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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Baseball: Bluffton beats Allen East in tourney opener

Bluffton High School's baseball team defeated Allen East 3-0 in the opening sectional tournament game on May 10. The Pirates face Ottawa-Glandorf on the road on Thursday, May 15.


Terry Otto misses a perfect game by 1 pin

In recent play at Southgate Lanes, Terry Otto was 1 pin short of a perfect game. See attachment for additional scores for the week ending April 18.


Jon Burden's 280 high score at Southgate Lanes

Jon Burden bowled a 280 game last week at Southgate Lanes for the individual high game score. For a list of other high games and high series for men and women, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Scott McCahan, Darrell Bryan bowl 279s at Southgate

The top bowling game and series scores at Southgate Lanes for the week ending April 4 are attached to this story.


Annalee Shepler's 674 high series for women at Southgate

Annalee Shepler bowled games of 258 and 225 and a high series of 674 at Southgate Lanes for the week ending March 21.


For all high game and high series for men and women' bowlers, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


O'Neal takes first in her powerlifting class at Kenton meet

Arielle O'Neal won first place in her class and the Bluffton High School powerlifting team lifted 6,650 pounds at the Kenton State Powerlifting Meet this past weekend. Here are Bluffton's results:

• Arielle O’Neal -1st, top squat and deadlift in her weight class (7th grade, 685 lbs. total weight)

• Olivia Amstutz -3rd (7th grade, 545 lbs. total weight)

• Hannah Conely - 3rd, top squat in her weight class (10th grade, 650 lbs. total weight)

• Jadyn Barhorst - 4th (9th grade, 585 lbs. total weight)


Here's where, when and who: the Spring Pirates plan

Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director, has provided the Icon with the Bluffton Schools spring sports schedules.


The schedules are attached at the bottom of this story.


Ohio Judo Championships held in Bluffton March 29

Bluffton is host to the 2014 Ohio Judo Championships held Saturday, March 29, at BFR Sports and Fitness, Snider Road.

Mark Hunter of Bluffton, president of Ohio Judo, Inc., is the tournament director. The tournament is sponsored by Ameri-Kan Judo and the Chu-To-Bu Judo. Ameri-Kan Judo Club has facilities in Lima, Findlay and Hilliard.


Watch out for these future Pirates!

The success of the Bluffton Red 5th grade boys' basketball team means good things for Pirates fans in the coming years.

Bluffton Red won the NWOYBL league tournament on Saturday, March 1. The Red defeated Allen East Blue 46-16.

Pictured from left are Coach Brandon Mayden, Connor Lee, Simon Derstine, Jack Edwards,
Levi Hohenbrink, Chris Frysinger, Collin Oglesbee, Evan Mayden and Nickolas Jebsen.


OHSAA board okays competitive balance proposal

OHSAA Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Competitive Balance Proposal
Similar Plan from 2013 Will be Voted Upon By Membership in May

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has unanimously approved a Competitive Balance proposal that makes modifications on how schools are placed in tournaments in team sports. The plan, recommended to the Board from the 27-member OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee, is similar to the proposal that member schools voted upon last spring.