With the May 23 running of the 800m, Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick became Eastern Mennonite University's first participant at a national track meet since 2010. Despite not qualifying for the finals in the event, she caps a very successful sophomore season with the race.
Bluffton High School won the Northwest Conference 2013-14 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence” for the first time with a strong finish in the spring sports season.
This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.
The Pirates compiled a total of 80.5 points to defeat Crestview (79) in a close race. Columbus Grove finished third with 70 points. For the first time in the history of the award all league schools had at least one championship/co-championship.
• Football Point Differential Rule Among OHSAA Sport Regulation
Changes for 2014-15
• Baseball & softball doubleheaders now permitted on school days;
Ohio joining other states in adopting second-half running clock in
lopsided football games
In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2014 baseball season. senior Damian Helm, a pitcher/first baseman from Crestview was named Player of the Year. This follows Helm's selection as player of the year in basketball and receiving co-player of the year honors last year in baseball. Helm was a near unanimous selection receiving 159 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting.
Although Columbus Grove won the boys' Northwest Conference track championship for the 3rd year in a row with Coach Chris Grothaus being voted as Coach of the Year by his peers. Senior Noah Stratton (Bluffton) was voted as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. Stratton won first place in both the 400m Dash and the 4x200m Relay while finishing 2nd in the 200m Dash and the 4x400m Relay.