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May 26, 2020

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Pirates holiday tourney champs

7-0 Pirates host undefeated Ottawa-Glandorf (8-0) Jan. 4 in a battle of unbeatens

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Tournament host Bluffton got off to an early lead and held on to defeat Arlington 54-46 in the finals of its annual McDonald's Holiday Invitational Saturday night.

Senior Luke Denecker led the victors with 23 points in the championship game to win tournament MVP honors. He sank 11 of 12 free throws and two three-point goals to pace the victors.

Senior Jared Piercefield contributed 16 points, while classmate Mason Soper added nine markers.


12 basketball games in three days

Starting tonight in BHS gym and extending to Sunday at Sommer Center

Four boys' high school basketball teams, four university men's teams and four women's teams play in Bluffton in three tournaments involving 12 different games over a three-day period at the end of December.

McDonald's sponsors the three tournaments. The boys' games are in the Bluffton High School gym. The university games are in the Sommer Center.

Bluffton High School boys'
McDonald's Holiday Tournament
BHS gymnasium

Friday, Dec. 27
Continental vs Arlington 6 pm
Bluffton vs CR 7:30 pm


Elbert Dubenion 1933-2019, the most famous Beaver athlete

He never knew how fast he really was

Bluffton Icon learned of the death this morning of Elbert Dubenion, Bluffton College's only student athlete to play football professionally. The Icon will post additonal details as we obtain them.


Make that two years a row for BHS over Crestview

Pirates outscored the Knights 39-22 after halftime

By Cort Reynolds
CONVOY - Visiting Bluffton rode a 22-9 third quarter outburst to defeat defending state champion Crestview 58-40 in Northwest Conference boys basketball play Friday night.

Bluffton led only 19-18 after a low-scoring first half. But the Pirates outscored the Knights 39-22 after halftime to win going away.


Freshman Thayne Kleman 1st at 106

Bluffton matmen 6th at county meet

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Tournament host Bluffton finished a solid sixth at the 11-team Allen County Invitational wrestling meet this past Saturday.

Powerhouse Allen East won the tournament crown with 400.5 points. The Mustangs far out-distanced second-place Spencerville (215), with Shawnee in third (210).

The Pirates ended up with 125 points to tie Elida for sixth.

Pirate freshman Thayne Kleman went 3-0 with three pins at 106 lbs. to win his bracket title. 


Lady Pirates take down Knights

Junior guard Laykin Garmatter scored 12 fourth-period points to lead host Bluffton

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Junior guard Laykin Garmatter scored 12 fourth-period points to lead host Bluffton to a 55-49 win over Crestview in Northwest Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.

Bluffton led 13-6 early and held a 35-30 advantage heading to the fourth quarter. The Pirate girls outscored the Lady Knights 20-19 in the final stanza to hold off the visitors, despite eight points from Lexi Gregory in the last period.