September 19, 2014


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35 digs for Lauren Parkins in latest BHS volleyball victory

The wins keep piling up for the Bluffton High School volleyball team. The Pirates defeated Spencerville on the road on Sept. 18 3-2.

Game stats follow:

Bluffton won 3-2
Game 1    25-19
Game 2    19-25
Game 3    25-23
Game 4    21-25
Game 5    15-4


Dr. David Klassen, M.D., named UNOS Chief Medical Officer

Dr. David K. Klassen, M.D., has been selected as Chief Medical Officer of United Network for Organ Sharing. UNOS matches donated organs with transplant candidates nationwide and manages the national transplant database through contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“David is one of the most respected transplant professionals in the country," said OPTN/UNOS President Carl Berg, M.D. "He’s cared for many kidney transplant patients over the years. Now, he’ll contribute to the health and safety of all who need a transplant.”

Unbeaten Bluffton HS golf team Northwest Conference champs! Brad Prater NWC coach of the year

Bluffton won the Northwest Conference golf tournament in an 18-hole tournament played at Colonial Golf Club.  The first-place tournament finish also clinched the overall 2014 conference golf championship for the Pirates.

The Pirates had a team total 356 to defeat tournament runner-up Allen East (362) by 6 strokes.  Other tournament team totals were Lincolnview (363), Delphos Jefferson (374), Spencerville (378), Crestview (393), Columbus Grove (403), Paulding (432).  Ada participated with 3 golfers and did not receive a team score.


BHS class of 1969 - 45 years later


The Bluffton High School class of 1969 met for their 45th reunion at the Bluffton Middle School on Sept. 13. Twenty-six classmates attended.  Those in the picture are:

Back row: Mel Benroth, Jim Barnett, Joe Herrmann, Ed Kuhbander.


BFR craft and home business expo Sept. 27

BFR Sports and Fitness will host a one-day show of craft vendors and home business consultants from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, as a part of Bluffton's Fall Festival Day. There is a $1 admission fee, which will help to offset BFR's operations costs.

Mustard Seed Cafe weekend features

Welcome Fall! In addition to the regular menu, The Mustard Seed Cafe will feature these “Fall Preview” items:

Pumpkin Alfredo
Fall Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash, Potatoes and Bacon with a Maple Citrus Glaze
Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberry, Walnut, and Crispy Prosciutto

Light Plate:

  • Steak Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes

Dessert Features:

Helping hands from university students

Lawrence Matthews (left), adviser to SERVE, a Bluffton University service group, hands a can of paint to Owen Lugibihl while Bailey Short looks on Sept. 16 at Book ReViews, a Bluffton bookstore. Lugibihl, a Bluffton junior from Pandora, Ohio, and Short, a first-year student from Archbold, Ohio, were among 20 student SERVE volunteers who painted, washed windows and organized shelves and books at the Main Street business for several hours.

Mount Union pitches 3-0 shutout of men's soccer

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Mount Union Purple Raiders were able to take advantage of some key opportunities while notching a 3-0 victory over the Bluffton University men on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Alliance. The score, however, does not show how well the visitors battled in this contest as the Purple Raiders only outshot the Beavers 13-10. The win pushed the home team to 4-2 on the campaign, while the Beavers dropped to 1-5.

Terrill Webb nets goal in 5-1 loss at Mount Union

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Mount Union Purple Raiders used a big first half en route to a dominating 5-1 victory over the Bluffton University women's soccer team on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Purple Raiders continue their impressive season by improving their record to 5-2, while the Beavers fell to 1-4 following the loss.

Thomas More hands volleyball second straight loss

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Bluffton University volleyball team struggled to make a dent in the Thomas More armor on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, falling in straight sets to a Saints squad that improved to 11-1 on the season. Bluffton fell to 11-3 with its second straight setback after kicking off the season 11-1.