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Wildcats dominate on offense

Delphos Jeff stop BHS 33-3

By Sam Brauen

After days of rain and a sloppy field, it was easy to predict that Delphos Jefferson would run the ball extensively Friday against Bluffton.  But the dominance of their offensive attack was a surprise as the Wildcats soundly defeated the Pirates 33-3, holding BHS to just 43 yards of total offense.  Delphos improved to 5-1 (3-0 NWC) on the season, Bluffton fell to 3-3 (1-2). 


Boys' soccer: Van Buren comes out on top in muddy game

Van Buren Black Knights visited the Bluffton Pirates  on Saturday for a non-conference game and gave BHS its third loss of the season: 1-0.
Ryan Turner took one of two Van Buren shots on goal at the 6th minute of the game and got it past Bluffton’s keeper, Levi Smith.
The balance of the game was intense, muddy, and scoreless.
Bluffton took nine shots on goal to two for Van Buren.
Van Buren’s keeper, Hunter Fleck had nine saves, to one for Levi Smith.
Bluffton’s JV team prevailed, 3-0.


Girls' soccer: It's 0-0 at Kalida

Bluffton entertains Liberty Benton on Tuesday

The Bluffton Lady Pirate Varsity soccer team traveled to Kalida for a 90-minute battle that ended in a tie. 

Neither team gave up a goal, despite multiple attempts by both sides, ending with a 0-0 final score for this non-conference game.  

Bluffton plays Liberty Benton at home on Tuesday.

Junior Kelly Leugers sends the ball across the field.


Photos from BHS vs. Ada boys' soccer on Icon

Last week Bluffton defeated Ada in a Northwest Conference boys' soocer match 5-0. Vickie Garmon provides these photos of that game.


Boys' soccer: Pirates nail Ottawa-Glandorf 2-1

Goals by Smucker and Bunch

The Ottawa-Glandorf Titans brought their game to the Bluffton Pirates on a wet Steinmetz Field Thursday, Sept. 29. In the end Bluffton prevailed, 2-1.
The Pirates hit the net first at 14 minutes into the game when Luke Young made a perfect crossing pass to Tristan Smucker who headed it past the goalie.

In the 32 minute Bluffton was called for a foul in the O-G box and the Titans were awarded a penalty kick. Levi Smith, Bluffton’s goalkeeper got a hand on Brice Schroeder’s penalty kick, but not enough to stop it.

Game even.


Girls' soccer: Pirates topple Tiffin Columbian 2-1

The Bluffton Lady Pirates soccer team traveled to Tiffin Columbian for JV and Varsity matches on Wednesday evening.  Bluffton won both matches.

Junior varsity

Playing in the cold and rain, both teams executed a victory on TC's home field.  The JV won 2-0, with goals by Junior Kim Gordon, and Sophomore Hannah Yost.


WIth a game start of 7 p.m., Senior Sarah Theisen scored goal 1 about 4 minutes in to the match with the assist by freshman Kayla White. 


Girls' soccer: It's all Pirates against two NWC opponents

BHS beats Paulding 16-0; Ada 3-0

Last Thursday afternoon the Bluffton HS Lady Pirates  soccer team traveled to Paulding.

Bluffton was ahead 6-0 at the half, with 3 goals by Senior Captain Abbie Parkins, and one apiece for sophomore Hannah Yost, senior Sarah Theisen, and one for freshman Kayla White off a corner kick by Junior Kelli Leugers.


Boys' soccer: BHS ranked 3rd in northwest Ohio coaches poll

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team remains in the third spot in the Boys' Division III northwest Ohio soccer coaches poll.

The entire poll is in the attachment.


Boys' soccer: Pirates blank Ada 5-0

Earllier BHS also shut out Riverdale 2-0

Ada came to Bluffton for a conference match Tuesday evening. Bluffton smothered the Bulldogs, 5-0.

Five players scored for the Pirates:
• Luke Young headed in the first goal at the 7th minute
• Douglas Nester scored the second at 9 minutes, assist by Tristan Smucker
• Three goals in the second half started with a chester, by Antony Kingsley, assist by Luke Young at 50 minutes
• Isaac Andreas put in the game’s fourth goal at 63 minutes, assist by Isaiah Schwab
• And Isaiah Schwab got a goal at minute 64, assist by Tristan Smucker


Football: Allen East dominates Pirates 40-7

By Sam Brauen
In their heyday, Allen East football was known as a physical, fundamental squad that pounded the ball.

While elements of a power rushing game were still evident in the most recent meeting Friday night at Harmon Field, overall team speed and a dangerous passing attack led the Mustangs to a lopsided 40-7 win over the Pirates. 

The dominant performance put a damper on Bluffton’s homecoming festivities which crowned senior Abbie Parkins queen and classmate Gabe Denecker king after a terrific, spirited parade through downtown Bluffton.