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Bluffton's Isaac Zickafoose HCAC defensive player of the year

One of 9 Beavers recognized in post-season

Senior Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) headlined the 2018 All-Heartland Conference football team that was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The HCAC Defensive Player of the Year was one of nine Beavers to be recognized when the post-season hardware was handed out. Bluffton had five players land on the Second Team and three more earned Honorable Mention recognition.

The Second HCAC Defensive Player of the Year award for Zickafoose also marked the fourth time in five years that a Beaver has taken home the top HCAC honor on the defensive side of the ball.

Bluffton elementary one of only 16 Ohio schools with a Blue Ribbon

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Beth Raeburn, Tim Closson and Greg Denecker, representing Bluffton elementary school, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to receive the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award.

Bluffton elementary is one of only 16 schools in Ohio to receive the award.

Only 349 schools (300 public, 49 private) nationwide received the award out of 130,000 schools in the United States.

Adult class registration underway at BFR

Session 4 runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 14

Adult class registration is underway for Session 4 programs at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Daniel Tinch, executive director.

Session 4 offers a wide variety of offerings. Check the printer-friendly attachment for the entire list of classes. Session 4 runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 14.

Registration is available online at:  https://bfr.ezfacility.com/

Bluffton Family Recreation is located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

Buffton HS runner-up in NWC scholastic bowl

Bluffton High School scholastic bowl team is runner-up in this year's Northwest Conference competition.

Ada won the competition with a 8-0 record in matches held at Lincolnview  High School on Nov. 10.

 Crestview and Bluffton tied for 2nd with 6-2 records in the competition followed by Spencerville, Columbus Grove, Allen East and Paulding (tie), Lincolnview and Delphos Jefferson.

Standings for varsity teams with win/loss records for the competition are listed below:


Bluffton is on the Ohio holiday lights map

State-wide map highlights 30 holiday lights to view

New this year, Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights is featured on the Holiday Lights Trail at Ohio.org/Holidays.

“The map will lead travelers to Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights, which includes the Ream folk art display, downtown holiday lights, and residential lights,” says Paula Scott, CEO of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled that Bluffton’s cherished traditions are now part of the Holidays In Ohio campaign.

Here's who the Pirates play this winter

Varsity, JV and junior high schedules

Who do the Pirates play next and where is the game?

The Icon answers those questions below. The 2018-19 winter sports schedule is in the attachment. The schedules include the following teams:
• Boys' varsity basketball
• Boys' junior high basketball
• Boys' freshman basketball
• Girls' varsity basketball
• Girls' junior high basketball
• Varsity wrestling
• Middle school wrestling