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March 26, 2017

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BHS well represented on NWC Scholar Athlete list

Several Bluffton High School winter athletes are Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for 2016-17.

Gold level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.5 or above during the season
Silver level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.00 - 3.49 during the season

Attached is the entire NWC scholar athlete list -

• Gold – Emily Stratton, Jazmynn Wilson, Kelli Leugers
• Silver – Lydia Skelly, Maddie Soper, Chase Koontz


Here's BHS spring sports schedules

Bluffton High School and middle school spring sports schedules are now on the Icon. In addition, all the home games will be posted on the sports calendar.

Attached are schedules for:
• Varsity baseball
• Varsity track
• Varsity softball
• Junior varsity softball
• Junior varsity baseball
• Boys' tennis
• Middle school track


Here's the Division I NCAA men's tournament bracket

Did your team make the NCAA men's basketball tournament cut?

Find out - here's the brackets.


It's Bluffton vs. Wayne Trace Thursday in district opener

Second year in a row for BHS winning sectional title

For the second year in a row, Bluffton High School boys' basketball team advances to the District III district tournament.



The Pirates face Wayne Trace in the second game of a split session at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 9, at Lima Senior High School.


BHS boys' head to Division III district play

Coldwater and Carey fall by the wayside to the Pirates

Bluffton High School boys’ basketball team upset Carey tonight in the Division III sectional finals at Elida 50 to 39.

Bluffton at 13-11 (number 6 seed) surprised Carey (number 4 seed), who finished the season at 15-8.

The Pirates led 13-10 after one period. The game was tied 22-22 at halftime.  BHS outscored the Blue Devils 13 to 5 in the third period, taking a 35-27 lead. Bluffton then outscored Carey 15 to 12 in the final period.

Gabe Denecker led Bluffton with 22 points.


P-G Rocket boys' are Putnam County League champs

Pandora-Gilboa boys’ basketball team captured the 2016-17 Putnam County League basketball title. The Rockets finished the regular season at 15-6 and the PCL at 5-1. Here is the team photo.


Luke and Gabe Denecker gain all-NWC honors

The Denecker brothers - Luke and Gabe - were named to all-Northwest Conference boys' basketball teams at the conclusion of the regular season.

Luke, a freshmen, was named to the first team, and is the only freshman on any of the teams.

Gabe, a senior, was named honorable mention. Bluffton finished the regular season at 11-11 overall and 4-4 in the NWC.

Open the attachment to view the entire list of honorees.


Lincolnview, Grove and then Spencerville in OT

7th grade boy Pirates bring home a NWC trophy

Bluffton Pirate boys' basketball fans have lots to look forward to as the Bluffton Junior High 7th grade team won the Northwest Conference tourney at Convoy on Saturday.


Coached by Dan Garlock, the team was 13-5 overall. In the tournament, Bluffton first defeated Lincolnview then Columbus Grove in the semi-finals.

In the nail-biting title game the Pirates came out on time in overtime defeating Spencerville 35-34. Bluffton also tied for the east side regular season NWC title.


BHS girls NWC runner-up

All conference honors to Alivia Koenig, Abbie Parkins, Averey Rumer

Three members of the Bluffton High School girls' basketball team received all-NWC honors in voting by coaches. In addition, Bluffton was conference runner-up at 7-1.

Pirate honors to:
First team - Alivia Koenig, sophomore
   (repeat first team from last season)
Second team - Abbie Parkins, senior
Honorable mention - Avery Rumer, sophomore

Columbus Grove junior post player Paige Bellman was selected as the 2016-17 NWC Player of the Year.


Pirates lose to Grove, defeat Kenton in OT

Denecker brothers combine for 26 vs. Kenton

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team split its weekend games, losing to Columbus Grove and defeating Kenton.

On Friday, Grove defeated Bluffton 42-39, Grove was led by Caiden Grothaus with 15, the Bulldogs move to 6-13 (NWC 2-5). The Pirates were led by Gabe Denecker with 14, and move to 10-10 (NWC 4-3).

On Saturday, Bluffton defeated Kenton 54-47 in overtime. The Pirates move to 11-10, while the Wildcats move to 12-9 on the season. Gabe Denecker led all scorers tonight with 19, followed by Luke Denecker with 17. Jaron Sharpe led Kenton with 11.