate as the Edgewood boys edged BNL 66-65.

Micah Wagner takes the baton from Garrett Flinn as the Stars won the 400 relay.

Micah Wagner takes the baton from Garrett Flinn as the Stars won the 400 relay.

To make BNL’s comeback even more remarkable, Edgewood swept the girls pole vault, meaning the Stars made up a 24-point gap in the other 12 events. Everything had to fall into place perfectly, and it did as freshman Alana Alexander and sophomore McKenna Garrison each won two events to lead the charge.

“Honestly, I told my girls, if you lose all three relays you can’t win a meet,” Scott said. “But we got enough firsts and seconds to pull it out.”

Alexander won the 100 (13.83) and 200 (27.94) while Garrison claimed the 100 hurdles (18.57) and the long jump (14-7). BNL also recorded wins by Zoe Zollman (6:04.42 in the 1600), Carrie Flinn (12:58.64 in the 3200), Mikaela Rainey (111-4 in the discus) and Megan Lambrecht (35-10 in the shot put).

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