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BHS finishes regular season at 7-3 with win over Grove; game stats here

Bluffton High School defeated Columbus Grove on the road tonight 10-7. The Pirates finish the regular season 7-3.

Sitting in the number 9 spot in its region, with the right combination of losses in spots 1 to 8, the Pirates could qualify for a playoff stop.

BHS-Grove game stats are in the attachment below.


Girls' soccer: Six Pirates receive all-NWC honors

Six members of the Bluffton High School girls' soccer team received all-Northwest Conference honors at the end of the season. Bluffton finished in 3rd place at 4-1-1 and 5-10-1 overall.

First team from Bluffton: 
• Abbie Parkins, junior
• Jadyn Barhorst, junior

Second team from Bluffton:
• Kayla Kindle, sophomore
• Katie Burkholder, junior
• Aylssa Snider, senior

Honorable mention from Bluffton:
•Averey Rumer, freshman


Pirates 9th in Region 22 computer ranking

Bluffton High School's football team is currently 9th in Division VI Region 22 Ohio computer rankings.

With one regular season game to play, with a BHS win at Columbus Grove and a loss by one of the top 8 teams, the Pirates have a chance to make the playoffs.

CLICK HERE for the entire state rankings.

Along with cheering for a Pirate victory, Bluffton fans should also take up a rooting interest in Twins Valley South who play Miami East (8th spot) Friday night.


Volleyball: Fruchey on District 8 all-star senior team; Schmutz named second team all-district

Samantha Fruchey, Bluffton senior, will participate in the District 8 All-Star volleyball match held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Bluffton University’s Sommer Center.

Fruchey is on the Division I-II-III East team. Coaching the East team is Cristy Gray, Liberty Benton and Mike Etzler, Coldwater.

In addition, Andie Schmutz of Bluffton was named to the Division I-II-III all-district second team.


Boys' soccer: Pirates blank LCC and move to district finals

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team defeated Lima Central Catholic 4-0 on Oct. 27 in district action at Kalida.

This is the third consecutive postseason shutout for the Pirates as they move into the district final with a 4-0 victory over LCC.

Game stats follow:

Halftime: B, 3-0 Goals: (B) Begg, (B) Routson, (B) Smucker, (B) Harlow. Assists: (B) J Schwab.
Shots on Goal: B, 15-2. Corner Kicks: B, 8-2,Saves: B,Smith (2); LCC,Smith (7)

LCC 6-9-4
Bluffton 12-6-1



University hosts Division II volleyball district

Bluffton University will host the OHSAA Division II District volleyball semifinals tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 27) in the Sommer Center.

6:15 p.m. - Van Wert vs. St. Marys

8 p.m. - Celina vs. Wapakoneta

Bluffton will also host the finals between tonight's winners at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.


Football: Pirates crush Knights; fighting for playoffs

By Sam Brauen
For the 12 Pirate seniors, there was no better way to walk off Harmon Field than with a big win under their belts.  Bluffton dominated Crestview 41-28 to move to 6-3 and keep their playoff push alive.  

Bluffton is now 6-3 and ninth in the most recent OHSAA computer rankings.  The top eight teams make the postseason. The Pirates will look for win number seven at Columbus Grove Friday.


Bluffton boys' champs of inaugural NWC soccer league competition

The Bluffton High School boys' soccer team have several reason to cheer.

• The varisty won the Northwest Conference title at 5-0
• Tucker Routson, senior, was voted the 2015 Northwest Conference player of the year
• Steve Smucker, BHS coach, was selected as NWC coach of the year.

This season was the first-ever season for boys' soccer as a conference sport in the NWC.

Several other Pirates received all-league honors. Tristan Smucker, sophomore, Antony Kingsley, junior, and Cole Harlow, senior, were named the NWC first team along with Routson.


Volleyball: Kevin King named NWC coach of the year

Kevin King of Bluffton was voted NWC Coach of the Year by his peers in voting that took place earlier this week. Bluffton finished 5-3 in the NWC and 10-12 overall in a rebuilding year for the Pirates.

Bluffton players, Andie Schmutz, junior, was named to the first team, Haley Baker, junior, to the second team and Sami Fruchey, senior, honorable mention.


Girls' soccer: It's Bluffton 2 - Mohawk 0

Bluffton HIgh School girls' soccer team defeated Mohawk 2-0 on Oct. 20.

Abbey Parkins scored 2 goals for Bluffton.  First half assist from Ashley Augsburger to Parkins. 

Second half assist from Averey Rumer off a flicked header to Parkins who finished with a header to go up 2-0. 

Bluffton's goalkeeper, Jadyn Barhorst, recorded 8 saves in the shutout win, with the support of her defense.