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October 9, 2015


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Here's 2015 high school football divisions list - BHS is Division VI

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the football divisions, playoff regions, statewide composite schedules and additional information for the 714 schools that will compete this fall around Ohio. 

Here's the Division listing of Northwest Conference and area schools:
Division V
108 schools with male enrollment of 150-200
Liberty Benton


Bluffton High School runner-up in Bachman Award

Columbus Grove won the Northwest Conference 2014-15 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” for the second time with a strong finish in the spring sports season.  This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.


Fall Bluffton Soccer Club registration underway until June 27

Registration is now underway for fall play in the Bluffton Soccer Club. CLICK HERE to register online.

The open registration continues through Saturday, June 27. A pool party at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on June 27. Hotdogs will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a small snack to share.

The cost per family to register for fall soccer is $50 for one child, $45 for the second child and $40 for the third child.


Plenty of Pirate sports camps this summer

Several summer Pirate sports camps are on the calendar. Here's the schedule:

Bluffton Soccer Club
Open registration May 29-June 27
Register for fall play

Junior high basketball
Open gyms Sundays and Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Summer league starts June 1
Bluffton University shootout: June 8
Pirate camp: June 15-18
Contact: dunlapr@blufftonschools.org


Blanchard River Watershed Partnership holds June 13 Bluffton Golf Club scramble

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is hosting Little Riley Creek golf scramble Saturday, June 13, at the Bluffton Golf Club, according to Phil Martin, watershed coordinator.

The four-person scramble starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. There are first, second and third place team prizes, certain hole prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Registration is $60 per person ($54 for a BRWP member), which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and food coupon.

Sponsorships opportunities are available from $100 and up. The scramble is open to golfers 18 and older.


Bluffton HS grad Hannah Chappell-Dick takes third at Division III national championships

Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick ran a huge PR and finished in third in the 1500m at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships on Saturday in Canton, N.Y.  

She took more than three seconds of her best time, finishing in 4:27.25 on the national stage and within a second of the national champion. Her previous PR, which had been the ODAC record, was 4:30.97. She now has whacked 5.58 seconds off the old ODAC record, set by Roanoke's Carmen Graves at 4:32.83.


Open tennis court practice begins June 1

Starting Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. Bluffton boys interested in playing tennis will have an opportunity to learn the sport. Every Monday night we will have free instructions at the Howe Tennis Courts on East College Avenue, according to Mike Hilty, BHS head boys tennis coach.


Pirates boys' and girls' track teams second at NWC meet

Bluffton High Schools' girls' and boys' track teams both finished solid second places in the Northwest Conference track meet, which concluded May 16 at Columbus Grove.

CLICK HERE to view all meet stats.


BHS Maddie Willis second in NWC softball balloting

In voting by Northwest Conference softball coaches for the 2015 softball season senior Hope Schroeder, a pitcher from Columbus Grove, was named Player of the Year after being runner-up for that honor during the 2014 season.  

Schroeder received first-place votes from 7 of the conference coaches.  Coaches may not vote for players from their own schools. 

Bluffton senior Maddie Willis finished second in the balloting with Allen East sophomore Ariana Schmiedebusch finishing third.


Austin Bricker, Dakota Bricker and James Harrod BHS baseball all-NWC

Bluffton High School baseball players Austin Bricker and Dakota Bricker were named to the second-team all-NWC in baseball. James Harrod was named honorable mention.

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2015 baseball season. senior Nate Owens, a catcher from Crestview was named Player of the Year.  Owens was a unanimous selection receiving 160 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting.