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GIRLS TENNIS: Panthers overpower Stars

Hope Martin

Hope Martin

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South dropped only 11 games in five matches while rolling to a 5-0 victory over Bedford North Lawrence in the IHSAA sectional semifinal at South on Thursday afternoon.

The Stars finished the 2015 season at 5-11.

“All in all, we played well,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “The score does not show how close that match was. We spent a lot of time at deuce and we won a ton of points. They just seemed to win the game-winning points.”

South’s Denise Azcui, the defending state singles champion, conquered Amanda Hearth 6-0, 6-0 at No.1. Hope Martin played BNL’s most competitive match but suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Kacy Poore at No.2 singles. Natalie Cook topped Jessica Goedde 6-0, 6-1 at No.3.

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GIRLS TRACK: McBryde, Brewster win sectional titles

Sarah Brewster

Sarah Brewster

Dominique McBryde

Dominique McBryde

BNL finishes third in team

competition with 105.5 points

SEYMOUR – Senior Dominique McBryde and freshman Sarah Brewster won individual sectional titles as Bedford North Lawrence finished third in the team race during Tuesday night’s IHSAA sectional at Seymour.

McBryde claimed the long jump and Brewster crossed first in the 400-meter dash, powering the Stars to a team total of 105.5 points. Seymour won the overall championship with 111.7 while Jennings County finished second with 109.7.

Seymour Sectional results

McBryde soared a personal-best 17-5 3/4 to easily win the long jump, while Brewster posted 1:01.50 in the 400.

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SOFTBALL: Stars finally find their way home

BNLs Marissa Watson slides across home plate with a run. BNL ended a three-game offensive slump with a 6-2 win over Columbus East on Tuesday afternoon.

BNLs Marissa Watson slides across home plate with a run. BNL ended a three-game offensive slump with a 6-2 win over Columbus East on Tuesday afternoon.

BNL ends three-game scoreless

skid with 6-2 victory over

Columbus East on Senior Night

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Brad Gilbert had not enjoyed much recent company in the luxury territory near his third-base coaching box.

If one is a lonely number, what is zero? When that’s how many runs your team has scored in the last three games, it’s a nightmare. Or a least a sleepless night.

Bedford North Lawrence ended that offensive skid on Tuesday afternoon. The Stars erupted for five runs in the third inning en route to a 6-2 win over Columbus East, celebrating Senior Night with the proper sendoff for the program’s elders.

BNLs Mikala Haag scrambles around third base en route to scoring. The Stars snapped a 19-inning scoreless skid.

BNL’s Mikala Haag scrambles around third base en route to scoring. The Stars snapped a 19-inning scoreless skid.

Seniors showed the way home. Haley Greer had three hits, Karissa Salm belted a two-run double during the rally that officially ended the slump, and Rebecca Schoenung went the distance in the circle. When the team needed leadership, they did their jobs.

“The kids came out ready to play,” Gilbert said. “I’m really proud of the way they played.”

The offensive malaise was perplexing, frustrating. Those 19 innings seemed longer. Yet the Stars were not worried. Slumps are part of the game. The timing, with the sectional within seed-spitting distance, could have been better, and that was causing the most angst.

“That’s not something we worry about,” Greer said. “Sometimes it happens. I just think we weren’t really into it. But tonight, with it being Senior Night, we were.”

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GIRLS TENNIS: Artesians refuse to allow single point

BNLs Kyla Addison reaches to hit a backhand during action at No.2 doubles.

BNL senior Kyla Addison helped No.2 doubles win in her final home match, but the Stars dropped a 3-2 decision to Martinsville on Tuesday afternoon.

Martinsville pulls out win

at No.1 singles to record

a 3-2 triumph over BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Amanda Hearth had victory on her strings, serving for the match. That’s all Bedford North Lawrence could ask for.

Well, perhaps one more point. One more Martinsville shot in the net. One more deep ball falling inside the line.

Martinsville’s Zoey Vieliegh battled back from a first-set loss, and from a 5-2 deficit in the third set, to clip Hearth at No.1 singles and lift the Artesians to a tense 3-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday afternoon.

BNL, in its usual pattern, swept the doubles and looked on the east end of the courts for a singles triumph. Hearth, playing her best match of the season, had it within reach. But Vieliegh won the marathon match 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3 in the deciding tiebreaker).

“I hate that for Amanda,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “Nobody hates that more than she does. She played so good.”

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BASEBALL: That’s why it takes three outs

BNL catcher Brody Tanksley waits to tag out  Jennings County baserunner Conner Byram at the plate. The Panthers scored single runs in the first four innings to conquer the Stars 4-1.

BNL catcher Brody Tanksley waits to tag out Jennings County baserunner Conner Byram at the plate. The Panthers scored single runs in the first four innings to conquer the Stars 4-1.

Two-out RBI hits power

JC to 4-1 win as Panthers

spoil BNL’s senior farewell

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By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Those pesky gnats, the bugs that bite and torment, the kind that seem to be oblivious to sprays and swats, were back at BNL Field on Tuesday afternoon.

They were wearing Jennings County uniforms.

Bedford North Lawrence couldn’t keep them off. The Stars got beat up by two-out singles, by the two-strike mastery of Jennings County hurler Caleb Eder, by their own lackluster attempts at bug zapping.

BNLs Tanner McBride smothers a ground ball at third base.

BNLs Tanner McBride smothers a ground ball at third base.

Eder struck out 9 – 7 of them looking – and allowed only 4 hits, and his offense came through with four clutcher two-out runs in the first four innings during a 4-1 victory that spoiled BNL’s Senior Night celebration.

Eder (4-3) didn’t throw exceptionally hard. He threw strikes, especially with a breaking ball late in the count that caught the Stars flat-footed. Striking out with a good hack is one thing. Doing it without a twitch is another.

“He really went to pounding the zone with two pitches,” Jennings coach Gabe Lowman said. “The breaking ball is his best pitch, but he can’t fall in love with it. He still has to locate his fastball.”

Whatever he threw, the Stars had trouble locating it. They had four singles, two by Jack Green and Austin Long when they scratched out a run in the second. That was it. BNL lacked spark, and it showed.

“Every time you get a chance to play this game, you need to come out ready,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “If we play like this the rest of the week, we’ll probably go 0-4.”

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BASEBALL: BNL draws bye in sectional

BNL coach Jeff Callahan talks with his team between innings. The Stars improved to 3-0.

BNL coach Jeff Callahan talks with his team. The Stars drew a first-round bye in the sectional at Seymour.

Bedford North Lawrence drew a bye into the semifinal round of the Class 4-A baseball sectional at Seymour.

The Stars will face the Owls on May 30 in the second game at 5 p.m.

Defending champion Jeffersonville will square off with Floyd Central in the opening game at on May 27 at 5 p.m., while Jennings County will face New Albany in the second game. Those winners will advance to the first semifinal on May 30 at 3. The final is set for June 1 at 6 p.m.

In the 4-A sectional at Bloomington North, Columbus East will face Columbus North in the first round on May 27 at 8 p.m.

Madison will face North Harrison in the first round on May 28 at 7:30 in the 3-A sectional at North Harrison.

SEYMOUR SECTIONAL

May 27: Jeffersonville vs. Floyd Central, 5 p.m.

May 27: Jennings County vs. New Albany, 7 p.m.

May 30: First round winners, 3 p.m

May 30: Seymour vs. Bedford NL, 5 p.m.

June 1: Championship, 6 p.m.

 

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GIRLS TENNIS: Sectional pairings

IHSAA SECTIONAL

At Bloomington South

Wednesday: Martinsville vs. Bloomington South

Thursday: Bloomington North vs. Edgewood; Bedford NL vs. Martinsville-Bloomington South winner

Friday: Championship

At New Albany

Wednesday: Corydon vs New Albany; Lanesville vs Christian Academy

Thursday: Championship

At Greensburg

Wednesday: Jennings County vs. Southwestern

Thursday: Greensburg vs. Shawe Memorial; Madison vs. Jennings County-Southwestern winner

Friday: Championship

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GIRLS TENNIS: Paoli pounces on BNL 4-1

Sierra Crane

Sierra Crane

Nicole Backherms

Nicole Backherms

PAOLI – Paoli swept the singles while conquering Bedford North Lawrence 4-1 on Monday afternoon.

BNL’s lone victory came at No.1 doubles as Sierra Crane and Nicole Backherms battled through three sets to stop Shelby Meredith and Alyssa Osborn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

“Paoli is good team every year,” BNL coach Joni Stigall said. “Tonight they were the better team on four courts.”

The Stars (5-9) will close the regular season against Martinsville and celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday.

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SOFTBALL: Artesians wash away run-thirsty Stars

BNL coach Brad Gilbert talks to his team between innings. The Stars couldnt crack New Albany ace Whitney Atkins and suffered a 2-0 loss.

BNL coach Brad Gilbert and the Stars are searching for answers for the offense after three straight shutout losses.

Martinsville rolls to 10-0 win

as BNL suffers through third

consecutive shutout defeat

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MARTINSVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence’s offense, once awash in runs, is suddenly suffering through a California-style drought. The flow has been shut off.

The Stars collected only two hits as Martinsville rolled to a 10-0 victory on Monday afternoon. BNL (15-11) dropped its third straight game – all without scoring a run – as its scoreless skid stretched to 19 innings. That’s not exactly momentum for the postseason, which begins in one week.

BNL was averaging a robust 6.9 runs per game until this ill-timed skid.

“I don’t have an answer,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “It’s very concerning. We’re very unsure about what is going on.”

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BOYS GOLF: Stars finish 5th in HHC

Caleb Thorne

Caleb Thorne

COLUMBUS – Bedford North Lawrence carded a team total of 333 to finish fifth in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament at Otter Creek in Columbus on Saturday afternoon.

Columbus East won the event with 317, edging defending champion Madison by five strokes. The HHC title was the first for East in its program history.

Caleb Thorne paced the Stars with a 79. He lost a one-hole playoff to Madison’s Dylan Bilz (who carded a birdie) for the final All-HHC spot. The top five were named to the First Team.

New Albany’s Addison Greenwell was the medalist with a 75. The rest of the First Team included East’s Austin Proffitt (76) and Adam Krebs (77) and Madison’s Mitchell Seng (76).

The rest of BNL’s scoring came from Zak Cummings (83), Blake Martin (85) and Daylen Tidd (86).

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