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March 6, 2015


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Softball: Pirates pick up another NWC win at Delphos

By Angie Palte

The Lady Pirates picked up another conference win on Monday, as they traveled to Delphos to take on the Wildcats. The Pirates are now 4-2 in the NWC and 9-6 on the season.

Lead off batter Katie Palte got things started for the Pirates with a nice bunt and quickly rounded the bases to third on a Wildcat overthrow to first. Lauren Parkins was able to pick up the RBI as she was thrown out at first, putting the Pirates up 1-0.


NHL playoffs: Wings drop Game 3 at home

By Mitch Gatzke
The Detroit Red Wings lost game three of their opening round series against the Nashville Predators on Sunday afternoon, giving Nashville a 2-1 series lead.

The Predators took an early lead, striking first less than three minutes into the game. Shea Weber collected and scored on a rebound that escaped Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and his teammates. The rest of the first went by pretty uneventfully and the Wings headed to the locker room down by a goal.


Matt Foltz and Eric Brough bowl 300 games at Southgate Lanes

Sportsman League
Scores bowled on: Apr.9
High Game
Steve Swisher 289
John Dailey 278
Joe Bennett 268
Jim Herr 266
Chris Lee 258
Denny Caskie 246
John Dailey 246
Dick Herr 246
Alan Thielen 246
Derek Dukes 246

High Series
John Dailey 757
Steve Swisher 717
Paul Simko 685
Derek Dukes 674
Chris Lee 670
Alan Thielen 670
Jim Herr 659
Joe Bennett 659


Red Wings take game 2, even up series

By Mitch Gatzke
The spillover from game one didn't take long to boil over in game two of the Detroit- Nashville NHL playoff series. Just a minute and a half into the game Todd Bertuzzi engaged Shea Weber and soon enough the two were throwing punches at one another.


Both Pirate teams dominate in dual track meet with P-G

By Ryan Schadewald
Tuesday, April 10 was a tough weather day for the track and field athletes of Bluffton and Pandora-Gilboa High Schools. Temperatures that hovered around 40 degrees with 15 mile per hour winds made the going tough for both sides at the Bluffton University track, where the Pirates were able to earn victories on both the boy's and girl's side.

Leading the Pirates on the girl's side on the track was Hannah Chappell-Dick, Jill Steinmeitz, and Delaney Reinecke, with all of them winning two events.


OHSAA board adopts recommendation to add 7th football division

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be adding a seventh tournament division in football beginning in 2013, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced. The addition of a seventh division was approved by the OHSAA's Board of Directors by a 6 to 3 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday.

The plan will place the top 10 percent of schools based on enrollment in Division I, with the remaining 644 schools divided evenly among the next six divisions. This will leave 72 schools in Division I with the other six divisions averaging approximately 108 schools.


Red Wings Drop Game 1 in Nashville

By Mitchell Gatzke
The Detroit Red Wings began their playoff journey Wednesday night in Nashville against the Predators. The result was not a favorable one for Wings fans as they went down by a game in the series with a 3-2 loss.

Paul Gaustad opened up the scoring in the first period in an extremely lucky fashion. The Predators forward collected the puck behind the net, skated into the corner and simply shot it in front of the net.


Lady Pirate softball team pounds Pandora-Gilboa 17-5

By Angie Palte

The Bluffton Lady Pirates have had a busy first two weeks of the softball season. The Pirates swatted down their first three opponents, McComb, Carey, and USV before stumbling to Ottawa Glandorf 8-1 and Perry in a double header 11-8 and 10-3.

The Pirates traveled to Spencerville last Thursday for the NWC season opener against the Bearcats and came away with an easy 10-2 win.


Eric Brough bowls a 299, Mark Baden 297 at Southgate

Belles & Beaux League
Scores bowled on: April 1
Men's High Game
Dan Dailey 269
Rick Baker 263
Bill Goodwin 246
Jon Burden 234

Women's High Game
Heather May 225
Gina Bloomfield 204
Sue Burden 192
Beth Diamond 191

Men's High Series
John Dailey 681
Rick Baker 673
Greg Amstutz 647
Bill Goodwin 645


Southgate Lanes recognizes Saturday morning junior bowling champs

Southgate Lanes junior bowling leagues concluded recently for the 2011-12 Saturday morning season.

Several teams and individuals received awards. Photos of the winners follow.