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Bluffton spikers eliminated by Panthers

Junior hitter Kylie Stackhouse led the Pirates with 15 kills, 8 digs, 1 block

By Cort Reynolds
OTTAWA - The Bluffton girls volleyball team lost a four-set match to Parkway Wednesday night in Div. III sectional final play at Ottawa to end their season.

Bluffton finished up with a 14-9 record after the 25-21, 9-25, 25-14, 26-24 defeat. 

Parkway improved to 13-10 with the victory, and advanced to the district semifinals.
Junior hitter Kylie Stackhouse led the Pirates with 15 kills, eight digs and one block. Well-rounded Taylor Schwab amassed 13 kills and two blocks. 


Pirates sweep girls' and boys' NWC soccer honors

All-Northwest Conference soccer and volleyball teams announced

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Two Bluffton High soccer players and two coaches received top Northwest Conference honors in voting by coaches this week. Below are soccer and volleyball all-conference stories.

• Reagan Mittendorf was named girls’ NWC player of the year
• Jonathan Schriner was named boys’ NWC player of the year
• Jared Byers was named girls’ NWC soccer coach of the year
• Steve Smucker was named boys’ NBWC soccer coach of the year


Here's volleyball and soccer tourney pairings

Here are the tournament brackets for Bluffton High School volleyball, girls' soccer and boys' soccer.


14-8 volleyball Pirates win tourney opener

Stackhouse 29 kills • Schwab 20 kills • Cora Bischoff 9 kills • Scoles season-high 51 assists

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The host Bluffton girls volleyball team rallied to win a tough four-set match over Van Buren Monday night in first round Div. III sectional action.

Bluffton improved its record to 14-8 overall with the hard-fought 26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 comeback victory. Due to a scheduling quirk, it was their second four-set win over the Black Knight girls in five days.


Sophomore Erik Nygaard finishes strong 3rd in NWC meet

Story by Cort Reynolds
Photos by Jamie Nygaard

COLUMBUS GROVE - The Bluffton cross country team finished fourth in the annual Northwest Conference championship meet Saturday at Columbus Grove behind a top three showing.

Host CG won the boys team title with 29 points to easily out-distance second-place Lincolnview (58). Crestview nosed out Bluffton for third-place, 91-93.

Bluffton sophomore Erik Nygaard finished a strong third in a time of 16:49 to lead the 11 Pirate boys in the 85-runner field.


Stingy defense stops Bluffton in playoffs

4-3 Pirates have a bye week; travel to Cory-Rawson Oct. 30

By Cort Reynolds
SHERWOOD - Visiting Bluffton lost decisively to unbeaten third seed Sherwood Fairview 67-6 in the second round of the Div. VI, region 22 playoffs Saturday night.

The defeat snapped a four-game Pirate win streak, while Fairview improved to 7-0 with the win. Bluffton fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Fairview began the scoring with a safety 3:04 into the game and never was threatened.

Running back Luke Timbrook scored touchdowns on consecutive one-yard plunges in the first period.