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5 (not so serious) Questions: Levi Banks

BNL's Levi Banks tracks down a ball carrier.

BNL’s Levi Banks tracks down a ball carrier.

Bedford North Lawrence senior Levi Banks and the Stars celebrated their first win of the season last week. Banks plays on the defensive line.

Question 1: Coach Steve Weber didn’t receive a water cooler bath after the victory at New Albany. Do you regret that as a missed opportunity?

Levi Banks

Levi Banks

Banks: No! Because the possible running at practice afterward would have been terrible!

Question 2: After playing a game on synthetic turf, how many rug burns do you have to get treated?

Banks: None. But their quarterback had to get at least four.

Question 3: How would you describe the sensation of delivering a big hit?

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The HHC Sports Weekly Episode 4

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GIRLS GOLF: Madison lathers but repeats in HHC

Amanda Detmer

Madison’s Amanda Detmer tracks her approach shot on the first hole. Detmer posted three birdies on the front nine en route to winning medalist honors.

Cubs, paced by medalist Amanda Detmer,

win fourth straight league title while

Stars settle for third place on home course

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The defending Hoosier Hills Conference champions got pushed, jostled and tested. Golf is a mental exercise as much as it is a physical examination of skill, and Madison passed both – barely – on Saturday afternoon.

The Cubs went 4-for-4, winning their fourth consecutive league championship while senior star Amanda Detmer carded her fourth straight individual title. Both were done with one-shot margins of error.

Video: Highlights from HHC at Otis Park

No.18 Madison claimed the team crown with a score of 349, one stroke clear of No.15 Floyd Central. Bedford North Lawrence, a factor on its home course of Otis Park, was third with 354.

Kennedy Holtsclaw follows the flight of her tee shot. Holtsclaw fired a 75 to finish second.

Kennedy Holtsclaw follows the flight of her tee shot. Holtsclaw fired a 75 to finish second.

Detmer, who played the front nine like it was a short executive course, made the turn in 3-under 34 before experiencing trouble on the back side. But she held on, firing a 2-over 74 to clip BNL’s Kennedy Holtsclaw for medalist honors.

Pressure was an unwelcome 15th club in everyone’s bag. Madison was playing for a piece of pride and history. Only one program (Jennings County from 1981-84 and 2001-04) has ever four-peated. Welcome to the club.

“We won!” Madison coach Dale Crafton said. “I think it kind of got to them, it certainly wasn’t their best round. It’s always exciting to win. Tiger Woods used to say ‘You grind it out.’ Tiger’s not one of my favorite people, but that concept is really a good one.”

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars wake up too late in Invite

BNL's Kelsey Morris bumps a pass toward the net.

BNL’s Kelsie Morris bumps a pass toward the net during Saturday’s BNL Invitational.

Bedford North Lawrence didn’t wake up in time to win its own invitational on Saturday.

The Stars suffered a surprising loss to Terre Haute South in three games in their opening match, then bounced back to conquer Martinsville and conference foe New Albany.

Scott Saunders

Scott Saunders

In Game 1, the Braves battled back from a first-set loss to shock the Stars 22-25, 25-23, 25-23. BNL owned a 20-16 lead in the middle set but couldn’t put it away, then erased a 16-5 deficit in the final set before coughing up another late lead.

“We missed an opportunity today,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “I thought we had the best team there, and we gave it away early in the morning. We learned about preparation. We’ll have to take a lesson from that.

“Our weaknesses got exposed and we couldn’t get a ball put away.”

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars back in pack at BC

NASHVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence’s girls fivesome finished 17th in a huge field of 37 teams during Saturday’s Brown County Invitational.

The Stars totaled 529 points. Carmel won the event with 37. Sacred Heart’s Maggie Allen was the individual winner in 18:13.70.

Girls meet results

Boys meet results

Joslyn Wever was the top finisher for the Stars as she toured the course, which will host the IHSAA semistate, in 20:38.31 to finish 70th overall. The rest of the BNL scoring contingent included Carrie Flinn (78th in 21:02.65), Katlyn Eagan (127th in 22:08.39), Madison Ryan (137th in 22:16.07) and Zoe Zollman (141st in 22:18.45).

In the boys race, BNL did not field enough runners for a team score. Columbus North won the event with 74 points while Carmel’s Benjamin Veatch set a meet record while winning in 15:16.02.

Mike Jones was BNL’s top finisher in 19:48.65.

 

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BOYS TENNIS: BNL splits matches at Edgewood

Brandt Callahan

Brandt Callahan

Zach Tran

Zach Tran

ELLETTSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence split its two matches during Saturday’s Edgewoood Invitational, conquering Owen Valley in the morning round before falling to Mooresville in the afternoon final.

The Stars (6-9) stopped the Patriots 4-1, then suffered a 3-2 loss to the Pioneers.

Zach Tran won both his matches at No.2 singles. He stopped Owen Valley’s Josiah Henson 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, then topped Mooresville’s Peyton Baker 6-0, 6-4.

BNL’s No.2 doubles tandem of Brandt Callahan and Jarod Deckard also went undefeated. They defeated Owen Valley’s Matt Greene and Phillip Morrow 6-0, 6-1, then came back with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over  Mooresville’s Simon Lindley and Kyle Hewitt.

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GIRLS SOCCER: “Kat trick” soothes the Stars

BNL's Kat Emery works her way past a Madison defender. Emery scored three times as the Stars prevailed 4-2.

BNL’s Kat Emery works her way past a Madison defender. Emery scored three times as the Stars prevailed 4-2.

Emery’s three goals power

BNL to 4-2 win over Cubs

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence pulled a “Kat trick” out of its soccer hat to end a two-game skid and erase some sloppy minutes against Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore forward Kat Emery scored three goals, including the clincher with 1:16 left, as the Stars stopped the Cubs 4-2. Emery had two first-half goals as BNL (5-4-1, 2-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) built a 3-0 cushion, but Madison’s Maddie Robinson struck twice in a three-minute span late in the second to cause some unexpected angst.

Emery’s final flick was like taking a gulp of Pepto Bismol. It soothed a lot of queasy stomachs.

“It was very important,” Emery said. “We were going to win, but it just didn’t feel like it.”

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FOOTBALL: Stars smash through the wall

BNL's Brayden Tidd surveys the field for a target.

BNL’s Brayden Tidd surveys the field for a target. Tidd threw for 284 yards and ran for 100 as the Stars slammed New Albany on Friday night.

Tidd takes charge as Stars

end skid with impressive

32-20 victory at New Albany

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

NEW ALBANY – Nothing tastes sweeter than victory. Bedford North Lawrence – casting aside the perception that it was a winless, turnover-prone pushover – chugged it down with gusto on Friday night.

That’s what a football team looks like. One that shuts down the run, one that runs the option so smoothly, one that makes only one glaring mistake (a muffed punt) and didn’t allow it to be costly.

Video: BNL blasts New Albany

The Stars shrugged off their 0-3 start, and the seven turnovers that plagued them during their loss at Jeffersonville just one week earlier, to stun New Albany 32-20 at Buerk Field. Junior quarterback Brayden Tidd threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 100 yards and a score to lead BNL to an upset win that could turn its season around.

BNL's Matt Shoufler drags a New Albany tackler toward the goal line.

BNL’s Matt Shoufler drags a New Albany tackler toward the goal line. Shoufler ran for 102 yards.

The Bulldogs (1-3, 1-1 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) were just upset. Did they get caught overlooking what appeared to be another victim? The big-strike pass plays they surrendered hurt as much as any mental sluggishness.

Tidd was terrific. He completed 11 of 19 passes, and he made brilliant reads on when to pass, when to pitch, when to give up the football. When he did, Matt Shoufler did the work, rumbling for 102 rushing yards and leaving some bruised bodies behind him.

“It feels great, feels awesome,” Tidd said. “It’s the best feeling ever.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Allen in ESPN’s Top 100

BNL's Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are ranked among the top recruits in the country by ESPN.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are ranked among the top recruits in the country by ESPN.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Jenna Allen are listed in ESPN’s Top 100 recruits for the 2015 class.

McBryde, who has verbally committed to Purdue, is ranked No.28 with a five-star rating. Allen, who recently switched from Indiana University to Michigan State following the summer coaching change at IU, is ranked No.74 with a four-star rating.

Other Indiana players on the ESPN list include Columbus North’s Ali Patberg (Notre Dame, No.14), Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines (Michigan State, No.23), South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy (Purdue, No.30), Pike’s Brittany Ward (Butler, No.34), Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper (Purdue, No.44), and Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard (undecided, No.89).

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BOYS SOCCER: Stars end skid with win at Jennings

Jake McFarland

Jake McFarland

Cole Granger

Cole Granger

NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence came through with a much-needed victory on Thursday night.

Cole Granger and Jake McFarland scored first-half goals, and the Stars dug in to make that enough for a 2-1 road victory at Jennings County. The Stars improved to 4-7 (2-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) and ended a four-game skid.

“It was good to break the losing streak,” BNL coach Cody Douglas said. “Hopefully it will swing momentum for us, and we can focus on going forward.”

Granger put the Stars in front with 21 minutes left in the first half as he gathered a deflected ball at the top of the box and lofted a shot into the upper right corner. McFarland gave BNL a 2-0 lead when he cut through a crowd in front of the net and directed in a crossing pass with 10 minutes left.

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