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April 19, 2015


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Basinger, Preston, Bugner bowl 279 games

Todd Basinger, Randy Preston and Shane Bugner each bowled games of 279 to tie for men’s high game scores last week at Southgate Lanes. Gina Bloomfield’s 248 was the high woman’s game score.

The attachment to this story shows the week’s high games and high series.


Isaac Little has second highest GPA on Cincinnati football team

Isaac Little, freshman outside liinebacker on the University of Cincinnati's football team, achieved the second highest GPA on the football team this fall.

Little, a Bluffton High School grad and standouting Pirate athlete, achieved a 3.938 grade point average.


Kenton comes to town Tuesday facing BHS boys'

By Evan Skilliter

A strong, 21-point performance from Levi Kistler and a solid first half performance from the Pirates was not enough to contain a talented Spencerville offense as the Bearcats outscored Bluffton 33-19 in the second half en route to a 52-38 Northwest Conference victory.

Junior Zach Goecke turned in 18 points for Spencerville (9-3, 3-1 NWC), 10 of which came in a huge third quarter for the Bearcats.  Bluffton fell to 10-3, 1-2 in the NWC.


Tonight's BHS contest vs. Spencerville could "burn the barn down"

By Evan Skilliter

The Bluffton High School boys' basketball team has posted one of the best starts in team history, boasting a 10-2 record through their first 12 games.  The last Bluffton boys' team to enjoy a similar start was the 2006-2007 team that started 9-3 and went on to finish the season with a 15-7 record.


Former BHS track coach, Steve Bruskotter, will join Ohio track coaches hall of fame

Long-time Bluffton High School track coach, Steve Bruskotter, will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame this month.

Bruskotter will join the Hall during a banquet ceremony on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hilton at Easton, Columbus, according to Neal Charske, Hall of Fame chairperson.

The official 2015 class includes:

Ed Barker Award recipient: 
Vern Kiehl


6-0 Pirates face Arlington in boys' holiday tourney title game

Here's results from the opening night of the McDonald's Bluffton boys' basketball tourney:

Arlington defeated Allen East 61-48, and Bluffton defeated Cory-Rawson 57-43.

Allen East (home team) will face Cory-Rawson (away team) in the consolation game Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The championship game will follow with Arlington (home team) facing Bluffton (away team).

Open the attachment at the bottom for the BHS game stats. Bluffton is now 6-0.


Pirates eighth at Allen County wrestling Invite

Bluffton had several wrestlers perform well at the Allen County invitational Wrestling Tournament held over the weekend at Bluffton.

The tourney's most valuable player was Wes Buettner (195)  of Delphos St. John's. In 2012 he was the MVP at 152. Elida won the event scoring 290 points.


Parkins and Schmutz each can 22 in BHS win over LCC

Parkins and Schmutz hit 22 points each as the Bluffton High School girls' basketball topped Lima Central Catholic 66 to 63 in overtiime tonight at BHS.



It's Bluffton girls over Van Buren 52-35

Bluffton High School girls' defeated Van Buren 52-35 in a non-league basketball game at Bluffton on Tuesday. 

Open the attachment for the game stats.


Nancy Elwood's 257 high women's game at Southgate Lanes

Nancy Elwood bowled a 257 for women's high game and Onalee Shepler reported a 626 high series at Southgate Lanes for the week ending Dec. 12, according to Derek Dukes.

All the high scores of the week are in the attachment at the bottom of this page.