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GIRLS BASKETBALL: No BNL swoon during June

BNL coach Jeff Allen talks to his team. The Stars survived a scare and advanced to the sesctional final. BNL is the fourt-time defending tournament champion.

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars, playing without their three returning starters the final three games, went 3-5 in June scrimmages.

Stars end scrimmage season

with another loss, but Allen

encouraged by team growth

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence completed its June scrimmage schedule on Tuesday night, falling to Castle 53-47 at Evansville Central.

BNL finished the month with a 3-5 record, but the Stars played their last four games – all losses – without a full roster. McKenzie Messmore (bruised knee), Allie Crulo-Rood (back) and Jorie Allen (tweaked ankle) all missed the final three games as a precaution, and Kennedy Bunch played limited minutes against Castle with a sore knee.

Three of them are returning starters. That means many Stars, especially the freshmen on the 18-player roster, got dunked into the deep water of competition and were forced to swim or sink.

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SOFTBALL: Red Helmet Society still swinging

Cassidy Morron

Cassidy Morron stares at her target while working in Monday’s Alumni Game at BNL Field.

Former Stars celebrate

program’s growth during

Alumni Game at BNL Field

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Brooke Ratliff is going to hear about this. She had been cautioned, on the drive to the ballpark for this alumni game featuring former Bedford North Lawrence softball stars, by her nine-year-old daughter. Young eyes were watching, although older eyes were the first to notice Ratliff failed to run hard to first on a ground ball.

Michelle Riester takes a cut at a pitch. Riester was the oldest among the 35 who played in the event.

Michelle Riester takes a cut at a pitch. Riester was the oldest among the 35 who played in the event.

“I may need to run for her,” Ratliff’s daughter muttered. That was after issuing a stern warning “‘Mom, if you strike out looking, I’m going to yell at you.” Ratliff, now a youth coach, had to smile. “I think she’s heard that way too many times,” she admitted.

On this sweltering, humid, melt-into-your-shoes evening, Ratliff is going to get a reprieve. So will the 34 other former Stars who basked, and baked, in the limelight once again, sweating through a doubleheader to celebrate a program they helped build. The mind is willing even if the muscles are now weak.

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FOOTBALL: Playing head game with his foot

Kickers are alone on the field when called upon to perform. BNLs Esteban Flores has shined in those moments.

Kickers are alone on the field when called upon to perform. BNL’s Esteban Flores has shined in those moments. Photo courtesy of Monica Jackson

BNL’s Flores tackles

the task of kicking

as ‘a football player’

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

In this age of anti-bullying and acceptance, kickers are a constant target in a game ruled by the muscle-bound intimidators and angry attackers. They are called “idiots” by certain famous quarterbacks. They “aren’t football players, they are hired feet,” according to a former defensive lineman. Coaches view them as dispensable and cut them like the grass.

Esteban Flores

Esteban Flores

Kickers, as a general rule, are loners, a little eccentric, a little weird, out of place in the testosterone world. They speak their own language, they depend on someone holding the ball when everyone else has to hang on to it themselves.

And then there is Bedford North Lawrence’s Esteban Flores. None of the above applies.

At first glance, Flores would seem out of place on the field, at 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds. Nothing special so far. Then he booms a 50-yard field goal. Then he runs a perfect pass pattern and snags the catch. Then he covers a receiver and makes a solid hit. What? A kicker can tackle?

Flores will tell everyone, including his peers at prestigious kicking camps hosted by Division I programs, “I’m a football player.” Other kickers will give him that quizzical glance. “Huh? Are you crazy?”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Short-handed Stars struggle

BNL second-year coach Jeff Allen and the Stars will start defending the HHC title when they visit Seymour on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars went 0-3 during the team camp at Butler on Friday.

BNL, minus key players,

goes 0-3 at Butler camp

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence, playing without three key players, suffered three consecutive losses during the Butler team camp on Friday.

The Stars, playing without junior McKenzie Messmore and junior Allie Crulo-Rood (both out with injuries) dropped a 63-38 decision to Lawrence North in the opening morning game.

BNL, which went without sophomore star Jorie Allen for the next two games, also suffered a 41-33 loss to Brownsburg and a 55-53 setback to Northwestern.

The Stars will conclude their June scrimmages with a road trip to Evansville Central on Tuesday.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL taking change on the run

BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers and the Stars have been busy during the critical month of June.

BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers and the Stars have been busy during the critical month of June.

Seifers, Stars playing

over 50 games as they

adjust to new system

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Matt Seifers speaks in a hurry, compacting as many words into one breath as possible. Not quite like the guy who reads the fine print and the disclaimer at the end of commercials, but he’s cramming a lot of information into a sentence. Jerry Seinfeld would call him a “fast talker.”

That also describes his first month as Bedford North Lawrence’s new basketball coach. He was hired in a rush, with the crucial process and decision packed into a few weeks, and he’s been in hyper mode since May 19, with a lot to accomplish and little time. June is a critical offseason month, with camps, scrimmages and practices. Winter is coming. Think it’s hot now, wait until November arrives with a new coach and staff, an unfamiliar system and inexperienced personnel thrown into the heat of the regular season.

“You take advantage of the time you have,” Seifers said.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Welcome to the new way

New BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers issues instructions during the opening day of the BNL summer camp.

New BNL basketball coach Matt Seifers issues instructions during the opening day of the BNL summer camp.

New coach Seifers starts

his introductory phase

with BNL summer camp

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Exactly one month has vanished since Matt Seifers was hired as the new basketball coach at Bedford North Lawrence. He could use a few more days like this, ones with the most daylight to burn, as he strikes the match and ignites the candle on both ends to get up to speed with his new program.

June is hectic under the best of circumstances. Seifers’ arrival does not qualify for that. He was thrust into a rebuilding situation, in terms of staff and returning varsity veterans, and he’s been running to catch up since his introduction.

However, this week is his element. Teaching, stressing fundamentals and instructing eager kids who absorb everything, is his comfort zone. He’s hosting – with a lot of help – his first BNL Summer Camp. Give him a whistle, a rack of basketballs and a gym full of energy, and Seifers is bouncing.

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BASKETBALL: Stars hit the road to improve

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Terri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

Kennedy Bunch and the Stars went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University on Friday.

BNL girls finish 2-1

during IU team camp;

boys go 1-2 at Carmel

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence spanned the state in search of competition and improvement on Friday.

The BNL girls went 2-1 during the Teri Moren Team Camp at Indiana University, dropping a two-point decision to Warren Central (after allowing a 12-point lead to vanish) before conquering Edwardsville (Ill.) by one point and clipping Archbishop Alter (of Kettering, Oh.) in overtime in the finale.

“We had a good day,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “This was really good competition for us. We learned a lot. These teams forced us to make adjustments.”

Warren Central went 12-12 last year, but the Warriors feature sophomore Shaila Beeler, projected to be one of the top point guards in the state in 2019. Edwardsville is a 4-A Illinois program that went 31-2 a year ago, and Alter was 29-3 and ranked No.5 in Ohio last season.

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BOYS GOLF: Tidd good to the last shot

BNL finished 11th in the state during the IHSAA finals at Prairie View Golf Club.

BNL finished 11th in the state during the IHSAA finals at Prairie View Golf Club.

Tidd eagle on final hole

highlights BNL’s day

as Stars settle for 11th

CARMEL – At the conclusion of a long day, after another frustrating rain delay and a disappointing team conclusion, after his teammates had endured another brutal tour around the back nine at Prairie View Golf Club, Bedford North Lawrence’s Daylen Tidd had the perfect ending.

Tidd one-hopped a 7-iron approach from 170 yards into the hole on the par-4 ninth (his 18th after starting the second round of the IHSAA state finals on the 10th tee) for a glorious eagle to cap his second-day 74 as the No.15 Stars settled for 11th place in the elite field.

Now that’s a shot to go home on, a drop-the-mic moment.

Tidd’s highlight was one of the few rays of sunshine on the final day. BNL endured another lengthy rain delay (3:40 this time after five hours on Tuesday) and carded a second-round 331, finishing with a two-day total of 650. Westfield won its second straight state championship with a total score of 581.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Shots fall like rain at BNL

Jorie Allen powers her way through a defender during Wednesdays scrimmage with Attucks. Allen scored 27 points as the Stars won 75-55.

Jorie Allen powers her way through a defender during Wednesday’s scrimmage with Attucks. Allen scored 27 points as the Stars won 75-55.

Stars showcase offensive

improvement during

scrimmage with Attucks

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The most noticeable difference – rather glaring it was, surprising after watching an offensively challenged team last winter – in Bedford North Lawrence’s debut scrimmage with Crispus Attucks was the scoring. Yes, the Stars can do that.

At times last season, when BNL struggled to generate points, averaged only 49.1 points and shot 45 percent, that was questionable. Now Wednesday’s results must be prefaced with these facts: it’s June, Attucks was late arriving after a traffic and transportation headache during its trip from Indianapolis, and nobody scouts for a summer session that doesn’t count.

Yet BNL’s 75-55 win was noteworthy for the simple fact that points were plentiful, like the heavy rain that was hammering the roof of BNL Fieldhouse while the Stars were raining down five second-half treys, while Jorie Allen was scoring 27 points.

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BOYS GOLF: Long delay, day on the Prairie

Daylen Tidd prepares to launch a tee shot during Round 1 of the state finals. Tidd paced the Stars with a 76. Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

Daylen Tidd prepares to launch a tee shot during Round 1 of the state finals. Tidd paced the Stars with a 76.
Photo courtesy of Angie Tidd

BNL golfers slog through

rainy opening round on

Day 1 of IHSAA state final

CARMEL – To quote Marvin the Martian, the opening round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship was “Delays, delays, delays.” Bedford North Lawrence did not wait very well.

The Stars, and the rest of the 15-team in the 80th annual event, had to withstand a five-hour rain delay, a second lightning suspension, and a 12-hour day (the last putt dropped at 9:34 p.m.) at Prairie View Golf Club on Tuesday. BNL could not overcome a struggling start and carded a team total of 319 while sliding to 11th place.

No.2 Westfield, the defending champion, ignored the conditions and fired a sensational 285 (3-under par as a team) to take a six-shot lead over Hamilton Southeastern into Wednesday’s final round.

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