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September 17, 2019

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Nygaard finishes 8th in field of 216 at Tiffin carnival

By Cort Reynolds

TIFFIN - The Bluffton boys cross country team finished 14th out of 33 teams in race four of the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Freshman Erik Nygaard finished a strong eighth in a field of 216 runners with a time of 17:48.1 to pace the Pirate harriers.

Junior Elijah Conley came in 33rd in 18:50.4. Freshman Wyatt Lovell ended up 119th in 20:28.1. Freshman Sam Derstine finished 122nd in 20:33.7. Sophomore Trey Boblitt was the fifth Pirate scorer, coming in 149th with a time of 21:37.4.


Erin Hotmire leads Bluffton netters at Elida Invite

Captured singles tournament crown with a 6-0, 6-2 title round win over Grace Lott of Van Wert

By Cort Reynolds
ELIDA - The Bluffton girls tennis team finished third in the four-team Elida Invitational at the Dennis Schwinnen Courts Saturday.

Van Wert took first with 16 points, followed by Celina (10), Bluffton (8) and host Elida (2).

Pirate senior Erin Hotmire captured the singles tournament crown with a 6-0, 6-2 title round win over Grace Lott of Van Wert to lift her record to 10-2 this season.

Bluffton plays a dual match at Elida Tuesday, Sept. 10.


Football: Long Rocket bombs down Pirates

Nate Schaadt rushed 20 times for 53 yards, Neff netted 48 yards on 14 runs, Tyson Shutler added 37 yards on six rushes

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Visiting Pandora-Gilboa scored four unanswered touchdowns over the middle two quarters to register a 27-9 win over Bluffton at Harmon Field Friday night.

The Pirates fell to 1-1 with the loss, while P-G improved to 1-1 with the non-league win.

The Rockets rolled up 443 yards in offense to just 149 yards by Bluffton. P-G quarterback Silas Schmenk tossed three long touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Rockets to victory.


Girls' soccer: BHS beats Riverdale; Allen East up next

Clara Matthews tallied two goals to pace the victors

By Cort Reynolds
MT. BLANCHARD - The Bluffton girls soccer team won 3-1 at Riverdale Saturday evening.

The Lady Pirates improved to 3-2-1 with their third consecutive win.

Clara Matthews tallied two goals to pace the victors. She scored in the 14th minute to give Bluffton a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Reagan Mittendorf netted a penalty kick in the 54th minute to extend the Pirate lead to 2-0. Matthews then put the game out of reach with her second goal in the 68th minute, 3-0.


Boys' soccer: Bluffton wins fourth straight

Pirates improved to 6-1. Three of the last 4 wins came via shutouts as BHS outscored opposition 20-1

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton whitewashed visiting Bath 2-0 in non-league boys soccer action Saturday afternoon.

The Pirates improved to 6-1 with their fourth straight victory. Three of those wins came via shutouts as Bluffton has outscored its opposition 20-1 during that span.

The game was scoreless at halftime, but Andrew Lovett tallied two minutes into the second half to give Bluffton a 1-0 lead.

Pirate Jonathan Schriner netted an insurance goal in the 65th minute to provide the final margin of victory.


54 seasons later - Pirates and Rockets face off

Tonight Harmon Field features first contest between BHS and PG since the series ended in 1965

Over one half century ago – was it that long ago?

Bluffton High School hasn't played neighboring Pandora-Gilboa HS in football for 54 seasons.

That ends tonight at Harmon Field. The story is below:


This is the first meeting between the Rockets and Pirates in over a half-century. The last meeting between the two neighboring schools was in 1965 when Bluffton won 40-7. Pandora-Gilboa left the Northwest Conference after that season.