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Five Pirates on All-NWC volleyball teams

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School volleyball team placed five players on the All-Northwest Conference squads in voting conducted Sunday, October 15, by league coaches.

Versatile Pirate setter Grace Yarnell was named first team All-NWC. She led the team in assists (630) and aces (55), and was second in digs (224). The 5-7 junior also hit 65 kills and added 17 blocks.


Pirate Andreas named top NWC boys soccer player

3 from NWC champs named 1st team

By Cort Reynolds

Bluffton HIgh School senior soccer standout Theo Andreas was voted Northwest Conference Player of the Year in voting recently conducted by the league coaches. 

Andreas paced the team in goals as he led the Pirate boys to their ninth consecutive league title at 5-0. Bluffton is 42-0-0 all-time in conference play.

Pirate seniors Ben Hartzler and junior Jack Brauen each made first team all-league alongside Andreas.

Sophomore Ethan Blount was named second team all-league. 

Sophomore Isaiah Kohli earned honorable mention all-conference notice.

Lincolnview mentor Anson Moody was voted NWC Coach of the Year by his peers.


Biology, chemistry and dietetics teaching labs have new home at Bluffton University


By Paula Scott

On a sunny October afternoon, Bluffton University officials provided a tour of the new Knowlton Science Center for donor and alumnus Greg Wannemacher and members of his staff. 

Scarecrow ballot now available

Voting for the best scarecrows in town is underway. The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has posted the ballot at

There are over 25 participating businesses. Chamber director Jim Enneking says "this year is going to be a close race."

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday, October 29, with the winner to be announced alongside the winning ticket numbers from the final Discovery Day.


PHOTO A Line is a Point

Bluffton University will host an artist reception for Kathleen Pahl and her exhibit “A Line is a Point” from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Sauder Visual Arts Center. The event is part of Bluffton’s Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2023 activities.

Camerata Singers, University Chorale perform October 29

Bluffton University’s Fall Choral Concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall

Under the direction of Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, University Chorale will perform selections including “Gaelic Song of the Boatman” by Sine NicFhionnlaigh, “Weep No More” by David Childs, and “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” from German Requiem by Brahms.

Camerata Singers will perform selections including “Best Day of My Life” by Zachary Barnett, “Stand Up” from the movie “Harriet” by Joshuah Campbell, and “Sing” by Mark Brymer.

This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.