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Bluffton softball comes alive with 30 runs on Wednesday

March 4, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

Mount St. Marys Stats  I  Northwood Stats

Bluffton softball comes alive with 30 runs on Wednesday

March 4, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

Mount St. Marys Stats  I  Northwood Stats

Was at that long ago?

Sixty basketball seasons ago, these Bluffton Pirates finsihed 11 and 6 overall and third in the Western Buckeye League.

Team members from left are Jim "Spike" Berry, guard; Jim Fisher, guard; Ron Lora, forward; James Matter, forward; Thorne Lauriat, forward; Jack Fields, center; Ron Geiser, forward; Don Alspach, center, Marvin Diller, guard and Joe Urich, guard.

This team was the 1955-56 non-county tournament champs.

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Here's this year's 10,000 Shot Club members

Let’s see how many shots you can take to the hoop.

Boys in grades 3 to 12 were recognized for their efforts in the 10,000 Shot Club during the final basketball game of the season recently.

Here’s how it works:
Boys are given a shot sheet with a calendar to track any shots they make April through August. 

At the end of August, they have to get their form to Todd Boblitt, BHS varsity basketball coach, to be recognized for the shot club. 

Youth in grades 3-5 only have to make 5,000 to receive recognition.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry March 13

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 13. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Profits will benefit the church improvement fund.

Emmanuel is located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.


P-G 8th grade boys win BVC basketball conference title

The Pandora-Gilboa Rockets eighth grade basketball team brought home the BVC Conference Championship title for the second year in a row.

The team, coached by P-G alumnus Nathan Lee, includes: back row, l-r, Coach Nathan Lee, Nick Norton, Nick Meyer, Jared Breece, Riley Larcom, Eli Stall, Austin Niese, Peyton Traxler, Travis Maag and Zeb George. Front row, cheerleaders, Kaileigh Morris, Macy Rieman, Sam Inbody and Brooke Meyer.


Lions selling tickets for shopping spree

The Bluffton Lions Club will begin to sell tickets for the “Shopping Spree” to be held at the Community Market on April 4. Lions will be selling these tickets every Friday and Saturday at the Community Market beginning March 6. Proceeds from this project will go to the Lion’s Scholarship Fund. $500 scholarships will then be available to High School Seniors in Bluffton, Pandora/Gilboa and/or Cory/Rawson Schools for their fall classes.

Several new features introduced to the Icon; but you've already figured that out

Icon viewers have discovered several new features added to the Icon this week.

These include:
• an enhanced presence for advertisers,
• improved photos viewing and a
• sports calendar.

Ryan Lowry is the Icon's technical editor. He installed these new features. Here are the details:

Advertiser enhancement
The Icon improved its “Ad Index.” The index is found on the black horizontal scroll bar near the top of the home page.


Thayne Recker named First Team All-HCAC

March 3, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

All-HCAC release

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton junior Thayne Recker (Arlington) added another accolade into his already overflowing trophy case when the All-Heartland Conference men’s basketball team was announced. Recker earned First Team All-HCAC honors, the first Beaver to do so since Mychael Hill following the 2009-10 season.

Chamber offers free "social media speeding dating" workshop March 13

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce offers a “speed dating social media” program during its 7 a.m., Friday, March 13, breakfast meeting in the third floor of the town hall. A social media workshop will follow the program.

Four Bluffton University students, who are chamber members, will present the program. Tables at the breakfast will be arranged in four clusters. Each student will give a seven-minute presentation at each table cluster during the program.