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WRESTLING: BNL dropping depth charge

BNL coach Roy Bruce shouts instructions from his corner spot.

BNL coach Roy Bruce expects the Stars to start tasting success during the 2016-17 season.

Deeper squad spurring

confidence as Stars look

for next-level success

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The numbers are up, and so is the expectation level as Bedford North Lawrence prepares for the 2016-17 campaign.

For a program with a limited history of success, BNL coach Roy Bruce Jr. is daring to dream big. The Stars have never won a team sectional championship, they didn’t advance a wrestler out of the regional last season, yet there is a measurable energy and excitement level. There is, after all, strength in numbers.

BNL roster

BNL schedule

With a surge in participation (26 will likely be the final tally), and with talent in the midst, BNL is poised for a breakout year. Why not make it historic?

“We want to win now,” Bruce said. “There’s no more time to wait. It’s time to start winning.

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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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BOYS: BNL Athlete of the Year

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. Flinn helped the Stars qualify for the state finals in two relays.

Flinn excelled in 3

sports and qualified

for state track finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Garrett Flinn, a three-sport standout as a senior, was named TheHHCSports.com’s third Male Athlete of the Year.

Flinn played soccer during the fall campaign and helped the Stars finish 6-8-5. He was a starter on the basketball team, averaging 2.7 points (scoring a career-high 11 against Corydon) and 1.3 rebounds as BNL went 14-11.

He made the major impact in track. Flinn was a member of the 400 and 1600 relays that won Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional championships while qualifying for the IHSAA state finals in both races.

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WRESTLING: Seven Stars ousted in regional openers

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence’s seven wrestlers all suffered first-round exits during the IHSAA regional at Bloomington South on Saturday morning.

The top four in each weight class advance to the semistate, which means a first-round victory is mandatory in the field of eight. But the Stars came up short as their season came to a close.

At 106 pounds, BNL’s Braden Yarberry (15-17 and a late addition to the field) was trapped by Bloomington South’s Paul Pinkham in 3:27. Northview’s Austin Cook overpowered Jacob Ray (16-13), winning 15-0 by technical fall at 3:48 at 120.

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WRESTLING: Tough road for Stars in regional

BNLs Jon Godsey holds the upper hand against Mitchells Delaney Wade at 220 pounds. Wade erased Godseys lead with a third-period pin.

BNL’s Jon Godsey, a sectional runner-up at 220 pounds, will lead BNL’s contingent of six wrestlers in the regional on Saturday.

Six BNL wrestlers competing

for spots in IHSAA semistate

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Win one match, just one, the first one in the IHSAA regional on Saturday, and advance to the semistate. Seems simple enough.

For Bedford North Lawrence’s six competitors in the regional at Bloomington South, it’s not. All of the Stars will be underdogs in their first-round battles as they look to advance to the next round in the state tournament series.

The top four in each weight class will qualify for the semistate in Evansville on Feb. 13. Since each class is composed of eight qualifiers from the sectionals at Southridge and Bloomington, the first match is the only elimination clash. The rest are for semistate seeding and individual glory.

“We do have tough draws, but all the kids in the regional will be tough,” BNL coach Roy Bruce said. “Every kid has had to win to get through.”

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WRESTLING: BNL advances six to regional

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

Jon Godsey

Jon Godsey

HUNTINGBURG – Bedford North Lawrence advanced six wrestlers to the Indiana High School Athletic Association regional during sectional action at Southridge on Saturday afternoon.

The top four in each weight division advanced to the regional.

BNL junior Jon Godsey was the sectional runner-up at 220 pounds. Godsey decked Salem’s Aaron Hollen in 1:43 in the first round, then kncoedk off top seed Cameron Meade of Washington by a 5-3 decision in the semifinal.

Godsey was pinned by Mitchell’s Delaney Wade in 1:24 in the final.

Jacob Ray, a sectional champion last season, finished third at 120. Ray (17-13) fell to Paoli’s Zayne Bartholomew (by pin in 4:14) in the first round, then recovered to pin Crawford County’s Dustin McClure in 2:34 in the consolation round.

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WRESTLING: Higgins leaves with his hand high

BNL senior Calrb Higgins applies pressure on Bloomington Norths Cole Hutchcraft during thier match at 152 pounds. Higgins celebrated his Sneior Night with a pin in 2:59.

BNL senior Caleb Higgins applies pressure on Bloomington North’s Cole Hutchcraft during their match at 152 pounds. Higgins celebrated his Senior Night with a pin in 2:59.

BNL celebrates Senior Night,

but North posts 57-21 victory

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence senior Caleb Higgins walked off the home mat for the final time wiht his arm raised in triumph.

Higgins celebrated Senior Night with a pin of Bloomington North’s Cole Hutchcraft at 152 pounds, but the Cougars spoiled the festivities with a 57-21 team triumph on Tuesday night.

North posted eight victories by pin to dominate the Stars, but the win by Higgins was a highlight moment. He took control of the match and finally trapped his opponent at 2:59.

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WRESTLING: BNL finishes 7th in HHC meet

Caleb Higgins

Caleb Higgins

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence finished seventh in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet at Floyd Central on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars totaled 66 points. Jennings County won the event with 229.5, edging Columbus East (222.5) and Floyd Central (210) for the team title.

BNL’s top finishers were Jacob Ray (fourth at 113) and Caleb Higgins (fourth at 152).

Ray pinned Madison’s Daunte O’Banion in 42 seconds in his opening match and pinned New Albany Terrance Brown in 2:13 in the consolation round. Higgins lost his opener but rebounded with wins over Madison’s Nick Flint (pin in 25 seconds) and Jeffersonville’s Josiah Freeman (4-2) in the consolation round.

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WRESTLING: Bluejackets pin it to win it

BNLs Dakota Hutchens clamps down on Mitchells Ethan Humphrey during their match at 182 pounds on Thursday night. Hutchens recorded a pin in 2:00, but the Bluejackets won the county rivalry 36-33.

BNL’s Dakota Hutchens clamps down on Mitchell’s Ethan Humphrey during their match at 182 pounds on Thursday night. Hutchens recorded a pin in 2:00, but the Bluejackets won the county rivalry 36-33.

Mitchell overcomes 24-point

deficit with late pin victories

to post 36-33 win over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Growing up, everyone has been involved in a race where the stronger, faster athlete granted a head start to the disadvantaged. That’s especially true in the big brother-little brother dynamic. Give him a lead and beat him anyway.

That is exactly what happened on the wrestling mat on Thursday night – except Mitchell, the smaller school in the uneasy county rivalry with Bedford North Lawrence, played the role of big brother and still beat the Stars to the finish line.

Mitchell granted BNL a 24-0 lead because of forfeits, then dominated all but two contested matches to overtake the Stars 36-33. The Bluejackets posted five pins, including the final two matches, to power their way to their second straight win in the series. So who is big brother now?

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WRESTLING: Jasper mauls Stars 69-3

JASPER – Bedford North Lawrence won only one match while suffering a 69-3 defeat at Jasper on Tuesday night.

Neil Amsutz salvaged BNL’s lone victory as he recorded a 3-0 win over Leo Magana at 195 pounds. The Wildcats swept the rest, posting six pins.

“Neil wrestled a pretty smart match,” BNL coach Roy Bruce said. “He was able to slow it down and get it to a level that he was happy with.”

The Stars will host county rival Mitchell on Thursday.

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