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October 7, 2015


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Bluffton second in P-G and McComb track tri-meet

Bluffton High School track teams finished second behind Pandora-Gilboa in a tri-meet on Monday. P-G won both the girls' and boys' meets. Bluffton was second in both. McComb was third.


                     Bluffton Tri 4/14 P, M, B - 4/14/2015                    
                  Bluffton University, Dwight Salzman Stadium                 


Bluffton Icon introduces Beaver-Pirate and more monthly sports calendar

Bluffton Icon's newest feature is a sports calendar. The monthly calendar includes all Bluffton University and Bluffton High School and Junior High athletic contests.

The Icon welcomes soccer groups, swim team and all other sport teams to submit your season calendars to be added to the Icon calendar.
Send schedules to: info@blufftonicon.com.


Bob Inniger inducted into Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame April 11

Bob Inniger is one of seven persons and two national championship teams to join the Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame during the organization’s 31st annual banquet and induction. 

Inniger is vice president, business banking officer for Citizens National Bank. He is also treasurer of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. He is an Arlington High School and University of Findlay two-sport athlete.


BHS grad earns silver medal at NCAA indoor track and field championship

In a race on the national stage, Bluffton High School track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick, running for Eastern Mennonite University, had a strong finish to grab the silver medal in the mile at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships.  

Chappell-Dick completes an incredible indoor season with the race, earning All-American honors for the first time in her career.


Clay Wilson will sign letter of intent to play at Marian University

Clay Wilson, Bluffton High School senior, will sign a letter of intent to pole vault for Marian University, Indianapolis, Ind. He will sign the letter on March 18 at Bluffton High School.

Next spring, Wilson will join Head Coach Michael Holman, in Indianapolis, after a distinguished athletic career at Bluffton High School. 

In 2014, Wilson finished second at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division III regional track meet, jumping 14feet 4 inches.

Also, Wilson finished 3rd place at the OHSAA Division III state track meet, jumping 14-4.


Hannah Chappell-Dick South/Southeast Region athlete of the year

Bluffton HS track standout Hannah Chappell-Dick has been named the South/Southeast Region Athlete of the Year.  Eastern Mennonite's middle distance runner earned three gold medals at the ODAC Indoor Championships and will be participating in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Chappell-Dick, a junior at Eastern Mennonite, was given the award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association member coaches from the region.  She is the fastest woman in the region both at 800m and in the mile. 


Levi Kistler named all-NWC second team; Rumer, Ault honorable mention

Bluffton's Levi Kistler, a senior, was named to the second team all-Northwest Conference in boys' basketball. Two Pirate teammates were named honorable mention.

Columbus Grove senior Jace Darbyshire was chosen as the 2014-15 NWC Player of The Year by Northwest Conference boys’ basketball coaches at the annual selection meeting in late February. Darbyshire received 113 total points to edge out Connor Lautzenheiser (CV) and Trey Smith (DJ) in the coaches’ voting.


There's another Pirate team to watch - looks like good sailing ahead for these girls

The plot thickens.

On March 4 the Icon posted the team photo of the Bluffton seventh grade boys' basketball team. That team won the Northwest Conference basketball title. 

Here's chapter two: It's the same story with the Bluffton eighth grade girls' team, who finished the season 15-1 and a 3-0 tournament record. (This team has back-to-back  trophies in the trophy case.)

This means, somewhere between the next season and 2019-20 basketball seasons these girls will become household names in Bluffton. 


Parkins and Schmutz receive all-conference basketball honors

Two members of Bluffton High School's girls' basketball team won Northwest Conference honors. 

• Abbie Parkins, sophomore, was named to the NWC second team.
• Andie Schmutz, sophomore, was named NWC honorable mention  

Ada senior Tori Wyss was selected as the 2014-15 NWC Player of The Year in voting by Northwest Conference girls basketball coaches.


Watch out for these undefeated Pirates - we have lots to look forward to!

Somewhere between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 basketball seasons these guys will become household names in Bluffton. Right now they are Bluffton seventh graders. This season, the basketball team coached by Ryan Dunlap went 19-0, winning the Northwest Conference.

In an understatement, Dunlap told the Icon that this was a dream season. All Pirate fans are following that dream.