Columbus Grove won the Northwest Conference 2018-19 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence,” conference commissioner Jim Raabe announced last week.

This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and Scholastic Bowl competition each school year.

This is the fourth time Columbus Grove has accomplished this feat since the establishment of the award in 2005.

The Bulldogs compiled a total of 87.5 points with Bluffton (80.0) and Crestview (67.5) finishing second and third respectively.

Points are awarded and accumulated each year based on conference standings in all sports and the NWC Scholastic Bowl competition.

The award was started during the 2005-06 school year to honor longtime Northwest Conference commissioner/secretary Don Bachman, who served in that position for more than 30 years before passing away late in 2005.

This year Columbus Grove earned four outright NWC titles in Cross Country and Track by sweeping those events for both the boys and girls teams.

In addition the Bulldogs secured co-championships in the sports of Volleyball, Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Basketball.

Other NWC champions/co-champions were Ada (Academic Team), Allen East (Wrestling), Bluffton (Boys' Soccer, Girls’s Basketball, Softball), Crestview (Volleyball, Boys' Basketball), Paulding (Baseball) and Spencerville (Golf, Football, Girls’ Soccer).

The conference sponsors 14 sports in addition to the Scholastic Bowl tournament.

The final order of finish for the 2018-19 school year is as follows:

Columbus Grove     87.5

Bluffton    80.0

Crestview    67.5

Paulding    63.5

Lincolnview     62.5

Spencerville    61.0

Allen East    59.5

Ada    43.0

Delphos Jefferson    32.5