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How about those Pirates! 48-0 over Paulding

Bluffton High School jumped to a 42-0 halftime lead to defeat Paulding 48-0 on Friday night.

For game stats open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Kevin King co-coach of East team volleyball match

The 2014 All-Star Volleyball Match for District 8 seniors will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Van Wert High School. Admission is $2 for adults $1 for students.

There will be one match of three games between the players of the two divisions.  Those schools represented include Division I/II/III East (Coaches:  Bluffton, OG):
Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Findlay, Liberty Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Ottawa-Glandorf, Shawnee; Division I/II/III West (Coaches:  Elida, Wapak), Celina, Coldwater, Defiance, Elida, Fort Recovery, Parkway, St. Marys, Van Wert, Wapakoneta


Sarah Thiesen named to first team all-NWC girls' soccer

Bluffton High School girls' soccer player Sarah Thiesen, sophomore, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in girls' soccer. Jadyn Barhorst, sophomore, was named to the second team. Kayla Kindle, freshman, was named honorable mention.

Allen East sophomore Leah Casey was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year. Lamar Houston (AE) was selected as "Coach of the Year" in the balloting.


Andie Schmutz named 2nd team all-NWC

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, a sophomore, was named to the second team, all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. Lauren Parkins and Sidney Joseph were named honorable mention.

Crestview senior Courtney Trigg was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year.” Trigg had also earned first team honors in last year's balloting. Tammy Gregory of Crestview was voted NWC Coach of the Year by her peers.


Todd Basinger, Ryan Studabaker bowl 287 games at Southgate

Todd Basinger and Ryan Studabaker each bowled 287 games last week at Southgate Lanes. They tied for men's high game scores. Meanwhile Brian Huether had the men's high series at 747.

Ruth Everett's 238 was the high woman's game score and Onalee Shepler's 635 was the high woman's series.

Open the attachment for the top week's bowlers.


BHS girls' cross country team headed to regionals; Nisly finishes 4th overall; Jacob Barnett qualifies for boys' regional

Despite the dreary, cold weather on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Bluffton Pirate girls' and boys' cross country teams performed well. 


The meet took place at Ottawa Park. Jacob Barnett was the lone regional qualifier for the boys’ team. The girls’ team captured 4th place, moving them on to the regional tournament at Tiffin on Oct. 25.


Unified effort leads Pirates to 61-13 Victory over Western Reserve Academy

By Delano Whidbee
Saturday night Bluffton Pirates welcomed Western Reserve Academy to Harmon Field. After a 1-7 start Bluffton earned a big win - with suprising ease - with unified team effort against Western Reserve who was 5-1 before this game. BHS won 61-13.

Western Reserve Academy showed that could run the ball early in the 1st quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run. Point after kick was good 7-0 Western Reserve lead.


Ruth Johnson picks the winners in Football Contest 8

The winner of Week 8 of The Icon Football Contest is Ruth Johnson.  Four contestants correctly picked all 10 games this week, but Ruth was declared the winner by correctly predicting Bluffton to win by 19 or more points. 

Other contestants:

10 correct - Dale Badertscher, Landyn Fleharty and Mark Delisle.


It's Bluffton 61 and 6-1 WRA 13

Bluffton High School whipped Western Reserve Academy (6-1) in a non-conference Saturday night game 61-13.

The game stats are below.


NWC cross country runners-up

The Bluffton High School girls' cross country team finished runner-up in the Northwest Conference this season.

Members of the team are, from left, Elizabeth Nisly, Erica Sheehan, Olivia Sneary, Ashley Schweyer, Amelia Heslep, Mackayla Wilson, Sydney Hoff.  Missing from the photo is Mackenzie Braden.