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January 23, 2017


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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.


7th annual Bradley Joseph golf outing July 12

The 7th Annual Bradley Joseph Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 12 at the Colonial Golfers Club, Harrod. The proceeds from the outing provide scholarships to pharmacy students from northwest Ohio to go on medical mission trips.

The outing will be a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will hot dogs at the turn and an awards luncheon to follow. The cost for the outing is $45 per golfer. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.


Bluffton and area girls' team runner up at Kenton tourney

The NWO Lunachix 14U travel fastpitch softball team competed in the Kenton Kaos tournament last weekend. On Saturday, they posted the following scores: 
Lunachix 8 vs Shock 0, 
Lunachix 18 vs Marion Diamonds 2,
Lunachix 7 vs Blackhawks 2, and then on Sunday
Lunachix 8 vs Road Warriors 7, 
Lunachix 11 vs Cap City Force 5 and in the final game,
Lunachix 4 vs Ohio Fury 5. 
The team earned runners up for the weekend.


Grandson of Bluffton couple chosen to compete in Youth Olympic Games

2014 Junior Olympic all-around champion (Junior Elite/16 years) Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, was chosen by the USA Gymnastics Men’s Youth Olympic Games Selection Committee to compete in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.

Alex is the grandson of Dr. Alan and Diann Yoder, Bluffton. His parents are Mike and Rebecca Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind.


Three Pirate sports camps this summer

Three Bluffton school sports camps are planned in June and July. Here's the schedule:

Bluffton Pirate Youth Football Camp
June 9-12 – Harmon Field
Grates 3rd through 8th (next year’s grades)
Camp time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Bluffton Pirates Boys’ Basketball Camp
June 16-19 – BHS gym
Session 1- 9 to 11 a.m.: 1st through 4th graders
Session 2 – Noon to 2 p.m.: 5th through 8th graders


Hannah Chappell-Dick ends record-setting year at nationals

With the May 23 running of the 800m, Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick became Eastern Mennonite University's first participant at a national track meet since 2010. Despite not qualifying for the finals in the event, she caps a very successful sophomore season with the race.


2013-14 Pirate dream team


These senior Bluffton High School athletes were honored at the Limaland 40th High School Sports Award Banquet on May 21 at the Veterans' Memorial Civic and Convention Center.  

Dean Paul, ONU football coach, was the featured speaker. From left, back row, Hunter Smith (track) Isaac Little (football) and Noah Stratton (basketball).


Bluffton HS earns its first-ever NWC Bachman Award

Bluffton High School won the Northwest Conference 2013-14 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” for the first time with a strong finish in the spring sports season. 

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.

The Pirates compiled a total of 80.5 points to defeat Crestview (79) in a close race. Columbus Grove finished third with 70 points. For the first time in the history of the award all league schools had at least one championship/co-championship.


Football point differential rule among OHSAA sport regulation changes for 2014-15

• Football Point Differential Rule Among OHSAA Sport Regulation
Changes for 2014-15
• Baseball & softball doubleheaders now permitted on school days;
Ohio joining other states in adopting second-half running clock in
lopsided football games


Sam Fruchey, BHS baseball coach, named NWC coach of the year

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2014 baseball season. senior Damian Helm, a pitcher/first baseman from Crestview was named Player of the Year.  This follows Helm's selection as player of the year in basketball and receiving co-player of the year honors last year in baseball.  Helm was a near unanimous selection receiving 159 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting.