October 25, 2014



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Bluffton Soccer registration form now on The Icon

Bluffton Soccer will hold soccer registrations soon for spring team. Registration forms are due no later than Feb 5.

Open registration takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb 2, from 6 to 8 at the middle school. In front of the cafeteria.

Bluffton soccer is a recreational soccer league. It averages 170 players ages 6 to 19 in organized teams. Bluffton teams play other teams across northwestern Ohio in the Black Swam Soccer League, part of the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North.


Onalee Shepler bowls an 864 women's series

Saturday Morning Junior League
Scores bowled on: Jan.7
Boys High Game
Kyle Kirkendall 210
Tyler Snyder 169
Jayden Foltz 155
Brian Deeds 150

Girls High Game
Ashleigh King 105
Molly McCracken 96
Arielle O'Neal 96
Sierrah Foltz 90

Boys High Series (2 Games)
Kyle Kirkendall 357
Tyler Snyder 333
Jayden Foltz 305
Jaret Geiser 285


Two 300 games in a row, 35 of 36 possible strikes and Onalee Shepler is in a class by herself

Onalee Shepler

Onalee Shepler thought her biggest moment in sports was pitching a high school softball no-hitter against Delphos Jefferson.

Then came Wednesday, Jan. 11. Bowling in a Bluffton Southgate Lanes Queen's League Shepler bowled three games where she registered 35 out of a possible 36 strikes.

That translated to a series score of 864, which set a new women's high series at the Bluffton bowling alley. More importantly it was "that close" (one frame) to a perfect three games of bowling.


OHSAA Board of Directors meeting highlights on The Icon

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly scheduled January meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org in the near future.

- The Board approved a memorandum of understanding with The Ohio State University to extend the contract for the Jerome Schottenstein Center to host the OHSAA's wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball state tournaments through 2015.


Onalee Shepler bowls a 772 series at Southgate

Southgate Lanes Weekly Top 7
January 6

Men's High Series
Jake Schroeder 757
Don Boyed 753
John Dunifon 740
Steve Swisher 739
Jim Thorbin 731
Alan Thielen 719
Curtis Davis 718

Women's High Series
Onalee Shepler 772
Ruth Everett 731
Elaine McBeth 585
Gina Bloomfield 543
Cathy Bugner 541
Wendy Erford 528
Amber Biltoft 505


3 Bluffton runners in new year's eve race

Three Bluffton runners participated in the 11th annual Midnight Special 5K in Whitehouse. The race started at 11:45 p.m. Jan. 31, 2011, and finished in the new year. The race is on the Cannonball Trail.

There were a total of 329 runners.

Jonathan Nisly was sixth in the 15-19 men's age group, 20th overall. His time was 19:42.

Hannah Chappell-Dick was second in the 15-19 women's age group, 21st overall, third woman overall. Her time was 19:45.


Thomas Dalton records an 846 series; two 300 games bowled this week at Southgate

Sportsman League
Scores bowled on: Dec.26
High Game
Derek Dukes 279
Brian Huether 267
Bob Moon 266
Steve Swisher 256
Adam Badertscher 256
Steve Swisher 253
Adam Badertscher 250

High Series
Steve Swisher 739
Derek Dukes 736
Adam Badertscher 724
Brian Huether 673
Shannon Ingram 668
Doug Herr 647
Adam Russler 618


Levi Bontrager bowls a 289 at Southgate Lanes

Belles & Beaux League
Scores bowled on: Dec.18
Men's High Game
Derek Dukes 258
Rick Hermiller 256
Jon Burden 235
Dave Bonnell 226

Women's High Game
Pam Baker 234
Beth Green 223
Cathy Bugner 221
Heather May 206

Men's High Series
Derek Dukes 696
Jon Burden 671
Al Simon 655
Rick Hermiller 646


Tyler Snyder bowls a 279 in Southgate high school league action

7 Saturday Morning Junior League
Scores bowled on: Dec.10
Boys High Game
Kyle Kirkendall 205
Tyler Snyder 205
Jayden Foltz 176
Dustin Falk 174

Girls High Game
Ashleigh King 101
Amy Marquart 92
Arielle O'Neal 87
Molly McCracken 83

Boys High Series (2 Games)
Tyler Snyder 405
Kyle Kirkendall 364
Dustin Falk 346
Jayden Foltz 340


Lots of prizes await winners (and 1 loser) in the Icon's college bowl football contest

The Bluffton Icon holiday college football bowl contest is here!

The contest offers viewers the chance to pick winners of 29 bowls held between Dec. 24 all the way to the BCE title game on Jan. 9.

The first bowl in the contest features Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Mississippi (11-2) in the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl. The deadline for entering the contest is 6 p.m. on Christmas eve.