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April 29, 2016


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Koenig and Parkins all-NWC girls' first team

Two Bluffton High School girls' basketball player, both underclassmen, were named first team all-Northwest Conference, as voting was recently completed by league coaches.

Alivia Koenig, freshman, and Abbie Parkins, junior, were named to the first team. In addition, another underclassman, Andie Schmutz, junior, was named honorable mention.

Bluffton finished third in the NWC with a 6-2 record. The team, loaded with underclassmen, went 15-6 overall.


Kylee Barnett on ONU women's lacrosse team

Kylee Barnett, Bluffton High School graduate, is a member of the Ohio Northern University women’s lacrosse team this spring.
Barnett is a junior at ONU majoring in exercise physiology. She will play defense on the team.
This is the inaugural season for women’s lacrosse at ONU. The first game is in Ada, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27. ONU takes o.n Olivet


Bluffton boys' face Carey in tourney opener at Elida

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team are in the Division III Lima Senior District tournament. Here's their sectional pairings:

At Elida
Wednesday, Feb. 24
(10) Parkway vs. (11) Riverdale, 6:15 p.m.
(9) Carey vs. (6) Bluffton, 8 p.m.

Sectional Finals
Friday, Feb. 26
(1) Lima Central Catholic vs. Parkway/Riverdale winner, 6:15 p.m.
(3) Coldwater vs. Carey/Bluffton winner, 8 p.m.


Pirate wrestlers runner-up in NWC event; BHS has four individual champs

Bluffton High School wrestlers finished second in the Northwest Conference wrestling championship held this past weekend at Paulding. BHS scored 243 points behind champ Dephos Jefferson with 271 points.

The Pirates led the way with four individual champions and three are underclassmen. Jefferson and Allen East each had three.


Beavers compete at Joe Banks Invitational

Karen Brandt, Bluffton University track and field coach, and Jason Fisher, a Bluffton grad and now throwing coach, advise team members during the Joe Banks Invitational held at Ohio Northern on Saturday. (Monty Siekerman photo for Ada Icon)



Girls' bball: Bluffton pulls away from Ada in second half

Bluffton girls' basketball team stopped Ada 48 to 35 at home tonight. The Pirates are 14-5 (6-1). Ada moves to 12-7 (4-3).

Box score in the attachment.


Two points for Hoff

Bluffton seventh grader Rebekah Hoff steals the ball from an Ada player and hits 2 for the Pirates. Grace Myers (24) is there in case a rebound is needed. The game was last week. The 7th graders won.


Here's the Division III girls' sectional pairings

ELIDA DISTRICT - Girls' Division III
Tournament pairings

At Bluffton University

Upper bracket - Feb. 16
Delphos Jefferson vs. Paulding, 6:30 p.m.

Sectional championship - Feb. 20
Delphos Jefferson/Paulding winner vs. Columbus Grove, 6:15 p.m.

Lower bracket - Feb. 16
Patrick Henry vs. Coldwater, 8 p.m.


Gabe Denecker's 17 helps Pirates stop Allen East 61-36

Bluffton High School boys' defeated Allen East 61-36 in Northwest Conference basketball action tonight at Bluffton. Gabe Denecker led all scorers with 17 points.

Bluffton won the JV game  43-33.

A box score is attached at the bottom.


OHSAA member schools approve "Competitive Balance" plan

Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed 14 proposed Constitution and Bylaw revisions, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., announced Friday following ballot counting.

One item, regarding a proposed Constitution revision that would make it mandatory for schools to return a ballot, is a virtual tie and will be recounted next week. The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting period is from May 1‐15, with approved items going into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted.