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Work begins on Knowlton Science Center

After an Oct. 1, 2021, groundbreaking, construction is now underway on the Austin E. Knowlton Science Center at Bluffton University. The two-story, nearly 20,000 square foot building will feature six labs, faculty offices and interactive collaborative space for students.

The event kicked off Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2021 at Bluffton with more than 100 people gathered for the ceremony.

Bluffton netters compete well at sectionals

By Cort Reynolds

Bluffton High School's Caitlyn Couch advanced to the quarterfinals of the girls tennis Div. II Northwest sectional tournament at UNOH Thursday, October 7.

Couch won a pair of tough three-set matches and was one victory short of qualifying for districts before falling in the round of eight.

Couch rallied to defeat Mya Garcia of Defiance in the first round of the singles flight 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Then in the round of 16, Couch gutted past Kayliann Howell of Celina 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1.

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Pirate girls sweep Grove

By Cort Reynolds

Playing at home, the Bluffton High School volleyball team took down Columbus Grove in a straight-sets Northwest Conference match Thursday evening, October 8.

The Lady Pirate record improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the NWC with the 25-22, 25-19, 25-16 victory.

The Bulldogs fell to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the NWC with the defeat.

Senior Kylie Stackhouse topped Bluffton with 16 kills and three blocks. She also served one ace. Freshman Ayla Grandey hammered 15 kills and added one block.

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Pirate boys tie Green Bears

By Cort Reynolds

The visiting Bluffton boys soccer team played Ottawa Hills to a 1-1 draw in a non-conference match Thursday evening, October 7.

The ninth-ranked Pirates ran their record to 10-2-2 overall with the tie. 

OH is 6-0-4 after the draw.

Green Bear senior Walker Kight scored just 2:15 into the first half to take a 1-0 lead. But the Pirate defense stiffened and held them scoreless over the last 78 minutes.

The score stayed 1-0 to halftime and well into the second half when Bluffton netted the equalizer.

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Gary Douglas Steiner worked for Proctor & Gamble

Gary Douglas Steiner, 58, passed away October 5, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Gary was born July 11, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Evan W. and Betty C. (Reichenbach) Steiner. On September 6, 1986, he married Brenda (Schramm) Steiner, who survives.

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Bluffton golf team 10th at districts

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton golf team finished 10th out of 18 full teams in the Div. III golf districts at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green Thursday.

Ottoville won the district team championship with a score of 317. Minster was second (322), followed by Ottawa Hills (329) and Kalida (331). 

Bluffton finished 10th (355), 24 shots off team qualification.

The top four teams and next four individuals not on a qualifying team made it to the Div. III state tourney at Ohio State October 15-16.

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