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August 26, 2016


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Everything you need to know about Bluffton HS at the state track meet

BHS state track competitors

For Bluffton High School Pirate track fans, here are important links for those following BHS at this weekend's state track meet.
Bluffton girl qualifiers
Julie Althaus 11 4x800R, 4x400R
Alaina Bixel 12 4x200R
Hannah Chappell-Dick 12 4x800R, 4x200R, 800, 4x400R
Alissa Garmatter 12 4x800R
Lydia Guagenti 12 4x200R, 400, 4x400R, HJ
Karli Leugers 11 4x200R
Jill Steinmetz 10 4x800R, 4x400R


It's BHS men's alumni bball tourney weekend...Kingsley, Gleason, Neal, et al.

The Bluffton High School alumni men's basketball tournament is Saturday, June 2, according to Todd Boblitt, BHS boy's coach.

Games begin at 9 a.m. Admission is $2 for spectators and all proceeds support our Lil' Pirate Basketball Program. Games are played in the new gym.

For tournament brackets open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Team rosters follow:


Bluffton girls track team finish second at the Division III regional

Bluffton High School track teams managed an outstanding weekend. At the Tiffin Division III regional meet the girls team scored 52 points to finish in second place. The girls team took two first places and two second places. The girls team won the district meet last weekend. The boys scored 31 points to finish 8th.

Click here for regional results.


Bluffton's connection to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics

From left: Durand Dudley, Misha Kustin, Alex Yoder, Alan Yoder

What are the chances of two grandparents from Bluffton both having grandsons in the 2012 Men's USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Downtown Cincinnati May 8 to 13?

Well, it happened.

Alex Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder of Sunset Drive, Bluffton, and son of Mike and Rebecca Yoder, Indianapolis, competed there. So did Misha Kustin, grandson of Durand Dudley, 807 Red Maple Court, Bluffton. Misha's parents are Jane and Boris Kustin of Bloomfield, N.J.


Their first Marathon

Amy and Jared Byers completed their first full Marathon on Sunday, May 20. They ran the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and despite temperatures in the 80's they finished smiling.

The Icon asks, "What are you up to this summer?" Tell us, send a photo and the next thing you know, you may be in the Iconoclast column being viewed by hundreds...yes, hundreds of viewers.

Send info to: info@blufftonicon.com.


True story: These two guys walk into an arts and crafts show...

You never heard this one...these two guys walk into an outdoor arts and crafts show.

Actually, the very day before the Bluffton arts and crafts show, the director of the chamber gets a frantic e-mail. It's from a crafter who says that she's never received confirmation of her registration in the "Bluffton" arts and crafts show.

The chamber director looks through all the registrations and can't find the person's information. He calls the crafts show director. Same thing. No information.


What I learned from my mama

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
So...Sunday was Mother's Day. I don't remember much about Mother's Day when I was little. I don't think we ever fixed her breakfast in bed or took her out for dinner. The truth is, she probably cooked for us on those days, but I could be wrong. You'd have to ask her.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that most of us don't come to really appreciate our moms until later in life when we finally realize what all they taught us.


Monday is Yoga night for kids at the library

Editor's note: Rachel Stutzman Heiks is offering yoga classes for 4- to 6-year-olds at the Bluffton Public Library. The second night of classes will be held at 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14.


Matthew Bowden, Bluffton 7th grader, pitches no-hitter against Grove

Matthew Bowden

Better order your World Series tickets for 2024 now. Matthew Bowden might be on the mound.

Matthew pitched a no-hitter against Columbus Grove on May 5. The young pitcher is on the 7th grade Bluffton Diamond Sports team.

He faced 15 hitters and struck out 11 of them. Matthew is the son of Dan and Melinda Bowden.

(Robin Ault photo)


Bike "group rides" planned next week

Hey bicycle riders. Interested in a "group ride"? According to Raymond and Liz Harner of CG Pro Bikes, Columbus Grove, two group rides are planned next week.

Here's the plan:

Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. the group ride departs from the CG Pro Bikes parking lot, and all are welcome. All ages and skill levels. These are 'No Drop' rides, meaning no one gets left behind. The group generally stays in a pack.

And on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. the group ride from the bike shop will be a "ladies only" ride.