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SEATTLE — Getting a second chance is rare, and Napoleon grad Art Warren is ready for another chance to make the Seattle Mariners Opening Day roster as Major League Baseball’s Spring Training 2.0 is set to begin July 1.

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HAMLER — Both Liberty Center and Patrick Henry struggled mightily to find consistency on the mound in their summer openers.

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HOLGATE — A pair of coaching vacancies are expected to be filled when the Holgate Schools Board of Education meets Monday. Both varsity volleyball and boys basketball coaching positions are up for vote, and Holgate Athletics Director Richard Finley didn’t have to go far to find either person.

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In Wednesday’s edition of the Northwest Signal, Holgate baseball player Brodi Burgel was incorrectly identified in a photo as Brodi Burgei. The Northwest Signal apologizes for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

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DEFIANCE – The Wildcats ran into an offensive buzz saw Wednesday night, as the Bulldogs swept a doubleheader. Defiance jumped out to big leads in both games and cruised to a 14-2 win in the opener and closed with a 12-4 victory in the nightcap.

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Good teams find ways to score ... and win ... and that is exactly what Napoleon did Tuesday against a short-handed Archbold squad.

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LIBERTY CENTER — More than anything, former Liberty Center girls soccer coach Dave Busick said he’s thankful for the last seven years.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Liberty Center Athletics is looking for its first new golf coach in seven years, the school announced via Twitter Monday.

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BRYAN — The Bears banged out 15 hits, with the top of the order doing the most damage in a 14-3 victory over Napoleon Friday night in summer high school baseball action at Sumpter Field.

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In what is being seen as the next step in a return to high school athletics, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced Thursday contact sports, including football, basketball, wrestling and soccer, can resume practices, including intrasquad scrimmages, as long as safety protocols are observed.

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Any Napoleon girls who will be playing junior high basketball next school year are invited to attend open gym workouts Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Napoleon Junior High School gymnasium.

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LIBERTY CENTER — After four remarkable seasons roaming the sidelines at Widewater Retreat, Liberty Center girls soccer coach Dave Busick will not return to head the program in 2020.

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COLUMBUS - The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its division assignments for the 2020-21 boys and girls basketball seasons, with two area teams making moves to new divisions.

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HAMLER — Patrick Henry has selected Brian Morrow to be the next coach of the wrestling program, the school announced in a release Wednesday.

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The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the summer, as errors and mental mistakes led to a 10-1 setback to Northern Lakes League foe Perrysburg Tuesday at Booster Field.

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HOLGATE — Holgate baseball coach Tim Kelly walked from station to station during Friday’s youth baseball camp at Bones Howe Field, providing tips and pointers to the young players learning the game.

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State football players returned to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for voluntary workouts on Monday, which created some optimism the Buckeyes could be on the field as scheduled for their opener on Sept. 5 against Bowling Green.

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The second hole-in-one of the summer at the Napoleon Municipal Golf Course was recorded Thursday by Jim Boehm.

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Lleyton Kelly makes a play on the ball during a pop-fly drill at the Holgate youth baseball camp Friday at Bones Howe Field. Members of the Holgate Tigers baseball team helped run the camp alongside coaches, as players worked on ground-ball fielding drills, hitting off a tee and catching fly…

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After 11 months away the Napoleon Wildcats played a baseball game. Sure, it was summer baseball and it will not count for anything, but it sure felt good to play ... and win.

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HOLGATE — Holgate is hosting a youth baseball camp Friday and June 19 from 5-6:45 p.m. and June 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Napoleon honored its 12-season athletes for the Class of 2020 Tuesday. These are athletes that played high school sports for 12 seasons during their prep career. Being honored were (from left) Landon Willeman for golf, football (1), basketball and baseball; Stevie Rieger for volleyball, bask…

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LIBERTY CENTER — The Liberty Center baseball program added two games for its summer slate, picking up a pair of road games against Northwest Ohio Athletic League rivals.

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The first hole-in-one at the Napoleon Municipal Golf Course was recorded Tuesday, with Caleb Sehlmeyer scoring the ace on the sixth hole.

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Carlee Hoenbrink was the 2020 Pepsi Bowling Tournament district champion, rolling a 680 series.

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After almost a full year since taking the field, the Napoleon Wildcats begin their summer baseball season Wednesday, traveling to Perrysburg for varsity and junior varsity contests.

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LIBERTY CENTER — At least one Henry County league is exploring the possibility of the return of youth baseball this summer, as Liberty Center is potentially primed to bring the sport back in some form.

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HOLGATE — The field house at Holgate High School is traditionally open for community use Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with nine hours of availability during the weekend.

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For the first time in nearly three months there was activity at Napoleon High School. Buckenmeyer Stadium and the Grand Canyon were alive with the sounds of student-athletes working out and practicing.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday due to the wide range of academic standards given for classwork over the last grading period of the 2019-20 school year, all students entering grades 7-12 will be academically eligible for 2020 fall sports.

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Despite the announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio High School Athletic Association that skills training was allowed to begin early last week, Henry County sports teams decided to wait and are set to begin practicing at school facilities Monday.

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The Napoleon High School girls soccer program is hosting an informational meeting for the 2020 fall season 7 p.m. Monday at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Recently the United States Golf Association began a slogan “Nine is Fine” in an attempt to get more people to play golf, even if it is for nine holes instead of the regular 18 most courses have available.

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The Board of the Rotary Club of Napoleon announced Wednesday it has canceled the 2020 Napoleon Triathlon.

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OTTAWA — Holgate Athletics announced Wednesday the second-ever Holgate Tiger Football Golf Scramble at Pike Run Golf Club in Ottawa has been scheduled for July 11.

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DEFIANCE — After 17 years on the sidelines coaching the Bulldogs, Defiance High School boys basketball coach Kirk Lehman is retiring, the school announced Wednesday.

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The four Henry County high school athletic directors are scheduled to have a call with school administrators, principals and the Henry County health commissioner this week to further discuss the start of skills training for student athletes.

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When Napoleon High School swimming and diving coach Denise Brown checked the 2019 Federation for International Aquatics (FINA) World Masters top 10 swimming times, she wasn’t necessarily expecting to see her name among the best times around the globe.

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The City of Napoleon gathered Saturday to honor the Class of 2020 with banners downtown, with one organization garnering some extra attention.

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COLUMBUS — The world of high school athletics in the state of Ohio takes a big step toward returning to normal today with the resumption of skills training being allowed by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.