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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.


Trevor Bassitt competes in Findlay

Bluffton High School track standout Trevor Bassitt, now at Ashland University, competed in the Findlay indoor open meet on Jan. 11. Jamie Nygaard was there and shares these two photos with viewers.


Mason Soper tallies season-high 25 points as BHS stops Paulding

Jared Piercefield nets 18 with the aid of 3 triples

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton shut out Paulding in the first period and went on to post a decisive 63-48 Northwest Conference boys basketball win Friday evening.

Bluffton led 10-0 after the first quarter and held a 26-17 halftime edge. The Pirates outscored the Panthers 37-31 in the second half.

Bluffton improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the NWC with the win, while the Panthers fell to 2-8 and 1-2 in the NWC with the defeat.