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February 17, 2020

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Hey, kids, time to register for spring soccer

Bluffton Soccer Club online registration now open

The Bluffton Soccer Club is taking registrations for the 2020 spring soccer season, according to Dan Lee.

Registration is online at www.blufftonsoccer.com.  Registrations will be open until Saturday, Feb 1. After Feb 1 there will be a $25 late fee.


Pirate girls ground Rockets

Bluffton travels to Spencerville on Thursday

By Cort Reynolds
PANDORA - Visiting Bluffton whipped local rival Pandora-Gilboa 57-34 in non-conference girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.

Bluffton raced to a 23-8 margin after one period as senior post Libby Schaadt scored 12 points. The Lady Pirates led 36-13 at halftime and cruised to the blowout victory. 

The lopsided win improved the Pirate girls record to 11-3 overall. Struggling P-G dropped to 1-12 with the defeat.


Pirates lose two weekend contests

By Cort Reynolds
MIDDLE POINT - Visiting Bluffton was ambushed by a big Lincolnview second half in a 61-45 Lancer upset in Northwest Conference boys basketball play Friday evening.

The Pirates fell to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the NWC after having their four-game win streak snapped. Meanwhile, the Lancers improved to 6-6 and 2-1 in the NWC with the win.

Bluffton held the lead twice, initially at 25-24 in the second quarter and again at 30-28 in the third period. But the Lancers outscored the Pirates 35-20 in the second half to win going away.


Libby Schaadt scores 22, Laykin Garmatter 18 as Pirates back on the winning track

Bluffton travels to P-G for non-league Saturday game

By Cort Reynolds
MIDDLE POINT - Host Bluffton whipped winless Lincolnview 55-38 in Northwest Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.

Bluffton led 13-9 after one period and 25-16 at halftime as senior post Libby Schaadt scored 16 of her game-high 22 points. 

The Lady Pirates outscored the Lancer girls 30-20 after intermission to win going away.

The win upped the Pirate girls record to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in NWC play. Meanwhile, Lincolnview fell to 0-14 and 0-4 in the NWC with the loss.


Luke Denecker surpasses 1,000 points; Pirates stop Leipsic

Michael Kingsley is the only other Pirate to break that scoring barrier

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton turned back Leipsic 70-63 to gain a hard-earned non-conference boys basketball win Tuesday evening.

Click here for game photos by Marvin Foster.
Top 10 all-time scorer list at bottom of story

Pirate senior Luke Denecker scored 22 points to become the second Bluffton boys player to tally more than 1,000 career points. 


BHS led 43-13 at one point

Bluffton defense stymies Musketeers

By Cort Reynolds
FT. JENNINGS - Visiting Bluffton suffocated Ft. Jennings and posted a 47-25 non-conference boys basketball win Saturday evening.

Bluffton led 11-7 after the first quarter, but extended the margin to 25-9 at halftime by limiting the Musketeers to just two points in the second period. 

The Pirates outscored the hosts 18-4 in the third quarter to build a commanding 43-13 cushion.

Bluffton improved to 10-1 overall with the lopsided win, their third victory in a row. Meanwhile, FJ fell to 1-11 with the defeat.