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One-game from state

Meet there 1969-70 Bluffton High School boys' basketball team

Here’s the 1969-70 regional runner up BHS boys’ basketball team with its district Class A trophy.

Front from left, Willis Stemen, coach, Tom Osborne, Ed Suter, Steve Simon, Mike Osborne, Dean King.

Standing from left, Charles Huffman, JV coach, Jon West, Steve Stitzel, freshman coach, Greg Amstutz, Mike Samsal, Rob Eastman, Ron Niswander, Rob Strahm, John Sommers, Ken Koontz, Bob Steiner, Bud Bowers, manager.

This team defeated Pettisville in the regional semi-final contest at the University of Toledo Field House, to advance to the regional finals at BGSU.

Dean King takes a shot as Steve Simon (45) watches in the 169-70 Class A regional title game against then-perennial power Mansfield St. Peter’s. The game was place to a packed house in BGSU’s Anderson Arena. It was the last time a Bluffton team advanced to the regional tournament.


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