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February 14, 2016

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Boys' soccer: Pirates blank LCC and move to district finals

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team defeated Lima Central Catholic 4-0 on Oct. 27 in district action at Kalida.

This is the third consecutive postseason shutout for the Pirates as they move into the district final with a 4-0 victory over LCC.

Game stats follow:

Halftime: B, 3-0 Goals: (B) Begg, (B) Routson, (B) Smucker, (B) Harlow. Assists: (B) J Schwab.
Shots on Goal: B, 15-2. Corner Kicks: B, 8-2,Saves: B,Smith (2); LCC,Smith (7)

LCC 6-9-4
Bluffton 12-6-1



University hosts Division II volleyball district

Bluffton University will host the OHSAA Division II District volleyball semifinals tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 27) in the Sommer Center.

6:15 p.m. - Van Wert vs. St. Marys

8 p.m. - Celina vs. Wapakoneta

Bluffton will also host the finals between tonight's winners at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.


Football: Pirates crush Knights; fighting for playoffs

By Sam Brauen
For the 12 Pirate seniors, there was no better way to walk off Harmon Field than with a big win under their belts.  Bluffton dominated Crestview 41-28 to move to 6-3 and keep their playoff push alive.  

Bluffton is now 6-3 and ninth in the most recent OHSAA computer rankings.  The top eight teams make the postseason. The Pirates will look for win number seven at Columbus Grove Friday.


Bluffton boys' champs of inaugural NWC soccer league competition

The Bluffton High School boys' soccer team have several reason to cheer.

• The varisty won the Northwest Conference title at 5-0
• Tucker Routson, senior, was voted the 2015 Northwest Conference player of the year
• Steve Smucker, BHS coach, was selected as NWC coach of the year.

This season was the first-ever season for boys' soccer as a conference sport in the NWC.

Several other Pirates received all-league honors. Tristan Smucker, sophomore, Antony Kingsley, junior, and Cole Harlow, senior, were named the NWC first team along with Routson.


Volleyball: Kevin King named NWC coach of the year

Kevin King of Bluffton was voted NWC Coach of the Year by his peers in voting that took place earlier this week. Bluffton finished 5-3 in the NWC and 10-12 overall in a rebuilding year for the Pirates.

Bluffton players, Andie Schmutz, junior, was named to the first team, Haley Baker, junior, to the second team and Sami Fruchey, senior, honorable mention.


Girls' soccer: It's Bluffton 2 - Mohawk 0

Bluffton HIgh School girls' soccer team defeated Mohawk 2-0 on Oct. 20.

Abbey Parkins scored 2 goals for Bluffton.  First half assist from Ashley Augsburger to Parkins. 

Second half assist from Averey Rumer off a flicked header to Parkins who finished with a header to go up 2-0. 

Bluffton's goalkeeper, Jadyn Barhorst, recorded 8 saves in the shutout win, with the support of her defense.


Boys' soccer: BHS 7 New Knoxville 0 - sectional tourney

Bluffton boys' soccer team blanked New Knoxville 7-0 in the opening sectional tournament round played at BHS on Oct. 20.

Game stats follow:

Halftime: B, 4-0 Goals: (B) Harlow, (B) Andreas, (B) Nester, (B) Harlow, (B) Smucker, (B) Tatarkov, (B) Burrell. Assists: (B) Kingsley (2), (B) Bourassa, (B) Routson, (B) I Schwab.

Shots on Goal: B, 22-0. Corner Kicks: B, 9-4,Saves: NK,Lehman (14); B,Smith (0)

Bluffton 10-6-1

New Knoxville 0-17-0



Pirate football: Defense picks off four Ada passes in big win

By Sam Brauen

The place to be was War Memorial Stadium in Ada on Friday evening. 

The field turned out to be aptly named as the Bluffton Pirate football team fought, scratched and clawed their way to a 27-21 victory over Ada. The win was of high importance for a few reasons. 

First, it stopped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates.  In a much longer term, it snapped an eight-year losing streak at the hands of the Bulldogs.  Both Ada and Bluffton owned 5-3 records heading into Week 9.


Football Pirates move up to 10th in Region 22

Following a big win on Friday against Ada, the Bluffton High School football team moved from 12th to 10th in Division VI state computer rankings. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs. 

To view the entire rankings, click here.


BHS Barnett NWC male runner of the year; Nisly female runner-up

Northwest Conference cross country meet - Bluffton's Jacob Barnett ran the best individual time of 17:00 in winning the boys' race and was voted by the coaches as NWC Male Runner of the Year.  Boone Brubaker (CG; 17:04) finished second with Austin Elick (LV, 17:12) completing the race as the third place finisher.