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August 15, 2020

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Pirates win NWC quad meet, 11 strokes ahead of Grove

Kenny Lovett match medalist

Pirate linksters win NWC quad
By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton golf team won a four-team Northwest Conference match Thursday at the Bluffton Golf Course.

The co-host Pirates won with 175 strokes, followed by Columbus Grove (184), Crestview (203) and Ada (211).

Bluffton improved to 3-0 in the NWC with the wins.

Kenny Lovett of Bluffton was match medalist with a 39.

Micah Minnig shot 42, followed by Wes Brauen (45) and Jaden Confare (49) as the other Pirate scorers. 


Girls' tennis team impressive in win over Kenton

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton girls tennis earned its first win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Kenton Thursday night.

The convincing triumph lifted the Lady Pirate record to 1-2. All four Pirate wins came in straight sets.

Senior Olivia Barnes whipped Katie Sturgeon of Kenton 6-0, 6-0 at second singles. 

Senior Pearl Lewandowski also won handily at third singles over Emma Mulligan by a 6-2, 6-0 count.

Juniors Ellie Nickel and Libby Frazier teamed up to win at first singles 6-4, 6-0.


Not your ordinary Pirate football season

Updated grid schedule with NWC tourney • BHS opens season hosting Grove

The all-NWC season schedule is attached as is a tournament playoff bracket.

By Cort Reynolds
 The Northwest Conference athletic directors met Wednesday and came up with a unique new season schedule and tournament in response to the pandemic.

The previous schedule with non-league games to start out with has been totally scrapped. For 2020, the NWC has been split into two divisons, East and West, with a short three-game pool play schedule preceding a league tournament that will guarantee each school three more games.


Pirate golfers in the middle of the pack at Wildcat Invite

Kenny Lovett leads BHS with 81

By Cort Reynolds
BOWLING GREEN - The Bluffton golf team finished eighth in the 14-team Wildcat Invitational at the Stone Ridge Golf Club Wednesday in Bowling Green.

Pettisville won the event with 318 strokes, followed by Margaretta in a distant second (340) and host Woodmore (344) in third. The Pirates totaled 367 strokes to edge Toledo Christian by one shot for eighth place.     

Kenny Lovett led the Pirates with an 18-hole score of 40-41=81. He finished strongly in a tie for eighth place amid the 81-player field.


Shawnee stops Bluffton; Pirates take on Kenton Thursday

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton girls tennis team lost at Shawnee 5-0 Tuesday.

The defeat dropped the Lady Pirate net record to 0-2. Shawnee swept all 10 sets in the dual match.

The freshmen second doubles tandem of Caitlyn Couch and Brooke Camper came closest to winning a set, but they lost their second set in a 7-6 tiebreak (7-4 in points).

Seniors Julia Smallcombe, Olivia Barnes and Pearl Lewandowski fell in singles play. Juniors Libby Frazier and Ellie Nickel also lost at first doubles.


Pirate linksters share own Invite; Lovett match medalist

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton golf team hosted the eight-team, annual Pirate Invitational at the Bluffton Golf Course Friday.

The Pirates and Lima Central Catholic tied for first place with 330 strokes apiece. But the Thunderbirds won the tiebreaker with a better fifth man score, 90-95.

Kenny Lovett led the Pirates and won the event by two strokes with an 18-hole score of 37-37=74. Owen Knapp of Upper Sandusky finished second with a 37-39=76.