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Bluffton Diamond Sports summer registration starts soon; forms are on The Icon

Bluffton Diamond Sports announces its spring and summer baseball and softball sign-ups, according to Erinn Prater.

Dates are:
• Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6- 8 p.m. – Bluffton HS gym entrance
• Friday, Feb. 14, from 6- 8 p.m. – Bluffton HS gym entrance
• Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon – Blluffton HS gym entrance


BHS girls earn three first-places in powerlifting competition


The Bluffton High School girls' powerlifting team competed in the Kenton Ridge Push-Pull
meet on Saturday, Jan. 18. The girls finished as follows:

1st in their weight class:
Olivia Amstutz
Hannah Conley
Arielle ONeal

3rd in their weight class:
Jadyn Barhorst
Gaby Sneary

6th in their weight class:
Olivia Sneary
Ana Spiridigliozzi


Kyle Gratz, Steve Swisher, Ruth Everett enjoy great bowling scores

The weather didn't affect the bowling games of Kyle Gratz, Steve Swisher or Ruth Everett.

In games concluded Jan. 10 at Southgate Lanes Gratz recorded a 277 for the men's high game. Swisher's high men's series was 727. Everett had a 241 game for the women's high and the women's high series of 651.

For other bowling highlights of the week open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton Soccer Club registration starts in late January - registration forms on The Icon

The weather outside may be frightful, but it's time to start thinking about Bluffton soccer.


Open registration for youth wanting to play in the Bluffton Soccer Club takes place at the Bluffton middle school from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 30, Registrations with payment is due on Saturday, Feb. 1.


Three in double figures as Bluffton HS girls beat Perry

Bluffton Lady Pirates defeated Perry, in girls'non-conference basketball game on Jan. 4, 63-25. In double figures for Bluffton were Sarah Schriner 19, Paige Buroker 17 and Abbie Parkins 12.

The box scores are in attachments below.


Pirate boys fall to Ottawa-Glandorf

Ottawa-Glandorf boys basketball team defeated Bluffton 71-51 in a non-conference game on Saturday. Levi Kistler led all scorers with 19 points . Attached are box scores.


Number one Pirate Dennis Lee: A coach for all seasons calls his final play

43, 44, counter.

Bluffton High School football players recognize that call. It’s one of Dennis Lee’s favorite football plays.

“Block down and kick out. That’s been a stable, even in the shotgun,” said Lee, as he talked about his favorite plays and lots of other football recollections with The Icon shortly after Christmas.

Lee, whose title as Bluffton High School head football coach, is listed in 27 consecutive season programs at Bluffton High School, handed in his uniform for the last time when the Pirates ended the season in 2013.


BHS girls' halt Lincolnview 57-43

Bluffton High School girls' basketball team defeated visiting Lincolnview 57 to 43 Thursday in a Northwest Conference contest.

Sarah Schriner lead the Pirates with 17 points. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story for Bluffton's box score.


Kistler's 16 leads Bluffton over Wapak in non-league action

When was the last time Bluffton High School boys defeated Wapakoneta in basketball? Perhaps the early 1950s?

The Pirates beat the Western Buckeye League opponents 57-41 at Bluffton on Tuesday. After leading 16-11 after one quarter and 21-18 at half, Bluffton extended its lead to 36-29 after three before pulling away in the final period.

Levi Kistler of Bluffton led all scorers tonight with 16 points. Both team's box scores are attachments at the bottom of this story.



The Cutnaw football era begins in 2014 at Bluffton High School - new coach replaces Dennis Lee who retired

Kyle Cutnaw has replaced Dennis Lee as head football coach at Bluffton High School, according to Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director. His contract was approved at the Dec. 16 Bluffton school board meeting.

"Coach Cutnaw has extensive experience both playing and coaching football. He played football at and graduated from Bluffton University. Kyle was the head football coach at Edgerton High School, before moving on as a wide receivers coach/JV offensive coordinator at Otterbein College," said Hanna.