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WRESTLING: BNL dropping depth charge

BNL coach Roy Bruce shouts instructions from his corner spot.

BNL coach Roy Bruce expects the Stars to start tasting success during the 2016-17 season.

Deeper squad spurring

confidence as Stars look

for next-level success

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The numbers are up, and so is the expectation level as Bedford North Lawrence prepares for the 2016-17 campaign.

For a program with a limited history of success, BNL coach Roy Bruce Jr. is daring to dream big. The Stars have never won a team sectional championship, they didn’t advance a wrestler out of the regional last season, yet there is a measurable energy and excitement level. There is, after all, strength in numbers.

BNL roster

BNL schedule

With a surge in participation (26 will likely be the final tally), and with talent in the midst, BNL is poised for a breakout year. Why not make it historic?

“We want to win now,” Bruce said. “There’s no more time to wait. It’s time to start winning.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars ready to run with Mitchell

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars (2-0) will look to continue their domination of the county rivalry when they visit Mitchell on Saturday night.

BNL coach Jeff Allen and the Stars (2-0) will look to continue their domination of the county rivalry when they visit Mitchell on Saturday night.

4-A No.12 BNL seeks

to extend domination

of the county rivalry

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Mitchell can run, but can it hide from its dominant county rival?

The faster-paced Bluejackets, with an all-sophomore starting lineup, ran Lanesville into the ground during their season opener, leaving a vapor trail while scoring easy points in transition. Now they’ll find out if they have another gear when they shift competition levels.

BNL statistics

Bedford North Lawrence, 2-0 and ranked No.12 in Class 4-A, will look to extend its seven-year streak over its neighbor when the Stars visit Mitchell (1-0 with a home game against conference foe Perry Central on Friday) on Saturday night for the County vs. Cancer fundraiser.

Since Mitchell’s lone win in the series, a 65-47 triumph during the 2008-09 campaign, the Stars have totally controlled the rivalry, winning by an average of 41.9 points. Last year was typical as BNL forced 24 turnovers and cruised to a 74-24 win while Mitchell struggled with a young backcourt. The Jackets couldn’t get across halfcourt for the first 2:45, took three timeouts in the first 5:21, and didn’t score until the 1:23 mark of the first quarter.

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BNL Coaches Corner – week 13

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Early projection favors Stars

McKenzie Messmore

BNL’s McKenzie Messmore encounters Seymour’s Sarah Benefiel in the lane. Messmore scored 16 points as the Stars stopped the Owls 57-46 on Tuesday night.

BNL battles past defending

HHC champ Seymour 57-46,

Allen keys 4th-quarter surge

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

With her team in danger, when a difficult circumstance demanded a gallant response, when the game-deciding votes were cast, Jorie Allen rose to the challenge. Was there ever a doubt about that?

Bedford North Lawrence trailed after the early returns, but this was a race that was not decided until all the quarters were tabulated. In the frantic fourth, with the outcome on the line, Allen powered the Class 4-A No.12 Stars to a huge victory over Seymour, the defending Hoosier Hills Conference champion.

Allen scored 22 points, including 8 during BNL’s 11-1 run to start the final period, as the Stars conquered the Owls 57-46 and made the first move toward reclaiming the crown it lost. Now it’s way too soon to project a winner, but the significance of this win, and the way BNL did it, cannot be understated.

Jorie Allen muscles her way to the rim against Seymour's Kayla Griffin. Allen scored 22 points.

Jorie Allen muscles her way to the rim against Seymour’s Kayla Griffin. Allen scored 22 points.

The Owls (1-1, 0-1 in the HHC) owned a 37-34 lead going to the last frame, and BNL was looking a little lost at that point. Allen guided the Stars to safety, opening the decisive surge with a scoop drive to a three-play play, a powerful baseline drive for another basket, and a spinning move into the lane for another and-one to push the Stars in front 45-38 with 5:20 left. Seymour never recovered.

“I thought Jorie took over,” Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said. “We did a great job on her for three quarters. Going into the fourth quarter, they made the decision to ride her to the end.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: The journey starts with a single step

First-year BNL coach Matt Seifers watches Isaiah Stockman work on a ballhandling drill during the first official practice for the 2016-17 season.

First-year BNL coach Matt Seifers watches Isaiah Stockman work on a ballhandling drill during the first official practice for the 2016-17 season.

BNL, under new direction,

opens the official practices

for intriguing 2016-17 season

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

The whirlwind courtship and hiring of new Bedford North Lawrence coach Matt Seifers was followed by an intense month of summer practices, games . . . and then an eternity of waiting. Four months dragged on forever, even worse than the presidential campaign.

Now, finally, the real work begins. The Stars, along with the rest of the state, started their official practice sessions for the 2016-17 season on Monday afternoon as Seifers and his newly-structured staff welcomed 44 athletes (in four grades, some better represented than others) to the opening day of an intriguing winter.

So many questions surround the program right now, and there aren’t enough days until the season opener to answer them all. What’s the new system going to look like? Who steps into the void left by 8 seniors? How many games will the Stars win? All will be addressed, in due time.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stars have a point to prove

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face Seymour in a key HHC showdown on Tuesday night.

BNL senior Kennedy Bunch and the Stars will face Seymour in a key HHC showdown on Tuesday night.

BNL preparing for early

battle with defending

HHC champion Seymour

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Last year’s Hoosier Hills Conference title was decided quite quickly: the opening quarter of the opening clash between challenger Seymour and defending champion Bedford North Lawrence. The Owls clawed their way to a 14-3 lead, survived a furious rally and ended BNL’s monopoly of the conference crown.

Now it’s time for the rematch, and it’s a clash BNL views as a chance for redemption and the first step in recovering its property.

BNL sophomore Jenna Allen had 19 points in the opener, and she will play a big role against the Owls.

BNL sophomore Jenna Allen had 19 points in the opener, and she will play a big role against the Owls.

Seymour will begin its championship defense when it visits BNL Fieldhouse for a fascinating, crucial, big-time battle on Tuesday night. Both teams opened the regular season with impressive victories, both lost key personnel from a year ago yet could be stronger by season’s end. It’s one of those measuring-stick games coaches use to chart growth and progress, although they would prefer it happen deeper in the campaign.

Ready or not, here it comes.

“It’ll be a challenge for us to go on the road, find out where they’re at and where we’re at,” Seymour coach Jason Longmeier said. “We’re playing them so early, and I think both teams will be quite a bit different now than what they are at the end of the year.

“We’re not putting a lot of pressure on the kids for this game. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just one more game, but it’s also important that we defend the championship.”

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The HHC Sports Weekly: week 12

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East’s Hogan named Athlete of the Week

Columbus East's Jamon Hogan ranf or 247 yards and 4 touchdowns in the sectional final. Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East’s Jamon Hogan ran for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns in the sectional final.
Photo courtesy of Laverne Sorrells Photography

Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan, for the second time this season, was named Athlete of the Week by TheHHCSports.com.

Hogan exploded for 247 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the No.4 Olympians conquered Whiteland 56-31 in the Class 5-A sectional championship. Hogan ripped off long TD runs of 42 and 79 yards, powering East (11-1) to the regional at Zionsville.

TheHHCSports.com will honor the best performance during each week during the fall, winter and spring sessions of the 2016-17 seasons. Jeffersonville running back Jordan Barnett, Madison receiver Clayton Hamby, Columbus East quarterback Josh Major, Floyd Central’s offensive line, New Albany running back Darquan Richardson, Seymour quarterback Alan Perry and Columbus East’s defense were honored in previous weeks.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Splish, splash, Stars dunk Pioneers

Jorie Allen

BNL sophomore Jorie Allen works free inside. Allen scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds as the Stars bounced Mooresville 58-41 in the season opener.

Allen scores 19 and Stars

drill 8 3-pointers during

58-41 win over Mooresville

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Before anointing this team with a catchy nickname – let’s say Splash Sisters comes to mind when all those treys are being launched without remorse or a second thought – Bedford North Lawrence will have to hit a higher percentage than the opening-night number.

Once nerves settle and strokes get smoother, perhaps those long-range bombs will blast opponents out of the gymnasium. The Stars definitely hit enough to dunk Mooresville in the 2016-17 debut on Friday night.

Sophomore center Jorie Allen, old reliable in the paint, scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while battling leg cramps, and her surrounding cast drilled 8 treys (and a few were well timed in the second half) as Class 4-A No.14 BNL bopped the Pioneers 58-41 and made good on the promise to rapid-fire shots.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Mirror, mirror on the floor

BNL freshman Jorie Allen drives to the basket. Allen scored 23 points in her varsity debut, but the Stars dropped a 43-42 decision at No.9 Mooresville on Saturday. Photo courtesy of QT Photography

BNL’s Jorie Allen scored 23 points in her varsity debut last season, but the Stars dropped a 43-42 decision at Mooresville. The two teams will collide in the season opener on Friday night.

Tough-minded Mooresville

set to face new-look Stars

in season opener at BNL

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

From a toughness, discipline and execution standpoint, Bedford North Lawrence prides itself as one of the best around. But the Stars do not have a monopoly on those characteristics of success.

Meet Mooresville, BNL’s mirror, a challenging test for a season opener. Many programs would prefer to start with an easier opponent, a schedule-friendly win, but the Pioneers certainly do not qualify.

The Stars, ranked No.14 in Class 4-A in the preseason poll, will welcome a nemesis to BNL Fieldhouse for the 2016-17 debut on Friday night. Conquering your own shadow can be difficult.

“Mooresville is a team that mirrors BNL from the standpoint of they play with great effort,” BNL coach Jeff Allen said. “They are disciplined and they execute. Mark (Hurt) is an outstanding coach and he will have his team well prepared.”

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