Bedford North Lawrence Sports

FOOTBALL: HHC bears the mark of the bEast


Columbus East star Markell Jones is third in the state in rushing.

Columbus East star Markell Jones, who is destined for Purdue, is third in the state in rushing.

BNL the next target for 4-A

No.1 Columbus East as it

continues league rampage

By Justin Sokeland

The football teams in the Hoosier Hills Conference all bear the mark of the beast that is Columbus East.

The Olympians, 8-0 and ranked No.1 in Class 4-A as the defending state champion in that class, have stamped the foreheads of everyone in their path. They inflict pain and punishment. The numbers during their 11-year reign of terror are staggering.

The Olympians have won 55 straight HHC games. This season, theyve outscored six league teams 378-40.

The Olympians have won 55 straight HHC games. This season, they’ve outscored six league teams 378-40.

♠-The Olympians have won 55 consecutive league games and 71 and their last 72. They have been challenged only once since the loss at Bedford North Lawrence in 2006. BNL took East to the wire in 2012 before falling 35-31.

♠-East has averaged 50.5 points per game during its 55-game streak and won by an average of 40.9 points per game. The Olympians have scored 60 or more points 18 times in that span.

♠-The Olympians, who have already clinched at least a share of their 11th straight league title, have outscored their six HHC opponents this season 378-40. The average halftime score, before starters are pulled, has been 51-0.

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5 (not so serious) Questions: Matt Shoufler

Matt Shoufler tackle by 45

BNL running back Matt Shoufler

Bedford North Lawrence senior running back Matt Shoufler has totaled 861 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season as the Stars (4-4) prepare to face Class 4-A No.1 Columbus East (8-0) on Senior Night.

Matt Shoufler

Matt Shoufler

Question 1: Complete the sentence: After a hard game, I feel as old as _____ and moving my ____ hurts like crazy?

Shoufler: My great grandpa and anything on my body.

Question 2: Dick Butkas used to sit on the bench and talk to his sore knees. What would you say to your surgically repaired knee?

Shoufler: I would have to say thank you for being there when I “kneed” you the most. No pun intended.

Question 3: What’s more fun, playing in the mud or playing on turf?

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VOLLEYBALL: BNL to face Bulldogs in sectional

BNL's Alyssa Spears sets up a shot. Spears had 49 assists in the five-game thriller.

BNL’s Alyssa Spears and the Stars will face New Albany in the first round of the sectional.

Bedford North Lawrence will face No.18 New Albany in the first round of the IHSAA Class 4-A sectional at BNL on Oct. 23.

Sectional favorite Floyd Central, ranked No.7, will face Jeffersonville in the opening match at 6 p.m. The Stars, who have already dropped a match against the Bulldogs during the consolation round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, will meet the Bulldogs in the second.

Those winners will collide in the first semifinal on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. Jennings County will play Seymour in the second semifinal, with the championship match set for 7 p.m.

“It could have been better,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said of the long and difficult path his team must take to the crown. “But if you are going to win, you might as well beat all of them.”

BNL won its only volleyball sectional title in 1982. Floyd Central is the defending champion.

Class 4-A

Sectional at BNL

Thursday, Oct. 23

1 – Jeffersonville vs. Floyd Central, 6

2 – New Albany vs. Bedford NL, 7:30

Saturday, Oct. 25

3 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 11 a.m.

4 – Jennings County vs. Seymour, 12:30 p.m.

5 – Championship, 7 p.m.

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FOOTBALL: Stars draw South in sectional

BNL's Brayden Tidd escapes from a South defender during Friday's season opener. The Stars could get get away, suffering a 52-0 loss. Photo courtesy of Meg Huffman

BNL’s Brayden Tidd escapes from a South defender during the season opener. The Stars suffered a 52-0 loss. They will host the Panthers in the first round of the 5-A sectional on Oct. 31.
Photo courtesy of Meg Huffman

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence will host nemesis Bloomington South in the opening round of the IHSAA Class 5-A Sectional 15 on Oct. 31.

That winner will face either No.12 Bloomington North (4-4 and the defending sectional champion) or Martinsville (5-3) in the final. No.4 South (7-1) slammed BNL (4-4) hard with a 52-0 smackdown in the season opener at South on Aug. 22.

“Any way was going to be a tough draw for us,” BNL coach Steve Weber said. “I’m not so sure any way would be better than another.

“One way to look at it is we will get to see how much we have improved. Did we get better or not?”

BNL will close the regular season with 4-A No.1 Columbus East, then get a week’s rest before dealing with the Panthers.

“We will go in there and play the best we can, and whatever happens, it happens,” Weber said. ” We  have to play so we’re going to put the helmets on. We’ll get ready the best we can.”

BNL won its only sectional title in 2011.



Sectional 15

Bloomington South (7-1) at BNL (4-4)

Martinsville (5-3) at Bloomington North 4-4

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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars turn it loose in sectional

BNL girls finish third while

BNLs Carrie Flinn runs with a pack of Bloomington South challengers during Saturdays cross country sectional at BNL. South won the meet while the Stars finished third.

BNL’s Carrie Flinn runs with a pack of Bloomington South challengers during Saturday’s cross country sectional at BNL. South won the meet while the Stars finished third.

Trey Pemberton advances

to regional in boys race

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence girls coach Bill Deckard threw caution to the wind, and pace out the window, during Saturday morning’s IHSAA sectional on BNL’s twisting course. He turned the Stars loose and had them do it their way.

The Stars had to love that. They were born to run, born to dream, those crazy kids. They didn’t fly against the clock, but they finished third in the 10-team field and advanced to the regional (on their home course once again) on Oct.18.

Video: Cross country sectional

BNLs Joslyn Wever works her way down the hill during Saturdays cross country sectional at BNL. Wever finished 11th overall.

BNLs Joslyn Wever works her way down the hill during Saturday’s cross country sectional. Wever finished 11th overall.

Paced by freshman Joslyn Wever, the Stars scored 103 points. Bloomington South, with six of the top eight finishers, dominated the event with 21 points while Bloomington North was second with 77. BNL’s target was the next spot, and it hit the mark.

“This race, time wise, doesn’t look good for us,” BNL coach Bill Deckard said. “It looks like we took a step back, but that’s not what happened. We could afford to take some chances, so I told them just to race the way they wanted.

“I didn’t know, to Joslyn Wever, that meant ‘I’m going to lead the race.'”

When the pack of leaders made its first pass through the two-lap loop, Wever was stride for stride with the pace setters. She drifted back in the second half of the race, finally finishing 11th in 20:41.4, and junior Carrie Flinn followed that lead while crossing 15th in 21:41.9.

“You have to throw yourself at it sometimes and take chances,” said Deckard, a technician who stepped out of character to give the Stars freedom to chase the favorites. “If you ignore the times and look at the places, we did very well and accomplished what we wanted to do. And we can run a lot faster.”

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars slip in final at Castle

Scott Saunders

Scott Saunders

NEWBURGH – Bedford North Lawrence won its first two matches before suffering a loss to Castle in the tournament at Castle on Saturday.

The Stars (21-9) bounced Mt. Vernon (25-17, 25-23) and Southridge (25-10, 25-13) before slipping against the Knights (25-18, 25-18).

“We would have liked to have played better against Castle,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “We just fell behind (9-3 in the first and 11-4 in the second) and dug ourselves too big of a hole.”

Alyssa Spears paced the Stars with 47 assists and 22 digs in the three matches. Gabrielle Arthur added 24 kills and 22 digs and Abby Brim totaled 11 kills. Lexie Scott, who came back from injury in BNL’s last match against Loogootee, saw limited action and had 9 kills.

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FOOTBALL: Here’s mud in Madison’s eye

Bedford North Lawrence celebrates a 14-3 win at Madison on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Jessica Caraway

Bedford North Lawrence celebrates a 14-3 win at Madison on Friday night.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Caraway

Shoufler’s two touchdowns

in the muck power Stars

to 14-3 victory over Cubs

By Josh Pace

MADISON – Senior running back Matt Shoufler ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, powering Bedford North Lawrence through the muck and the mud for a 14-3 victory at Madison on Friday night.

Matt Shoufler

Matt Shoufler

Shoufler scored a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter and a huge clinching score in the fourth as the Stars (4-4, 4-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference) fought through a rough start for an impressive road triumph.

“This was a great win,” BNL coach Steve Weber said. “We are extremely happy with it. We will enjoy it.”

Madison (4-4, 3-3) suffered a blow when leading rusher Kyle Tucker suffered a collar-bone injury. Tucker, who carried the ball on 14 of  Madison’s first 15 plays, did not return.

“When you lose a key player like Kyle, the whole game changes,” Madison coach Patric Morrison said. “Our sideline was deflated when they saw him over by the rest of us with his pads off, while their sideline was excited and seized the opportunity.”

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars spike Loogootee

BN:'s Lexie Scott and Tristan Day celebrate a key point. The Stars didn't celebrate enough during the four-game loss.

BNL’s Lexie Scott returned after a six-match absence on Thursday night.

LOOGOOTEE – Welcome back, Lexie Scott.

Bedford North Lawrence’s senior outside hitter returned to spark the Stars to a 25-10, 25-15, 25-10 victory at Loogootee on Thursday night.

Alyssa Spears

Alyssa Spears

Scott missed six matches (with BNL going 2-4 in that span) while nursing a left hamstring injury and waiting on word about her sore left knee. When it was determined that her knee issue was a deep bone bruise, and her playing ability depended on her pain threshold, she donned a brace and went back to work.

“That helped our mental attitude more than anything,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “It certainly helped us from a psychological standpoint. It was a big loss. Hopefully she’ll get back to 100 percent before the sectional.”

Scott had 6 kills and 7 digs, but the Stars had plenty of firepower to subdue the Lions.

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GIRLS SOCCER: South fends off Stars in sectional final

Jaclyn Dufresne

Jaclyn Dufresne

Kelsey Pace

Kelsey Pace

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South stopped Bedford North Lawrence’s spirited bid for history as the Panthers clipped the Stars 1-0 in the Class 2-A sectional final at South on Thursday night.

BNL, which has never won a sectional title, finished 10-8-1.

“It’s a loss, and obviously that’s always a bummer,” BNL coach Kelsey Pace said. “We expected to win and we played that way.”

South’s Senna Hendricks hammered in the only goal, converting a rebound after a corner kick with 29:14 left. The Panthers withstood BNL’s late charge and advanced to the regional at East Central. South will play the champion from East Central in the second game on Oct. 15. The regional final is set for Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.

The Panthers won their second straight sectional championship, but not without a challenge.

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