Tigers News · SPRING SPORT SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Ryan Thompson


At the last home game, meet or match of every high school that has spring sports, the senior student-athletes are recognized in a version of “senior night.”  Unfortunately, the seniors at Bluffton High will not be getting a senior night this year. So instead of lining up at the finish line, home plate, court #1 or hole #1 tee, the Bluffton Athletic Department will spotlight our seniors who planned to play sports this spring season. 

These seniors have impacted not only their spring teams but also have contributed to other teams throughout their high school career. We have been blessed in many ways by these student-athletes and we would like to thank each of them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to their teams and to Bluffton High School.  So, from the bottom of my heart, from the coaches who hoped to coach you this year and from all Tiger fans, we would like to say THANK YOU for the legacy that you’re leaving. We wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Lastly, please remember: Once a Bluffton Tiger, Always a Bluffton Tiger.

Get To Know  Ryan Thompson:

Ryan is the son of Steve and Melissa Thompson. While at Bluffton HS, Ryan was a member of student council and also performed during the morning announcements in the show Ryan & Corbin in the morning. Ryan earned 5 varsity letters while playing sports. He played football for four years and was a member of the Bluffton track team for four years.  During his senior year, he joined the wrestling team.  This year he was awarded the The Football Triumph Award that was instituted in 1938 by Joe Larmore. This trophy is presented in the hope that it will stimulate interest in football for those boys who do not have the natural ability and background that tends to make football easy to play.  This award was rededicated in 1968 to the memory of Sgt. William Ferguson, who won the award in 1952 and was the first Bluffton HS letterman to lose his life in the Vietnam Conflict. Prior to graduating, Ryan entered the workforce in a full time manner and desires to earn a welding certificate.  Thank you Ryan!

Coach Kunkel said, “Ryan was the heart and soul of our team. I would take him 100x out of 100.”