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Part II of NFL Preview: Breaking down the AFC and NFC North divisions

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
For previous columns click here.
Part II of NFL Preview: Breaking down the AFC and NFC North divisions
AFC North
Baltimore Ravens, 12-4, won AFC north division title, lost in AFC title game
The Coach- John Harbaugh has had much success as the coach for the Ravens over his first four years. He drafted a talented young QB from the University of Delaware in Joe Flacco, who is entering a contract year and has maintained one of the best defenses in recent memory year in and year out.


Bluffton team champs of Northwest Pony League

Bluffton's Pony League baseball recently won the Northwest Pony League title. With a final record of 8-2, the Bluffton Diamond Sports team played games during the months of June and July.
The Northwest Pony League is made up of teams from Elida, Lima Senior, Ada, Upper Scioto Valley, Waynesfield, Lima Central Catholic, Perry and Bluffton.
Bluffton beat Waynesfield and LCC during tournament play to earn the first seed spot going into the final game. Bluffton came out on top in the championship game with a final score of 16-8.


NFL 2012 preview - A look at NFC East

Here is The Icon's continuing preview of the 2012 NFL season. This story covers the NFC East.
Click here for a preview of AFC North
By Jake Dowling, Icon intern


BHS Athletic Booster drive Aug. 7

Bluffton High School Athletic Boosters have two events planned prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
The annual booster drive is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7. Senior athletes will have a group photo taken before the drive begins.
The fall sports photo day is Tuesday, Aug. 14.


Are you ready for some NFL football? Here's the first of a six part NFL preview

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
This is a six-part series preview of the upcoming 2012 NFL season. Each part will be broken down by division for each conference, followed by a two-part series on playoff predictions.
Each team is broken down one-by-one under three categories: A team's coach and his staff, a team's quarterback and the weapons around him, and a team's defense. These are the three main ingredients to determining a team's success in the season.


Registration open for British Soccer Camp coming to BFR

Scene from last summers' British Soccer Camp at BFR

The British are coming...to BFR!
BFR Sports & Fitness will host the Challenger British Soccer Camp again
this July. Challenger Camps are offered across the nation to youth soccer players of all levels. The BFR camp will be held July 30 to Aug. 30 with morning and/or evening sessions available.
Children ages 4-6 years will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m., children ages 6-16 will attend the morning session from 9 a.m.-noon or 5-8 p.m.
Full day pricing is available, as well, and includes attendance at both the morning and evening sessions.


Mandatory meeting for Bluffton parents/athletes July 23

There will be a mandatory meeting for all Bluffton High School and middle school parents/athletes participating in a fall sport, according to Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director.
The meeting is at 7 p.m., Monday, July 23, Bluffton High School gym,


Bluffton Sardines score 1,025 points to finish 6th in WOAL meet

The Bluffton Sardines finished sixth in the eight-team Western Ohio Aquatics League (WOAL) meet held July 13-14 at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.
Team results follow:
1 - Westside 2,443
2 - Wapakoneta 1,958
3 - Ada Lost Creek 1,948
4 - Shawnee Country Club 1,685
5 - Sherwood 1,278
6 - Bluffton 1,025
7 - Van Wert 1,001
8 - Kenton 705.5
For individual Bluffton results open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


BFR Labor Day Weekend 5K Run/Walk set for Sept. 1

BFR's annual benefit 5K race is Saturday, Sept. 1, according to Carole Enneking, direcor.

The race/walk begins at BFR and its course travels through the streets of
Bluffton and around the Buckeye Park. First-time 5K participants are
recognized with special ribbons at the end of the race.

A 1 Mile Fun Run is included. For those looking for a harder workout, the Pump and Run Challenge adds a bench press component prior to the run. Cost for the 5K is $15, and $10 for the Fun Run.


U6 soccer registration underway at BFR

U6 Soccer registration is now open at BFR, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator at BFR Sports and Fitness. Children ages 4-6 may sign up. The fall league begins Sept. 11 and registrations are due by Sept. 3. Call 419-358-4150 for more information.