Bluffton High School Homecoming Court for 2023

Homecoming week celebrations include the crowning of the 2023 Pirate King and Queen on Friday, September 29. The Homecoming Court is made up of Back L-R) Terron Boblitt (11th), John-Paul Yoder (12th), Ian Rieman (12th), Theo Andreas (12th); 3rd row) Ben Lovett (9th), Ella Armstrog (12th), Jasmine Hasting (12th) Caitlyn Couch (12th), Luke Ginther (10th); 2nd row) Kally Cotter (11th), Lauren Dearth (10th), Nora Matthews (9th) 1st row) Jillian Richards (3rd), Isaiah Thiel (3rd).


Bluffton University first-year and graduate numbers are on the rise

Bluffton University is seeing gains in areas such as out-of-state enrollment and graduate enrollment. The number of full-time students enrolled at Bluffton, including both undergraduate and graduate programs, is 664.

“Most higher education institutions are starting to see the effects of the ‘enrollment cliff’ that is predicted to be at its highest in 2025,” said Robin Bowlus, vice president of advancement and enrollment management. “I am glad to say despite this dip, Bluffton’s total enrollment has remained steady, with increases in many areas.”

The first-year class is comprised of 190 traditional undergraduate students and is up from 172 a year ago. Sixty-eight of the first-year students are from out of state, double the number from 2022-23. They represent a total of 17 states including students from California, Texas and South Carolina. Popular majors for this year’s first-year class include business administration, sport management, exercise science, pre-med and pre-professional programs, and education. The class average GPA is 3.22 with two dozen first-year students at or above a 4.0. Sixteen students also transferred to Bluffton. Full-time enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year is down a bit after a few strong years.

Pirate volleyball edged by Vikings

October 13: Pirates & Mustangs Pink Out for Cancer Awareness

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School volleyball team lost in three nail biting overtime sets to fall at Leipsic in a close Northwest Conference battle Thursday evening, September 28.

The Pirates lost the tight bout 27-25, 27-25, 26-24 to drop to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the NWC. 

After winning 11 in a row, Bluffton lost two tough league matches in a row this week to squads with a combined record of 24-3.


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The Pirates can repeat as outright champions with a win or tie

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School girls soccer team made the long trip to face non-conference foe Liberty Center count Thursday evening, September 28, as they scored late to win 2-1.

The Pirate girls improved to 9-4-1 with the big road victory, while the Tigers fell to 5-8 after the loss. 

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School boys soccer team lost 3-1 to visiting non-league foe Ottawa-Glandorf at Steinmetz Field on Thursday, September 28.

Bluffton dropped to 4-6-2 overall with the loss.  

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The Black Lab Trading Company celebrates 25 years in business

On Friday and Saturday, Sept 29 and 30, The Black Lab Trading Company will celebrate 25 years of doing business in Bluffton. The business will be celebrating with sales, refreshments, giveaways and more. 


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