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Junior High Bruins reach ECI semifinals with win

    The junior high club baseball team defeated Wes-Del 17-8 in the ECI Tournament last night.

    Landon Rogers had four hits, and drove in five runs. He also scored three times. Carson Smith added three hits, scored six times and knocked in a run. Eli Martin collected three hit, scored twice and drove in three runs. Nate Lemle added two hits and Mason Merkel, Gavin Collett and Chris King added a hit apiece.

    Eli Martin pitched four innings and picked up the win. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

    Landon Rogers pitched the final three innings allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.

    The Bruins (5-4) played the winner of the Oak Hill-Frankton game on Saturday at noon at Wapahani. The championship game was se for 3:00 pm.

Junior High Bruins win doubleheader over Marion

    The junior high baseball team defeated Marion in game one of a doubleheader, 16-4. Carson Smith went 1-1 and scored three runs to lead the team. Evan Charnley, Nate Lemle, and Derrick Elliott each added a hit and scored twice.

    Lemle pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing four runs on a hit. He struck out three and walked five. Eli Martin pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs on no hits. He struck out four and walked one. Both games were five inning contests.

    The Bruins took game two, 7-5. Carson Smith went 3-3 to lead the team. Chris King and Cody Jones each went 1-1. Derrick Elliott and Gavin Collett each scored twice. Eli Martin, Kaleb Patrick and Cody Jones all scored once.

    Gavin Collett pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up four runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked four. Evan Charnley pitched 1 1/3 inning allowing a run on no hits. He fanned two and walked five. Carson Smith pitched 1 1/3 inning and allowed no runs on no hits. He struck out out two and walked one.

    The Bruins head to Wes-Del on Wednesday for a 5:30pm contest. That game is the opener of the ECI Tourney. If the Bruins win, they will play on Saturday at Wapahani High School.

Bruins represented at IHSAA student leadership conference


    Four Bruins attended the 2019 IHSAA Student Leadership Conference held at Plainfield High School on Monday, June 24. Those going were juniors Drew Caldwell, Lance Manley, Jeni Rogers, and Jaycie Sones.

    All of them heard speakers sharing what they can do to become more involved in the schools, from speakers who have overcame obstacles in their own lives, and/or heard from speakers providing them more information as to how they can impact and become leaders in their schools. Over 900 students from around the state attended.

    In sharing what they learned that immediately had an impact on them, Drew shared, “Those in sports in college or high school are often a step ahead of those who didn’t in terms of getting a job, but still 50% of college grads said they weren’t ready for the work force.” He added, “There are three things that can make you a better leader. They are practicing at a high level, (you learn that) it’s not just about you, and looking for feedback. Lance offered, “You can’t rest during the off-season. You can’t motivate others if you are not motivate yourself. Discipline is greater than motivation.” Jeni shared, “We need to create a future plan, set our goals high, not be intimidated, and work together.” Jaycie added, “Know college SAT/ACT and GPA requirements, realize that the image you have of yourself should be similar to what other people think of you, and budgeting is important when considering a college.”

    On becoming better leaders, Drew noted, “View being a captain as a position of honor and service. Help teammates and underclassmen understand that academics is as important as helping with athletics, and how I influence the underclassmen will be how they influence future underclassmen.” Lance shared, “Body language does most of the talking. It takes about 15 minutes to go from completely fine and enthusiasm helps.” Jeni said, “Never say ‘can’t.’ Push to 212 degrees (temp that water boils) and don’t settle for 210 degrees! Ask questions, want to learn, be receptive and make integrity your goal.” Jaycie added, “(Try to) help kids being negative to be positive. You are an image of the school s you should carry and present yourself at a higher standard. Make sure to always have a good attitude and encourage those around you. And have heart in everything you do because that can lead others to do the same.”

    Athletic director Tony Uggen said, “Thanks again to Drew, Lance, Jeni, and Jaycie for taking a day out of their summer to represent the Bruins. My hope is that all four  can share with their teammates how to become better leaders and a positive influence on their teammates. I appreciated how they reflected on what they learned on the trip home. They were a fun group to take and they represented BHS very well. I hope they will become leaders next year in the Champions Together program.