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Krendl shares top NWC baseball coach honors; Jebsen 1st team

By Cort Reynolds

In voting recently conducted by league coaches, Pirate mentor Kasey Krendl shares NWC Coach of the Year honors with Lincolnview’s Eric Fishpaw for the 2023-2023 school year.

Bluffton junior left fielder Luke Jebsen was named first team All-Northwest Conference. Jebsen sparked the Pirate offense from his leadoff spot.

Pirate junior third baseman Evan Speicher was tabbed second team All-NWC.

Senior catcher Kerry Wright and junior center fielder Landen Worcester earned honorable mention notice.

Bluffton finished 11-11 overall and 5-3 in the NWC to come in a solid fourth place in the nine-team league.

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Cavs eliminate Pirate baseball in district semis

By Cort Reynolds

COLDWATER __ Top-seeded Coldwater knocked the visiting Bluffton baseball team out of Div. III sectional finals Friday by an 11-1 score.

The hosts scored two times in the bottom of the first frame to grab an early lead. Bluffton plated its lone run in the top of the third to pull within 2-1. 

But a six-run Cavalier third inning gave the hosts an 8-1 cushion. 

Coldwater added a run in the fourth and they tacked on two more in the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

The Pirates ended their season 10-11 after the loss. The Cavaliers (22-5) advanced to the district semifinals at Elida vs. Fort Recovery (10-11) May 20 with the sectional title victory.

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Pirates qualify for track regionals; Stackhouse is double district champ

By Cort Reynolds

ADA __ Several Bluffton High School athletes qualified for the regional track and field meet with strong showings at the Div. III district competition on May 16 and 18.

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Bluffton Soccer Club hosts tournament at Bluffton University

Looking for information on this weekend's Bluffton Soccer Club tournament? Check out the attached map and schedule HERE.

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District Track on Thursday, May 16 at Ada

A reminder from the Bluffton High School athletic director:

Field events at 4:00 p.m. - Boys Shot, Boys High Jump, Boys Pole Vault, Girls Discus, and Girls Long Jump.

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Pirate baseball beats Devils in sectional semis

By Cort Reynolds

CAREY__ The visiting Bluffton High School baseball team won its Div. III sectional semifinal game over Carey 5-1 Wednesday evening, May 15.

The Pirates improved to 10-10 with the victory and advanced to the sectional finals. 

Ninth-seeded Bluffton will play at top seed Coldwater (21-4) Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. in the sectional finals. The Cavaliers finished third in the MAC at 6-3.

The winner advances to the Elida district semifinals May 23.

Winning pitcher Tyler Cupples hurled a complete-game six-hitter to shut down the Blue Devils. He allowed one earned run and struck out seven with no walks.

Cupples threw 97 pitches over seven innings, with 66 going for strikes or put in play.

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