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CROSS COUNTRY: Stars striving to run like the wind

BNL freshman Joslyn Wever and teammate Carrie Flinn will compete in the semistate on Saturday.

BNL freshman Joslyn Wever and teammate Carrie Flinn will compete in the semistate on Saturday.

BNL’s Flinn, Wever chasing

invitations to the state finals

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s Carrie Flinn and Joslyn Wever will have to run like the wind to be free again.

The BNL duo will compete as individuals in the IHSAA semistate race at Brown County on Saturday morning. The top 10 individuals who are not members of the six qualifying teams will advance to the state finals in Terre Haute on Nov. 1.

Video:  BNL girls in semistate

Flinn is making her second straight appearance in the field. She finished 110th in the event as a sophomore, crossing in 21:25.5, almost two minutes off the cut line. Wever is a freshman whose long gait matches the strides she has made during her rookie campaign.

Both qualified during the regional at BNL. Wever crossed in 20:42.6 while Flinn grabbed the final individual spot – slipping inside the bubble for the second year in a row – in 21:52.5. The countertop-flat course at Brown County is conducive to faster times, but they would need personal-best times – if not school-record performances – to compete for one of the invitations to the next and final level.

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FOOTBALL: Upon further review, BNL is confirmed

BNL quarterback Brayden Tidd and his offense struggled fot yards against Class 4-A No.1 Columbus East last week.

BNL quarterback Brayden Tidd and his offense struggled to produce points against Class 4-A No.1 Columbus East last week.

Stars using bye week 

to “go to the movies”

and watch for mistakes

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence’s football team  will “go to the movies” this week. What else is there to do on Fall Break around here?

Video: BNL’s bye week

Steve Weber

Steve Weber

Whatever the attractions that are offered, the Stars are still going to school, even if the building doors are locked and the hallways vacant. They will be certified film critics – giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to themselves in their own production – after their bye week between the regular-season finale and the first round of the Class 5-A sectional.

The dormant week came at a perfect time, giving the Stars time to recover from the 63-7 thumping against Class 4-A No.1 and Hoosier Hills Conference champion Columbus East before they tangle with 5-A No.2 Bloomington South on Oct. 31. That’s a meaty sandwich to swallow.

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VOLLEYBALL: Can Stars be great, minus Scott?

BNL's Lexie Scott smacks a shot into a blocker at the net. Scott had 20 kills.

BNL’s Lexie Scott has missed a lot of action while nursing a sore left knee. Her status will be key when the Stars face New Albany in the Class 4-A sectional on Thursday.

BNL will battle nemesis New Albany

in first round of Class 4-A sectional

“My hands are tied, my body bruised

She got me with nothing to win
And nothing left to lose”

- U2, With or Without You

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With or without injured senior Lexie Scott, Bedford North Lawrence has a sectional match to win on Thursday night. The Stars, including Scott, would prefer to face nemesis New Albany with her in the lineup. Their chance for success could depend on her contribution.

BNL (22-10) will meet the No.16 Bulldogs (22-10) in the second match of the Class 4-A sectional at BNL. No.7 Floyd Central (26-7) will face Jeffersonville (6-21) in the opening match at 6 p.m. Those winners will collide in the first semifinal on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Video: BNL prepares for sectional

BNL senior Gabrielle Arthur and the Stars will face New Albany in the opening round of the Class 4-A sectional at BNL on Thursday night.

BNL senior Gabrielle Arthur and the Stars have split two decisions with New Albany this season.

Seymour (17-9) and Jennings County (9-23) drew byes and will clash in the second semifinal, with the final set for 7 p.m.

Scott’s availability hinges on a hinge. Her sore and uncooperative left knee, diagnosed with a bone bruise that forced her to miss six matches and be limited to spot duty during the final six matches of the regular season, has been slow to heal.

“It’s really tough,” Scott said. “I just love playing volleyball, and it’s been tough to sit out all the matches. It’s very frustrating. I want to be able to move, get to the ball, and hit. Sometimes it’s not letting me. It’s probably frustrating to Scott (Saunders)as a coach.”

Saunders and the Stars went 2-4 minus Scott and 4-2 with Scott playing only part-time. In the deciding encounter with New Albany, they could use her full time and at full speed. With Scott, BNL bounced the Bulldogs 25-18, 20-25, 25-18 during the final match of the BNL Invitational on Sept. 13. Without her, the Stars dropped a 25-18, 25-18 decision in the third-place match of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

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CROSS COUNTRY: Bubble bursts for BNL

BNLs Joslyn Wever strides   away from her pursuers during Saturdays regional race at BNL. Wever advanced to the semistate as an individual.

BNL’s Joslyn Wever strides away from her pursuers during Saturday’s regional race at BNL. Wever advanced to the semistate as an individual.

BNL’s Wever, Flinn survive,

but Stars finish sixth and

miss the cut for semistate

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence junior Carrie Flinn has earned a new nickname: Bubbles.

For the second consecutive year, Flinn qualified for the IHSAA girls cross country semistate race, earning the 10th and final individual spot for non-advancing teams.

Video: BNL girls in regional

She’s in by the skin of her teeth – if molars had any. This time, she will be joined by freshman teammate Joslyn Wever, who also qualified during Saturday’s regional race at BNL.

BNLs Carrlie Flinn clears a small stream on the BNL course. Flinn advanced to the semistate as an individual for the second straight year.

BNL’s Carrlie Flinn clears a small stream on the BNL course. Flinn advanced to the semistate as an individual for the second straight year.

The bubble burst on the Stars, who finished sixth in the 10-team field. The top five earned invitations to the semistate at Brown County on Oct. 25, and BNL got passed by Salem by 12 points for the fifth position.

No.9 Bloomington South, paced by individual champion Alexis Lewandowski, won the team title with 33 points, followed by Terre Haute North (48), Bloomington North (105), Terre Haute South (141) and Salem (156).

BNL totaled 168 points with Wever finishing 19th overall in 20:42.6 and Flinn following in 31st in 21:52.5.

Flinn couldn’t help but grin when her status as the Bubble Girl for the second straight year was revealed.

“I’m happy and excited, actually really surprised,” she said. “I thought I was too far back. It was muddy and I twisted my ankle on the back end of the course.”

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VOLLEYBALL: North tops BNL in five games

Abby Brim

Abby Brim

Alyssa Spears

Alyssa Spears

BLOOMINGTON – Bedford North Lawrence closed the regular season with a tough five-game loss at Bloomington North on Saturday.

The Cougars won the first two games before surviving BNL’s valiant comeback. North posted a 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 15-6 triumph as the Stars fell to 22-10 and turned its focus to the Class 4-A sectional it will host.

“The kids were disappointed that we lost, but at the end of the day we’re 0-0 now,” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “What has happened to this point will not determine what kind of season we have. From here on out will.”

The Stars were reeling early as North took control. BNL erased a deficit in Game 2 and took a 23-22 lead, but the Cougars countered with a side-out, an ace and a BNL hitting error.

“All of a sudden we were in an 0-2 hole,” Saunders said. “To the kids credit, we fought back and played well.”

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FOOTBALL: BNL can’t keep up with the Jones

BNL's Brayden Tidd looks for an avenue to run during Friday night's clash with 4-A No.1 Columbus East.

BNL’s Brayden Tidd looks for an avenue to run during Friday night’s clash with 4-A No.1 Columbus East.

East star Markell Jones

totals 305 yards, 4 TDs,

powers No.1 Olympians

to 63-7 victory over Stars

By Josh Pace

TheHHCSports.com

The scariest sight in the Hoosier Hills Conference might not be a health official in a  Hazmat Suit. It’s Markell Jones, dressed in football pads.

Markell Jones

Markell Jones

Columbus East’s senior star running back, a leading Mr. Football candidate, ripped Bedford North Lawrence for 305 yards and four touchdowns as the Olympians, ranked No.1 in Class 4-A, thumped the Stars 63-7 on Friday night. East extended its league streak to 56 consecutive games and clinched the outright conference championship.

East (9-0, 7-0) has dominated the league, outscoring its opponents 441-47, and it didn’t take long for the score to get out of hand. Jones broke his first run for a 70-yard touchdown, and East was off and running, not to be caught.

The rest of the opening period followed suit. BNL (4-5, 4-3 in the HHC) bogged down with three straight 3-and-out possessions, which led to three straight East touchdowns – a 13-yard run from Jones (4:45), a 7-yard run from Steven O’Neal (2:40), and a 9-yard pass from QB K.J. McCarter to Karson Kamman (0:01).

BNL’s second quarter wasn’t much better. BNL had three possessions that ended with a turnover on downs, a punt, and the only show of promise in the first half, a 10-play drive that got the Stars into potential scoring position. But a 38-yard field goal from freshman kicker Esteban Flores, into the wind, failed.

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VOLLEYBALL: Stars shine in emotional farewell

Lexie Scott

Lexie Scott

Abby Brim

Abby Brim

Gabrielle Arthur

Gabrielle Arthur

Six BNL seniors celebrate

with sweep of Wolverines

Bedford North Lawrence celebrated Senior Night with tears and a sweep of White River Valley on Thursday night.

The Stars (22-9) thumped the Wolverines 25-13, 25-7, 28-26 as seniors Michelle Dixon, Gabrielle Arthur, Kelsie Morris, Abby Brim, Lexie Scott and Nadine Martin capped their regular-season careers on their home court with an emotional and momentum-building win for next week’s Class 4-A sectional.

Nadine Martin

Nadine Martin

Kelsie Morris

Kelsie Morris

Michelle Dixon

Michelle Dixon

“Tonight was so bittersweet,” Scott said. “I think we’re all excited about moving on with the next step of our lives, but we’re so sad for this chapter to be over. It was a very emotional night.”

That internal energy carried the Stars through the first two games. The Wolverines caught the Stars starting their celebrating a bit prematurely in Game 3 before BNL bounced back.

“Our concentration level went to the bottom, ” BNL coach Scott Saunders said. “The kids forgot there was still a game to play.”

Saunders played his upperclassmen almost exclusively. Arthur had 14 kills while Martin added 8 digs. Alyssa Spears quarterbacked the offense with 25 assists and 5 blocks.

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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

TheHHCSports.com

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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