Bedford North Lawrence Sports

BASEBALL: Walk-off to walks for Stars

BNL freshman Drew Hensley zips a pitch toward the plate during his relief stint in Game 1.

BNL freshman Drew Hensley zips a pitch toward the plate during his relief stint in Game 1. Hensley got the win when the Stars scored in the bottom of the seventh inning.

BNL wins Game 1 with Green’s

game-winning hit, but walks lead

to 12-1 loss and split with North

Box score game 1

Box score game 2

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence junior outfielder Jack Green found green grass with a game-winning base hit on Saturday afternoon, capping a stirring comeback with a walk-off whack in the opening game of a doubleheader with Bloomington North.

Jack Green

Jack Green

Green’s clutch single chased home Cole Mathews with the deciding run as the Stars clipped the Cougars 6-5 in Game 1. That momentum didn’t last very long, as the Cougars struck for seven second-inning runs and took advantage of 11 walks to punish the Stars 12-1 in the nightcap.

The one-sided outcome on the back end dampened the day, but it did not take away from the importance of the victory in the opener. The Stars trailed 4-0 after a shaky third inning, but they bounced back and prevailed in dramatic fashion.

Video: Stars walk off with win

The Stars struck in the seventh against North freshman Riley Crean, the son of Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean. With one out, Mathews fought back from a two-strike hole to coax a walk, and freshman Drew Hensley followed with a sharp single to left.

North coach Richard Hurt brought in reliever Blake Richardson to face Green, who fell behind 1-2 and fouled off two tough pitches from the side-arm hurler on the mound. But Green connected with a smash to left field that plated the winning run.

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GIRLS TRACK: Stars finish 10th in FC Invite

GALENA – Bedford North Lawrence settled for 10th place in the 12-team field during Friday night’s Floyd Central Invitational.

The Highlanders won the event with 106 points, followed by New Albany (72.25) and Jennings County (69). The Stars scored 18.25 points.

Dominique McBryde was BNL’s top scorer, finishing second in the long jump (15-10 1/4), sixth in the 100 meter dash (13.80) and seventh in the 200 (27.97). McBryde also anchored the 400 relay team, teaming with Whitley Brock, Sarah Evans and Liza Williams to finish fifth in 53.46.

Bret Roberts finished third in the pole vault (8-0) and Halle Hughes tied for sixth in the high jump (4-8).

Charlestown’s Megan Brooks was a double winner in the discus (125-2) and shot put (41-11) while Jennings County’s Keri Ertel claimed the 100 hurdles (15.57) and 300 hurdles (45.37)


Team scores: Floyd Central 106, New Albany 72.25, Jennings County 69, Castle 51, Corydon 47, Madison 35, North Harrison 30, Henryville 25.25, Charlestown 20, BNL 19.25, Crawford County 14, Borden 8.25

Individual winners

Discus – Megan Brooks, Charlestown 125-2; Shot put – Megan Brooks, Charlestown 41-11; Long jump – Kaitlin Soloman, Corydon 16-4; High jump – Emily Holland, Madison 5-2; Pole vault – Rachel Kavgazoff, FC 11-6; 3200 relay – FC 9:58.45; 100 hurdles – Keri Ertel, JC 15.57; 100 – Justine Corya, JC 13.42; 1600 – Ashton Bosler, NH 5:20.26; 400 relay – NA 51.13; 400 – Mackenna Peach, Castle 1:04.06; 300 hurdles – Keri Ertel, JC 45.73; 200 – Jayla Bethel, NA 26.91; 3200 – Cia Greene, Henryville 12:03.52; 1600 relay – Castle 4:20.68


GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde named MaxPreps All-American

BNL's Dominique McBryde was named a MaxPreps All-American.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde was named a MaxPreps All-American.

Bedford North Lawrence junior Dominique McBryde was named to the MaxPreps All-American team.

McBryde, who was named All-State and selected for the Junior All-Stars in Indiana, was selected for the Sixth Team on the national level. She averaged 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds as the Stars, who finished the year ranked No.9 nationally, won their second straight Class 4-A state championship.

McBryde, a Purdue recruit, was joined on the Sixth Team by Columbus North’s Ali Patberg.



BOYS TRACK: BNL finishes fourth in NA Relays

Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn

Matt Garrison

Matt Garrison

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence finished fourth during the 65th annual New Albany Relays on Thursday night.

Floyd Central won the seven-team meet with 131.5 points, followed by Silver Creek with 102, Jeffersonville with 82 and BNL with 76.

The Stars won the 400 relay with Isaac Kuehn, Nathan Dotts, Austin Hughes and Matt Garrison combining to finish in 44.15 seconds. Mike Flynn was victorious in the shot put with a throw of 51-0.

Garrison won the long jump at 22-11 and was also second in the high jump at 6-2. Dotts won the 200 in 22.01, and the Stars were second in the 1600 relay (Dotts, Garrison, Kuehn and Micah Wagner) in 3:32.70 behind Jeffersonville.

Event winners included:

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GIRLS TENNIS: Hearth the hero as Stars clip Eagles

Amanda Hearth

Amanda Hearth

NASHVILLE – With the match on her racket, Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Amanda Hearth was Miss Calm in the storm.

Hearth pounded out a three-set victory at No.3 singles as the Stars squeezed out a 3-2 victory at Brown County on Thursday afternoon. BNL swept the doubles, then waited on Hearth to heat up in the deciding set. Hearth handled it with ease, posting a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 triumph over Elisabeth Hulls.

“The difference in her in the last year is amazing,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “She was calm, and she just went out and played. She knew it was up to her and she made it happen.”

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SOFTBALL: New Albany fans out BNL’s flame

MIkala Haag

MIkala Haag

Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Morton strikes out 9 as Dogs

hand No.10 BNL its first loss

Box score

No walk-off heroics this time. Bedford North Lawrence walked away from home plate muttering more than smiling on Thursday night.

New Albany ace Hannah Morton struck out 9 and scattered 8 hits as the Bulldogs conquered the Class 4-A No.10 Stars 4-1 at BNL Field. New Albany (4-0) scored twice in the second and two more in the fifth to end BNL’s five-game winning streak to start the 2014 campaign.

Morton salted down one of the top slugging teams in the state. The Stars (5-1) had three extra-base hits, including a Mikala Haag triple to set up their only run, but stranded seven runners, including four in scoring position. The big hit was elusive.

“We weren’t patient enough,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “I think we had too many defensive swings instead of attacking the ball. We didn’t have good aggressive swings. We didn’t hit like I hoped we would. We want to move runners and drive in runners, and we were swinging out of our shoes.”

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5 (not so serious) Questions: Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Justice Kline

Bedford North Lawrence is ranked No.10 in the latest Class 4-A softball poll, and junior catcher Justice Kline is the lead-off hitter for the undefeated Stars.

Question 1: Would your team also be ranked in the Top 10 in seed spitting or any other category?

Kline: We would be Top 3 in seed spitting and top 10 in “I forgot a practice shirt! Who has an extra!”

Question 2: Assistant coach D.J. West is very good at the hitting high foul ball for you to catch to end warm ups. How often does he practice that in secret?

Kline: I would say Coach West goes out during to lunch to practice his swing.

Question 3: The rules allow for coach Brad Gilbert to use a courtesy runner for you when you reach base. Which class would you like a courtesy test-taker?

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BOYS GOLF: Stars one degree better than Artesians

BNL's Trey Turner watches his pitch shot track toward the flag on the 10th green at Otis Park on Tuesday afternoon. Turner parred that hole and birdied the 18th to shoot a 4-over 39.

BNL’s Trey Turner watches his pitch shot track toward the flag on the 10th green at Otis Park on Tuesday afternoon. Turner parred that hole and birdied the 18th to shoot a 4-over 39.

BNL battles through the cold

to edge Martinsville by one shot

By Justin Sokeland

Anyone who posted a nine-hole score lower than the temperature on Tuesday afternoon at Otis Park had a good day. From that standpoint, Bedford North Lawrence’s Trey Turner and Martinsville’s Baylor Payne had great rounds.

Payne posted an even-par 35 on the back nine, but Turner answered with a 39 and got enough support from the bottom of the order to power the Stars to a 169-170 triumph over the Artesians.

Video: Stars prevail at Otis Park

Turner closed his bumpy tour of the back side with a chip-in birdie on the 18th green, and that was the deciding shot as BNL carded a much-needed victory. Winning warmed up everyone who had to survive the 40-degree walk in the Park. BNL was one degree warmer.

Mental toughness was as necessary as a solid short game.

“I expected to not play my greatest because of the weather,” Turner said. “You have to prepare and know it’s going to be cold. You have to be mentally ready and play the best you can.”

Turner had some brain-freeze moments with a bogey on the 11th and doubles on the 12th and 15 holes. But the last stroke, just off the right side of the last green, was perfect.

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GIRLS TENNIS: South turns up the heat on BNL

BNL's Nicole Backherms hits a forehand during Tuesday's match at No.2 doubles. Backherms and teammate Sierra Crane lost a tough two-setter to Bloomington South's Janani Kirshnan and Luiza Hauskrecht.

BNL’s Nicole Backherms hits a forehand during Tuesday’s match at No.2 doubles. Backherms and teammate Sierra Crane lost a tough two-setter to Bloomington South’s Janani Kirshnan and Luiza Hauskrecht.

Panthers ignore the cold

to overpower Stars 5-0

By Justin Sokeland

Tennis became a winter sport on Tuesday afternoon, although Bloomington South did not seem to mind the frigid playing conditions.

The Panthers dominated the top singles matches and withstood one-set challenges in the remaining matches to conquer Bedford North Lawrence 5-0 on the frozen-tundra courts at BNL.

The chill in the air – it was a beautiful February day in mid-April – and the cutting wind did not deter South’s Denise Azcui (No.1 singles) and Lauren Whitlach (No.2 singles). They supplied their own heat and spent as little time exposed to the elements as possible.

Azcui conquered Hannah Yeary 6-0, 6-0, while Whitlach, an Indiana All-Star in basketball, stopped Schylar Hewitt 6-0 6-0.

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SOFTBALL: BNL No.10 in 4-A poll

Bedford North Lawrence (5-0) crashed into the Top 10 in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4-A poll.

The Stars, who will host conference rival New Albany on Thursday, are No.10. Jennings County, another  HHC rival, is No.4.

BNL’s game at Brown County on Tuesday has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced.


4A Portage 132
4A Roncalli 121
4A Crown Point High 119
4A Jennings County 116
4A Hamilton SE 111
4A Pendleton Heights 100
4A Lake Central 71
4A Penn 64
4A Franklin Central 47
4A Bedford NL 45