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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.


Two more university soccer camps for youth this summer

Bluffton University continues its summer soccer camps, according to Rick Nussbaum, men's and women's soccer coach.

The next camp is for kindergarten to sixth graders and is held July 8-12. A registration deadline is July 1. The camp takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and registration is $60 per camper. This camp replaces the Grace Mennonite Soccer Camp held in previous years.

The final camp of the summer is for kindergarten to sixth graders. It is held Aug. 15-17. Price is $30 and the registration deadline is Aug. 3.

For details:

Rich Nussbaum


Austin Blaski, PG grad, drafted by Milwaukee Brewers

Pandora-Gilboa grad Austin Blaski, pitching for Marietta College

By Jake Dowling, Icon summer intern
Imagine being one of the most successful baseball players in the state of Ohio, you recently graduated from college, and have endless possibilities ahead. Now imagine being picked up by a professional baseball team, joining its staff, going all throughout the country, oh, and making a little more money on the side.

This is the life of Austin Blaski, the Milwaukee Brewers new pitching prospect, who was drafted 665th overall in the 21st round in Major League Baseball's draft earlier this month.


Here's the results of the first four swim meets of the season

The Icon has individual results from the first four swim meets of the season. Scores follow; results are in the attachments at the bottom of this story.

June 11
Kenton 313
Bluffton 229

Bluffton 262
Kenton 146

June 14
Wapakoneta 369
Bluffton 252

Wapakoneta 379

June 18

Westside 442
Bluffton 165


3rd annual Bluffton Legion Golf Scramble registration underway

The third annual Bluffton American Legion Post 382 Golf Scramble is Saturday, July 21, at the Bluffton Golf Club.

Tee time is 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. A shotgun start begins the scramble.

The cost per person is $50 and $200 per team. The scramble's proceeds help the Legion sponsor Buckeye Boy and Girl State participants, Wounded Warriors, Honor Flight, Youth Oratorical Contest, American Scholarship Fund and the Veterans Food Pantry.

The accompanying flyer lists all the details of the event. A registration form is also an attachment to this story.


Registration underway for July 7 George H. Frazee III Golf Outing

The fifth annual George H. Frazee III Golf Outing, which is an 18-hole, four-persons scramble, takes place with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday, July 7, at the Bluffton Golf Club.

The purpose of the outing is to raise funds in support of the George H. Frazee III Bluffton University Scholarship Fund.

A team registration form is an attachment to this story. All other information about the scramble is on the form.