Bedford North Lawrence Sports

BOYS BASKETBALL: That’s called a winning streak!

Seth Stockman

BNL center Seth Stockman makes a move in the post against Jennings County’s Chace Wilson. Stockman had career highs of 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Stars to a 69-64 win.

BNL shoots down Jennings

69-64 as Byrer, Stockman lead

Stars to back-to-back wins

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

As Seth Stockman rises, so does Bedford North Lawrence’s stock. For the first time during this peculiar, perplexing season of sell-offs and write-offs, the Stars have posted substantial gains, and Stockman has been ringing the market bell. Buy is the rallying cry.

Glory, hallelujah, BNL has a winning streak. It’s a modest one, only two games, but after a historic plunge in the wrong direction, the Stars are surging toward positive territory. They still have much work to do to regain what they have lost, but two games is a start.

Video: Stars stop Jennings County

BNL closed out a perfect weekend with a 69-64 home victory over Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jennings County on Saturday night. Blaze Byrer scored a game-high 22 points,but it was the career night of Stockman – 16 points, 9 rebounds – that made the biggest impact. Giving away inches and wingspan against the Panthers’ super-sized interior, he flexed some inside muscle and tore a hole. BNL drove through it.

Blaze Byrer

Blaze Byrer draws contact from two Jennings County defenders. Byrer scored a game-high 22 points.

From starter, to backup to little brother, to injured, to quiet hero, Stockman has gone full circle. Perhaps BNL (4-11) has also.

“I thought Seth Stockman really grew up these last two weeks,” BNL coach Jamie Hudson said. “He’s a big glue to what we do. He’s the reason we won tonight.

“That’s what I’ve been waiting for him to do all year. He’s got his confidence. I’m just so happy for him, because he’s worked hard for it. He could have easily sat and pouted.”

Byrer overcome a slump-shouldered start, hitting 1 of his first 7 shots, to contribute huge fourth-quarter points as BNL fought off the Panthers (6-6) during a frantic finish. None was bigger than the 3-pointer from the key that gave BNL a 57-53 lead, unless it was his post-up basket for a 61-55 advantage, unless it was the two free throws for an eight-point cushion with 1:25 left.

Byrer’s production was called a “quiet 22.” There’s no such thing. BNL needed it.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL clinches share of HHC title

Dominique McBryde

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives around Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser. McBryde scored 23 points as the top-ranked Stars claimed a share of the HHC title with a 73-36 win on Saturday afternoon.

Top-ranked Stars leave

Highlanders grasping,

gasping with 73-36 win

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence is the unstoppable force in the Hoosier Hills Conference. Floyd Central was just another movable object in the roadway to the league championship.

The HHC opponents remaining to keep top-ranked BNL from claiming the outright league championship has dwindled to one. Floyd Central certainly could not.

Video: Top-ranked BNL tops Floyd

The Stars, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive HHC crown on Saturday afternoon, dismantling the Highlanders 73-36 on Joe Hinton Court. Now only Seymour can stop BNL (18-0, 6-0) from monopolizing the title.

Jenna Allen

Jenna Allen rises for a jumper in the lane. Allen scored 16 points and added 9 rebounds.

The crown still fits BNL perfectly.

“We take a lot of pride in that,” first-year BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “This conference has historically had great players and tremendous teams, state-championship caliber teams. We’re honored to be the winner again.”

The Stars also won their 29th straight league game and their 32nd straight game overall.

Dominique McBryde scored 23 points and Jenna Allen added 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Stars. They dominated the paint, especially during BNL’s 27-2 run that spanned two quarters and left the Highlanders (7-11, 0-5) grasping at air and gasping for it as well.

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WRESTLING: BNL finishes 8th in HHC meet

COLUMBUS – Bedford North Lawrence finished eighth in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet at Columbus East on Saturday afternoon.

Jacob Ray and Gabe Morales were the top finishers for the Stars. Ray was fifth in the 113-pound weight class while Morales was fifth at 220.

Jennings County won the team title with 234.5 points. BNL totaled 41 points.

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SWIMMING: Stars settle for 7th in HHC meet

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence finished seventh during Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference meet at New Albany.

The Stars totaled 57 points to finish in the distance behind league champion Jeffersonville (350) and runner-up Floyd Central (298).

HHC team results

HHC individual results

The Stars had to settle for personal bests from Kaiti Siedl (200-yard freestyle and 100 free), Mallory Petri (200 individual medley), Joslyn Wever (50 free, 100 breaststroke), Elli Crosby (50 freem 100 free), Zoe Zollman (50 free and 500 free), Cheyenne White (diving), Gabriella Hernandez (500 free, 100 backstroke) and Victoria Orender (100 breaststroke).

Jeffersonville won six events, including all three relays, with Rachel Walker claiming the 200 free (1:55.50) and 500 free (5:14.69). Floyd Central’s Maryn Meldrum won the 100 butterfly (58.93) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.55).


BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL surges to win over Mitchell

Seth Stockman

BNL senior Seth Stockman grabs a rebound. Stockman, making his first start since Game 2 of the season, had 10 points as BNL stopped Mitchell 66-50 on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs.

BNL continues its streak

of success against Jackets

with 66-50 home victory

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Big Brother reasserted himself on Friday night.

That means Bedford North Lawrence, as it always does, kept county rival Mitchell in its place as the underling once again. And that means BNL senior Seth Stockman is once again the man in the middle for the Stars. Little Brother has to learn his place.

The Stars extended their mastery over the Bluejackets to 29 consecutive games with a 66-50 triumph. Blaze Byrer led four Stars in double figures with 16 points as BNL (3-11) ended a four-game losing skid with another emotion-charged victory over Mitchell (1-10). Bragging rights are what they are.

One of the double-digit men was the elder Stockman, who had lost his starting role to younger brother Isaiah – a freshman – since Game 3 against Bloomington South. Stockman scored 10 points, without missing a shot.

At home, the Stockmans have no sibling rivalry. On the court, when the same position is being fought for, that’s a different matter.

“Coach (Jamie Hudson) told me to let that set a fire under me,” said Stockman, who also missed two games with an injury. “I just worked hard in practice and my brother really pushed me.”

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WRESTLING: Jasper clamps shorthanded Stars

Adam Lane

BNL’s Adam Lane tightens his grip on Jasper’s David Derr during their match at 195 pounds. Lane celebrated Senor Night with a pin.

Despite team loss, individuals

shine as Stars celebrate

Senior Night with four wins

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence’s season has been tough. The Stars have lost a head coach, several athletes, and now their most talented individual on the mat.

But nothing has been too rough for BNL senior Adam Lane. Not Type I diabetes. And not his opponent on Thursday night. Lane capped Senior Night at BNL Fieldhouse with a pin to highlight the match with Jasper.

The Wildcats, with superiority in the middle weight classes and with three BNL forfeits, posted a 56-24 triumph. The shorthanded Stars could not overcome the 18-point deficit because of the lineup holes, nor could they match Jasper’s talent as the Wildcats recorded five pins and a major decision.

That meant the focus was on individual achievement. Lane made his memorable as the burly 195-pounder pinned Jasper’s David Derr in 1:56. He overcame his nerves, and his disease. In fact, his sport has helped him win his constant battle with his body.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars reaching for another title

Jenna Allen and the Stars, who lead Class 4-A teams in points allowed this season, can clinch a share of their fourth straight HHC title at Floyd Central on Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

Jenna Allen and the Stars, who lead Class 4-A teams in points allowed this season, can clinch a share of their fourth straight HHC title at Floyd Central on Saturday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Wet Ink Designs

Top-ranked BNL chasing

fourth straight HHC title

with win at Floyd Central

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence tops the state polls and is perched in the upper echelon of the national rankings. Those are opinions. The Stars want something more tangible, substantial, something earned rather than awarded – championships.

Their first obtainable title on the list of targets is within reach. BNL (17-0) can clinch at least a share of the Hoosier Hills Conference championship when it visits Floyd Central (7-10) on Saturday afternoon. If Seymour – the last HHC foe with only one league loss – stumbles against either Jeffersonville or New Albany prior to the regular-season finale at BNL on Feb. 5, then a BNL victory would secure the outright crown.

The Stars (5-0 in the HHC) have ruled the league for most of its history, winning a record 17 championships. They’ve won the last three without dispute, having gone unbeaten through the seven challengers each time. And they’ve dominated the Highlanders (0-4 in the conference basement) the last six meetings.

BNL, one of six undefeated teams remaining in the state, swept the Highlanders last season, posting a 60-43 victory during the regular season and a 65-30 triumph in the sectional. Dominique McBryde had 16 points in the first encounter, while Jenna Allen totaled 21 points and 8 rebounds in the tournament tilt.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Stars still pumped for ‘rivalry’

Senior guard Lucas Fisher and the Stars (2-11) are still primed to face county rival Mitchell (1-9) on Friday night. Photo courtesy of

Senior guard Lucas Fisher and the Stars (2-11) are still primed to face county rival Mitchell (1-9) on Friday night.
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BNL hopes to extend 28-game

winning streak against county

nemesis Mitchell on Friday night

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence’s list of obtainable goals is shrinking.

At 2-11, unless the Stars completely reverse field in their final 11 regular-season games, a winning season is doubtful. Unless No.8 New Albany unexpectedly stumbles, the hope of a Hoosier Hills Conference championship is fading.

BNL statistics

That leaves two main objectives: the county rivalry and the sectional title. The first of those could be achieved on Friday when the Stars host equally-struggling Mitchell (1-9). A clash of titans, it is not. But the incentive for victory remains.

BNL leads the series with Mitchell 39-1 with 28 consecutive wins. The pressure rests on the Stars to carry on that tradition.

“It is a big rivalry,” BNL senior guard Lucas Fisher said. “We’re all pumped for it. They think this is their year, but we’ll have to show them it’s not. We want to show them we know how to play basketball.”

Could it be classified a “must win”? For the sake of BNL sanity, yes. The Stars need to break their second four-game losing streak of the season, and a victory could even start a streak of the valued kind. The alternative is unfathomable.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: BNL trio nominated for McDonald’s

BNL senior Dominique McBryde is one of three Stars nominated for the McDonalds All-American Game, set for Chicago on April 1.

BNL senior Dominique McBryde is one of three Stars nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game, set for Chicago on April 1.

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen and Alexa Bailey have been nominated for the annual McDonald’s All-American Game on April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.

McDonald’s Game nominees

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, leads the top-ranked Stars (17-0) in scoring at 20.8 points per game. Allen, destined for Michigan State, is averaging 15.8 points and ranks among the state leaders in rebounds at 12.6. Bailey, a Butler recruit who missed 11 games with a hamstring injury, is averaging 7.7 points.

Other players nominated from Indiana include South Bend Washington’s Camille Coleman and Tiara Murphy; Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper; Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines; Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard; Columbus North’s Ali Patberg; and Pike’s Brittany Ward.

The 2015 teams will be announced on ESPNU on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.



GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL’s win over East with the cooperation of the Bedford North Lawrence coaching staff, plans to post the complete game video of each BNL girls basketball regular-season contest this season.

Click on the player to watch BNL’s 54-29 victory at Columbus East on Jan. 13.