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Bluffton and Grove tie for NWC Don Bachman Award

Award recognizes NWC school with highest level of consistency in sports competition

Bluffton and Columbus Grove tied for the Northwest Conference 2016-17 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence".  The tie puts both schools at the top of the conference standings for the third time each, according to Jim Raabe, NWC commissioner.

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition each school year.

Both the Pirates and the Bulldogs compiled a total of 75.0 points with Lincolnview (65.5) and Spencerville (65.5) finishing tied for third.  Points are awarded and accumulated each year based on conference standings in all sports and the NWC scholastic bowl competition.

The award was started during the 2005-06 school year to honor longtime Northwest Conference commissioner/secretary, Don Bachman, who served in that position for more than thirty years before passing away late in 2005.

This year Bluffton earned three outright NWC titles in boys' soccer, girls' soccer and boys' track. 

Columbus Grove also earned three outright NWC titles in girls' cross country, girls' basketball and girls' track.

In addition to the conference championships, the Bulldogs had second place finishes in volleyball and boys' track.  Bluffton also had a second place finish in girls' basketball.

Other NWC champions/co-champions were Ada (Volleyball), Allen East (Softball, Wrestling), Crestview (Baseball), Delphos Jefferson (Football, Academic Team), Lincolnview (Golf, Boys' Cross Country), Spencerville (Boys' Basketball),

The final order of finish for the 2016-17 school year is as follows:

Bluffton 75.0
Columbus Grove 75.0
Lincolnview 65.5
Spencerville 65.5
Crestview 62.5
Paulding 61.5
Delphos Jefferson 60.0
Allen East 59.0
Ada 53.0