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September 17, 2019

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State basketball tournaments return to St. John Arena

OHSAA girls basketball tournament in 2020 and boys basketball in 2021

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that two upcoming basketball state tournaments will return to St. John Arena at The Ohio State University, including the 2020 girls basketball state tournament and the 2021 boys basketball state tournament.

Both state tournaments coincide with OSU’s spring break, which will allow for better parking options for spectators.


Drew Wilson fires 43, Kenny Lovett, Jared Piercefield 45s

Pirates win rugged four-team NWC meet

By Cort Reynolds
The Bluffton golf team won a rugged four-team Northwest Conference meet Tuesday at the Bluffton Golf Course.

Bluffton and Allen East tied with 179 strokes each, followed by Paulding (190) and Ada (209). The Pirates won the tiebreaker with AE after both teams' fifth man shot 51 since Pirate Wes Brauen shot a 64 in the sixth spot.


Erin Hotmire loses close on vs. Shawnee

By Cort Reynolds
Visiting Shawnee spoiled the Bluffton girls tennis home opener Tuesday by shutting out the Lady Pirates 5-0 Tuesday.

Erin Hotmire was the only Pirate to come close to winning as she lost 6-4, 6-3 at first singles to Aria Patel.

Shawnee won three of the other four matches 6-0, 6-0. Bluffton's Ellie Nickel and Libby Frazier lost 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles.

The Lady Pirate netters are now 0-2 this season.


Girls' tennis: Celina downs Bluffton netters

Erin Hotmire posted the lone Lady Pirate win at first singles

By Cort Reynolds
CELINA - The Bluffton girls tennis team lost its season-opening match at Celina Monday by a 4-1 count.

Erin Hotmire posted the lone Lady Pirate win at first singles with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gracie Gabes.

Bluffton's Olivia Barnes suffered a tough 6-4, 6-4 defeat at second singles. Pirate Julia Smallcomb lost a close three-setter at third singles 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Pearl Lewandowski and Ellison Pugsley lost in straight sets at number one doubles.


Bluffton linksters sweep NWC quad

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton golf team won a four-team Northwest Conference match at the Bluffton Golf Course Thursday to tee off its season in style.

The co-host Pirates won with 178 strokes, followed by Columbus Grove (193), Ada (199) and Crestview (232).

Bluffton's Drew Wilson and Zach Roberts of Columbus Grove tied for match medalist honors score with a total of 42.

Kenny Lovett shot a 43 to finish second for the Pirates. Jared Piercefield carded a 45 and Micah Minnig shot 48.


OHSAA fall sports practices get underway Thursday

New inclement weather policy now in effect

Preseason practices officially begin this Thursday, Aug. 1, for OHSAA member schools for the fall sports of football, girls and boys golf, girls tennis, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and girls field hockey.