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February 17, 2020

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Rich Johnson is Icon's Super Bowl contest winner

Joel Groman, Eugene Haywood second place

Richard Johnson is the winner of the Icon's Super Bowl contest.

He picked Kansas City to defeat San Francisco by 11 to 14 points. Two other contestants also picked Kansas City by 11 to 14. Those contestants were Joel Groman and Eugene Haywood.

Johnson won the tie-breaker by predicting that San Francisco would be the first team to score. Groman and Haywood picked Kansas City as the first team to score.

The contest had 52 entries and 25 picked Kansas City to win.

Johnson wins six passes to the Shannon Theatre.


Bluffton girls get 1st round sectional bye 

Face either Arlington or Cory-Rawson at Bluffton University Feb. 22

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton girls basketball team was seeded fifth out of 14 teams at the Bluffton/Patrick Henry Div. IV super sectional drawing held Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Pirate cagers (12-5) got a first round bye. They will take on the February 17 winner between second seed Arlington (13-5) and 11th seed Cory-Rawson (4-10) in round two. 

That sectional final is set for Saturday, February 22 at 6:15 p.m. at Bluffton University.


Pirates pound Pandora-Gilboa boys

Undefeated Grove smothers Bluffton

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton raced to a huge early lead and whipped non-league local rival Pandora-Gilboa 58-24 in boys basketball play Saturday night.

The Pirates improved to 14-4 overall with the win, while P-G fell to 7-8 with the defeat.

Bluffton led 22-3 after a dominating first period. They held P-G to just six points in the first half as they built an insurmountable 33-6 cushion.


Sign up underway for Bluffton Diamond Sports

Bluffton Diamond Sports is currently accepting registrations for the 2020 Spring / Summer youth baseball and softball teams for Boys ages 7-Jr High and Girls ages 8-Jr High. 

Registration must be completed online at www.BDSonline.org.  The registration deadline is Feb. 14, 2020.  Registration questions may be emailed to blufftondiamondsports@gmail.com.



NWC leader Grove stymies Lady Pirates

Libby Schaadt scores 14 for Bluffton

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Visiting league leader Columbus Grove smothered Bluffton in a 42-26 Northwest Conference girls basketball slowdown showdown Thursday night.

Bluffton trailed 10-4 after one period, and Grove extended the lead to 23-12 at halftime of the low-scoring contest. CG inched ahead 32-17 after three quarters, and went on to win by 16.

Lady Pirate senior post Libby Schaadt scored 14 points to lead 
Bluffton. Kayla White added seven markers and drained the lone Pirate triple.  


It was BHS girls' basketball "Golden Age"

1999-2000 state runner-up team recognized Saturday night

You could call the span of seasons from 1994-95 through 1999-2000 the golden age of Bluffton High School girls’ basketball.

During those six seasons Bluffton won five Northwest Conference titles, qualified for the regional tournaments five times, the state tournament two times and set many records still in the books.

The 1999-2000 team will be recognized during the halftime of Saturday’s varsity boys’ basketball game versus Pandora-Gilboa. It is the first-ever reunion of that team.