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February 17, 2020

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Pirate girls jousted by Black Knights in low-scoring game

By Cort Reynolds
VAN BUREN - Visiting Bluffton lost 40-29 to Van Buren in a low-scoring non-conference girls basketball contest Tuesday night.

Bluffton trailed just 9-8 after one period, but VB doubled them up by halftime, 22-11. The teams battled evenly 18-18 after
intermission. 

The loss dropped the Lady Pirate record to 14-7 overall,  while VB improved to 12-9 with the win.

Bluffton junior Layin Garmatter led the Pirates with eight points and two trifectas. Senior Kayla White netted seven markers, and sophomore Kylie Monday added six.

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Pirates stifle Mustangs  

Mason Soper led the Pirates with 18 • Levi Hohenbrink nailed 3 second-half triples to tally a season-high 11 points • Jared Piercefield added 10

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton methodically took down local rival Allen East 62-41 to win a Northwest Conference boys basketball matchup Friday night.

The Pirates improved to 15-4 overall and 5-2 in the NWC with the win. Meanwhile, slumping AE fell to 5-14 and 0-7 in the NWC with the defeat.

Bluffton led 16-9 after the first period as senior Mason Soper poured in a dozen points. But AE stayed within 23-16 at intermission after an even, low-scoring second stanza.

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Pirates beat Falcons in low-scoring battle

Boys seeded 2nd at sectionals

By Cort Reynolds
MT. BLANCHARD - Visiting Bluffton beat Riverdale 38-33 in a defensive non-conference boys basketball bout Saturday night.

The Pirates improved to 16-4 with the deliberate road win. Meanwhile, Riverdale fell to 14-6 with the defeat.

Bluffton led 10-9 after the first period, and was on top 17-13 at intermission in the low-scoring affair. The Pirates managed to outscore the Falcons 21-20 after halftime to hold on for the win. 

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Mustangs and Miller City fall to Lady Pirates

Regular season ends this week with non-league road games

By Cort Reynolds
HARROD - Visiting Bluffton used a big second half to defeat local rival Allen East 49-30 in a Northwest Conference girls basketball contest on an icy night last Thursday.

Bluffton led 12-6 after one period, yet upset-minded host AE rallied to take a 17-16 edge at halftime. But then the Lady Pirates outscored the Mustangs 33-13 after intermission to win going away. 

Bluffton stymied AE 17-6 in the third period to seize a 10-point lead, then salted it away with a 16-7 fourth quarter.

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Boys' night out tonight

Pirate sports fans recognized 2019 boys' Division III state runner-up

Last week it was girls’ night out. Tonight it’s boys’ night out.

The 2019 Bluffton High School Division III state runner-up boys’ soccer team will be honored during a ceremony tonight (Friday, Feb. 7) during halftime of the high school boys’ basketball game vs. Allen East.

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BVC-leading Eagles ground Lady Pirates

Bluffton girls travel to Allen East tonight

By Cort Reynolds
FINDLAY - Defensively tough host Liberty-Benton smothered Bluffton 50-30 in a non-conference girls basketball battle Tuesday night.

The 10th-ranked Lady Eagles limited Bluffton to 17 points through the first 24 minutes as they built a 22-point cushion.

Bluffton trailed 16-9 after one period, and L-B extended its lead to 28-13 at halftime. The Eagles stretched the advantage to 39-17 after three quarters. 

The Bluffton offense got untracked late and won the fourth period, 13-11.

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