August 22, 2014


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Sam Fruchey, BHS baseball coach, named NWC coach of the year

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2014 baseball season. senior Damian Helm, a pitcher/first baseman from Crestview was named Player of the Year.  This follows Helm's selection as player of the year in basketball and receiving co-player of the year honors last year in baseball.  Helm was a near unanimous selection receiving 159 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting. 


Noah Stratton named NWC track male athlete of the year - again

Although Columbus Grove won the boys' Northwest Conference track championship for the 3rd year in a row with Coach Chris Grothaus being voted as Coach of the Year by his peers.  Senior Noah Stratton (Bluffton) was voted as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. Stratton won first place in both the 400m Dash and the 4x200m Relay while finishing 2nd in the 200m Dash and the 4x400m Relay.


June 17 deadline to enter BFR 3v3 soccer tourney

BFR Sports and Fitness will hold a “Goals Galore” summer 3v3 soccer tournament on Saturday, June 28.

The single day tournament for teams at U8 through adult divisions (max. roster size of 5). A $75 fee is due by June 17; if space allows teams can be added after that day for $85 per team.

Small fields (60 ft x 40 ft) with small goals.

Click here for the registration form

Click here for event details


Registrations underway for BFR Aug. 30 5K event

Registrations are being accepted for the Saturday, Aug. 30, BFR Sports and Fitness Labor Day 5K Run or Walk, featuring a Pump and Run.


The race course: begins and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. Click here for a course map.

Race times:

• 5K Run/Walk (including Pum and Runners) 9:15 a.m.

• Fun Run/Walk 10 a.m.


Here's Bluffton's undefeated U-10 soccer team

The Bluffton Stars U-10 soccer team was undefeated this season and took 1st place at the Riverdale Spring Classic.



Hannah Chappell-Dick qualifies for NCAA national meet

Bluffton High School girls' track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick, a runner at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., officially qualifies for the NCAA National Track & Field Championships in the 800 meter.

Her time of 2:11.89 has her 10th in the nation. The national meet is Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24, at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.


Crossing the Little Riley Creek golf scramble on May 24

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership will sponsor a "Crossing the Little Riley Creek" golf scramble at the Bluffton Golf Club Saturday, May 24, with a 9 a.m. start time.

The four-person scramble offers various prizes plus a 50/50 drawing.

Entry is $60 per person and includes 18 hopes of golf, a cart and food coupons.



Gable on All-Ohio Athletic Conference academic team

Ashlin Gable, a nursing major and student-athlete at Capital University from Bluffton, Ohio, was named 2014 Spring Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference as the league announced its honorees on Tuesday, May 13.


Follow NWC track meet results on the Icon

The Northwest Conference track meet takes place Thursday and Saturday, May 15 and 17 at Spencerville High School. 

On Thursday, the field events will begin at 4:45 p.m. with running events start at 5 p.m.  Saturday field events start at 10:30 a.m. and running finals at 12:30 p.m.

Results will be posted on Baum's page as soon as possible following the meet events on Thursday and Saturday. 


Baseball: Bluffton beats Allen East in tourney opener

Bluffton High School's baseball team defeated Allen East 3-0 in the opening sectional tournament game on May 10. The Pirates face Ottawa-Glandorf on the road on Thursday, May 15.