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March 30, 2015


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Unified effort leads Pirates to 61-13 Victory over Western Reserve Academy

By Delano Whidbee
Saturday night Bluffton Pirates welcomed Western Reserve Academy to Harmon Field. After a 1-7 start Bluffton earned a big win - with suprising ease - with unified team effort against Western Reserve who was 5-1 before this game. BHS won 61-13.

Western Reserve Academy showed that could run the ball early in the 1st quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run. Point after kick was good 7-0 Western Reserve lead.


Ruth Johnson picks the winners in Football Contest 8

The winner of Week 8 of The Icon Football Contest is Ruth Johnson.  Four contestants correctly picked all 10 games this week, but Ruth was declared the winner by correctly predicting Bluffton to win by 19 or more points. 

Other contestants:

10 correct - Dale Badertscher, Landyn Fleharty and Mark Delisle.


It's Bluffton 61 and 6-1 WRA 13

Bluffton High School whipped Western Reserve Academy (6-1) in a non-conference Saturday night game 61-13.

The game stats are below.


NWC cross country runners-up

The Bluffton High School girls' cross country team finished runner-up in the Northwest Conference this season.

Members of the team are, from left, Elizabeth Nisly, Erica Sheehan, Olivia Sneary, Ashley Schweyer, Amelia Heslep, Mackayla Wilson, Sydney Hoff.  Missing from the photo is Mackenzie Braden. 


U12 girls' Pirates team wins in Findlay

The Bluffton Pirates U12 girls' travel soccer team took first place at the Flag City Soccer Challenge in Findlay this past weekend. 

They beat the Riverdale Falcons 2-1 in the championship game. The girls are, from left to right standing: Skyler Scoles, Bekah Hoff, Kylie Monday, Kylie Stackhouse, Bella Basinger, Lauren Gray. 

Kneeling from left to right:  Reagan Mittendorf, Haelyn Bischoff, Amber Gladwell, Sami Scoles, Maeve Donaldson.

Coaches are Jeremy Scoles and Steve Mittendorf.


Ault passes for 2 TD but Spencerville's big second half too much for Pirates

By Delano Whidbee

Bluffton High School football team fell to NWC league-leader Spencerville 60-20 on the road on Friday. The lost puts BHS at 1-6, and 0-5 in the Northwest conference.

Spencerville established their run game early scoring the first touchdown from 1 yard out. Point after kick was no good, 6-0 Spencerville.

Pirates Mitchell Ault connected with Levi Kistler on a deep ball pass for a 62 yard touchdown. Point after kick by Kaleb Jefferson was good, BHS jumped in the lead by 1.


Theresa Bingman picks 10 winners in football contest

The winner of The Icon Football Contest this week is Theresa Bingman.  She correctly picked all 10 games.  

Other contestants:

9 correct - Chris Christopher, Dale Badertscher, Denny Edinger, Don Luginbuhl, Duane Bollenbacher, Ken Von Lehmden, Landyn Fleharty, Luke Amstutz, Nathan Davis, Rich Johnson, Scott Weissling, Tammy Risner and Todd Fleharty.

8 correct - Barry Schneck, Bentley Dillman, Chris Boisvert, David Glick, Jim Dillman, Kim Badertscher, Mark Delisle, Silas Amstutz and Ted Prueter.


Kearstin Barry has 17 digs, 4 aces in BHS volleyball win

Bluffton HS girls' volleyball team beat Van Buren 3-0 on Oct. 9. Game stats follow:

Bluffton won 3-0
Game 1    25-11
Game 2    25-23
Game 3    25-16

Bluffton stat leaders:
Kills - Andie Schmutz - 16
          Samantha Fruchey - 9
Assists - Sidney Joseph - 36
Digs - Lauren Parkins - 23
           Kearstin Barry - 17
Aces - Kearstin Barry - 4
Blocks - Samantha Fruchey - 2
               Kathryn Basinger - 2
Bluffton JV won 2-1


BHS girls cross country runner up; Nisly, Hoff finish 2nd and 3rd overall

Bluffton High School girls' cross country team finished second and the boys' team third in the Northwest Conference cross country meet held late last week.

Bluffton's Elizabeth Nisly (20:52) finished second with teammate Sydney Hoff (20:57) following in third place for the girls' team.

Columbus Grove won the boys' Northwest Conference cross country title in a close battle with Lincolnview finishing in the runner-up position.  The event was run at Spencerville's cross country course located at Spencerville High School.


Watch out for these unbeaten future Pirates!

Watch out for these Pirates!

The Bluffton Buccaneers 3rd-4th grade midget football team finished its season unbeatedn at 7-0, according to Mac Davies.


The season scores were as follows:

Bucs 42  Ottawa 8
Bucs 36  Columbus Grove 0
Bucs 14  Pandora-Gilboa 12
Bucs 8    Ada 6
Bucs 8    Elmwood 0
Bucs 34  North Baltimore 0
Bucs 30  Arlington 8