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December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Boys' golf: Belcher's 38 is medalist in quad-match

Bluffton HS boys' golf team won a quad-meet on Sept. 6 at Bluffton defeating  Crestview, Paulding and Ada.

Final Team Scores:

Bluffton - 179
Paulding - 184
Crestview - 190
Ada - DQ due to not enough players

Medalist(s) - Aaron Belcher (Bluffton) - 38 and Caden Hurless (Crestview) - 38

Individual results are in the attachment below.


Football: Turnovers doom Pirates at Van Buren

To succeed on the gridiron, a team must take care of the football and have a solid defense Bluffton High painted themselves in a corner Friday night with no way out. 

The Pirates turned the ball over three times and struggled to stop the Black Knight offensive attack.  The result was a 26-3 victory for Van Buren which evened both teams’ record at 1-1.


Boys' soccer: Luke Young's goal enough to beat Wapak

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team scored in the second half and held on for 1-0 win over Wapakoneta Sept. 6 at Steinmetz Field in Bluffton.
In the 54th minute of the game Luke Young shot from the right side in a high arc which just cleared the goalkeeper to find the net.
Bluffton had 8 shots on goal to 3 shots on goal for the Redskins.
Goalkeepers for Wapak were Ross Burkart who had one save, and Noah Ritchie who had three saves

Bluffton’s keeper, Levi Smith, had two saves.
JV Game Result: Bluffton 1 Wapak 0.


What do the years 1956, 1966, 1976 and 1996 mean to BHS football fans?

Where have the football seasons gone?

There's something very special about Bluffton High School football seasons that end with a "6."

Take the teams of: 1996, 1976, 1966 and 1956, as examples. Each of these teams won a Northwest Conference football title.

THE 1996 TEAM PHOTOS IS BELOW - The team will be recognized Friday night at Harmon Field.

Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director, told The Icon that each of those teams will be recognized during home games this season.


Girls' soccer: Riverdale sneaks past BHS 2-0

The Bluffton junior varsity girls' soccer game kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday against Riverdale.  Sophomore Hannah Yost in the goal blocked multiple shots to hold the Falcons to 1 goal at half time. 

In the second half, freshman goalkeeper, Lilly Campbell, also blocked several shots by Riverdale, but the Falcon offense was strong, the final score was 0-5 Riverdale.

The varsity game started at noon in Bluffton, with Senior Captain Jadyn Barhorst in the goal.  WIth 14 minutes left in the first half, Riverdale landed the first goal. 


Volleyball: Baker has 12 digs in loss to Shawnee

In this week's action, Shawnee defeated Bluffton in volleyball 3-0.

Scores were as follows: 9-25; 18-25; 16-25.

Lead hitter was Haley Baker with 8 kills and 26 attempts.
Lead blocker was Katie Prater with 6 blocks, Andi Schmutz with 5, and Jazmynn Wilson with 5.
Haley Baker also had 12 digs in the game.



Girls' tennnis: Wapak over BHS 4-1

Wapakoneta girls stopped Bluffton 4-1 in a tennis meet on Aug. 31.

Bluffton's win was in third singles as Lucie Fett defeated her opponent 6-1.

Individual results in the attachment below


Boys' soccer: Pirates blank Paulding 6-0

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team scored 3 goals in first half and 3 goals in second half for 6-0 win over Paulding – the first game in Northwest Conference play for both teams.
Scoring for Bluffton:      
• Josh Begg scored 3 minutes into the match
• Douglas Nester headed in a goal at 33 minutes – assist by Luke Young
• Isaiah Schwab scored at 40 minutes - assist by Isaac Andreas
• Josh Begg again at 62 minutes
• Antony Kingsley headed in a sideline throw by Isaiah Schwab (assist) at 68 minutes


Football: Pirates have 6th straight win over C-R; first coaching win for Jeff Richards

For the sixth consecutive year, Bluffton defeated Cory-Rawson to open the season. 

The Pirates poured in three third quarter touchdowns to power to a 27-0 victory, the fourth time in five seasons BHS has shut out their neighbors to the north.  The win was the first career victory for head coach Jeff Richards.



Girls' tennis: It's Celina over Bluffton in a close match

Celina bested Bluffton girls' tennis team 3-2 in a Saturday meet.

Box scores are in the attachment.