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July 6, 2015


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Bumpy road for Pirates boys' ball team

By Evan Skilliter

The road was not friendly to the Pirates over the weekend as BHS lost their second and third consecutive road contests on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31.  The Pirates kept both games close, but dropped their record to 11-5 (1-3 NWC) after a 56-52 loss at Allen East and a 67-60 loss at Van Buren.


Thayne Recker's 53-point game sets three records

The bar is raised.

When Scott Bergman scored 50 points for Bluffton University against Anderson in Founders Hall on Jan. 22, 2005, Beaver fans figured that record might not ever be touched.

Then came Thayne Recker.

He scored 53 points against Hanover on Jan. 31. The Beavers won the contest 103-102 and it took two overtimes to do it.

Recker’s 53 points not only broke a Bluffton University single-game scoring record. It also broke the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference record of 51 set by Manchester's Burt Paddock in 1996.


Onalee Shepler week at Southgate Lanes

It was Onalee Shepler week at Southgate Lanes Bowling Alley, Bluffton. Shepler had the women’s high game score of 255 , the third highest score at 217 and the women’s high series at 659.

John Peterman and Dan Moorman tied at 286 for the men’s highest game score. Bob Edwards’ 750 was the men’s high series score.

The attachment at the bottom of this story lists all the high scores of the week ending Jan. 30.


Pirates win defensive battle over WBL Kenton

By Evan Skilliter

Shots were not falling and points were not adding up for the Pirates as they played host to the Kenton Wildcats on Tuesday night, Jan. 27, but a strong defensive effort from the home team helped tame a physical Wildcats offense and helped lead BHS to a low scoring, 43-37 victory.

The win pushed the Pirates record to 11-3 (1-2 NWC) and helped them extend their record to 3-1 against Western Buckeye League opponents this season.


Basinger, Preston, Bugner bowl 279 games

Todd Basinger, Randy Preston and Shane Bugner each bowled games of 279 to tie for men’s high game scores last week at Southgate Lanes. Gina Bloomfield’s 248 was the high woman’s game score.

The attachment to this story shows the week’s high games and high series.


Isaac Little has second highest GPA on Cincinnati football team

Isaac Little, freshman outside liinebacker on the University of Cincinnati's football team, achieved the second highest GPA on the football team this fall.

Little, a Bluffton High School grad and standouting Pirate athlete, achieved a 3.938 grade point average.


Kenton comes to town Tuesday facing BHS boys'

By Evan Skilliter

A strong, 21-point performance from Levi Kistler and a solid first half performance from the Pirates was not enough to contain a talented Spencerville offense as the Bearcats outscored Bluffton 33-19 in the second half en route to a 52-38 Northwest Conference victory.

Junior Zach Goecke turned in 18 points for Spencerville (9-3, 3-1 NWC), 10 of which came in a huge third quarter for the Bearcats.  Bluffton fell to 10-3, 1-2 in the NWC.


Tonight's BHS contest vs. Spencerville could "burn the barn down"

By Evan Skilliter

The Bluffton High School boys' basketball team has posted one of the best starts in team history, boasting a 10-2 record through their first 12 games.  The last Bluffton boys' team to enjoy a similar start was the 2006-2007 team that started 9-3 and went on to finish the season with a 15-7 record.


Former BHS track coach, Steve Bruskotter, will join Ohio track coaches hall of fame

Long-time Bluffton High School track coach, Steve Bruskotter, will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame this month.

Bruskotter will join the Hall during a banquet ceremony on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hilton at Easton, Columbus, according to Neal Charske, Hall of Fame chairperson.

The official 2015 class includes:

Ed Barker Award recipient: 
Vern Kiehl


6-0 Pirates face Arlington in boys' holiday tourney title game

Here's results from the opening night of the McDonald's Bluffton boys' basketball tourney:

Arlington defeated Allen East 61-48, and Bluffton defeated Cory-Rawson 57-43.

Allen East (home team) will face Cory-Rawson (away team) in the consolation game Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The championship game will follow with Arlington (home team) facing Bluffton (away team).

Open the attachment at the bottom for the BHS game stats. Bluffton is now 6-0.