Bluffton edged Convoy Crestview to win the Northwest Conference’s Don Bachman Award of Excellence for the first time in school history.
The annual award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition.
The Pirates won the NWC girls soccer and baseball championships this year to edge Convoy Crestview for the award by an 80½-79 margin.
Columbus Grove (70) was third in the all-sports standings followed by Spencerville (63½), Allen East (59½), Lincolnview (57), Delphos Jefferson (49), Ada (41½) and Paulding.
The award was established during the 2005-06 school year to honor longtime Northwest Conference commissioner/secretary Don Bachman, who served in that position for more than thirty years before passing away late in 2005.
Area pair to BU
BLUFFTON — A pair of prep basketball players will stay in the area to play college basketball as Arlington’s Michael Blunk and Riverdale’s Lee Holderman will play basketball at Bluffton College next season.
Blunk enjoyed an outstanding career at Arlington as a post player. He was named first team all-Blanchard Valley Conference, and third team all-Northwest Ohio selection as a senior.
Holderman was a point guard for Riverdale High School and finished his career second on the Falcons’ career scoring list. He was a first team all-North Central Conference selection as a senior after being named second team as a sophomore and junior.
Celina nabs WBL trophy
Celina has won the Western Buckeye League’s all-sports trophy for the 2013-14 school year.
The trophy is awarded to the league school that earns the most points in sports that are recognized in the WBL. Point totals are determined by the position a school finishes in the league standings.
Celina, which won the award last year and has captured 16 of 43 all-sports crowns, led the league with 137½ points. Wapakoneta edged Ottawa-Glandorf 115-113 for second place in the standings.
1, Celina 137½. 2, Wapakoneta 115. 3, Ottawa-Glandorf 113. 4, Lima Shawnee 109½. 5, Defiance 107. 6, St. Marys Memorial 93½. 7, Lima Bath 90½. 8, Van Wert 89. 9, Elida 74. 10, Kenton 61.
Britton to Fort Loramie
Hopewell-Loudon graduate Cory Britton has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Fort Loramie.
He will be an intervention specialist for Fort Loramie Local Schools.
Britton came to Riverside following two campaigns as boys head coach at Reedsville Eastern High School. He faced rebuilding projects at both places, going 14-30 at Reedsville Eastern and 7-15 at Riverside.
He graduated from the University of Findlay in 2011 where he served as the student manager for the men’s basketball program.
L-B grad honored
Liberty-Benton graduate Tricia (Erford) Drake was on the Wilmington College women’s basketball team that was recently inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
She was a member of the Wilmington team that finished the 2003-04 regular season with an 18-6 record. The Quakers won nine straight games in the tournament to capture the 2004 NCAA Division III national championship.
Two fire aces
NORTH BALTIMORE — Helen Russell recorded her first hole in one Saturday when she aced the 68-yard No. 10 hole at Birch Run Golf Course on Saturday using an 8-iron. Luana Mantel, Mickey Rockhill and Jolyn Buch witnessed the shot.
Brandon Johnson recorded a hole in one on Friday on the No. 1, 117-yard hole at Shady Grove Golf Club using a sand wedge. Jeff Reese witnessed the shot.