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July 31, 2015


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BHS grad earns silver medal at NCAA indoor track and field championship

In a race on the national stage, Bluffton High School track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick, running for Eastern Mennonite University, had a strong finish to grab the silver medal in the mile at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships.  

Chappell-Dick completes an incredible indoor season with the race, earning All-American honors for the first time in her career.


Clay Wilson will sign letter of intent to play at Marian University

Clay Wilson, Bluffton High School senior, will sign a letter of intent to pole vault for Marian University, Indianapolis, Ind. He will sign the letter on March 18 at Bluffton High School.

Next spring, Wilson will join Head Coach Michael Holman, in Indianapolis, after a distinguished athletic career at Bluffton High School. 

In 2014, Wilson finished second at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division III regional track meet, jumping 14feet 4 inches.

Also, Wilson finished 3rd place at the OHSAA Division III state track meet, jumping 14-4.


Hannah Chappell-Dick South/Southeast Region athlete of the year

Bluffton HS track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick has been named the South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year.  Eastern Mennonite's middle distance runner earned three gold medals at the ODAC Indoor Championships and will be participating in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Chappell-Dick, a junior at Eastern Mennonite, was given the award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association member coaches from the region.  She is the fastest woman in the region both at 800m and in the mile. 


Levi Kistler named all-NWC second team; Rumer, Ault honorable mention

Bluffton's Levi Kistler, a senior, was named to the second team all-Northwest Conference in boys' basketball. Two Pirate teammates were named honorable mention.

Columbus Grove senior Jace Darbyshire was chosen as the 2014-15 NWC Player of The Year by Northwest Conference boys’ basketball coaches at the annual selection meeting in late February. Darbyshire received 113 total points to edge out Connor Lautzenheiser (CV) and Trey Smith (DJ) in the coaches’ voting.


There's another Pirate team to watch - looks like good sailing ahead for these girls

The plot thickens.

On March 4 the Icon posted the team photo of the Bluffton seventh grade boys' basketball team. That team won the Northwest Conference basketball title. 

Here's chapter two: It's the same story with the Bluffton eighth grade girls' team, who finished the season 15-1 and a 3-0 tournament record. (This team has back-to-back  trophies in the trophy case.)

This means, somewhere between the next season and 2019-20 basketball seasons these girls will become household names in Bluffton. 


Parkins and Schmutz receive all-conference basketball honors

Two members of Bluffton High School's girls' basketball team won Northwest Conference honors. 

• Abbie Parkins, sophomore, was named to the NWC second team.
• Andie Schmutz, sophomore, was named NWC honorable mention  

Ada senior Tori Wyss was selected as the 2014-15 NWC Player of The Year in voting by Northwest Conference girls basketball coaches.


Watch out for these undefeated Pirates - we have lots to look forward to!

Somewhere between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 basketball seasons these guys will become household names in Bluffton. Right now they are Bluffton seventh graders. This season, the basketball team coached by Ryan Dunlap went 19-0, winning the Northwest Conference.

In an understatement, Dunlap told the Icon that this was a dream season. All Pirate fans are following that dream.


P-G 8th grade boys win BVC basketball conference title

The Pandora-Gilboa Rockets eighth grade basketball team brought home the BVC Conference Championship title for the second year in a row.

The team, coached by P-G alumnus Nathan Lee, includes: back row, l-r, Coach Nathan Lee, Nick Norton, Nick Meyer, Jared Breece, Riley Larcom, Eli Stall, Austin Niese, Peyton Traxler, Travis Maag and Zeb George. Front row, cheerleaders, Kaileigh Morris, Macy Rieman, Sam Inbody and Brooke Meyer.


It's BHS 64 Jefferson 56 in boys' basketball

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team defeated Delphos Jefferson 64 to 56 at home on Friday. 

Bret Rumer lead all scorers with 19 points.

Open the attachment to view the box score.


Hannah Chappell-Dick breaks the 5-minute mile

Don't tell Hannah Chappell-Dick to slow down.

The Bluffton HS grad, broke the five-minute barier for the first time as she charted a 4:56.37 in the mile at a recent USC Invitational. She runs indoor track for Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

In the race, she shattering her own school record of 5:05.65. The junior also sits at No. 4 in the nation this year with the time. She placed sixth at the meet, behind runners from Virginia Tech and North Carolina.