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December 7, 2019

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Cross country team focuses on Tuesday Allen County meet

Runners 12th in 23-team Kalida meet

Pirate harriers 12th at Wildcat Invite
By Cort Reynolds
KALIDA - The Bluffton boys cross country team ran at the Wildcat Invitational meet in Kalida Saturday.

The Pirate boys finished 12th in the 23-team meet. Ottawa-Glandorf (53 points) easily out-distanced Elyria Catholic (104) for the team title. St. Marys finished third with 127 points.

Bluffton tallied 317 points.

Erik Nygaard finished 18th in the field of 216 runners with a time of 17:51.4 to post the top Pirate showing.

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Pirates can't contain Crestview running game

Schaadt completes two TD passes in the final eight minutes

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton football team could not contain the Knight run game and lost 41-21 to visiting Crestview in a Northwest Conference battle Friday night at Harmon Field.

The defeat ended a two-game Pirate win streak and dropped their record to 3-2 overall at the halfway point of the regular season. Bluffton also fell to 1-1 in the NWC.

The Knights improved to 3-2 and 2-0 in league play with their third consecutive victory.

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Stackhouse leads Pirates with 23 kills, 13 digs

Pirate girls sweep Bearcats

By Cort Reynolds
SPENCERVILLE - Visiting Bluffton swept Spencerville in three sets in a Northwest Conference volleyball match Thursday night.

The 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 win upped the Lady Pirate record to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in NWC play. Last-place Spencerville fell to 5-10 overall and 0-5 in the NWC with the defeat.

Sophomore standout Kylie Stackhouse led the Pirates with 23 kills and 13 digs. Junior Taylor Schwab contributed 16 kills and five aces.

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Bluffton boys 3rd in golf sectionals

Drew Wilson leads Pirates with 18-hole score of 44-40=84

By Cort Reynolds
ARLINGTON - The Bluffton boys golf team made it to districts by finishing third in the 13-team Div. III sectional tournament at Arlington's Sycamore Springs Golf Course Thursday.

By finishing in the top three, the Pirate boys qualified to district play next week. The top three teams and top three individuals not from qualifying teams will compete at the DIv. III districts October 3.

Van Buren won the sectional event with 349 strokes, followed closely by Allen East (350) and Bluffton (357).

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Erin Hotmire's win puts her at 15-3 for the season

Roughriders down Lady Pirate netters

By Cort Reynolds
ST. MARYS - The Bluffton girls tennis team went on the road Monday evening and lost to St. Marys, 4-1.

The Lady Pirate netters dropped to 9-7 with the defeat.

Senior Erin Hotmire posted the lone Bluffton win at first singles. She won 6-4, 6-3 over Allie Vanderhorst to improve to 15-3 this season.

Pirate junior Olivia Barnes lost a tough 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) match at second singles.

Bluffton juniors Pearl Lewandowski and Julia Smallcomb lost a three-set battle at first singles 5-7, 6-1, 6-0.

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Lancers spike Bluffton girls

Taylor Schwab topped the Pirates with 14 kills and 13 digs

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Visiting Lincolnview swept Bluffton in three close sets in a Northwest Conference volleyball match Tuesday night.

The 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 loss dropped the Lady Pirate record to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in NWC play. Lincolnview stayed unbeaten in the NWC at 4-0 and improved to 12-2 overall with the victory.

Taylor Schwab topped the Pirates with 14 kills and 13 digs, while Kylie Stackhouse added a dozen kills and two blocks.

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