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BOYS BASKETBALL: BNL names Seifers as new coach

Matt Siefers was named the new BNL boys basketball coach on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Indiana Elite Basketball

Matt Seifers was named the new BNL boys basketball coach on Thursday night.
Photo courtesy of Indiana Elite Basketball

Former Southport girls coach

to succeed Hudson as 8th

man in charge of the program

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence went outside its comfort zone to break precedent and hire Matt Seifers as the new boys basketball coach.

Seifers was officially introduced on Thursday night during a special session of the North Lawrence Community Schools board. He succeeds Jamie Hudson, whose contract was not renewed after 9 seasons at the helm of the program. Seifers was approved by a 6-0 vote, with one absent board member.

Seifers is the eighth coach in program history, following Bob Masterson, Mike Sorrells, Dan Bush, Mark Mathews, Mark Ryan, Damon Bailey and Hudson. He is only the second on that list to be brought in from outside the system.

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BASEBALL: No good hacks for Shak on Mack

Mason Mack

Mason Mack

Drew Hensley

Drew Hensley

Double plays, clutch hits

key as Mack and Stars

conquer Shakamak 5-2

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Mason Mack, with a little relief help and a lot of glove work behind him, worked his left-handed magic on Shakamak as Bedford North Lawrence dunked the Lakers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Mack allowed only one hit, a two-run home run by Shakamak star Braden Scott, and Drew Hensley worked two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit as the Stars (15-9) conquered one of the perennial Class A powers in Southern Indiana.

Shakamak (13-11) might not be as strong as the teams that went to three Class A state championship games in the last four years and won the title in 2014. The Lakers have had offensive issues this season, and Mack added to their frustration with his twirling breaking ball and three BNL double plays to erase threats.

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BOYS TRACK: BNL relay shatters sectional record

Micah Wagner

Micah Wagner

Garrett Flinn

Garrett Flinn

Stars finish fourth as team

while sending 4 individuals

as two relays to IHSAA regional

Bedford North Lawrence smashed a meet record in the 400 relay during the IHSAA sectional at BNL on Thursday night.

The Stars finished fourth in the 12-team field with 76 points. Seymour won the team title with 130, followed by Jennings County (91) and Mitchell (76).

BNL sectional results

BNL’s fantastic foursome of Isaac Kuehn, Alex Adams, Garrett Flinn and Micah Wagner won the 400 in 43.56, breaking the mark of 44.03 set by the Stars in 2013. That same quartet won the 1600 relay in 3:26.12.

The top three in each event qualified for the regional at Bloomington North on May 26.

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SOFTBALL: Senior Night win not in the Cards

BNL catcher Hailey Miller confronts Bloomfield runner Felicity Graf at the plate to record an out. The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the ninth inning to stop the Stars 12-6 on Thursday afternoon.

BNL catcher Hailey Miller confronts Bloomfield runner Felicity Graf at the plate to record an out. The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the ninth inning to stop the Stars 12-6 on Thursday afternoon.

Bloomfield scores 6 in 9th

to smack down Stars 12-6

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence celebrated Senior Night a little early and lost the game very late.

Bloomfield scored 6 runs in the top of the ninth to spoil the festivities with a 12-6 victory over the Stars. The Cardinals scored a run in the seventh to force extra innings, then exploded as BNL committed three errors to fuel Bloomfield’s breakout.

BNLs Jenna Dufresne slides safely into home to score the first run.

BNL’s Jenna Dufresne slides safely into home to score the first run.

The Stars (15-10) rallied from a 5-1 deficit but couldn’t keep Bloomfield – which was coming off a shutout loss to Owen Valley on Wednesday – at bay.

“We let them hang around too long,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “We had opportunities to score more runs than we did. Bloomfield is a good team, and we warned the kids the last couple of days that if we let them hang around, bad things could happen.”

The worst happened in the ninth.

Bloomfield’s Sidnie Finch opened the inning with a single to left, and the next two runners reached on bunts as the Stars tried in vain to cut down the lead runner. Marisa McIntosh singled to drive in the go-ahead run.

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GIRLS TENNIS: North drops BNL in sectional

Hope Martin hits forehand return during her three-set victory at No.1 singles.

Hope Martin and the Stars fell to No.20 Bloomington North in the sectional semifinal on Thursday.

BLOOMINGTON – No.20 Bloomington North dropped only six games while rolling to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence in the semifinal round of the IHSAA sectional at North on Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars advanced to the final to meet Martinsville (a 5-0 winner over Edgewood), while the Stars closed their season with a 2-12 record.

“North is a very good team,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “I was very pleased with the way we played. We hung in on some tough points and played well. They are just a really good, experienced team.”

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SOFTBALL: Late BNL eruption dooms East

Cassie Rutledge

Cassie Rutledge

Hailey Miller

Hailey Miller

Stars strike for 9 runs

in 7th, all with 2 outs,

to conquer East 13-4

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COLUMBUS – Bedford North Lawrence saved its best for last on Tuesday night.

The Stars shattered a 4-4 deadlock, scoring 9 runs in the top of the seventh inning – all after the first two batters were retired – to stun Columbus East 13-4. BNL sent 15 batters to the plate during an offensive explosion that has become its trademark this season.

Cassie Rutledge broke the tie with a two-run single, and that ignited a huge rally. BNL had six hits during the eruption, including Kiana Brown’s two-run triple, and the Olympians added three errors into the equation as the Stars (15-9) bounced back from a lackluster loss to Martinsville 24 hours earlier with a momentum-charging road victory.

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GIRLS TRACK: Four Stars advance to regional

Carrie Flinn

Carrie Flinn

Sarah Brewster

Sarah Brewster

BNL finishes fourth

in IHSAA sectional

NORTH VERNON- Bedford North Lawrence advanced four individuals to the regional during the IHSAA track sectional at Jennings County on Tuesday night.

The Stars totaled 64.5 points to finish fourth in the team competition. Seymour topped the 12-team field with 127 points. The top three finishers in each event qualified for the regional at Bloomington North on May 24.

Sectional results

BNL’s Sarah Brewster finished second in the 200-meter dash in 27.97, clipped at the line by Jennings County’s Justine Corya (27.44). Corya also won the 100 (12.98) and 400 (1:01.94).

Other qualifers for the Stars included Megan Lambrecht (third in the shot put at 36-2 while Paoli’s Rachel Cadle won at 37-9), Carrie Flinn (third in the 3200 in 12:59.79 while Seymour’s Ashton Chase won that race in 12:12.39), and Mikaela Rainey (third in the discus at 105-1 while Brownstown’s Trentity Vaught took that title at 110-6).

Brewster missed advancing in a second event by the narrowest of margins.  She was fourth in the long jump at 15- 3/4, missing third place by 1/4-inch.

 

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BASEBALL: Stars draw New Albany in sectional

BNL coach Jeff Callahan directs traffic. The Stars stranded 7 baserunners.

BNL coach Jeff Callahan and the Stars will face Class 4-A No.8 New Albany in the semifinal round of the sectional at Floyd Central.

BNL faces rematch 

with No.8 Bulldogs

in semifinal round

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence will face Class 4-A No.8 New Albany in the semifinal round of the sectional at Floyd Central.

The Stars (14-9) drew a bye and will face the Bulldogs (19-6) for the second time this season. New Albany conquered BNL 4-1 in five innings during a rain-shortened clash in  the semifinal of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

No.5 Jeffersonville, the newly-crowned HHC champion and thus the sectional favorite, will face Seymour in the opening game on May 25 at 5 p.m.. The Red Devils (15-3) whacked the Owls 15-1 in the first round of the HHC as Drew Campbell homered twice and drove in 7 runs.

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BASEBALL: Stars finish third in HHC tourney

Tanner McBride

Tanner McBride

Cole Mathews

Cole Mathews

BNL blasts Jennings Co.

10-1 in consolation final

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NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence claimed its consolation prize with a 10-1 victory at Jennings County in the third-place game of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday afternoon.

Tanner McBride fired a three-hitter while Cole Mathews had 3 hits and 3 RBIs as the Stars (14-9) bounced back from two straight losses.

“Obviously we wanted to finish first,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “Finishing third is the best we could do. Hopefully next year we’ll see how we can do as we chase that first-ever title.”

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SOFTBALL: Stars caught with their gloves down

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams looks to first while attempting to cut down a base runner. The Stars gave up three unearned runs while suffering a 3-1 loss to Martinsville on Monday afternoon.

BNL pitcher Zoe Adams looks to first while attempting to cut down a base runner. The Stars gave up three unearned runs while suffering a 3-1 loss to Martinsville on Monday afternoon.

BNL errors, mental lapses

prove costly as Martinsville

knocks down the Stars 3-1

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

When boxers drop their gloves, when the defense lowers and the focus wavers, they can expect to take a shot to the chin. Bedford North Lawrence got decked by a punch that looked harmless but landed perfectly.

Martinsville caught the Stars defenseless and disinterested. The thud was BNL hitting the dirt, stunned and knocked out by an opponent it took too lightly as the Artesians prevailed 3-1 on Monday afternoon.

Kiana Brown slides across home plate to score BNLs only run.

Kiana Brown slides across home plate to score BNL’s only run.

The Artesians (8-13) scored three unearned runs, taking advantage of 5 BNL errors, and freshman backup pitcher Kate Sisson – who has absorbed some beatings while stepping in for twice-injured teammate Lexis Lucas – was masterful while allowing only 4 hits and walking one.

This one was inexplicable. BNL (14-9) lacked mental sharpness while dropping two fly balls and allowing another to drop harmlessly for a single, while running into two double plays on the bases. The Stars even dropped the ball multiple times while tossing it around the infield. After a solid week during the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament, this was a step backward.

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