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It's Bluffton vs. Arlington in Tuesday's tourney title game

Bluffton faces Arlington in Tuesday’s McDonald’s Holiday Boys’ Basketball Tournament title game at BHS on Dec. 29.

In the opening round:

• Arlington defeated Allen East 69-59
• Bluffton defeated Cory Rawson 61-36

Allen East will play Cory-Rawson in the Consolation game, which is set to begin at 6 p.m., Dec. 29. 

Box scores are in the attachment.


Pirates on defense

Mitchell Ault  and Nick Friesen of Bluffton guard Wapakoneta players during the second half of the BHS-Wapak boys' game on Dec. 22. The Pirates beat the WLB team 65-55.


Pirates stop Wapak in non-conference contest

Bluffton High School boys' defeated Wapakoneta 65-55 in a non-conference game at home on Dec. 22.

The box score is an attachment at the bottom of this story.



Alec Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann, launches gymnastic career at OSU

Alec Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder, Bluffton, launched his gymnastics career at Ohio State University on Dec. 21 leading the Grey team to a win at the Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad. The OSU freshman won the all-around title.

Alec is the son Mike and Rebecca Yoder of Indianapolis. Mike is a Bluffton HS grad. Details follow:

 The Gray team defeated the Scarlet team, 269.300-265.300, earning its fourth win in the exhibition contest in the last five seasons. The Top-3 scores per team on each apparatus counted toward the final results.


Bluffton swimmers compete in Defiance Invite

Several Bluffton swimmers participated in the Defiance Polarpalozza Invitational earlier this month.

The event attracted over 250 swimmers from across northwestern Ohio. Bluffton swimmer results follow in the attachment at the bottom of this story.




Koenig nails 5 three-pointers in first quarter as BHS beats Jefferson

Alivia Koenig likes her jersey number 23.

She scored 23 points in Bluffton girls’ win over Delphos Jefferson on Dec. 10.  Her points included five treys in the first quarter – if that’s not a record, it should be.

The Pirates won the NWC contest 58 to 47. The game stats are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton area swimmers compete in Nov. 21 meet

Several Bluffton area youth participated in a Nov. 21 swim meet, swimming with the Lima YMCA Barracudas swim team, in a competititon with the Putnam County Y.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story for local results.




Here's the Pirates winter sport schedules

Who are the Pirates' next opponent this winter, and where and when are the games?

The 2015-16 winter sports schedules are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

They will soon also be posted on the winter sports calendar.


Smart Pirates: BHS athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom

Many Bluffton High School athletes excel on the sports field and in the classroom.

Jim Raabe, Northwest Conference commissioner, has released the list of NWC scholar athletes for the fall season.

Scholar athletes are determined as follows:

•  Must be a letter winner in their sport.
•  Gold level -- GPA of 3.5 or higher during the season of their sport.
•  Silver level -- GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season of their sport.

Bluffton's list is below. In addition, an entire NWC list in attached.


Chappell-Dick earns All-America award at NCAA national cc championships

Hannah Chappell-Dick, Bluffton, a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA(Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) finished 17th at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, becoming EMU's first women's NCAA All-American. Chappell-Dick set a new PR with a time of 21:38.5, just 15 seconds behind the first place winner.