September 20, 2014


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Hannah Chappell-Dick ends record-setting year at nationals

With the May 23 running of the 800m, Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick became Eastern Mennonite University's first participant at a national track meet since 2010. Despite not qualifying for the finals in the event, she caps a very successful sophomore season with the race.


2013-14 Pirate dream team


These senior Bluffton High School athletes were honored at the Limaland 40th High School Sports Award Banquet on May 21 at the Veterans' Memorial Civic and Convention Center.  

Dean Paul, ONU football coach, was the featured speaker. From left, back row, Hunter Smith (track) Isaac Little (football) and Noah Stratton (basketball).


Bluffton HS earns its first-ever NWC Bachman Award

Bluffton High School won the Northwest Conference 2013-14 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” for the first time with a strong finish in the spring sports season. 

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.

The Pirates compiled a total of 80.5 points to defeat Crestview (79) in a close race. Columbus Grove finished third with 70 points. For the first time in the history of the award all league schools had at least one championship/co-championship.


Football point differential rule among OHSAA sport regulation changes for 2014-15

• Football Point Differential Rule Among OHSAA Sport Regulation
Changes for 2014-15
• Baseball & softball doubleheaders now permitted on school days;
Ohio joining other states in adopting second-half running clock in
lopsided football games


Sam Fruchey, BHS baseball coach, named NWC coach of the year

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2014 baseball season. senior Damian Helm, a pitcher/first baseman from Crestview was named Player of the Year.  This follows Helm's selection as player of the year in basketball and receiving co-player of the year honors last year in baseball.  Helm was a near unanimous selection receiving 159 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting. 


Noah Stratton named NWC track male athlete of the year - again

Although Columbus Grove won the boys' Northwest Conference track championship for the 3rd year in a row with Coach Chris Grothaus being voted as Coach of the Year by his peers.  Senior Noah Stratton (Bluffton) was voted as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. Stratton won first place in both the 400m Dash and the 4x200m Relay while finishing 2nd in the 200m Dash and the 4x400m Relay.


June 17 deadline to enter BFR 3v3 soccer tourney

BFR Sports and Fitness will hold a “Goals Galore” summer 3v3 soccer tournament on Saturday, June 28.

The single day tournament for teams at U8 through adult divisions (max. roster size of 5). A $75 fee is due by June 17; if space allows teams can be added after that day for $85 per team.

Small fields (60 ft x 40 ft) with small goals.

Click here for the registration form

Click here for event details


Registrations underway for BFR Aug. 30 5K event

Registrations are being accepted for the Saturday, Aug. 30, BFR Sports and Fitness Labor Day 5K Run or Walk, featuring a Pump and Run.


The race course: begins and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. Click here for a course map.

Race times:

• 5K Run/Walk (including Pum and Runners) 9:15 a.m.

• Fun Run/Walk 10 a.m.


Here's Bluffton's undefeated U-10 soccer team

The Bluffton Stars U-10 soccer team was undefeated this season and took 1st place at the Riverdale Spring Classic.



Hannah Chappell-Dick qualifies for NCAA national meet

Bluffton High School girls' track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick, a runner at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., officially qualifies for the NCAA National Track & Field Championships in the 800 meter.

Her time of 2:11.89 has her 10th in the nation. The national meet is Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24, at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.