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WRESTLING: BNL finishes 8th at North

Caleb Higgins

Caleb Higgins

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence finished eighth in the Bo Henry Holiday Tournament at Bloomington North on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars scored only 37 points. Castle won the eight-team event with 270.

Caleb Higgins was the top finisher for the Stars as he finished fourth at 152 pounds. Brady Terry claimed the fifth spot in 160.

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WRESTLING: Stars finish 7th in Evansville tourney

Caleb Higgins

Caleb Higgins

EVANSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence filled only nine of the 14 weight classes but still finished seventh in the 10-team field during Saturday’s Evansville Memorial tournament.

The Stars totaled 81 points. Indian Creek won the event with 249, followed by Seymour (229) and Evansville Memorial (227) in a tight finish at the top.

Caleb Higgins and Neil Amstutz were the top finishers for the Stars, who were shorthanded because of illnesses and injuries. Higgins was third at 152 pounds and Amstutz was third at 220. Jon Godsey was fourth at 195 and Gage Riley-Crane was fourth at 285.

“Overall we wrestled really well,” BNL coach Roy Bruce said. “I am really proud of Gage. He came in at heavyweight and had not won a match all year.  He was able to pin three of his opponents today and really wrestled well.  His wins are what kept the team fired up and ready to work for their wins.

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WRESTLING: Stars need some quality recovery time

BNL's Marty Denesha squeezes down on Washington's Tyler Gilley at 152 pounds. Denesha recorded a 9-3 win on Tuesday night.

BNL’s Marty Denesha squeezes down on Washington’s Tyler Gilley at 152 pounds. Denesha recorded a 9-3 win on Tuesday night.

Hatchets take advantage

of depleted roster to post

47-15 triumph over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The last time Bedford North Lawrence’s Marty Denesha wrestled on his home mat, he suffered a mid-match, oxygen-depleted blackout and left the gymnasium in an ambulance. “Back from the dead,” he joked.

Denesha will have to share his rapid recovery and resurrection secrets. With five forfeits in weight classes, with another loss Tuesday night because of an injury default, the Stars are running out of bodies.

Jason Barnett-Main needed only 46 seconds to pin Washington's Zack Walker at 170 pounds.

Jason Barnett-Main needed only 46 seconds to pin Washington’s Zack Walker at 170 pounds.

Washington took advantage of the holes in BNL’s lineup for a 47-15 victory. BNL, which shuffled its usual lineup to cover as many open spots as possible, won only three contested matches. BNL coach Roy Bruce, when asked if he needs anything, has a stock answer ready: “More athletes.”

Sickness and concussions wiped out most of BNL’s lower weights, and the Hatchets did that to the upper divisions. BNL’s wins came from Koby Werner (145), Denesha (152) and mainstay Jason Barnett-Main (170).

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WRESTLING: Stars go 0-5 in HHC Duals at Jeff

Roy Bruce

Roy Bruce

Jason Barnett-Main

Jason Barnett-Main

JEFFERSONVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence failed to win a match during the Hoosier Hills Conference Duals at Jeffersonville on Saturday.

The Stars dropped decisions to Jennings County (72-12), Madison (34-33 after the Cubs were awarded a team point on the tiebreaker system), New Albany (51-28), Jeffersonville (73-6) and Floyd Central (77-6).

Jason Barnett-Main had four wins (all by pins) at 170 pounds. His only loss was in overtime against New Albany.

“I thought Jason had a solid day against some solid competition,” BNL coach Roy Bruce said. “Jason has come a long way from last year and has bought into the belief of our system and this leads to him getting quality wins over quality opponents.”

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WRESTLING: Warriors take down Stars

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

Jason Barnett-Main

Jason Barnett-Main

SCOTTSBURG – Scottsburg’s Scotty Callahan posted a double-overtime win at heavyweight to cap a 45-36 victory over Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday night.

With the team outcome in the balance, Callahan edged BNL’s Gage Riley-Crane 4-2. BNL trailed 42-36 entering the final match, and a Riley-Gage pin would have forced a deadlock. But Callahan won the battle of attrition.

“Gage showed a lot of heart and wrestled with great intensity,” BNL coach Roy Bruce said. “That was the match of the night.”

BNL recorded five wins on the mat, all by pin. Jacob Ray needed only 46 seconds to trap Collin Ogle at 120 pounds, and Jaren Abel took down Keegan Baker in 2:40 at 126.

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WRESTLING: Stars start 3-2 in Super 6 Duals

Jason Barrett-Main

BNL’s Jason Barnett-Main applies pressure on Tell City’s Kyle Hagedorn during a match at 170 pounds. Barnett-Main went 5-0 during Saturday’s Super 6 Duals.

BNL’s Barnett-Main

goes 5-0 at 170 pounds

in season-debut matches

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Jason Barnett-Main didn’t waste much time on the mat during Saturday’s season-opening tournament at BNL Fieldhouse.

Barnett-Main went 5-0 (with one forfeit victory) and needed a total of 3:07 to record four pins as the Stars went 3-2 overall in the Super 6 Duals.

BNL's Koby Werner had three pin victories in his five matches at 145 pounds.

BNL’s Koby Werner had three pin victories in his five matches at 145 pounds.

The Stars recorded victories over Speedway (66-12), Forest Park (48-30) and Tell City (42-36) but dropped decisions to Seymour (59-18) and Eastern Pekin (42-36) as Roy Bruce started his second stint as the coach of the program.

“This gave us good matches and let us know what we need to work on,” Bruce said. “It was building blocks to start a foundation. We have to fix a lot of past mistakes, and we’re still going through that process right now. The kids are in transition mode, and right now it’s costing them on the mat. They’re a little unsure of themselves.”

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WRESTLING: Bruce hopes to bulk up the program

Jason Barnett-Main will be one of the key wrestlers for the Stars during the 2015-16 season.

Jason Barnett-Main will be one of the key wrestlers for the Stars during the 2015-16 season.

Former coach returns to helm

as Stars seeks numbers, stability

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

After a three-year absence, Roy Bruce has returned to the helm of Bedford North Lawrence wrestling, and the program still has the same problems as when he walked away to focus on his growing family. The Stars need athletes.

Not just numbers. During the first week of official practice, BNL currently has only 10 of the 14 weight classes covered, and only one wrestler on the roster tips the scales over 170 pounds. BNL needs bodies, big ones, and that could change when the football season finally ends. And how often has that been a problem in November? Bruce expects an influx of 10-15 participants from the gridiron.

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Bruce, starting his second stint after coaching the Stars for five seasons during his first term, also needs tough guys. Wrestling is a physical, unforgiving, brutal sport. Blood, bruises and injuries are part of it.

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COLUMN: 2015 year in review

BNL seniors Dominique McBryde, Alexa Bailey and Jenna Allen Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

BNL seniors Dominique McBryde, Alexa Bailey and Jenna Allen were among the main headliners for the Stars in 2014-15.
Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

The high school sports season never really ends. Even when the school doors close for the short summer, the games go on.

Bedford North Lawrence enjoyed a busy, and successful, sports year. Girls basketball dominated the headlines once again, but other teams and individual athletes made the 2014-15 campaign memorable with their accomplishments.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 stories of the past year:

20. Girls soccer in Hoosier Cup: The Stars went 2-0-1 to win their pool in the annual Hoosier Cup tournament at Karst Farm Park. BNL conquered Martinsville and Kokomo while playing to a 1-1 deadlock with Evansville Harrison during the two-day event.

BNL's Lexie Scott skies to smack the ball. Scott had 12 kills for the No.17 Stars.

Lexie Scott

19. Volleyball starts 9-0: BNL won its first nine matches, capped by a victory over Class A No.1 Barr-Reeve, and vaulted into the Top 20 in the Class 4-A poll.

18. Baseball’s hot start: Jeff Callahan’s baseball team started 6-0 and jumped into the Top 10 in the Class 4-A poll. BNL went to 9-1-1 after its Tennessee trip and climbed to No.4 in the rankings.

17. McBryde advances to state: Dominique McBryde finished second in the long jump during the IHSAA regional at Bloomington and qualified for the state finals in that event. McBryde finished 17th in the state.

16. Allen hired: Jeff Allen was hired as the new girls basketball coach for the Stars. Allen, a former assistant, succeeded Damon Bailey after he won the 4-A state championship in his only season and departed to join former BNL head coach Kurt Godlevske as an assistant with the Butler women’s program. Allen guided the Stars to a 26-1 record.

15. Shoufler a mudder: BNL senior Matt Shoufler ran through the mud for 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Stars won at Madison 14-3. Continue reading

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WRESTLING: BNL ousted in regional

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence’s wrestling season ended in the first round of the IHSAA regional at Bloomington South on Saturday morning.

All five Stars who qualified for the second stage of the state tournament series suffered losses and failed to advance. The top four in each weight class qualified for the semistate at Evansville on Feb. 14.

BNL sophomore Jacob Ray, 23-6 and a sectional champion at 113 pounds, was pinned  by Owen Valley freshman Zach Tussey (22-12) in 3:10. Braden Yarberry (16-11 at 106) was trapped by Bloomington South freshman Noah Hunt (34-0 and ranked No.6 in the state) in 48 seconds.

BNL’s Caleb Higgins (18-11 at 160) was pinned by  Edgewood senior Gabe Koontz (38-0 and ranked No.2 in the state) in 1:50. BNL’s Adam Lane (19-7 at 195) was pinned by Bloomington North junior Zachary Wade (22-9) in 3:07.

Jesse Knoblaugh (18-13 at 182) was the only BNL wrestler to go the distance, but he dropped an 8-5 decision to Bloomington North senior Hunter Dalton (37-3 and ranked No.19).

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WRESTLING: Stars ready for regional matches

Jacob Ray

Jacob Ray

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Jacob Ray will lead the Stars into regional action as they chase tickets to the semistate at Evansville.

Ray (23-5 at 113 pounds) won a sectional title last week. He will face Owen Valley freshman Zach Tussey (21-12) in the first round of the regional at Bloomington South on Saturday. The top four in each weight division will advance to the semistate on Feb. 14.

BNL’s Braden Yarberry (16-10 at 106) will face Bloomington South freshman Noah Hunt (33-0 and ranked No.6 in the state) in the opener. BNL’s Caleb Higgins (18-10 at 160) will tangle with Edgewood senior Gabe Koontz (37-0 and ranked No.2 in the state) in the first round. Koontz finished third in the state finals last season.

At 182, BNL’s Jesse Knoblaugh (18-12) will battle Bloomington North senior Hunter Dalton (36-3 and ranked No.19), and Adam Lane (19-6 at 195) will meet Bloomington North junior Zachary Wade (21-9).