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February 24, 2020

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Lady Pirates knocked off by Paulding 2nd half

Laykin Garmatter led all scorers with 22 points

By Cort Reynolds
PAULDING - Host Paulding outscored Bluffton 41-19 in the second half to rally for a 62-46 Northwest Conference girls basketball victory Thursday night.

Bluffton led 12-9 after one period and extended their edge to 27-21 at halftime as Laykin Garmatter splashed five first-half triples. 

But the Lady Pirates scored just five third-period points and got outscored 27-14 in the final stanza to lose by 16.


Bluffton boys swimmers sweep tri meet

Riley Verb, Erik Nygaard, CJ McCall, Celia Smith are Bluffton winners

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton boys swim team swept host Bath and Ada in a triangular meet Wednesday night at the Lima YMCA. 

The Bluffton boys beat Bath 85-46 and edged Ada 76-67. The BSC girls lost to Bath 75-62 and fell to Ada 78-68. 

The Bluffton Swim Club Lima Bath 147-121 in the combined boys and girls scoring. But BSC lost to Ada 154-142 in the boys and girls combined results. 

Bluffton freshman Riley Verb touched first in the 100 butterfly and also won the 500 free marathon.


Tayton Kleman gains pin in 76 seconds

Pirate wrestlers split tri-meet

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton wrestling team hosted a triangular meet Tuesday evening, winning one of two matches.

The Pirate grapplers lost to Wapakoneta 43-27 but defeated Lincolnview, 48-18. Wapakoneta defeated Lincolnview 54-28 to go 2-0 on the night.

Winning twice for the Pirates was Tayton Kleman at 113 lbs. He won by pin in 76 seconds vs. Lincolnview, and took a 7-1 decision vs. Wapak. 


Pirates hits 11 three-point goals in win at WBL Wapak

Paulding comes to town on. Friday in an NWC battle

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton outscored Wapakoneta 24-17 in the second half to pull out a 51-46 non-league boys basketball win Tuesday evening.

Bluffton bounced back from its first loss last Saturday despite being down 29-27 at halftime. The Pirates took the lead with a 13-8 third period as Jared Piercefield scored eight key points.

Bluffton then won the fourth period 11-8 as senior Luke Denecker tallied eight points. The Pirates buried 11 three-point goals to pave the way to a hard-fought victory.


Verb leads Bluffton swim club at Indiana invitational

By Cort Reynolds
Berne, Ind. - The Bluffton Swim Club competed at the South Adams Invitational meet Saturday at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana. 

Freshman Riley Verb won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke races to lead BSC.

The Bluffton girls swimmers finished sixth out of eight schools, while the BSC boys came in fifth. In the combined team standings, Bluffton ended up sixth.

Allison Diller came in fourth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 breaststroke to post the top Bluffton girls individual finishes.


Bluffton boys edged in anticipated battle of unbeatens

Pirates give Titans its closest game of the season

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton lost a tough 47-41 verdict to Western Buckeye League perennial power Ottawa-Glandorf before a sellout crowd in a non-league battle of undefeated teams Saturday night.

Bluffton led 6-5 after a low-scoring first period. O-G edged in front 17-15 at intermission. The Titans built a 30-23 lead with a 13-8 third period.

BHS pulled within 4 points at 45 to 41 with 17 seconds to go, but was unable to close the gap.