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March 28, 2020

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Tayton Kleman gains pin in 76 seconds

Pirate wrestlers split tri-meet

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton wrestling team hosted a triangular meet Tuesday evening, winning one of two matches.

The Pirate grapplers lost to Wapakoneta 43-27 but defeated Lincolnview, 48-18. Wapakoneta defeated Lincolnview 54-28 to go 2-0 on the night.

Winning twice for the Pirates was Tayton Kleman at 113 lbs. He won by pin in 76 seconds vs. Lincolnview, and took a 7-1 decision vs. Wapak. 


Pirates hits 11 three-point goals in win at WBL Wapak

Paulding comes to town on. Friday in an NWC battle

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton outscored Wapakoneta 24-17 in the second half to pull out a 51-46 non-league boys basketball win Tuesday evening.

Bluffton bounced back from its first loss last Saturday despite being down 29-27 at halftime. The Pirates took the lead with a 13-8 third period as Jared Piercefield scored eight key points.

Bluffton then won the fourth period 11-8 as senior Luke Denecker tallied eight points. The Pirates buried 11 three-point goals to pave the way to a hard-fought victory.


Verb leads Bluffton swim club at Indiana invitational

By Cort Reynolds
Berne, Ind. - The Bluffton Swim Club competed at the South Adams Invitational meet Saturday at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana. 

Freshman Riley Verb won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke races to lead BSC.

The Bluffton girls swimmers finished sixth out of eight schools, while the BSC boys came in fifth. In the combined team standings, Bluffton ended up sixth.

Allison Diller came in fourth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 breaststroke to post the top Bluffton girls individual finishes.


Bluffton boys edged in anticipated battle of unbeatens

Pirates give Titans its closest game of the season

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton lost a tough 47-41 verdict to Western Buckeye League perennial power Ottawa-Glandorf before a sellout crowd in a non-league battle of undefeated teams Saturday night.

Bluffton led 6-5 after a low-scoring first period. O-G edged in front 17-15 at intermission. The Titans built a 30-23 lead with a 13-8 third period.

BHS pulled within 4 points at 45 to 41 with 17 seconds to go, but was unable to close the gap.


Lady Pirates visit 8-3 Paulding on Thursday

Elida snaps Pirate girls win streak with late run

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Visiting Elida outscored Bluffton 14-6 in the fourth period to win a 53-46 non-conference girls basketball battle Saturday afternoon.

Bluffton led 14-7 after one period of play, yet Elida roared back to tie it 30-30 with a 23-point second quarter outburst. The Pirate girls inched back in front 40-39 heading to the final stanza, but they went ice cold with just two baskets and a foul shot in the last period. 


Schaadt's 17 points leads BHS over Kenton

Lady Pirates entertain Elida Saturday afternoon

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton defeated non-conference foe Kenton convincingly 50-35 in girls basketball play Thursday evening.

Bluffton led 29-23 at halftime and outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-7 in the third period to build a 13-point lead. The Lady Pirates held Kenton to just 12 second-half points to win going away.

The Pirate girls improved to 9-1 overall with their ninth consecutive victory. Meanwhile, Kenton fell to 3-4 with the defeat.