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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Football: Grove over Pirates 21-6

Columbus Grove defeated Bluffton in a rainy final football game of the 2014 season. 

Game stats are below.


How about those Pirates! BHS 48 - Paulding 0

By Delano Whidbee
Bluffton Pirates football team had a big day, shutting out Paulding Panthers 48-0 at Harmon Field on Oct. 24. A stadium full the Pirates showed up in all phases to come out on top.

Mid-way through the first quarter Mitchell Ault found Robbie Stratton on a 27 yard pass completion for a touchdown. Point after kick by Kaleb Jefferson was good, 7-0 Bluffton. During the 2nd quarter BHS put their foot on the gas pedal and didn’t let up scoring 5 touchdowns. 


Three Pirates named to NCOSA all-league teams

Three Bluffton High School girls' soccer players were name to the North Central Ohio Soccer Association all-league teams this week.

Name to the first team is Sarah Theisen, sophomore, forward. Named to the second team is Katie Burkholder, sophmore, midfielder. Named to the third team is Jadyn Barhorst, sophomore, goalkeeper.

The entire list of team members is in the attachment.


Mark Delisle wins week 9; one more week remains in Icon high school football contest


The winner of Week 9 of The Icon Football Contest is Mark Delisle.  Two contestants correctly picked 9 games this week and Mark was declared the winner by virtue of the 2nd tie-breaker. 


How about those Pirates! 48-0 over Paulding

Bluffton High School jumped to a 42-0 halftime lead to defeat Paulding 48-0 on Friday night.

For game stats open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Kevin King co-coach of East team volleyball match

The 2014 All-Star Volleyball Match for District 8 seniors will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Van Wert High School. Admission is $2 for adults $1 for students.

There will be one match of three games between the players of the two divisions.  Those schools represented include Division I/II/III East (Coaches:  Bluffton, OG):
Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Findlay, Liberty Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Ottawa-Glandorf, Shawnee; Division I/II/III West (Coaches:  Elida, Wapak), Celina, Coldwater, Defiance, Elida, Fort Recovery, Parkway, St. Marys, Van Wert, Wapakoneta


Sarah Thiesen named to first team all-NWC girls' soccer

Bluffton High School girls' soccer player Sarah Thiesen, sophomore, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in girls' soccer. Jadyn Barhorst, sophomore, was named to the second team. Kayla Kindle, freshman, was named honorable mention.

Allen East sophomore Leah Casey was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year. Lamar Houston (AE) was selected as "Coach of the Year" in the balloting.


Andie Schmutz named 2nd team all-NWC

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, a sophomore, was named to the second team, all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. Lauren Parkins and Sidney Joseph were named honorable mention.

Crestview senior Courtney Trigg was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year.” Trigg had also earned first team honors in last year's balloting. Tammy Gregory of Crestview was voted NWC Coach of the Year by her peers.


Todd Basinger, Ryan Studabaker bowl 287 games at Southgate

Todd Basinger and Ryan Studabaker each bowled 287 games last week at Southgate Lanes. They tied for men's high game scores. Meanwhile Brian Huether had the men's high series at 747.

Ruth Everett's 238 was the high woman's game score and Onalee Shepler's 635 was the high woman's series.

Open the attachment for the top week's bowlers.


BHS girls' cross country team headed to regionals; Nisly finishes 4th overall; Jacob Barnett qualifies for boys' regional

Despite the dreary, cold weather on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Bluffton Pirate girls' and boys' cross country teams performed well. 


The meet took place at Ottawa Park. Jacob Barnett was the lone regional qualifier for the boys’ team. The girls’ team captured 4th place, moving them on to the regional tournament at Tiffin on Oct. 25.