September 20, 2014


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Volleyball camp is just a game of "Pip, Squeak and Wilbur" (not really)

Since when was volleyball camp supposed to be fun? We thought it was lots of bumps, bruises and knee scrapes.

To find out what volleyball camp is all about, the Icon attended part of the July 10-11 Bluffton volleyball camp for fourth through eighth graders. It took place in the BHS gym. Thirty-two students participated.


Kevin King, BHS volleyball coach, along with varsity volleyball players instructed the future Pirate volleyball players.


Here's updated final WOAL meet results

The Icon was in error in our reporting of the team scores in the Western Ohio Aquatic League championship results.

The initial report provide was men's scores. Here are the actual final team scores.

Attached to this story is an updated final individual results.

1. Wapakoneta Waves 3236
2. Westside Swim And Racket Club 2980
3. Ada 1614.5
4. Shawnee Country Club 1387
5. Kenton Area Swim Team 962
6. VanWert YMCA Marlins 779
7. Bluffton Sardines 751.5
8. Sherwood 696


Bluffton Sardines finish 4th in tough WOAL championship meet

Don't mess with the Bluffton Sardines swim team. They finished the 2014 swim season with an impressive fourth place in the eight-team Western Ohio Aquatics League meet held in Kenton on Friday and Saturday.

Ahead of Bluffton were three very tough swim teams that have several swimmers competing year around.

Here's how they finished:

1 - Wapakoneta 1,654.5
2 - Westside 1,472
3 - Ada 993
4 - BLUFFTON 454
5 - Shawnee 437
6 - Van Wert 361.5
7 - Kenton 358
8 - Sherwood 247


British Soccer Camp coming to BFR July 28-Aug. 1

There still time to register youth for the BFR Sports and Fitness largest and most popular soccer camp of the summer.

The camp, British Soccer Camp, takes place from June 28 to Aug. 1 at BFR. The camp schedule follows:
First kicks, ages 3-4, 9-10 a.m.
Mini soccer, ages 4-6, 10:30-noon
Half day, ages 6-16, 9 a.m. to noon
First kicks, ages 3-4, 5-6 p.m.
Half day, ages 6-16, 5-8 p.m.
Full day, ages 8-18, 9 a.m.-noon; 5- 8 p.m.


Here's the Bluffton HS spring NWC scholar athletes

Several Bluffton High School athletes were named Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for the spring sports season.  The criteria for being selected are as follows:

•  Earned a varsity letter during the spring sports season.
•  Earned a minimum 3.00 GPA during the grading period of the sport.


Jason Bracy, Bret Rumer, Josh Bracy, Chris McClain, Trent Phillips, Drake Luginbuhl.


Signups underway for Bluffton Bucs midget football

Bluffton Buccaneers midget football signups for the 2014 season are underway, according to Mac Davies. 

“Bluffton Bucs are for kids entering grades 3 to 6 who are enrolled in Bluffton schools,” said Davies.

Players can registered by clicking www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=blufftonbucs&s=football&t=c. Anyone with questions should call or text team administrator Mac Davies at 419-202-4098.


7th annual Bradley Joseph golf outing July 12

The 7th Annual Bradley Joseph Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 12 at the Colonial Golfers Club, Harrod. The proceeds from the outing provide scholarships to pharmacy students from northwest Ohio to go on medical mission trips.

The outing will be a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will hot dogs at the turn and an awards luncheon to follow. The cost for the outing is $45 per golfer. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.


Bluffton and area girls' team runner up at Kenton tourney

The NWO Lunachix 14U travel fastpitch softball team competed in the Kenton Kaos tournament last weekend. On Saturday, they posted the following scores: 
Lunachix 8 vs Shock 0, 
Lunachix 18 vs Marion Diamonds 2,
Lunachix 7 vs Blackhawks 2, and then on Sunday
Lunachix 8 vs Road Warriors 7, 
Lunachix 11 vs Cap City Force 5 and in the final game,
Lunachix 4 vs Ohio Fury 5. 
The team earned runners up for the weekend.


Grandson of Bluffton couple chosen to compete in Youth Olympic Games

2014 Junior Olympic all-around champion (Junior Elite/16 years) Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, was chosen by the USA Gymnastics Men’s Youth Olympic Games Selection Committee to compete in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

Alex is the grandson of Dr. Alan and Diann Yoder, Bluffton. His parents are Mike and Rebecca Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind.


Three Pirate sports camps this summer

Three Bluffton school sports camps are planned in June and July. Here's the schedule:

Bluffton Pirate Youth Football Camp
June 9-12 – Harmon Field
Grates 3rd through 8th (next year’s grades)
Camp time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Bluffton Pirates Boys’ Basketball Camp
June 16-19 – BHS gym
Session 1- 9 to 11 a.m.: 1st through 4th graders
Session 2 – Noon to 2 p.m.: 5th through 8th graders