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Kyle Cutnaw resigns as Bluffton HS football coach

Bluffton High School head football coach Kyle Cutnaw resigned his position Monday. Coach Cutnaw leaves the Pirate football program after just two seasons at the helm. 

Just weeks ago, Bluffton concluded a 7-3 season, the most single season wins in a decade.

Cutnaw cited personal, family reasons for his resignation. He went 10-10 in his two years as coach.

Bluffton will now look for a new head football coach, something a bit out of the ordinary for the usually stable program.  Cutnaw took the reigns following a 25-year run by Dennis Lee.

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Samantha Fruchey signs letter of intent to play at Malone

On Nov. 11, Bluffton High School senior Samantha Fruchey signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Malone University in Canton.

She will join Coach Kathryn Bzdafka and the Pioneer softball team next fall.

In her time at Bluffton High School, Fruchey has been a standout on the volleyball and softball teams, earning all Northwest Conference honors in both sports.

Her success also extends beyond athletics. She is an honor roll student, a Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete, and a member of the Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Committee.

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Nine Bluffton HS soccer players honored at district level

Nine Bluffton High School soccer player received Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association honors.

Girls – Division 3

Honorable mention
Jadyn Barhorst, junior
Kayla Kindle, sophomore
Kelli Leugers, junior
Abbie Parkins, junior

Boys and girls
Recognized for the high academic achievement for a GPA of 3.7 or above for their high school careers
Cole Harlow
Anna Fredritz

Boys Division 3

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Ault sets career marks for Pirate football program

Senior Mitchell Ault left his mark on the Bluffton football program.  The three-year starting quarterback ended his gridiron career as the high school’s record holder for yardage (5,645), touchdowns (60) and completions (380). The previous marks were held by Jarod Davies who totaled 3,574 yards on 281 completions with 35 touchdowns. 

Ault also garnered First Team All Northwest Conference accolades in voting of the league’s coaches.  In 2015, Ault completed 108 of 189 passes for 1,576 yards and 17 scores. 

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Several Pirates receive all-NWC football honors

Several Bluffton High School players received all Northwest Conference football honors this year.

They include on offense:
• Mitchell Ault, senior, first team, quarterback
• Dakota Bricker, sophomore, first team, receiver
• Sam Crisp, senior, honorable mention
• Dustin Falk, junior, honorable mention 

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Pirates beat Grove 10-7; finish regular season at 7-3

By Sam Brauen
It’s never easy to win in certain venues and Clymer Stadium in Columbus Grove is a prime example.

GAME STATS BELOW

Despite racking up yardage, first downs and generally outplaying the host Bulldogs for most of the game, Bluffton found themselves trailing late in the fourth quarter. 

That’s when Mitchell Ault scrambled from the six yard line and completed a pass to Joel Siefker that allowed BHS to win the game by a 10-7 score.

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BHS finishes regular season at 7-3 with win over Grove; game stats here

Bluffton High School defeated Columbus Grove on the road tonight 10-7. The Pirates finish the regular season 7-3.

Sitting in the number 9 spot in its region, with the right combination of losses in spots 1 to 8, the Pirates could qualify for a playoff stop.

BHS-Grove game stats are in the attachment below.

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Girls' soccer: Six Pirates receive all-NWC honors

Six members of the Bluffton High School girls' soccer team received all-Northwest Conference honors at the end of the season. Bluffton finished in 3rd place at 4-1-1 and 5-10-1 overall.

First team from Bluffton: 
• Abbie Parkins, junior
• Jadyn Barhorst, junior

Second team from Bluffton:
• Kayla Kindle, sophomore
• Katie Burkholder, junior
• Aylssa Snider, senior

Honorable mention from Bluffton:
•Averey Rumer, freshman

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Pirates 9th in Region 22 computer ranking

Bluffton High School's football team is currently 9th in Division VI Region 22 Ohio computer rankings.

With one regular season game to play, with a BHS win at Columbus Grove and a loss by one of the top 8 teams, the Pirates have a chance to make the playoffs.

CLICK HERE for the entire state rankings.

Along with cheering for a Pirate victory, Bluffton fans should also take up a rooting interest in Twins Valley South who play Miami East (8th spot) Friday night.

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Volleyball: Fruchey on District 8 all-star senior team; Schmutz named second team all-district

Samantha Fruchey, Bluffton senior, will participate in the District 8 All-Star volleyball match held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Bluffton University’s Sommer Center.

Fruchey is on the Division I-II-III East team. Coaching the East team is Cristy Gray, Liberty Benton and Mike Etzler, Coldwater.

In addition, Andie Schmutz of Bluffton was named to the Division I-II-III all-district second team.

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