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January 20, 2017


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Girls' soccer sectional final: It's Bluffton 2 - Allen East 1

Next tourney opponent Saturday; BHS faces winner of Mansfield Christian/Ashland Crestview game

Bluffton hosted the Allen East Mustangs for the second time this year in the Division III sectional semifinal game on Tuesday night. 

Both teams battled significant wind on Steinmetz Field in front of a packed stadium. 

The score was 0-0 at the end of the first half, but the the Lady Pirates managed to land goal 1 at the 33 minute mark of the second half, when Sophomore Averey Rumor played the ball up to Senior Sarah Theisen, who dribbled up field and hit the back of the net. 


2nd place NWC finish for Bluffton 7th grade VB team

Watch out for these future varsity Pirates.

The Bluffton seventh grade girls' volleyball team earned second place in this year's Northwest Conference volleyball play.

Team members are, back from left, Coach Green, Sophie Bricker, Lauren Swartzlander, Skyler Scoles, Kylie Stackhouse, Ellie Nickles, Cara Young, Avery Zuercher, Ella Krupp.

Front from left, Haelyn Bischoff, Alexis White, Kylie Monday, Anna Knauss, Kiera Rieman.



Pirates have their hands full against Ada

Looking at Crestview on Friday

By Sam Brauen
Ada and Bluffton came into their Week 8 matchup headed in two different directions. 

The Bulldogs had won three straight contests while the Pirates found themselves on the short side of the scoreboard the last three weeks.  The game was tight for a half before Ada pulled away in the third quarter for a 38-14 victory. 

Both defenses stood tall in the first quarter.  Bluffton forced a turnover on downs on Ada’s first possession.  On Ada’s next possession, the pass happy Bulldogs attempted a halfback pass. 


Cross country: Pirate boys' finish 6th at NWC meet

Lincolnview won the boys' championship and Columbus Grove won the girls' title in the Northwest Conference cross country meet run Saturday morning in Columbus Grove. 

Bluffton finished sixth overall in the boys' standings and did not enter a girls' team.

Crestview finished second in both races.  Columbus Grove (boys) and Lincolnview (girls) took third place finishes. Junior High races were won by Columbus Grove (boys) and Crestview (girls).


Soccer: Girls' and boys' squads listed on coaches poll

NW Ohio, Division 3, BHS boy's 3rd; BHS girls 8th

For the first time this season both Bluffton varsity soccer teams are ranked in the Northwest Ohio soccer coaches poll.

The boys' team (12-3) is ranked third and the girls' team (11-4-1)is ranked eighth.

The entire northwest Ohio rankings are in the attachment below.


A well-deserved girls' soccer trophy now headed for the BHS trophy case

BHS defeated Delphos Jefferson on the road


Look who just earned a Northwest Conferece trophy!

The Bluffton High School girls' soccer team claimed the Northwest Conference title Thursday night with a 5-1 victory over second place Delphos Jefferson. 

Senior Sarah Theisen scored two goals for the evening, Freshman Kayla White also scored two and one assist; one of her goals on a header off the assist by senior Brooke Koontz, and senior captain Abbie Parkins scored one goal as well as an assist.


Boys' soccer: Pirates pound AE with 24 shots on goal

Bluffton wins 4-0

The Allen East Mustangs visited Bluffton boys' soccer team on Thursday. The Pirates ran at the Mustangs hard from the outset and did not let up. Pirates: 4; Mustangs: 0
Braden Conrad started the scoring at 16:30 minutes, assisted by Luke Young.
Then Isaac Andreas threaded the ball 30 seconds later after a pass from Matt Daws.

Douglas Nester took an assisting pass from Luke Young at the 39th minute and put it in the net.


A win at Delphos will give BHS girls' outright NWC soccer title

Bluffton hosted Crestview Monday for the Lady Pirates' Senior Night.  The home team came away with the win 12-0, with goals by Senior Captain Abbie Parkins (3), Senior Katie Burkholder, Senior Sarah Theisen, Freshman Kayla White (2), Junior Kelli Leugers, Freshman Brinkley Garmatter (2), Senior Captain Sydney Staton, and Senior Jayme Siefer (on a penalty kick).

The Lady Pirates improve their record to 10-4-1 overall, and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference.


Boys' soccer: Pirates earn 10th shutout of the season

Luke Young's goal enough to stop Kalida

On a perfect soccer evening Kalida hosted Bluffton for a non-conference boys' high schoolsocc er match. The Pirates recorded their 10th shut-out of the season, beating the Wildcats 1-0.
Luke Young had the sole score of the game, poking the ball in the net at the 25th  minute, after a long build-up by the Pirates.
On the evening Bluffton took 10 shots on goal hitting the bar or the post three times. Kalida had two shots on goal.
Brayden Recker, the Wildcat keeper had four saves; the Pirates goalie, Levi Smith had two saves.


Bearcat rushing attack too much for Pirates


By Sam Brauen

It was easy to note Friday evening that Spencerville had the size advantage over Bluffton, especially along the lines.  But what became quickly apparent in the game’s first few plays is the Bearcats have an abundance of quickness as well.  Spencerville raced up and down the field through three quarters blowing out Bluffton 42-14.  SHS improved to 6-1 with the win, Bluffton fell to 3-4 with their third straight loss.