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August 28, 2016


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BHS softball team belts Minster 6-3

After having numerous weather related cancellations the Bluffton Lady Pirates softball team came out swinging in a come-from-behind victory at home against Minster 6-3.

Jazmynn Wilson started a Dinger Party with a homerun over center field.  Sami Fruchey and Katie Prater joined her with their own homeruns over the center field fence. This was Sami's fourth HR of the season placing her at the top of the record book for single season HR's. She has tied Mackayla Wilson's 2014 record.


Pat Wagner Memorial Scholarship Fund established

The Pat Wagner Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with proceeds from the Pat Wagner Memorial 5K, organized by Pat’s students, friends and family. This fund will help high school seniors from Arlington or Liberty-Benton High School pursue a college education.


Yoder grandson plays big role in OSU men's gymnastic Big Ten title

There’s a Bluffton connection to this story – read on:

The Division I NCAA third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team captured the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championship April 1 in front of a hometown crowd of 1,579 at St. John Arena.

The Buckeyes secured their 13th Big Ten title overall and first since 2007. 

Alec Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder of Bluffton, played a huge part in OSU’s finish.


Here's BHS winter NWC scholar athletes

Several Bluffton High School winter athletes were named Northwest Conference scholar athletes recently.

Scholar athletes are determined as follows:

• Must be a letter winner in the sport.

• Gold level: 3.5 or higher GPA during season of the sport.

• Silver level:  3.0 to 3.49 GPA during the season of the sport.

Basketball cheerleaders

Gold – Kaity King, Emily Stratton, Kylee Leugers, Kelli Leugers, Allison Wise, Victoria Hover.

Silver – Lydia Skelly

Girls’ basketball


Bluffton HS softball team 2-1 at start of season

Season preview

At the helm of the Pirate Ship this year is head coach Tony Rumer. He is entering his fourth season leading the Lady Pirates. In his third year as an assistant coach is Daryl Willis and Adam Burris is back for his second season.

The girls are being led this year by two seniors who bring much needed experience to the team.  Both have been varsity starters and earned Pirate varsity letters since joining the team as freshmen. They were members of the 2013 sectional championship team.


3 letterwinners, lots of frosh expected to make Pirate softball season exciting

Bluffton High School's softball team launches its 2016 season with a mix of experience and youngsters. Tony Rumer coaches the team and has a 33-32 win-loss coaching record. Assisting him is Darryl Willis and Adam Burris.

Three returning letter winners from last year's 14-12 overall and 6-2 NWC team include:
• Sami Fruchey, senior, pitcher, all conference
• Taylor Monday, senior, first base, all conference
• Abbie Parkins, junior, third base


First grader, Kalin Osting, excels on ice with the Findlay Junior Trojans

Kalin Osting just finished the 2015-2016 hockey season with the Findlay Junior
Trojans.  The Junior Trojans went 15-5 in tournament play, winning the Mid-Am
Silver Stick Regional in Dayton, and the McCarthy Cup in Newark.

The team qualified to play in the prestigious Silver Stick finals in Detroit,
where they played teams from Georgian Shores, Ontario, and Sturgeon Lake,Ontario.


Hannah Chappell-Dick earns the silver at DIII national meet

Bluffton High School graduate and Eastern Mennonite University senior, Hannah Chappell-Dick, saved her best for last.  Running in her final collegiate mile race Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, Chappell-Dick passed two runners over the final lap to pull away to her second straight silver-medal finish on the big stage.

Along with the second-place finish, Chappell-Dick broke her own EMU and ODAC records with a time of 4:54.32.


Chappell-Dick fourth heading into DIII mile finals

Bluffton High School grad and Eastern Mennonite All-American runner Hannah Chappell-Dick turned on the gas late in her preliminary race at Division III NCAA Nationals on Friday, earning a spot in Saturday's finals.

Despite sitting ninth in the nation entering the indoor national championships, she was second in her heat of the mile in 5:00.23 and will sit fourth out of the 10 finalists.

The top eight finishers in Saturday's race earn All-America status. Start time for the women's mile in Grinnell, Iowa, is set for 2:40pm Eastern time.


March sports contests now listed on Icon sports calendar

Here's certain sign of spring: spring sports.

The Icon is now posting Bluffton High School and Bluffton University spring sports events scheduled in March.

To access the sports calendar, place your cursor over "calendar," and "sports calendar" will drop down. Click on it and it will take you to the sports calendar.
Please be patient: We are still working on April and May.