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GOLF: Stars not up to par during win at Otis

Carly Stigall

Carly Stigall

Bailee Gilmore

Bailee Gilmore

Bedford North Lawrence was not up to par – in fact way too far above it – during Monday’s nine-hole match with Edgewood on the front side at Otis Park.

Despite struggling, the Stars posted a 185-228 victory, but the team total, and the individual rounds that comprised it, was not what BNL has been carding this season. BNL coach Aaron Sanders was quick to dismiss it as an anomaly.

“It was just one of those nights where we got a few bad lies and didn’t make any putts,” Sanders said. “We’re a much better team than what we were tonight.”

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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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Coach of the Year Award

BNL golf coch Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golf coach Mike Wright guided the Stars to the 2016 state finals.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Wright guided BNL golf

to state finals for first

time since 2009 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf coach Mike Wright was named TheHHCSports.com Coach of the Year after leading the Stars to the 2016 state finals.

Wright, in his 18th season, guided BNL to the Hoosier Hills Conference title, its first since 2011. The Stars finished second in the IHSAA sectional at Indiana University, then qualified for their first appearance in the state championship since 2009 with a third-place finish against a loaded field in the regional at Champions Pointe.

“Getting to the state finals is an accomplishment in itself, but going there with a sectional no longer at Otis Park is something,” Wright said. “Getting there, not going through Otis (the sectional was moved in 2013) means a little more.

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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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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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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 GOLF: Stars finish fourth in South Invite

BNL's Alaina McFadden carded a career-best 81 during Saturday's Bloomington South Invitational.

BNL’s Alaina McFadden carded a career-best 81 during Saturday’s Bloomington South Invitational.

Holtsclaw, McFadden

lead the way as BNL

posts season-best score

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence posted a season-best score and finished fourth in the Bloomington South Invitational at Cascades on Saturday afternoon.

Jasper carded a team total of 321 to edge No.11 Floyd Central by one shot for the title. Bloomington South (334) was third, followed by BNL (340) in the nine-team field.

“That’s a pretty good score,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “Things are going in the right direction. Hopefully we’re going to peak at just the right time.”

BNL’s Kennedy Holtsclaw carded a 3-over 74 with three birdies to lead the Stars. But the round of the day belonged to senior Alaina McFadden, who overcame a slow start and fired a career-best 81.

McFadden was 8-over after four holes, but she came charging back. She birdied the ninth and played the final 14 holes in 2-over.

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GIRLS GOLF: Holtsclaw and friends wing Owls, Jackets

BNL's Kennedy Holtsclaw frees her ball from the bunker on the third hole at Otis Park. Holtsclaw shot a 1-over 38 as the Stars conquered Seymour and Mitchell on Tuesday afternoon.

BNL’s Kennedy Holtsclaw frees her ball from the bunker on the third hole at Otis Park. Holtsclaw shot a 1-over 38 as the Stars conquered Seymour and Mitchell on Tuesday afternoon.

DeHaven earns medalist,

but Stars take positive

steps with wins at Otis

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Seymour star Paxton DeHaven won her personal duel with her good friend, but Kennedy Holtsclaw’s friends made sure Bedford North Lawrence won the nine-hole confrontation at Otis Park.

DeHaven, the author of a sensational 65 earlier this season on her home course at Shadowood, fired an even-par 37 on the front nine Tuesday afternoon, clipping Holtsclaw by one stroke for the individual honors.

Video: Shootout at Otis Park

Seymour's Paxton DeHaven tracks a tee shot during Tuesday's round at Otis Park. DeHaven earned medalist honors with an even-par 37 on the front nine.

Seymour’s Paxton DeHaven tracks a tee shot during Tuesday’s round at Otis Park. DeHaven earned medalist honors with an even-par 37 on the front nine.

That was Seymour’s consolation prize. The Stars, with Holtslaw setting the tone and with Alaina McFadden and Paige Hobson carding supporting scores, won the three-team match with 179. The Owls were second at 192, while Mitchell totaled 242.

The win was important from several aspects. Seymour is a future Hoosier Hills Conference and sectional opponent, and BNL needed to take a positive step forward after suffering some slippage.

“We were due for something like this,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “We haven’t been able to put anything together. As a team that’s the best we’ve played all year. It seems like it was by far. Everybody hit the ball well.”

The key to victory was the middle of the lineup. Alaina McFadden continued her consistent play with a 44 while Paige Hobson contributed a 46.

“Alaina continues to play well,” Sanders said. “And Paige hits the ball so darn good, she could knock off a couple of shots if she just chips the ball better in places.

“There were only a couple of big numbers from a couple of players. Everybody kept the numbers down like they were supposed to.It was definitely steps in the right direction.”

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