September 1, 2014


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Here's where, when and who: the Spring Pirates plan

Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director, has provided the Icon with the Bluffton Schools spring sports schedules.


The schedules are attached at the bottom of this story.


Ohio Judo Championships held in Bluffton March 29

Bluffton is host to the 2014 Ohio Judo Championships held Saturday, March 29, at BFR Sports and Fitness, Snider Road.

Mark Hunter of Bluffton, president of Ohio Judo, Inc., is the tournament director. The tournament is sponsored by Ameri-Kan Judo and the Chu-To-Bu Judo. Ameri-Kan Judo Club has facilities in Lima, Findlay and Hilliard.


Watch out for these future Pirates!

The success of the Bluffton Red 5th grade boys' basketball team means good things for Pirates fans in the coming years.

Bluffton Red won the NWOYBL league tournament on Saturday, March 1. The Red defeated Allen East Blue 46-16.

Pictured from left are Coach Brandon Mayden, Connor Lee, Simon Derstine, Jack Edwards,
Levi Hohenbrink, Chris Frysinger, Collin Oglesbee, Evan Mayden and Nickolas Jebsen.


OHSAA board okays competitive balance proposal

OHSAA Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Competitive Balance Proposal
Similar Plan from 2013 Will be Voted Upon By Membership in May

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has unanimously approved a Competitive Balance proposal that makes modifications on how schools are placed in tournaments in team sports. The plan, recommended to the Board from the 27-member OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee, is similar to the proposal that member schools voted upon last spring.


Levi Kistler named NWC honorable mention

Bluffton High School's Levi Kistler, junior, was named honorable mention all-Northwest Conference in boys' basketball. The Pirates ended 9-13 overall and 2-6 in the NWC.

Crestview's Damian Helm was named NWC player of the year. For the complete list of all-conference players open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Hannah Conley breaks Bradford powerlifting meet record

Bluffton High School athlete Hannah Conley broke a Bradford Powerlifting meet record for squat in her weight class with 280 pounds, according to Kelly Prichard, coach. Here are all the Bluffton team results at the meet.

Bradford Powerlifting Meet Results 2014


Brennan Davies making a name for himself in school wrestling

Here's an up-and-coming Pirate wrestler.

Bluffton student Brennan Davies participated in the Miami Valley Kid Wrestling Association Tournament at Wright State's Nutter Center in Dayton on Feb. 24. This followed  the regular season where he placed first in the regional tournament held at Lima Central Catholic School.

In the state competition Brennan placed second in the state in the 12 year-old heavyweight category.

His coaches are Scott Slaughterbeck, Travis Klemen, Zac Kohli, and Jeff Klemen.


NWC 7th grade champs - Watch out for this Pirate team!

Attention Bluffton Pirate sports fans. Look what the future holds.


The Bluffton 7th grade girls' basketball team recently wrapped up their season by winning the Northwest Conference Championship game 41-24 over Columbus Grove.

The Lady Pirates went 16-0 for the season, winning their games by an average score of 40-15.


Bluffton girls earn 2 first places at Kenton powerlifting Invite

Bluffton Powerlifting club recently competed in the Kenton Invitational. Bluffton earned two first places and two second places. The team had a total of 5,755 pounds lifted, according to Kelly Prichard, coach.

Here are results from that meet:


Jon Burden bowls a 289 at Southgate Lanes

Jon Burden bowled a 289 game at Southgate Lanes on Feb. 21 for the men's high game of the week. Meanwhile, Pam Baker's 225 was the women's high game. For the top high scores of the week open the attachment at the bottom of this story.