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December 9, 2016


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Football: Allen East dominates Pirates 40-7

By Sam Brauen
In their heyday, Allen East football was known as a physical, fundamental squad that pounded the ball.

While elements of a power rushing game were still evident in the most recent meeting Friday night at Harmon Field, overall team speed and a dangerous passing attack led the Mustangs to a lopsided 40-7 win over the Pirates. 

The dominant performance put a damper on Bluffton’s homecoming festivities which crowned senior Abbie Parkins queen and classmate Gabe Denecker king after a terrific, spirited parade through downtown Bluffton.


Boys' golf: Pirates finish 5th in NWC tournament

Aaron Belcher fires a 78, named all conference first team

Lincolnview won the Northwest Conference golf tournament in an 18-hole tournament played at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert. The first-place tournament finish also clinched the overall 2016 conference golf championship for the Lancers.

The Lancers had a team total 338 to defeat tournament runner-up Spencerville (361) by 23 strokes.  Other tournament team totals were:  Columbus Grove (370), Paulding (372), (Bluffton 377), Crestview (388), Delphos Jefferson (401), Allen East (411), Ada (514).



Girls' soccer: Theisen's lone goal enough for a Pirate win

Bluffton High School girls' soccer team traveled to Upper Sandusky for a 5 p.m. game on the Rams home field. 

Bluffton took the lead in  the first half with a goal by Senior Sarah Theisen, which turned out to be the only goal of the match.  Final score 1-0. 

The Lady Pirates travel to Paulding on Thursday for a game at 5:00pm.

PHOTO: Senior Katie Burkholder defends the ball against the Lady Rams in Upper Sandusky on Tuesday evening.

(Rae Staton photo)


Football: Pirates ranked 12th in Region 24

Bluffton High School's football team is ranked 12th in Division VI, Region 24, in this week's Ohio High School Athletic Association football computer ratings.

The entire Division VI rankings by region follow:


Boys' golf: Aaron Belcher medalist for BHS in tri-match

Bluffton High School boys' golf team was second in a tri-match on Sept. 19. Spencerville won with a 64 team score. Bluffton was second at 186. Ada was third at 255.

The individual finisher scores are in the attachment below.


Girls' golf: Pirates 4th at 9-hole tournament

Bluffton High School girls' golf team finished fourth in a seven-team  9-hole tournament at the Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert on Sept. 15.

1st - Lincolnview - 188
2nd - Shawnee - 203*
3rd - Wayne Trace - 203*
4th - Bluffton - 218
5th - Defiance - 228
6th - Ayersville - 277
Van Wert - Did Not Score

* - Shawnee won the tie breaker for 2nd Place



Boys' soccer: Celina wins a game in the mud 1-0

The Celina Bulldog soccer team visited Bluffton’s Steinmetz Field for a muddy affair on Saturday, 9-17-16. Celina prevailed by 1-0.
The non-conference game pitted two skilled teams who spent a lot of the game under tight pressure from each other. Bluffton had 4 shots on goal and Celina had three.
The lone score came at the 20th minute of the game by Jarren Casto when he managed to break free of the tenacious Bluffton defenders.
Celina goalkeeper, Aden Gariety, had 4 saves; Bluffton keeper, Levi Smith, had two saves.


Football: Pirates win big at Paulding

Jefferson and Bricker each score 3 TDs

By Sam Brauen
The combination of big plays and defensive thievery led to a lopsided 42-14 Pirate victory at Paulding to open the Northwest Conference portion of the football schedule.  Kaleb Jefferson mauled the Panthers, rushing for 220 yards and scoring three lengthy touchdowns. 



The Quarry Farm 5K Run/Walk Oct. 1

The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm, Pandora, is holding the first Quarry Farm 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. Check-in is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.The race will be held rain or shine.

Registration is available online at http://www.active.com/pandora-oh/running/distance-running-races/the-quar... and at www.thequarryfarm.org.


Sarah Theisen scores 4 goals in BHS girls' soccer win

BHS beat rival Allen East at Steinmetz Field

Earlier this week, Steinmetz Stadium was packed for the girls' soccer rivalry of Bluffton and Allen East.  BHS won 4-1.

Senior Captain and Keeper, Jadyn Barhorst, blocked numerous attempts by the AE offense, but the tide turned 17 minutes in to the game when Senior Sarah Theisen received a pass from Senior Captain Sydney Staton and took it the rest of the way down the field for goal 1. 

With 16 minutes left in the first half, a hand ball in the box called on Allen East gave Bluffton another chance, and Theisen sinks it in the back of the net for goal 2.