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Jaime Nuzum

June 27, 2017


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Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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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.


Bracy shines in NWC/WBL all-star game

Bluffton was well represented at the NWC/WBL all-star football game this past Friday night by Jason Bracy (2) starting corner back and Colin Phillips (58) starting center.


Phillips did a good job at pass blocking and run blocking. 

Bracy contributed several tackles and was able to intercept the ball at the 2-yard -line stopping a scoring drive in the first half and also blocked the game winning pass for the other team with 45 seconds left on the clock ensuring the NWC team would win 24 to 21.


Here's who the Pirates play this fall - all sports listed

Ayersville replaces Ft. Loramie on football schedule

Ayersville joins the 2017 Bluffton High School varsity football schedule, according to Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director.

Bluffton will travel to the Pilots stadium for a non-conference game on Friday, Sept. 8, which is the third game of the season.

Ayersville replaces Ft. Loramie on the schedule.

For the first time in decades Bluffton’s first three football opponents are non-league teams. BHS opens with Cory-Rawson, then Van Buren (both at home), and the Ayersville on the road.

Following that the Pirates play a seven-game Northwest Conference schedule.


Sardines start 2017 with big win and an even bigger team

Last three to four years interest in swimming as a sports has exploded

The 2017 Bluffton Sardines are swimming off to a great start. And there are a lot of them, 150 to be exact. This is an increase from last year’s team of 138.

 “In the last three to four years the interest in swimming as a sport in Bluffton has just exploded,” said Jennie Wilson, president of the Bluffton Sardines swim club. “The Western Ohio Aquatics League (WOAL) is fun and competitive and allows for swimmers of all skill levels to participate.”


Here are the spring BHS scholar-athletes

The Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for the spring sport season is now listed determined as follows:

1.  Must be a letter winner in the sport.
2.  Gold Level -- GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 during the season
3.  Silver Level -- GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 during the season

Bluffton scholar athletes follow:


OHSAA announces new basketball and wrestling divisional assignments

Competitive Balance data included in basketball for the first time

New divisional assignments for the 2017-18 winter sports of basketball and wrestling were released Thursday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. For the first time, Competitive Balance roster data was used in determining divisional assignments in basketball, which is the only OHSAA winter sport affected by the Competitive Balance regulation that OHSAA member schools adopted by referendum vote in 2014.


Here's OHSAA 2017 football regions and playoffs format

All playoff games during first four rounds will be on Friday nights

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the football regions and schedule format for the 2017 playoffs. New in 2017, all playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights.