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March 28, 2020

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Meet this winter's BHS student scholar athletes

Cheerleading, basketball, wrestling

Several Bluffton High School student athletes were named Northwest Conference scholastic athletes this week.

The qualify, the student must be a letter-winner in the sport. A gold level athlete maintains a grade point average of 4.5 to 4.0 during the season. A silver level athlete maintains a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season.

Cheerleading
Gold:
Kaitlynn Rieman, Sidnie Koontz, Hannah-Grace Perry, Nephi Peralta, Clara Matthews, Jessica Goodman, Jenna Goodman, Maeve Donaldson

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OHSAA postpones all remaining winter tournaments

Basketball and wrestling

Includes boys basketball regional and state tournaments, along with ice hockey, wrestling and girls basketball state tournaments

At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that all remaining winter tournament contests are immediately postponed due to the growing situation with the coronavirus COVID-19.

The suspended tournaments include the girls state basketball tournament; the state individual wrestling tournament; the state ice hockey tournament, and the boys regional and state basketball tournaments. 

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OHSAA tournaments to continue with limited spectators

Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered most spectators to be kept away from indoor sporting events

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio, including high school, collegiate and professional sports, shall continue without most spectators in attendance as Ohio seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“This will be a very difficult time for our schools and fans, but we cannot ignore the directive of the Governor,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said.

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Kaden Basil and Thayne Kleman advance to state wrestling meet

All 5 Pirates won at least one match and advanced to the second day of the tournament

By Cort Reynolds
NAPOLEON - Five members of the Bluffton wrestling team competed at the Div. III district meet in Napoleon Friday and Saturday. All five Pirate matmen won at least one match and advanced to the second day of the tournament.

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LCC eliminates Pirate boys in sectional final

Jared Piercefield tallied 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half

By Cort Reynolds
ELIDA - Lima Central Catholic ran out to a big halftime lead and defeated Bluffton 60-44 in Div. IV boys basketball sectional final action at Elida Friday night.

The Pirates fell behind 15-4 after the first period and never caught up. The fifth-seeded Thunderbirds extended their margin to a commanding 35-16 at halftime with a 20-point second stanza. 

Second seed Bluffton inched within 47-36 behind a strong third period as senior Mason Soper scored eight points.

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Bluffton second at wrestling sectionals

Tayton Kleman, Kaden Basil win titles as 5 advance to district meet

By Cort Reynolds
VAN BUREN - The Bluffton wrestling team finished a strong second out of 13 teams at the Van Buren Div. III sectional meet Friday and Saturday.
 
Carey won the tournament with 178.5 points while the Pirates tied with Elmwood for second, scoring 146 points. They nosed out host VB in fourth with 145 points.

A top-four finish at sectionals qualifies any wrestler to the district event in Napoleon March 6-7. 

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