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David Yoder

May 27, 2017


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Who ya for? The answer: both. This ONU and OSU supporter wears his school loyalty on his sleeve...or, in this case, his license plate. The two-university plate was spotted on a black Altima on ONU's campus.

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Lincolnview, Grove and then Spencerville in OT

7th grade boy Pirates bring home a NWC trophy

Bluffton Pirate boys' basketball fans have lots to look forward to as the Bluffton Junior High 7th grade team won the Northwest Conference tourney at Convoy on Saturday.


Coached by Dan Garlock, the team was 13-5 overall. In the tournament, Bluffton first defeated Lincolnview then Columbus Grove in the semi-finals.

In the nail-biting title game the Pirates came out on time in overtime defeating Spencerville 35-34. Bluffton also tied for the east side regular season NWC title.


BHS girls NWC runner-up

All conference honors to Alivia Koenig, Abbie Parkins, Averey Rumer

Three members of the Bluffton High School girls' basketball team received all-NWC honors in voting by coaches. In addition, Bluffton was conference runner-up at 7-1.

Pirate honors to:
First team - Alivia Koenig, sophomore
   (repeat first team from last season)
Second team - Abbie Parkins, senior
Honorable mention - Avery Rumer, sophomore

Columbus Grove junior post player Paige Bellman was selected as the 2016-17 NWC Player of the Year.


Pirates lose to Grove, defeat Kenton in OT

Denecker brothers combine for 26 vs. Kenton

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team split its weekend games, losing to Columbus Grove and defeating Kenton.

On Friday, Grove defeated Bluffton 42-39, Grove was led by Caiden Grothaus with 15, the Bulldogs move to 6-13 (NWC 2-5). The Pirates were led by Gabe Denecker with 14, and move to 10-10 (NWC 4-3).

On Saturday, Bluffton defeated Kenton 54-47 in overtime. The Pirates move to 11-10, while the Wildcats move to 12-9 on the season. Gabe Denecker led all scorers tonight with 19, followed by Luke Denecker with 17. Jaron Sharpe led Kenton with 11.


Zane Myers leads Pirates over Riverdale

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team spotted Riverdale 45-32 Saturday night in a non-conference game.

Zane Myers led the Pirates with 10 points.

The box score is attached.


Boys' bball: Pirates stop Ada in NWC action

BHS now 4-2 in the NWC and 9-9 overall

Bluffton High School boys' defeated Ada 57-45, tonight.

Bluffton's Luke Denecker led all scorers with 17 points. Ada moves to 4-14 (0-6) Bluffton moves to 9-9 (4-2).

The box score is attached.


Girls' bball: Koenig shoots Bluffton past Lady Bulldogs

By Cort Reynolds - Ada Icon sports writer

Visiting league co-leader Bluffton outscored Ada by 22 points over the middle quarters to post a convincing 69-41 girls basketball win over the Lady Bulldogs in Northwest Conference play Thursday evening.

The purple and gold fell to 7-13 and 1-6 in the NWC after their fourth straight defeat, while the visitors improved to 15-4 and 7-0 in the league with the victory.

Bluffton will face co-league unbeaten Columbus Grove (6-0 NWC) in the conference finale to decide the championship.


2007 baseball team will join the university athletics hall of fame

The team experieinced an accident that resulted in 7 deaths and 28 injuries

The 2007 Bluffton University baseball team has been selected for induction into Bluffton’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
On March 2, 2007, the Bluffton baseball team experienced an accident that forever changed the lives of the players, coaches, their family and friends and the Bluffton campus community.


Four Pirates win weight class at NWC meet

Cole Wilson, Deandre Nasser, Ryder Romick, Austin Mault

Four Bluffton HS wrestlers won their weight class and two were repeat winners from last year at Saturday's NWC meet.

Ada junior Chase Sumner (138) was named Wrestler of The Year by a vote by the coaches. Mike Abbey of Allen East was voted by his peers as NWC Coach of The Year.

Repeat winners from last year included Chase Sumner (Ada-138), Andrew Foust (DJ-120), Luke Brown (AE-145), Cole Wilson (BL-152) and Deandre Nasser (BL-195). 


Girls' bball: It's Liberty Benton over BHS

Liberty Benton girls' basketball team defeated Bluffton 67-23 on Feb. 7. The box score is attached.


Girls' basketball: Pirates remain unbeaten in NWC

14-4 overall BHS defeated Allen East 58-40

Bluffton High School girls deafeated Allen East 58-40 in a Northwest Conference basketball game tonight. The Pirates move to 14-4, 6-0 in NWC. The Pirates were led by Alivia Koenig with 13 points.

Attached are the box scores