Bedford North Lawrence Sports

WRESTLING: BNL eighth at Memorial

EVANSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence finished eighth in the 10-team Evansville Memorial Invitational on Saturday.

Jacob Ray (106 pounds) and Jason Main (170) finished third in their respective weight classes.

Ray recorded pins of Caleb Medley of Daviess Co. (Ky) in 40 seconds and Evan Rogers of Providence in 35 seconds to win the consolation round. Main won by pin against Indian Creek’s Christian Thacker of Indian Creek (1:50), Daviess County’s Quintin Davis (0:14) and Evansville North’s Justin Naylor (0:17).

The Stars will visit Bloomington North on Tuesday.

Team scores

Evansville Memorial 295, Lafayette Jeff 265, Evansville North 201, Seymour 146, Providence 128.5, Indian Creek 128, Evansville Harrison 89, BNL 74, Evansville Bosse 73, Daviess County (Ky.) 38

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars leave Trojans on ‘island’

Center Groves Lauren Rau drives against BNLs Erin Bradley. Rau scored 19 points, but BNLs defenseshut down everyone else as the No.1 Stars prevailed 46-33.

Center Grove’s Lauren Rau drives against BNL’s Erin Bradley. Rau scored 19 points, but BNL’s defense shut down everyone else as the No.1 Stars prevailed 46-33.

No.1 BNL clamps down

on defensive end for 46-33

win over No.4 Center Grove

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By Justin Sokeland

In the National Football League, when defensive cornerbacks are left one-on-one against a top-threat wide receiver, it’s called “being on an island.” They are alone, exposed and isolated, with no help.

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

Bedford North Lawrence took that strategy to the extreme on Saturday afternoon against No.4 Center Grove. BNL coach Jeff Allen, fearing Center Grove’s ability to drive and dish, to penetrate and kick to open 3-point shooters, removed all help responsibility from the game plan. Every BNL defender was assigned one task: stop your man.

The Trojans were the ones stranded. Dominique McBryde scored 22 points, Jenna Allen added 12 points and 15 rebounds, and the top-ranked Stars (10-0) smothered all but one of Center Grove’s weapons while conquering the Trojans 46-33 in the Saturday afternoon matinee of unbeatens.

Video: BNL stops Center Grove

After a slow and sluggish start, when neither team was auditioning for a role in the next coaching clinic “how’to” DVD, McBryde shifted the Stars from sputtering to smooth. She handled almost every chore – point guard, wing man and defensive stopper. She got help from Allen in the second half, when Allen scored all her points.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: East muscles to win over Stars

BNL's Braxton Day battles for a loose ball with Columbus East's Parker Chitty. Day scored 14 points, but the Olympians rolled to a 6-45 victory. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

BNL’s Isaiah Stockman battles for a loose ball with Columbus East’s Parker Chitty. The Olympians rolled to a 64-45 victory.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Olympians shut down

BNL’s offense while

cruising to 64-45 win

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COLUMBUS – Bedford North Lawrence is starting to feel like the scrawny kid on Muscle Beach.

Columbus East powered its way to a 64-45 victory over the Stars on Friday night, ruining BNL’s debut in the Hoosier Hills Conference race. Connor Umphress scored 16 points an Parker Chitty added 15 as East (2-1, 1-1 in the league) pulled away with a deciding run in the third quarter to frustrate the Stars (1-4, 0-1).

BNL’s momentum from the overtime win over Class 3-A power Brownstown didn’t last long. The Olympians rolled to a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes and took a 14-6 lead after the first quarter. BNL made a brief move within four, but East closed the first half on an 11-2 run, then blasted to a 46-24 advantage midway through the third.

East flexed its muscle by winning the rebounding margin 24-14 and by limiting BNL senior Blaze Byrer, who averaged 16.9 points per game last season,  to 2 points. Braxton Day paced the Stars with 14.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Trojan horse in BNL’s midst

BNLs Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will face No.4 Center Grove on Saturday afternoon.

BNLs Jenna Allen and the top-ranked Stars will face No.4 Center Grove on Saturday afternoon.

No.4 Center Grove to challenge

BNL’s reign at No.1 during

Saturday clash of unbeatens

By Justin Sokeland

During its ascension to Indiana’s basketball throne and its current reign, Bedford North Lawrence has faced a multitude of powerful challengers and worthy contenders for the crown it wears. The kingdom is under constant siege.

Another attacker, heavily armed and prepared for the ultimate encounter, is knocking on the castle door.

BNL statistics

Center Grove statistics

The top-ranked Stars, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champions, will welcome No.4 Center Grove to BNL Fieldhouse for a Saturday afternoon battle of unbeatens. The Trojans are 8-0 following their most impressive triumph, a 74-46 conquest of highly-regarded Bloomington South on Thursday night. One of the 22 undefeated teams in the state will taste defeat.

BNL has already fended off the slings and arrows of three ranked opponents and the foreign invasion from one of Ohio’s best this season. This could be the greatest threat yet.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watch BNL vs. Center Grove live

Coaches Aid logo 2Saturday’s Bedford North Lawrence game vs. Class 4-A No.4 Center Grove will be broadcast live by

The broadcast, free of charge, is the seventh of 10 BNL games that will be available on the Internet site. Here is the link:

Other scheduled games will include the BNL Tournament on Jan. 2-3; and Jan. 10 at Evansville Central.


BOYS BASKETBALL: Win makes ‘em want to shout

Drew Hensley

BNL sophomore Drew Hensley, who hit 16 of 16 free throws in the win over Brownstown, and the Stars will go on the road to face Columbus East on Friday.

After ending skid to start season,

Stars turn attention to Columbus

East and start of HHC title chase

By Justin Sokeland

For Bedford North Lawrence, winning was the only option, because the alternative and its consequences was too dark to even consider. Sometimes, a negative – “We can’t lose any more” – translates into a positive.

The Stars ended a season-opening skid with a 59-52 overtime victory over Class 3-A No.4 Brownstown on Tuesday night. A sigh of relief? How about a shout of satisfaction that could shatter eardrums and spike the decibel level on a sound meter. Throw your hands up and shout.

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“We needed it pretty bad,” senior forward Blaze Byrer said. “We just wanted to get out there and win. We need to keep the momentum going. Hopefully it will get us going on a winning streak.”

After three straight losses, discouragement can start playing Jedi mind tricks. The Stars were flirting with the wrong side of history, closing on the 0-5 start to the 2006-07 campaign because the schedule offered no breaks or guaranteed wins. BNL had to earn it.

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FOOTBALL: BNL’s Shoufler named 5-A All-State

Matt Shoufler tackle by 45

BNL’s Matt Shoufler

Bedford North Lawrence’s Matt Shoufler was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 5-A Senior All-State Team.

Shoufler was selected as a defensive back. He had an interception and fumble recovery as the Stars went 4-6, and he also led the offense with 1,009 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Other Hoosier Hills Conference selections included:

5-A: Blake Carl, Floyd Central, DL (Junior)

4-A: Devorus Lewis, Columbus East, OL (Senior); Kyle Tucker, Madison, RB (Senior); Hunter Sego, Madison, DB (Senior); Rhett Myers, Columbus East, OL (Junior); Sam Dwenger, Columbus East, LB (Junior)

Columbus East running back Markell Jones was selected to the IFCA’s Top 50.


GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars sense fear and strike

Jenna Allen

BNL’s Jenna Allen wades through traffic in the paint. Allen had 16 points and 9 rebounds as the Stars thumped New Albany 57-26 on Tuesday night.

No.1 BNL clamps down

on quivering Bulldogs

for 57-26 road triumph

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By Justin Sokeland

NEW ALBANY – Bedford North Lawrence could sense the fear. The odor was undeniable. So were the top-ranked Stars.

The line between respect for a powerful opponent and fear can be easily crossed. New Albany not only smudged that mark, it completely erased it on Tuesday night.

Video: BNL punishes New Albany

McKenzie Messmore

Freshman guard McKenzie Messmore works around a defender. Messmore had 10 points.

BNL, the two-time defending Class 4-A state champion, rumbled into the Dog House and collared the Bulldogs 57-26. Jenna Allen, a Michigan State recruit, had 16 points and 9 rebounds while Purdue-bound Dominique McBryde added 14 points.

The Stars (9-0) were never threatened as they won their 26th straight Hoosier Hills Conference game and took another step toward their fourth consecutive league title. New Albany (4-2, 0-1) never posed resistance. BNL opened with a 10-1 run and blasted away from there.

If New Albany, which won its first four games of the season, was using BNL as a measuring device, the Bulldogs came up well short. New Albany was also playing its first 4-A opponent of the year, and it didn’t look ready for the show – especially not for the best in class.

“It’s nothing new,” New Albany coach Tammy Geron said. “We’ve been facing this for three years now. The kids have to play, and we didn’t play.

“I was disappointed in our demeanor, in our character, in our competitiveness. We didn’t execute the game plan in the first quarter, dug ourselves a hole, and then you have to come out of the game plan and do things you didn’t prepare to do. That’s on us.”

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL clips Braves to end skid

Drew Hensley

Drew Hensley

Braxton Day

Braxton Day

Stars conquer 3-A No.4

Brownstown 59-52 in OT

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Bedford North Lawrence, in desperate need of a victory to erase the skid marks on its backside, had to work overtime to break through. What else is new? Nothing has come easy thus far.

The Stars did it the hard way, conquering Class 3-A No.4 Brownstown 59-52 in a grueling, tense extra session at BNL Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Braxton Day led the way, scoring 18 points, while sophomore reserve Drew Hensley was clutch in the heat of the big moments, converting 16 straight free throws – including 12 in the final 2:18 of regulation plus the extra period.

BNL (1-3) had to have it. Just had to. BNL has started a season 0-4 only once, when it went 0-5 to open the 2007-08 campaign. The Stars didn’t want to monkey with that , so they ripped the clinging primate off and extended their streak of success against the Braves (2-1).

The Stars have now won 16 straight in a backyard brawl against the Braves that was discontinued from 1998 until now. Brownstown still has never won in BNL Fieldhouse. But as frustrated as the Braves might be, the Stars’ sense of relief and stress release was tenfold.

“The kids played really, really hard and this is a win that they needed, against a very, very good opponent,” BNL coach Jamie Hudson said. “It was just a great, all-around team effort tonight. It took everyone one of us tonight to win.”

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WRESTLING: Hatchets hammer Stars

WASHINGTON – Washington lost only one contested match on the mat while stopping Bedford North Lawerence 45-18 on Tuesday night.

BNL’s only victory against an opponent was posted by Caleb Higgins (via pin) at 160 pounds. Jacob Ray (113), Jason Main (170) and Jesse Knoblaugh (182) all received forfeits to account for the remainder of the Stars’ scoring.

BNL will compete in a tournament at Evansville Memorial on Saturday.