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East’s Major named Athlete of the Week

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major looks for an opening in BNL's defense. The Olympians overpowered BNL 56-21. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East quarterback Josh Major guided the Olympians to a road win at Floyd Central.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East junior quarterback Josh Major was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Major ran for 127 yards and one touchdown, and he also completed 7 of 8 passes for 215 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Caleb Voelker, during a 49-14 road victory over Floyd Central. East (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) extended its league winning streak to 67 straight games.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Floyd Central’s offensive line were honored in previous weeks.

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GIRLS GOLF: BNL’s Gilmore advances to state finals

BNL senior Bailee Gilmore carded a 73 while advancing to the state finals during Saturday's IHSAA regional at Country Oaks.

BNL senior Bailee Gilmore carded a 73 while advancing to the state finals during Saturday’s IHSAA regional at Country Oaks.

BNL sets school record but

falls 3 shots shy of qualifying

for IHSAA state championship

MONTGOMERY – Asked to play its best in the tournament marked as the ultimate challenge, Bedford North Lawrence exceeded expectations. It was almost good enough.

The Stars shattered the school scoring record with a sizzling team total of 322 during the IHSAA regional at Country Oaks on Saturday afternoon, but they came up one spot short in their quest to qualify for the state finals for the first time since 1985.

For senior Bailee Gilmore, her best was better than almost all the rest. She carded a 1-over 73 to earn one of the individual spots reserved for the two state championship rounds at Prairie View on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. But the Stars finished fourth in the 18-team field, just three shots away from their goal, and that’s the most agonizing finish of all. So close.

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Yet BNL did all it could. When the school mark is smashed by 15 shots, when sophomore Carly Stigall cards a career-best 79, there was little left out on the course.

“We came down here and they brought their best,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “Not everybody can do that. It took a lot of guts to do what we did today. I’m real proud of them. They’re a bunch of gamers. They brought their A game today. It would have been nice to have been a few shots better, but shooting 322 we’re certainly happy with that. That’s a great number for this team.”

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BOYS TENNIS: Stars add to their hardware

Members of the BNL tennis team celebrate after winning the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the BNL tennis team celebrate after winning the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

BNL matches school record

and posts 3rd tournament

win with Edgewood crown

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence posted its third tournament victory of the season and matched the single-season school record for wins while winning the title in the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars conquered Owen Valley 4-1 in the first round and swept past Edgewood 5-0 to claim the championship and improve to 15-6 this season.

BNL dominated singles in both contests, dropping only 9 games in the six matches.

In the opening round against the Patriots, BNL’s Ian Dillman topped Miguel Filho 6-0, 6-1, Brandt Callahan brushed off Coy Byerly 6-0, 6-0 at No.2, and Logan Bland Chastain conquered Isaiah Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at No.3. BNL also claimed No.2 doubles as Isaac Titche and Christopher Kidd stopped Drew Mauder and Keaton Richardson 6-1, 6-4

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL battles back to clip Madison

Maddy Cosner

Maddy Cosner

Tristin Day mug

Tristin Day

MADISON – Bedford North Lawrence rallied after dropping the first two sets to conquer Madison in a five-set thriller on Saturday afternoon.

The Stars, for the first time this season, battled back from the huge deficit to stun the Cubs 27-29, 15-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-11 while improving to 14-7 overall and  2-3 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

“To the kids’ credit, we fought back,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We did a good job of regrouping and taking it one shot at a time, and it paid off. It just took one set to get back in it, and the pressure swung back.”

BNL wasted a 24-19 advantage in the first set and was on the brink of a quick road loss. But the Stars recovered as Jenna Dufresne totaled 21 kills and 9 digs, Tristin Day had 9 kills, 16 digs and 4 blocks, Hannah Dotts totaled 21 kills and 11 digs, and Maddy Cosner added 39 assists, 8 digs and 4 blocks.

“I hope this gives us confidence,” Saunders said. “When things go bad, it’s just a matter of doing things the right way. I hope we can build off of that.”

BNL will visit Eastern Greene on Monday.

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BOYS SOCCER: Stars send off seniors in style

Nate Bartlett mug

Nate Bartlett

Zach Bradshaw

Zach Bradshaw

Bedford North Lawrence’s offense came to life in the second half as the Stars celebrated Senior Day with a 6-0 victory over Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Zach Bradshaw scored three times, all within a 16-minute span, as BNL tallied five goals after intermission to subdue the Cubs. BNL improved to 8-5-1 overall and 2-4 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

Bradshaw did all his damage as BNL extended its 1-0 lead (courtesy of Logan Andrews’ goal in the 35th minute) at the half.

“At times we were kind of panicking in the first half, and Logan’s goal kind of settled us,” BNL coach Logan Jackson said. “We were able to move the ball and wear them down, and that played to our advantage.”

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars finish 10th in both Fox races

Danielle Kittaka

Danielle Kittaka

Isaac Gilbert mug

Isaak Gilbert

Bedford North Lawrence finished 10th in both the boys and girls 5K races during the annual Ted Fox Invitational on the BNL course on Saturday morning.

The Stars scored 302 points in the 20-team boys field. Terre Haute South won the meet with 34, followed by Christian Academy (75), Columbus East (117), Jeffersonville (128) and Floyd Central (142).

Ted Fox boys results

Ted Fox girls results

Christian Academy’s Skylar Stidham won the individual race in 15:47.15, while teammate Caleb Futter was second in 15:52.62.

BNL’s top finisher was Isaak Gilbert, who was 32nd in 18:03.83, while Chance Pemberton was 46th in 18:35.56.

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FOOTBALL: Messy, merciful end to the losing skid

BNL's Austin Jovanovich rips loose for a touchdown run during Friday night's clash at Jennings County. The Stars ended a three-game skid with a 41-23 victory.

BNL’s Austin Jovanovich rips loose for a touchdown run during Friday night’s clash at Jennings County. The Stars ended a three-game skid with a 41-23 victory.

BNL overcomes turnovers

to conquer mistake-prone

Jennings County 41-23

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

NORTH VERNON – The first play of the game was a pick-6, back-to-back option pitches in the second quarter were fumbled (one for a safety), and a 24-7 lead vanished. Against most opponents, on the road for a conference foe’s Homecoming, with a three-game losing streak as baggage, most football teams would be in deep trouble.

Somehow, thanks to explosive offensive plays and Jennings County’s own implosion, Bedford North Lawrence scrambled to a 41-23 triumph on Friday night. For all that went wrong (four turnovers), the Stars survived and recorded a crucial victory to start the second half of the regular season.

BNL's Wyatt Martin braces for a collision near the sideline. Martin averaged 11 yards per carry.

BNL’s Wyatt Martin braces for a collision near the sideline. Martin averaged 11 yards per carry.

Beautiful? Hardly. Not from any perspective, not when the two teams combined for 9 turnovers. Either the ball was greased, or somebody on the field was an undetected carrier of the dreaded fumblitis disease, and nobody was inoculated or immune.

When the turnover-fest was mercifully over, BNL had a win that was not going to be given back. At least the Stars held on to that.

“It’s a W,” BNL coach Steve Weber said. “I want to go yell and scream and holler, because it’s my nature. But I’m not going to do it when they get a win. We were sloppy at times, but we kept playing hard. At this point, we’re taking a W.”

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HHC Roundup: Seymour stops Brownstown 34-32

Seymour's Zach Carpenter led the Owls to a victory over Brownstown on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Fourmans Photography

Seymour’s Zach Carpenter led the Owls to a victory over Brownstown on Friday night.
Photo courtesy of Fourmans Photography

Zach Carpenter ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns as Seymour stopped county-rival Brownstown 34-32 on Friday night.

Alan Perry had 119 yards rushing and added a TD pass, powering the Owls (3-3) to their third straight victory and their second consecutive win over the Class 3-A No.9 Braves (5-1).

Brownstown’s Kyle Kramer threw 3 TD passes, all of them to Gavin Bane, who caught 5 passes for 169 yards.

Carpenter broke a 41-yard TD run to power the Owls to a 14-6 halftime lead. His third score gave Seymour a 34-26 lead with 3:02 left. Brownstown answered with a 45-yard touchdown bomb from Kramer to Bane with 1:58 remaining, but the 2-point conversion failed.

Providence 36, Jeffersonville 33 – Kaden Williams ran for 285 yards and three touchdowns as the Pioneers rallied from a 19-7 deficit at halftime to stun the Red Devils (3-3). Continue reading

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BOYS TENNIS: Stars settle for 6th in HHC

Corbin Bushey

Corbin Bushey

Alex East

Alex East

Seymour won a tense three-set battle at No.2 singles to clip Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 in the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon.

Ty McCory clipped Brandt Callahan in the final match, posting a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory as the Owls (8-7) avenged a 3-2 loss to the Stars earlier this month and claimed fifth place in the league.

BNL won the three-set battles during the regular-season meeting, but this time McCory rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set.

“Brandt is the man you want there,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “His head was down and he felt bad, but he’s the one you want in that position to win the match. He had won all the close ones until then, so I told him there was nothing to be down about. This was one of those good losses.”

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GIRLS SOCCER: Stars receive bye in sectional

Lexi Russell scored three goals as Bedford North Lawrence silenced Jennings County 4-0 on Thursday.

Lexi Russell and the Stars drew a first-round bye in the Class 2-A sectional at Edgewood.

Bedford North Lawrence drew a first-round bye in the Class 2-A sectional at Edgewood.

Edgewood will face Owen Valley in the first round (Oct. 3, 6 p.m.), and BNL will await that winner in the second semifinal (Oct. 4, 7 p.m.). Bloomington South will face Bloomington North in the first semifinal (Oct. 4, 5 p.m.). The final is set for Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

In the 2-A sectional at Floyd Central, Floyd Central will tangle with Charlestown while New Albany will meet Jeffersonville in the first round.

At Columbus North, Scottsburg will meet Madison in the opener, while Columbus North will battle Seymour in the first semifinal. Columbus East drew a bye and will play the Scottsburg-Madison winner.