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February 9, 2016

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Ada sponsoring "pink out" during Friday's football game with Pirates

Bluffton football fans may not see purple and gold in Ada on Friday.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ada schools will sponsor a  "pink out" at Friday's football game against Bluffton.

The Ada crowd is encouraged to wear pink on Friday to school and to the varsity football game.


Indiana hospitality shared with Bluffton University football team

Note: Here's an interesting story from the Franklin County (Indiana) Observer website. It's about Denny Dorrel, Bluffton University football coach, and the Bluffton team, when they played at Hanover recently. The story and photos are by Sara Duffy.

Homecoming for Denny Dorrel

Last week was the Franklin County High School (FCHS) homecoming game and parade. This week was a very special homecoming for 1997 FCHS graduate Denny Dorrel. It was complete with balloons, cheering fans and a football team.


Football: Goecke, Spencerville send Pirates packing

By Sam Brauen

Week seven of the 2015 Bluffton football schedule saw The Big Red take the field for the second straight week against a run-heavy, state-ranked opponent.  Spencerville, fourth in the latest poll, dispatched the Pirates 41-7 behind 296 yards and six touchdowns from senior running back Zach Goecke. 

Like Delphos Jefferson the week before, the Bearcats racked up over 400 rushing yards on their way to the victory. Goecke wasn’t the only weapon out of the SHS backfield.


Girls' soccer: Bluffton blanks Crestview with a "football score"

It looks like a football score, but it's girls' soccer.

Bluffton defeated Crestview on the road on Oct. 12 16-0.

Bluffton goals by:  Sierra Ribley (2), Katie Burkholder (2), Abbie Parkins (4), Brooke Koontz (1), Anna Fredritz (1), Hannah Conley (1), Ashley Augsburger (1), Averey Rumer (3), Sarah Cartwright (1)

Bluffton assists by:  Hanna Conley (2), Katie Burkholder (1), Kelli Leugers (1), Averey Rumer (3), Abbie Parkins (1), Brooke Koontz (1)



Kyle Koontz kicks 30-yard field goal in junior high game

Bluffton's Junior High football team defeated Ada 45 to 8 on Oct. 8. A highlight of the game was that Kyle Koontz kicked his first official 30-yard field goal.

Needless to day, Kyle, the team and the crowd were very excited to watch a junior high player achieve this.

This feat is a team effort, as it takes consistent blockers to allow a kicker time to focus on his part of the play. 




Chappell-Dick earns third ODAC runner of the week award

Hannah Chappell-Dick, Bluffton, is building an impressive campaign in her final cross country season, earning her third Old Dominion Athletic Conference Runner of the Week award today.  With three full-fledged races under her belt on the season, Chappell-Dick has now been named the ODAC Runner of the Week after each of them.


Wildcats rain on Pirates parade with 50-7 win

By Sam Brauen

The outcome of the Homecoming Football game matched the setting: cold, windy and miserable.  Delphos Jefferson made quick work of the Bluffton squad in a 50-7 dispatch to put a damper on the parade and attendant and escort festivities.  Jefferson improved to 5-1 with the win while Bluffton dropped its second straight contest and sits at 4-2. 


Boys' soccer: BHS 5th in NW Ohio weekly poll

The Bluffton High School boys' soccer team (8-5-0) is ranked fifth in the Northwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association weekly poll.

The poll is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


BIG WIN! - Pirate boys' soccer team trips up Ottawa-Glandorf

Goals by Smucker and Tatarkov were enough for the Bluffton High School boys' soccer team to suprise Ottawa-Glandorf 2-1 on Oct. 1 in a game at Bluffton.

The Pirates are 8-5 after the win and the Titans drop to 10-2. Bluffton now has a three-game winning streak and has won five of the last six games versus WBL power Ottawa-Glandorf.


Halftime: 0-0 Goals: (OG) Verhoff, (B) Smucker, (B) Tatarkov. Assists: (B) Bunch, (B) Kingsley, (B) Bourassa.
Shots on Goal: B, 10-5. Corner Kicks: OG, 6-5,Saves: OG,Bowers (7); B,Smith (3)


Boys' soccer: Pirates defeat once-beaten Van Buren 3-1

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team upset once-beaten Van Buren 3-1 on Sept. 29 on the road.

Here are the game stats:

Halftime: B, 2-1 Goals: (B) Bourassa, (B) Young, (VB) Dewey, (B) Bunch. Assists: (VB) Endicott, (B) Kingsley, (B) Routson, (B) Tatarkov.
Shots on Goal: B, 8-7. Corner Kicks: VB, 5-1,Saves: B,Smith (4); VB,Pina (2)

  VB 8-2-0

 Bluffton 7-5-0

Bluffton gets goals from Bourassa, Young, and Bunch to defeat once beaten Van Buren, 3-1.