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October 23, 2017

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Don't ever play the BHS alumni boys' soccer team - you'll lose

Team members from 1998 to 2017 make up this year's squad

Photos by Jamie Nygaard

It was the BHS alumni vs varsity soccer match.

Here's the alumi team, (photo below) standing (L to R): Mateo Bonifaz '15, Alex Hord '15, David Nester '14, Douglas Nester '17, Travis August '07, Matt Renfrow '01, Eli Bourassa '17, Josh Begg '17, Adam Basinger '15, Nathan Bunch'13, Trevor Bunch '17, Isaac Andreas '17, Tucker Routson '16.


When do fall high school sports begin practice?

It's all here from the Ohio HIgh School Athletic Association

Summer conditioning programs and 10 days of coaching will conclude this weekend as the first official day of practice for OHSAA fall sports arrives next week. Football practice begins Monday, while all other fall sports may begin practice on Tuesday.
Schools are reminded of OHSAA heat regulations and the practice guidelines specific to football contact (please see below).


How about those Bluffton Sardines!

Bluffton Sardines swim team finished in third place in last weekend's Western Ohio Aquatic League meet in Kenton.

Jamie Nygaard provides the following trophy presentation photos.

• April Dorman and Bob Verb
• 6 and under backstroke Bluffton winners
• Some of the team members with trophy
• All coaches with trophy



Sardines make waves at WOAL meet

3rd overall, Sportsmanship Award winner, 1st place boys' 6 and under, 1st place girls' 6 and under

Bluffton swim team finished an impressive third place in the July 14-15 Western Ohio Aquatics League meet in Kenton.

It was the highest finish ever for a Bluffton team in the WOAL. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished third, as did the combined Bluffton squad.

Final team results

1 – Wapakoneta Waves 3,139.5 points
2 – Westside 3,127.5 points
3 – Bluffton Sardines, 1,939 points
4 – Ada ‘Gators, 1,465.5
5 – Shawnee, 1,105
6 – Kenton, 1,028
7 – Van Wert 867
8 – Sherwood, 574


Sign-up underway for Bluffton Buccaneers

Registration form at bottom of this story

Registration is underway for players wanting to be on the Bluffton Buccaneers midget football team this fall, according to Zac Kohli.

The registration form is in an attachment below, or pick up a form at the Ricky Matter Center Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Forms are also at The Scoreboard (Formerly Sports Warehouse).









Riley Verb likes to swim - fast

He's qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics later this month

Riley Verb likes to swim – fast.

During a three-day swim event July 21-23 he will discover just how fast he can swim.

The Bluffton 12-year-old has qualified to compete in the Junior Olympics through his USA swim team at the Putnam County YMCA. The event is at Miami (Ohio) University. He will compete in three events: 50-, 100-, and 200-yard breaststroke against other 11- and 12-year-old boys.

Are you nervous? Riley just shrugs his shoulders. We take that to mean “maybe, or sort of.”


Bluffton and Grove tie for NWC Don Bachman Award

Award recognizes NWC school with highest level of consistency in sports competition

Bluffton and Columbus Grove tied for the Northwest Conference 2016-17 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence".  The tie puts both schools at the top of the conference standings for the third time each, according to Jim Raabe, NWC commissioner.

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition each school year.


Ada Icon sports writer sees similarities between Trump and Steinbrenner

Here's his recent columns posted on national websites

FROM ADA ICON - Cort Reynolds, Ada Icon sports writer, has had several of his articles posted this spring on national sports websites.

These includes:

• Why many of the best passers in today’s NBA are centers
Unselfishness is a dying art in hoops amid the me-first, three-point satulrated, dribble-driven generation of “points” guards
Posted on The Sport Haven


Volleyball camp Monday and Tuesday

Bluffton volleyball camp, open to girls entering 4th to 8th grade takes place Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20, in the Bluffton High School gym, accoridng to Calista Altenburger, varsity coach.

Players are grouped based on gae and skill level. Seventh and eighth grader camp is from 9 a.m. to noon. Fourth to sixth grader camp is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Teams forming for 5th annual golf outing

William T. Ellerbrock SIDS Foundation event on Aug. 11

The 5th annual William T. Ellerbrock SIDS Foundation golf outing takes place Friday, Aug. 11, at Sycamore Springs Golf Course, 11492 Township Road, Arlington, according to Matt and Crystal Ellerbrock.


Early bird registration before July 14 is $240 per team of four.  Participants will receive a complimentary Bun in the Oven Package. The package includes four mulligans, four drink tickets and 20 door prize tickets, a $40 value.