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February 19, 2017


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Drive north on Jackson Street and you may see this car parked across from the high school. It's on a red Chevy and just might belong to Jessica Mayberry, science teacher.

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Northwest Ohio Lunachix fastpitch tryouts Aug. 15

The Northwest Ohio Lunachix fastpitch travel softball team is holding tryouts for the 2015 season on Saturday, Aug. 16 (rain date Aug. 24, 1 and 3 p.m.) at the village park in Bluffton.
11 a.m. tryouts for 14U
1 p.m. tryouts for 16U

If you would like to receive more information, please call Brad Prater at 419-234-1206 or Email bprater1971@gmail.com.


Chappell-Dick and EMU women earn All-Academic Awards

The Eastern Mennonite University women's track & field team and sophomore Hannah Chappell-Dick picked up one final honor from the 2013-14 athletic year, as each was awarded for academic work by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Royals were one of 158 institutions to earn an All-Academic Team recognition.  Eastern Mennonite had a team GPA of 3.40, easily qualifying for the award for the second straight year.  To earn the award, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or higher.


Northwest Ohio Bullfrogs tryouts Aug. 16 and 23 in Bluffton

The Northwest Ohio Bullfrogs will host tryouts for the 2015 baseball season.

Tryouts will be for the 11U and 12U teams, they will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m.

Tryouts will be held at the village park in Bluffton. Persons with questions  contact Ryan Koenig at 419-420-5450 or e-mail cartskoenig@gmail.com.


5th-6th grade two-day volleyball camp at BFR

BFR Sports and Fitness will hold a two-day girls' volleyball camp for girls entering grades 5 and 6.

Campers will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5 from 1-4 p.m. for a variety of skills, drills and modified match play. 


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.