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May 1, 2016


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Pirate football: Defense picks off four Ada passes in big win

By Sam Brauen

The place to be was War Memorial Stadium in Ada on Friday evening. 

The field turned out to be aptly named as the Bluffton Pirate football team fought, scratched and clawed their way to a 27-21 victory over Ada. The win was of high importance for a few reasons. 

First, it stopped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates.  In a much longer term, it snapped an eight-year losing streak at the hands of the Bulldogs.  Both Ada and Bluffton owned 5-3 records heading into Week 9.


Football Pirates move up to 10th in Region 22

Following a big win on Friday against Ada, the Bluffton High School football team moved from 12th to 10th in Division VI state computer rankings. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs. 

To view the entire rankings, click here.


BHS Barnett NWC male runner of the year; Nisly female runner-up

Northwest Conference cross country meet - Bluffton's Jacob Barnett ran the best individual time of 17:00 in winning the boys' race and was voted by the coaches as NWC Male Runner of the Year.  Boone Brubaker (CG; 17:04) finished second with Austin Elick (LV, 17:12) completing the race as the third place finisher.



Pirate defeat Ada 27-21 on the road

Bluffton High School's football team defeated Ada on the road 27-21 in a Northwest Conference contest.

Game stats are attached to the bottom of this story.


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.