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Trevor Bassitt Division III state champion 110-meter hurdles

Bluffton High School track fans have lots to look forward to next season.

Competing in the Division III Ohio High School Athletic Association state track meet in Columbus earlier this month, the boys' team scored 15 points placing 12th overall.

• Trevor Bassitt, junior, won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.53 seconds.

• The 4 by 800-meter relay made up of one senior, two juniors and one sophomore finished fourth in a time of 8:08.15.


Four Pirates receive all-NWC softball honors

Four members of the Bluffton High School softball team received all-NWC honors this spring.

They include Sami Fruchey, senior, first team; Taylor Monday, senior; second team; Averey Rumer, freshman, honorable mention; and Katie Prater, freshman, honorable mention.

In voting by Northwest Conference softball coaches for the 2016 softball season senior Jada Preston, a pitcher from Crestview was named Player of the Year.   Columbus Grove senior Brooke Hoffman finished second in the balloting with Spencerville sophomore Kara May finishing third.


Bricker and Bowden named to NWC baseball second team

Two Bluffton High School baseball players were named to the all-Northwest Conference second team this spring.

Players were Matt Bowden, junior,  and Dakota Bricker, sophomore.

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2016 baseball season. senior Damon Egnor, a pitcher from Paulding was named Player of the Year after being runner-up for that honor last season.  

Crestview senior Colby Clifton finished second in the balloting with Delphos Jefferson junior  Jace Stockwell finishing third.


High school cross country tournament structure will change

Several changes to the high school cross country postseason will take effect this fall after the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors approved a list of proposals from the OHSAA Cross Country Subcommittee earlier this week. The changes alter how schools are placed into divisions and how qualifying teams and individuals advance to the regional and state tournaments.


Fall Bluffton Soccer Club signup ends June 25

There's still time to sign up for Bluffton Soccer Club for the fall.

Open online registration is available now and ends on Saturday, June 25. For travel tryouts go to www.blufftonsoccer.com.

The cost per family is $50 for one child, $45 for the second child and $40 for the third. A $25 late fee is charged after June 25 if spots are still available.




Pirate junior high volleyball open gym starts in July

Bluffton junior high volleyball has open gyms starting in July, according to Laura Green, coach.

Volleyball tryouts are Monday to Wednesday, Aug. 1 to 3. A team meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 4.

Contact Green for more information at LMGreen11@gmail.com.




Chalk up a very big win for Pirate athletics

Bluffton High School is this year's Northwest Conference 2015-16 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” winner for the second time with a number of high finishes in conference standings throughout the year. 

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.


Hannah Chappell-Dick earns return trip to Saturday's DIII finals

Hannah Chappell-Dick earned a return trip Saturday's finals of the 1500m at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Eastern Mennonite All-American finished second in her heat of the 1500m to punch an automatic qualifier ticket to the finals.

She ran in the front half of the 11-woman pack before pulling away with leader Emily Gapinski of St. Thomas (Minnesota) to clock a time of 4:34.03. Her best time this season is 4:28.62. Gapinski crossed in 4:33.75.


Pirate boys' basketball camps from May 31 to June 3

A Bluffton Pirates boys' youth basketball camp is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3, according to Todd Boblitt, BHS varsity boys' coach.

The camp for first, second, third and fourth graders takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. The camp for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders is from 1 to 3 p.m.

The cost per camper is $30. Early registration is encouraged. Make checks payable to Pirate Basketball Camp and send to Todd Boblitt, 404 S. Main St., Bluffton.


Pirate junior high football camp registration underway

A Bluffton Pirate Junior High football camp is set for July 12, 14, 19 and 21, according to Jeff Richards, BHS varsity coach.

The camp is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for next year's seventh and eighth graders. The camp takes place at Harmon Field.

Training includes an emphasis on fundamentals and installation of offensive and defensive schemes used by the high school and junior high programs.