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December 9, 2016


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Football: Huge second quarter drives Crestview

By Sam Brauen
Crestview showed up in a big way in the second quarter ripping off 28 unanswered points on their way to a 41-21 Northwest Conference victory over Bluffton. 

Dakota Bricker scored two first quarter touchdowns to stake Bluffton to a surprising 14-6 lead.  From there the Knights took to the ground and pounded the Pirates into submission.  Crestview clinched a playoff spot with the win and improved to 6-3.  Bluffton dropped their fifth consecutive contest and fell to 3-6.  The Pirates will close their season against Columbus Grove Friday evening.


Football: Record-setting day for Beavers

Bluffton improves to 6-1 in 34-6 win

By Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


The Bluffton University football team welcomed Manchester University on a windy but comfortable Saturday, Oct. 22. The Beavers improved to 6-1 (4-1 HCAC) on the season after a convincing 34-6 victory. The Spartans remain winless, dropping to 0-7 (0-5 HCAC).


Boys' soccer: Pirates blank Ottoville 3-0 in the rain

BHS advances to district finals Tuesday against Ft. Jennings

Ottoville came to Bluffton for their second game of a sectional boys' soccer match. Bluffton, playing its first game after taking a bye, knocked off the Big Green, 3-0.
Playing in a steady rain, the teams traded splashes till the 7th minute when Luke Young took the pass from Josh Begg and buried it in the net.


Andie Schmutz named to NWC first team volleyball

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, senior, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. The announcement was made earlier this week by a vote of the NWC coaches.

Kayla Schimmoeller, Bluffton junior, was named honorable mention. Bluffton finished the season 2-6 in the NWC and 6-15 overall.

The attachment includes the entire list of NWC all-conferenc players.


2016 - the year of soccer for BHS in the NWC

Both teams win conference crowns; Antony Kingsley boys' player of the year; Steve Smucker, boys' coach of the year

2016 is Bluffton High School’ year for soccer in the Northwest Conference. Both boys’ and girls’ team won NWC titles and finished unbeaten in conference play. And, the all-Northwest Conference teams are loaded with Pirates.

Boys’ soccer

Senior Antony Kingsley, was named the 2016 boys’ soccer Northwest Conference Player of The Year and boys’ coach Steve Smucker was named Coach of the Year.

Kingsley was a unanimous selection as player of the year in a vote where coaches could not vote for their own players.


Girls' soccer sectional final: It's Bluffton 2 - Allen East 1

Next tourney opponent Saturday; BHS faces winner of Mansfield Christian/Ashland Crestview game

Bluffton hosted the Allen East Mustangs for the second time this year in the Division III sectional semifinal game on Tuesday night. 

Both teams battled significant wind on Steinmetz Field in front of a packed stadium. 

The score was 0-0 at the end of the first half, but the the Lady Pirates managed to land goal 1 at the 33 minute mark of the second half, when Sophomore Averey Rumor played the ball up to Senior Sarah Theisen, who dribbled up field and hit the back of the net. 


2nd place NWC finish for Bluffton 7th grade VB team

Watch out for these future varsity Pirates.

The Bluffton seventh grade girls' volleyball team earned second place in this year's Northwest Conference volleyball play.

Team members are, back from left, Coach Green, Sophie Bricker, Lauren Swartzlander, Skyler Scoles, Kylie Stackhouse, Ellie Nickles, Cara Young, Avery Zuercher, Ella Krupp.

Front from left, Haelyn Bischoff, Alexis White, Kylie Monday, Anna Knauss, Kiera Rieman.



Pirates have their hands full against Ada

Looking at Crestview on Friday

By Sam Brauen
Ada and Bluffton came into their Week 8 matchup headed in two different directions. 

The Bulldogs had won three straight contests while the Pirates found themselves on the short side of the scoreboard the last three weeks.  The game was tight for a half before Ada pulled away in the third quarter for a 38-14 victory. 

Both defenses stood tall in the first quarter.  Bluffton forced a turnover on downs on Ada’s first possession.  On Ada’s next possession, the pass happy Bulldogs attempted a halfback pass. 


Cross country: Pirate boys' finish 6th at NWC meet

Lincolnview won the boys' championship and Columbus Grove won the girls' title in the Northwest Conference cross country meet run Saturday morning in Columbus Grove. 

Bluffton finished sixth overall in the boys' standings and did not enter a girls' team.

Crestview finished second in both races.  Columbus Grove (boys) and Lincolnview (girls) took third place finishes. Junior High races were won by Columbus Grove (boys) and Crestview (girls).


Soccer: Girls' and boys' squads listed on coaches poll

NW Ohio, Division 3, BHS boy's 3rd; BHS girls 8th

For the first time this season both Bluffton varsity soccer teams are ranked in the Northwest Ohio soccer coaches poll.

The boys' team (12-3) is ranked third and the girls' team (11-4-1)is ranked eighth.

The entire northwest Ohio rankings are in the attachment below.