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Bluffton HS softball team 2-1 at start of season

Season preview

At the helm of the Pirate Ship this year is head coach Tony Rumer. He is entering his fourth season leading the Lady Pirates. In his third year as an assistant coach is Daryl Willis and Adam Burris is back for his second season.

The girls are being led this year by two seniors who bring much needed experience to the team.  Both have been varsity starters and earned Pirate varsity letters since joining the team as freshmen. They were members of the 2013 sectional championship team.

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3 letterwinners, lots of frosh expected to make Pirate softball season exciting

Bluffton High School's softball team launches its 2016 season with a mix of experience and youngsters. Tony Rumer coaches the team and has a 33-32 win-loss coaching record. Assisting him is Darryl Willis and Adam Burris.

Three returning letter winners from last year's 14-12 overall and 6-2 NWC team include:
• Sami Fruchey, senior, pitcher, all conference
• Taylor Monday, senior, first base, all conference
• Abbie Parkins, junior, third base

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First grader, Kalin Osting, excels on ice with the Findlay Junior Trojans

Kalin Osting just finished the 2015-2016 hockey season with the Findlay Junior
Trojans.  The Junior Trojans went 15-5 in tournament play, winning the Mid-Am
Silver Stick Regional in Dayton, and the McCarthy Cup in Newark.

The team qualified to play in the prestigious Silver Stick finals in Detroit,
where they played teams from Georgian Shores, Ontario, and Sturgeon Lake,Ontario.

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Hannah Chappell-Dick earns the silver at DIII national meet

Bluffton High School graduate and Eastern Mennonite University senior, Hannah Chappell-Dick, saved her best for last.  Running in her final collegiate mile race Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Chappell-Dick passed two runners over the final lap to pull away to her second straight silver-medal finish on the big stage.

Along with the second-place finish, Chappell-Dick broke her own EMU and ODAC records with a time of 4:54.32.

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Chappell-Dick fourth heading into DIII mile finals

Bluffton High School grad and Eastern Mennonite All-American runner Hannah Chappell-Dick turned on the gas late in her preliminary race at Division III NCAA Nationals on Friday, earning a spot in Saturday's finals.

Despite sitting ninth in the nation entering the indoor national championships, she was second in her heat of the mile in 5:00.23 and will sit fourth out of the 10 finalists.

The top eight finishers in Saturday's race earn All-America status. Start time for the women's mile in Grinnell, Iowa, is set for 2:40pm Eastern time.

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March sports contests now listed on Icon sports calendar

Here's certain sign of spring: spring sports.

The Icon is now posting Bluffton High School and Bluffton University spring sports events scheduled in March.

To access the sports calendar, place your cursor over "calendar," and "sports calendar" will drop down. Click on it and it will take you to the sports calendar.
Please be patient: We are still working on April and May.

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BHS grad heads to DIII track and field nationals for 4th time

Hannah Chappell-Dick, a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, has qualified  for the NCAA Division III track and field national meet for the fourth time.

Grinnell College (Iowa) hosts this year's national meet, March 11 and 12.

With her qualification, Chappell-Dick gets a chance to repeat as an All-American in the mile.  Her best time this season of 4:59.10 put her ninth in the 17-woman field.  Last year the three-time All-American was fourth heading into the national meet before running a 4:56.81 in the finals to take the silver medal.

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BHS grad at ONU on women's lacrosse squad

By Monty Siekerman
Kylee Barnett stands ready to play lacrosse Saturday afternoon at Dial-Roberson Stadium, but she did not score, nor did any member of either team because the officials did not show up.

The game against Olivet was postponed to another day. This was to be the inaugural game for women's intercollegiate lacrosse at ONU. The next home game is scheduled for 1 p.m., March 6, against Keuka, N.Y.

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Pirates earn shot at LCC in Thursday's district opener

Bluffton High School boys’ basketball team roared out of the Division III sectional with two impressive wins.
 
6th seed - Bluffton 99
9th seed – Carey 34
 
6th seed – Bluffton 60
3rd seed – Coldwater 59
 
Here’s a summary of this week’s district tournament:
 
Playing at Lima Senior, Thursday, March 3, 6:15 p.m.
2nd seed – Spencerville vs. 5th seed Wayne Trace
 
8 p.m. contest

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Bluffton Pirates advance to districts after shocking Coldwater 60-59

Bluffton High School boys’ avenged a history of tournament losses to Coldwater tonight (Feb. 25).
 
Playing in the underdog role, the Pirates defeated Coldwater 60-59 on a game-winning 3-pointer by Joel Siefker. The game was at the Elida Fieldhouse.
 
The win moves Bluffton to the district tournament next week. Watch the Icon for more game details.
 

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