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GIRLS BASKETBALL: From tykes to terrors

BNL girls basketball coach Jeff Allen addresses his future Stars during Day 1 of the Lady Stars Fundamental Camp.

BNL girls basketball coach Jeff Allen addresses his future Stars during Day 1 of the Lady Stars Fundamental Camp.

BNL camp exposes young

athletes to the skills that

define Allen’s Lady Stars

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

They’re never too young to learn. Some of these girls, with pony tails flying and grins flashing, were barely bigger than the basketballs they were attempting – with great effort and unbridled enthusiasm – to bounce more than once without it darting away across the hardwood.

BNLs McKenzie Messmore congratulates a young camper following a successful drill.

BNL’s McKenzie Messmore congratulates a young camper following a successful drill.

They’re never too good that repetition won’t help. Some of these young women knew their way around the court, could handle themselves and display the necessary skill set of a partially polished product. Yet they were also absorbing information during the annual Lady Stars Basketball Fundamental Camp at Bedford North Lawrence.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL to scrimmage Attucks

Jorie Allen, BNL's leading scorer, and the Stars will be challenged by East Central's size when the teams clash on Saturday. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

Jorie Allen and the Stars will scrimmage Attucks, part of a busy June, on Wednesday at BNL Fieldhouse.

Bedford North Lawrence will scrimmage Indianapolis Attucks on Wednesday afternoon. Junior varsity action will begin at 4 p.m. at BNL Fieldhouse, followed by the varsity game.

Admission is $2.

Attucks, coached by Mark Stephens, went 17-5 last season and lost to Cathedral in the Class 3-A sectional.

The Stars will compete in the Indiana University team camp on Friday, facing Warren Central (10 a.m.), Edwardsville (2 p.m.) and Archbishop Alter (6 p.m.). They will also scrimmage against Southport on June 22 at Bloomington South.

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BOYS GOLF: Stars to shoot for the stars

BNL senior Zak Cummings and the No.15 Stars will compete in the IHSAA state finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

BNL senior Zak Cummings and the No.15 Stars will compete in the IHSAA state finals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

No.15 BNL ready to contend

with the heavyweights in

IHSAA state championship

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

They’ve gone the distance, they made up their minds and started hacking, they’ve reached the destination without ever knowing the way. For the first time since 2009, Bedford North Lawrence will start walking in the IHSAA golf state championships.

When the sun comes up on Tuesday morning, BNL will join an elite field in the 80th annual state finals at Prairie View Golf Club, one of 12 ranked fivesomes among the 15 that clawed their way to the grand finale. The No.15 Stars, making their 14th state appearance, will chase their first title.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley and the Stars have added to the program legacy with the first state finals appearance since 2009.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley and the Stars have added to the program legacy with the first state finals appearance since 2009.

Qualifying for the two-round finals secured a revered place for these Stars, for this program with a legacy of quality teams and individuals who have made their mark in the game. BNL coach Mike Wright reminded them of that fact after they advanced through the regional at Champions Pointe, taking them on a quick tour of BNL Fieldhouse to gaze at the photos of their predecessors who reached this level. Before long, their picture will join those.

“That made it real to them,” Wright said.

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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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BOYS GOLF: Bold State-ment by the Stars

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley talks with coach Mike Wright following his round. Stanley shot a 1-under 71 at Champions Pointe as the Stars totaled 298 to advance to the IHSAA state finals.

BNL freshman Ethan Stanley talks with coach Mike Wright following his round. Stanley shot a 1-under 71 at Champions Pointe as the Stars totaled 298 to advance to the IHSAA state finals.

BNL qualifies for state

finals with sizzling 298

to finish 3rd in regional

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

HENRYVILLE – They charged, with resolve and determination, with a goal in mind and purpose in their hearts. Bedford North Lawrence was not going to fall short again, not on this golf course, not on this day.

After a boisterous first nine holes, after getting tossed to and fro by the winds of Fate and the unsettled team history at Champions Pointe, the Stars stormed back with a memorable second half that carried them to the ultimate destination of the IHSAA state finals.

No.15 BNL qualified for the two rounds of the state championship with a sizzling team score of 298 during the regional on Thursday afternoon. The Stars finished third behind No.1 Center Grove (292) and No.4 Bloomington South (295), earning the final invitation to Prairie View on June 14-15.

The Stars ended a long slump. They’ve been to the state finals 14 times now, but not since 2009. And not since the IHSAA expanded the regional fields to 18 teams and trimmed the number of regionals across the state to five. BNL used to take a deep tournament run for granted. The Stars are back where they used to belong.

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BASEBALL: BNL trio named All-HHC

Tanner McBride delivers a pitch during the opener against Page. McBride

BNL’s Tanner McBride was named to the All-HHC First Team.

McBride, Long, Mathews

honored by league coaches

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s Tanner McBride, Austin Long and Cole Mathews were named to the Hoosier Hills Conference’s First Team by the league coaches.

McBride, a junior third baseman, hit .348 (and got hit by pitches 12 times) and also went 3-3 on the mound with a 2.44 ERA. Long, a junior who is verbally committed to Indiana University, hit .395 with a team-high 27 RBIs and also went 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA as a pitcher. Mathews, a junior second baseman, batted .373 and was 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA on the mound.

Jeffersonville, the league tournament champion, had three selections with Drew Campbell, Ian Ellis and Dawson Willis. New Albany, which won the Class 4-A sectional title, also had three with pitcher Austin Dickey, A.J. Nixon and Chase Rudy.

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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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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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BOYS GOLF: Stars taking aim at target score

Daylen Tidd and the No.15 Stars will compete for a spot in the state finals during Thursdays regional at Champions Pointe.

Daylen Tidd and the No.15 Stars will compete for a spot in the state finals during Thursday’s regional at Champions Pointe.

No.15 BNL among top

contenders in loaded

regional at Champions

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Golf is the most unpredictable, taut, seismic, volcanic sport. One swing, one moment, the flap of a butterfly’s wings that leads to a gust of wind, can set off a chain reaction to change the course of the expected.

Forecasting the IHSAA regional at Champions Pointe is a losing proposition. Too many variables, too many possible eruptions can happen during the course of 18 pressure-packed holes. With five ranked teams among the 18 in the field, with only three qualifying spots for the state finals available, anything is possible.

But here are two sure things: Center Grove will win, and a team score of 303 will be good enough to earn a trip to the IHSAA state championships at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on June 14-15.

Now the first part of those bold prognostications was pretty easy. Center Grove, ranked No.1 in the final state poll, has been posting sensational scores. The Trojans totaled 284 (4-under as a team) while winning the Providence Invitational on this course on May 28.

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