Thanking them for bringing Henry County together in celebration, Napoleon Mayor Jason Maassel Monday honored the Napoleon Lady Cats Ohio division two girls high school basketball championship team.

“What was amazing to me was the procession coming over the river bridge and the first fire truck I saw was from Holgate,” Maassel said. “And then New Bavaria, and then McClure, and then the South Joint Ambulance District.”

He pointed out McClure is part of the Napoleon Area City Schools district, but the others wanted to be involved in the celebration as well and contacted the city about joining the procession to bring the team vans into town.

“So thank you for bringing us closer together,” Maassel told the team. “Thank you for teaching us teamwork, we really appreciate it.”

Maassel unveiled the design for new signs that will be placed at the main roadways coming into the city that proclaim the team as champions. They will be added to those already in place doing the same.

He also proclaimed April 5, 2021, as Napoleon Ladies State Championship Day. Each member of the team was presented a copy of the mayor’s proclamation.

Maassel also told the athletes to take 15 seconds, find their family that was in attendance, and thank them.

“There’s a lot of support in this room,” Maassel said.

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