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February 13, 2016

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Pirates win third in a row, this time on the road

By Sam Brauen

If you wanted to draw up a great start to a football game, Bluffton met all expectations Friday night.  Just five minutes into the game, BHS led 14-0 in their first trip to the beautiful Redskin Stadium in Shelby County.  The great start didn’t last however and by halftime, Fort Loramie had clawed back to tie the game at 14-14.  The Pirates showed some grit in the second half and won the game 23-14 to advance to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.


Boys' soccer: Bluffton 6th in northwestern Ohio poll

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team is ranked 6th in the Northwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association weekly poll for week 3 of the season. 

The attachment shows the standings for all divisions this week.


Ada's Zac Dysert now a Houston Texan

Ada sports fans are dumping Bronco jerseys. They briefly traded those for Bears' jerseys. Now they are wearing Houston Texan jerseys.

As of Sept. 6, former Ada High School football standout Zac Dysert is now a Houston Texan.

The Texans signed Dysert to their practice squad one day after placing quarterback Tom Savage on injured reserve with a severely sprained shoulder.

Dysert was cut by the Broncos during the preseason when he was beaten out by rookie Trevor Siemian and was briefly with the Chicago Bears.


Pirates on the road Friday


Pirates wear down Van Buren defense on the way to win number 2

By Sam Brauen

For a half, the 2015 tilt between Bluffton and Van Buren looked oddly familiar to the 2014 edition.  Stormy weather was all around, big hits abounded and the score was low. 


However, in the second half, Bluffton wore down the Knight defense and the Pirate running backs ran over, around and through the visitors for a 35-14 victory.  Bluffton moved to 2-0 on the season with the victory while Van Buren falls to 0-2.


Friday night at Harmon Field



Boys' soccer: Bluffton beats Paulding in a "football score" 13-0

This one's for the record books.

Tristan Smucker scored his second consecutive hat trick of the season as the Bluffton High School boys' soccer team overpowered Paulding 13-0 on the road on Sept. 1.

Nine Pirates scored in the game.

Here are the stats:

Halftime: B, 7-0 Goals: (B) Tatarkov, (B) Smucker, (B) J Schwab, (B) Routson, (B) Kingsley, (B) I Schwab, (B) Tatarkov, (B) Smucker, (B) Harnish, (B) Smucker, (B) Routson, (B) Bunch, (B) Nester. Assists: (B) Andreas (2), (B) Harlow, (B) Kingsley, (B) Nester, (B) Smucker, (B) Tatarkov.


Girls' soccer: Abbie Parkins nails 5 goals in Pirate win

Bluffton blanked Paulding 10-0 in a Sept. 1 home girls' soccer match.

Goals for Bluffton by:

Abbie Parkins-- 5 goals
Katie Burkholder-- 1 goal
Anna Fredritz-- 1 goal
Averey Rumer-- 1 goal
Hannah Conley-- 1 goal
Abbey Gambrell-- 1 goal


Volleyball: Abby Tuttle has 10 assists against Shawnee

Shawnee defeated Bluffton in a volleyball match 3-0 on Sept. 1 at Shawnee.

Results follow:

Game 1    25-9
Game 2    25-15
Game 3    25-16

Bluffton stat leaders:
Kills - Sami Fruchey - 7
         Andie Schmutz - 6
Assists - Abby Tuttle  - 10
Digs - Haley Baker - 9
          Andie Schmutz - 8
Aces -  Abby Tuttle - 2
Blocks -


Boys' soccer: Tristan Smucker scores three times in win over Ottoville

A Tristan Smucker hat trick was significant in Bluffton High School boys' soccer win over Ottovile by a 4-0 score on Aug. 29. Bluffton controlled the game from start to finish.

Halftime: B, 2-0 Goals: (B) Smucker, (B) Harlow, (B) Smucker, (B) Smucker. Assists: (B) Bunch, (B) I Schwab, (B) Tatarkov.

Shots on Goal: B, 9-3. Corner Kicks: B, 5-2,Saves: B,Smith (2); O,Finnerty (5)

Home:  Ottoville 2-2-0

Away:  Bluffton 1-2-0
arrative:  Smucker Hat Trick leads Bluffton to victory in a game they controlled the whole way.