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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde powers Indiana to win

BNL's Dominique McBryde averaged xx.x points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde averaged 15.0 points per game in four games for Indiana at the Rising Senior Academy.

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde scored 21 points as the Indiana girls thumped Ohio 68-58 in the final game of the Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School on Tuesday morning.

BNL’s Alexa Bailey added 2 points.

Indiana went 3-1 during the two-day event, and McBryde (a Purdue recruit) scored in double figures in each game, averaging 15.0 points.

The rest of the Indiana team (members of the Indiana Junior All-Stars coached by Columbus North’s Pat McKee) included Homestead’s Josie Fisher, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, NorthWood’s Jordyn Frantz, Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, Pike’s Brittany Ward, Evansville Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel and Madison’s Olivia Crozier.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Bailey on the Rise

BNL's Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL’s Dominique McBryde drives past an Ohio defender for a layup during the Rising Seniors Academy at Ben Davis on Monday.

BNL duo competing

for Indiana in Rising

Senior Academy games

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The basketball clock is ticking, louder with each passing summer game, for Bedford North Lawrence seniors Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey.

Video: Rising Seniors Academy

Their final season as a Star awaits, with back-to-back Class 4-A state championships to defend. Once that drama plays out, they will be among the fortunate to continue their careers on the college level.

And then? The odds indicate their careers will conclude. Sad, but true. For a teenager, immortal and impervious, five years is an eternity. But after this summer, their lives will change. This is their last whirlwind tour with the Traveling Sisterhood of basketball junkies and their tight circle of parents and second families.

“I just love playing,” McBryde said. “And this is my last year of it, so I’m doing what I can.”

This week, that means an appearance in the second annual Rising Senior Academy at Ben Davis High School, a showcase event staged by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. Not that McBryde and Bailey (and include absent teammate Jenna Allen, enjoying a well-earned family vacation in the mix) need much more exposure.

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FOOTBALL: July no time for pool lounging

BNL coach Steve Weber and the Stars are already pointing toward the season opener on Aug.. 22.

BNL coach Steve Weber and the Stars are already pointing toward the season opener on Aug.. 22.

Stars focusing on defense

during countdown to 2014

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence football came back from the dead (week) with a renewed sense of urgency for the short work month ahead. The countdown toward the season opener, for what the Stars hope will be the first step in the program’s resurrection from 1-9 in 2013, at Bloomington South on Aug. 22 has already started.

With the start of school creeping into early August, and essentially eliminating the old-style, two-a-day practice sessions that spawned the war stories about brutal heat and near-death experiences, July workouts have increased in importance.

BNL has little time to lounge by the pool. The Stars have to be ready to dive into the deep end, starting with Saturday’s 7-on-7 outing (featuring eight teams) at West Washington and concluding with their week-long camp on July 21-25.

“It’s a huge month,” BNL coach Steve Weber said. “That camp is everything. If we don’t make progress there, we’re in trouble, especially now with no two-a-days anymore. I would like for school to start Aug. 20.”

So would many others. But that’s likely a thing of the past, similar to leather helmets.

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BOYS GOLF: Bowden wins Indiana Open

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Craig Bowden claimed his third Indiana Open championship on Thursday afternoon.

Former BNL standout fires

final-round 68 at Otter Creek

to claim third state championship

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

COLUMBUS – Craig Bowden has not forgotten how to win.

The former Bedford North Lawrence standout and PGA Tour professional carded his third Indiana Open victory on Thursday afternoon, posting a final-round 68 to overtake frontrunner Andy Winings at Otter Creek.

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Bowden won his previous Open titles in 1994-95. He also won three times on the Buy.com Tour, with the last coming in 2006.

The familiarity of victory returned.

“I wanted to play just to see if I still had it in me,” said Bowden, who played only four professional events last year and admitted to a lack of competitive interest. “This is the first time I played competitively this season and I am definitely glad I made that decision.”

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BASKETBALL: Stars to compete in Top 100 Showcase

BNL's Blaze Byrer will compete in the Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis.

BNL’s Blaze Byrer will compete in the Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Blaze Byrer, Alexa Bailey, Jenna Allen and Dominique McBryde have been selected to participate in the 12th annual IBCA-IHSAA Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis on July 23-24.

The Top 100 is designed to grant extra exposure for the state’s top basketball prospects. Coaches from 88 colleges attended the event in 2013.

The girls will compete on July 23, with one-hour of station work at 2:30 p.m., followed by three sessions of games at 3:35. 4:30 and 7 p.m. The  boys will follow a similar format on July 24.

Byrer, a senior who averaged 16.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Stars last season, will be joined by New Albany’s Jeff Byrne, Davon Winburn and DeAnthony Warren, Columbus East’s Parker Chitty and Connor Umphress, and Madison’s Nick Macon from the Hoosier Hills Conference. New Madison coach Cliff Hawkins will serve as one of the Showcase coaches.

Bailey (destined for Butler), Allen (Indiana) and McBryde (Purdue) will represent the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, and the BNL senior trio will be joined by Madison’s Olivia Crozier and Jennings County’s Baylee Krueger from the HHC.

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BOYS GOLF: Ranking the Top 10 BNL golfers

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Craig Bowden tops the list of the best in BNL golf history.

Craig Bowden tops the list of the best in BNL golf history.

Bedford North Lawrence boys golf  has been one of the best programs in school history, producing professionals, outstanding college players and All-State individuals, as well as top-level teams that have made 13 state finals appearances and contended for state championships. Paring the best down to a Top 10 list, even after consulting with former and current coaches, is a daunting task.

With the Bedford Men’s City Golf Tournament looming, here’s a list that’s sure to spark some debate:

10. Nathan Hall – Hall, golf’s version of a gym rat, finished 8th in the state as an individual in 1997. He was a key member of two teams that made the state finals (1996-97).

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Happy holiday weekend!

The HHCSports.com hopes everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.

We are gearing up for the next phase of the website. In the past year, we had an audience of over 35,000 users, which we humbly appreciate. We plan to continue the excellent coverage, with stories, pictures, videos and other new surprises, for the next school year.

Thanks for the continued support from the readers and advertisers. The next 12 months will be even bigger and better.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: McBryde, Bailey to play in showcase

Alexa Bailey

Alexa Bailey

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence’s Dominique McBryde and Alexa Bailey will play for the Indiana team in the inaugural NHSBCA Rising Senior Academy girls event at Ben Davis High School on July 14-15.

The BNL duo will join Madison’s Olivia Crozier, Lawrence North’s Lamina Cooper, Homestead’s Josie Fisher, NorthWood’s Jordyn Frantz, Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines, Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Darby Maggard, South Bend Washington’s Tiara Murphy, Pike’s Brittany Ward and Mater Dei’s Tori Schickel on the Indiana team.

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association will stage the event, which will feature teams from four states, including Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin. The boys event, in its second year, will also include a team from Washington.

Indiana will play Ohio on July 14 at 9:50 a.m. in the main gym, then face Wisconsin at 1:30 and Iowa at 8 p.m. Indiana will conclude the event against Ohio on Jul 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Admission is $10 for a one-day pass or $15 for a two-day pass.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Burton walking on at IU

Former BNL standout Ryan Burton has joined the Indiana Hoosiers as a walk-on for the 2014-15 season.

Former BNL standout Ryan Burton has joined the Indiana Hoosiers as a walk-on for the 2014-15 season.

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

BLOOMINGTON – Former Bedford North Lawrence standout Ryan Burton has joined the Indiana Hoosiers as a walk-on.

Burton, a late-blooming 6-8 forward, averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds as a senior with the Stars, who went 19-3 and won the Hoosier Hills Conference before falling to New Albany in the Class 4-A sectional final in 2011.

Burton played two seasons at Bellarmine University, a Division II power in Louisville. As a freshman, he appeared in 26 games and averaged 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds, scoring a season-high 12 points against Ohio  Valley.

As a sophomore in 2012-13, Burton played in 32 games and started twice for the Knights. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.0 rebounds, scoring a career-high 18 points against Wheeling Jesuit while hitting 8 of 10 shots.

Burton joins an Indiana roster depleted by graduation, early departures and transfers, especially in the interior.

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COLUMN: Recharge in the ‘Dead Zone’

The high school sports season, which now seems to never end, has been placed on a mandatory one-week sabbatical. For those of us who are brain dead after power-napping and energy-drinking through the last 51 weeks, it is a welcome respite.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association refers to his period as a “moratorium.” During the seven-day break, no contact between athletes and coaches is allowed, and no athletic events – including conditioning – can be conducted. It’s more common name is the “dead week.”

During this time in the Dead Zone, the athletes are expected to rest and recharge. For one week, be a kid, with no schedule to keep and no barking master to please (other than parents, of course). The fall sports  – which is now a funny label, considering school begins in the middle of summer – start official practice sessions in one month.

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