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May 6, 2016


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It's Arlington over Bluffton in girls' tourney title game

Arlington defeated Bluffton in the title game of this year's McDonald's Girls' Holiday Tournament 78-45.


In the consolation game, Allen East defeated Cory-Rawson 62-29.

Members of the All Tournament Team:
Kylie Wyss - Allen East
Emily Heldman - Cory Rawson
Alivia Koenig - Bluffton
Abbie Parkins - Bluffton
Jayme Webb - Arlington
Haley Dillion - Arlington


It's Bluffton vs. Arlington in Saturday's title game

Bluffton defeated Cory-Rawson 74-14, and Arlington defeated Allen East 57-23 in Friday's opening round of the McDonald's Girls' Basketball tournament.

Saturday's tournament features Cory-Rawson versus Allen East in the 6 p.m. consolation match.

Bluffton faces Arlington in the title game.

Game stats for both Friday contests are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.



Chappell-Dick to run in NCAA Division III cross country champs Nov. 21

Hannah Chappell-Dick, a Bluffton High School graduate and a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, has qualified for the 2015 Division III NCAA Cross Country Championships in Winneconne, Wisc.  The meet takes place Saturday, Nov. 21. The top 35 finishers earn All-American status.


It's BHS vs. Cory in Friday girls' ball season opener

It's Bluffton, Cory-Rawson, Allen East and Arlington in this weekend's McDonald's Holiday Girls' Basketball Tournament at Bluffton High School.

Opening night games, on Friday, Nov. 20:

• 6 p.m. - Arlington vs. Allen East
• 15 minutes after first game - Bluffton vs. Cory-Rawson

Saturday, Nov. 21
• 6 p.m. - Consolation game
• 15 minutes after first game - Championship game


Kyle Cutnaw resigns as Bluffton HS football coach

Bluffton High School head football coach Kyle Cutnaw resigned his position Monday. Coach Cutnaw leaves the Pirate football program after just two seasons at the helm. 

Just weeks ago, Bluffton concluded a 7-3 season, the most single season wins in a decade.

Cutnaw cited personal, family reasons for his resignation. He went 10-10 in his two years as coach.

Bluffton will now look for a new head football coach, something a bit out of the ordinary for the usually stable program.  Cutnaw took the reigns following a 25-year run by Dennis Lee.


Samantha Fruchey signs letter of intent to play at Malone

On Nov. 11, Bluffton High School senior Samantha Fruchey signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Malone University in Canton.

She will join Coach Kathryn Bzdafka and the Pioneer softball team next fall.

In her time at Bluffton High School, Fruchey has been a standout on the volleyball and softball teams, earning all Northwest Conference honors in both sports.

Her success also extends beyond athletics. She is an honor roll student, a Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete, and a member of the Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Committee.


Nine Bluffton HS soccer players honored at district level

Nine Bluffton High School soccer player received Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association honors.

Girls – Division 3

Honorable mention
Jadyn Barhorst, junior
Kayla Kindle, sophomore
Kelli Leugers, junior
Abbie Parkins, junior

Boys and girls
Recognized for the high academic achievement for a GPA of 3.7 or above for their high school careers
Cole Harlow
Anna Fredritz

Boys Division 3


Ault sets career marks for Pirate football program

Senior Mitchell Ault left his mark on the Bluffton football program.  The three-year starting quarterback ended his gridiron career as the high school’s record holder for yardage (5,645), touchdowns (60) and completions (380). The previous marks were held by Jarod Davies who totaled 3,574 yards on 281 completions with 35 touchdowns. 

Ault also garnered First Team All Northwest Conference accolades in voting of the league’s coaches.  In 2015, Ault completed 108 of 189 passes for 1,576 yards and 17 scores. 


Several Pirates receive all-NWC football honors

Several Bluffton High School players received all Northwest Conference football honors this year.

They include on offense:
• Mitchell Ault, senior, first team, quarterback
• Dakota Bricker, sophomore, first team, receiver
• Sam Crisp, senior, honorable mention
• Dustin Falk, junior, honorable mention 


Pirates beat Grove 10-7; finish regular season at 7-3

By Sam Brauen
It’s never easy to win in certain venues and Clymer Stadium in Columbus Grove is a prime example.


Despite racking up yardage, first downs and generally outplaying the host Bulldogs for most of the game, Bluffton found themselves trailing late in the fourth quarter. 

That’s when Mitchell Ault scrambled from the six yard line and completed a pass to Joel Siefker that allowed BHS to win the game by a 10-7 score.