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Luke Denecker surpasses 1,000 points; Pirates stop Leipsic

Michael Kingsley is the only other Pirate to break that scoring barrier

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton turned back Leipsic 70-63 to gain a hard-earned non-conference boys basketball win Tuesday evening.

Click here for game photos by Marvin Foster.
Top 10 all-time scorer list at bottom of story

Pirate senior Luke Denecker scored 22 points to become the second Bluffton boys player to tally more than 1,000 career points. 


BHS led 43-13 at one point

Bluffton defense stymies Musketeers

By Cort Reynolds
FT. JENNINGS - Visiting Bluffton suffocated Ft. Jennings and posted a 47-25 non-conference boys basketball win Saturday evening.

Bluffton led 11-7 after the first quarter, but extended the margin to 25-9 at halftime by limiting the Musketeers to just two points in the second period. 

The Pirates outscored the hosts 18-4 in the third quarter to build a commanding 43-13 cushion.

Bluffton improved to 10-1 overall with the lopsided win, their third victory in a row. Meanwhile, FJ fell to 1-11 with the defeat.


Trevor Bassitt competes in Findlay

Bluffton High School track standout Trevor Bassitt, now at Ashland University, competed in the Findlay indoor open meet on Jan. 11. Jamie Nygaard was there and shares these two photos with viewers.


Mason Soper tallies season-high 25 points as BHS stops Paulding

Jared Piercefield nets 18 with the aid of 3 triples

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton shut out Paulding in the first period and went on to post a decisive 63-48 Northwest Conference boys basketball win Friday evening.

Bluffton led 10-0 after the first quarter and held a 26-17 halftime edge. The Pirates outscored the Panthers 37-31 in the second half.

Bluffton improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the NWC with the win, while the Panthers fell to 2-8 and 1-2 in the NWC with the defeat.


Lady Pirates knocked off by Paulding 2nd half

Laykin Garmatter led all scorers with 22 points

By Cort Reynolds
PAULDING - Host Paulding outscored Bluffton 41-19 in the second half to rally for a 62-46 Northwest Conference girls basketball victory Thursday night.

Bluffton led 12-9 after one period and extended their edge to 27-21 at halftime as Laykin Garmatter splashed five first-half triples. 

But the Lady Pirates scored just five third-period points and got outscored 27-14 in the final stanza to lose by 16.


Bluffton boys swimmers sweep tri meet

Riley Verb, Erik Nygaard, CJ McCall, Celia Smith are Bluffton winners

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton boys swim team swept host Bath and Ada in a triangular meet Wednesday night at the Lima YMCA. 

The Bluffton boys beat Bath 85-46 and edged Ada 76-67. The BSC girls lost to Bath 75-62 and fell to Ada 78-68. 

The Bluffton Swim Club Lima Bath 147-121 in the combined boys and girls scoring. But BSC lost to Ada 154-142 in the boys and girls combined results. 

Bluffton freshman Riley Verb touched first in the 100 butterfly and also won the 500 free marathon.