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64 basketball tournaments ago

We recognize several of these Bluffton HS athletes.

This is the 1955-56 BHS non-county tournament champions. Front from left, Bill Herr, Marvin Diller, Jim "Spike" Berry, Jack Fields, Joe Urich, Ron Lora and Jim Fisher.

Back row from left, Dan Gleason, Ron Geiser, Don Alspach, Ralph Reichenbach, Ramon Lewis, Dave Shoemaker, Don Badertscher, manager.

Daddys and daughters will dance the night away Saturday

Event at Bluffton Family Recreation

A daddy-daughter dance, Elsa's winter wonderland ball, takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road.

Tickets are $20 per couple for members and $40 per couple for program participants. Each additional daughter is $5.

It's an evening of "Frozen" enchantment of music, dancing and other fun events. Girls may invite their father or a special role model. Call 419-358-4150 for reservations.

History, math, other cultures

Senior Center’s OVAL classes begin in late March
  • Around the Tip of South America
  • Donate Life at any age
  • What is it? Tidbits of History
  • Little Known facts of the Civil War

These are the first four programs on this spring’s OVAL classes at Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

OVAL stands for “Our Version of Adult Learning” program, hosted by the Senior Center after Bluffton University stopped holding adult learning classes in 2018.


Lady Pirates nipped by T-Birds

Bluffton face a nine-day layoff before tournament play starts

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - Visiting Bluffton lost a 43-42 barnburner to Lima Central Catholic in a non-conference girls basketball contest Thursday night to end the regular season.

The close loss ended the Lady Pirate regular season record at 14-8 overall, while LCC improved to 12-9 with the win.

The game between the Allen County rivals was close all the way. LCC led 11-10 after a tight first period.


Pirate boys nip Kenton 57-55

Mason Sopher hits 15, Jared Piercefield 13, and Levi Hohenbrink 10

By Cort Reynolds
KENTON - Visiting Bluffton won a 57-55 nailbiter at WBL foe Kenton in a non-conference boys basketball battle Saturday night.

The Pirates led 10-5 after the first period and held a 24-21 edge at halftime. They led 37-33 after three quarters.

Bluffton canned 11 of 17 free throws in the final stanza to stave off the Wildcats as Kenton's Jayden Cornell scored nine late points. 

The Pirates improved to 17-4 with the road win. Meanwhile, Kenton fell to 11-10 with their third straight defeat.


Pirate matmen 3rd at NWC meet; 4 win individual titles

Landen Luginbuhl, Tayton Kleman, Jeremy Sturgeon and Thayne Kleman win titles

By Cort Reynolds
COLUMBUS GROVE - Bluffton finished a strong third at the eight-team Northwest Conference championship wrestling meet hosted by Columbus Grove Saturday, February 15.

Defending champion Allen East won its ninth all-time NWC crown with 341 points to easily out-pace second-place Spencerville (223). Bluffton was a close third behind the Bearcats with 218.5 points.

Several Bluffton grapplers enjoyed fine tournaments.