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CHICAGO – Jim Harbaugh did not back away from a comment earlier this week that controversy has followed former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer throughout his career.

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Napoleon’s second, and final, 7-on-7 of the summer was a “step back” from its first, according to Wildcats football coach Tory Strock.

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PEMBERVILLE — Napoleon Post #300 failed to capitalize on several scoring chances and fell to Pemberville 5-3 in the District 1 American Legion Tournament Friday.

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GENOA — Napoleon and Liberty Center boys soccer teams opened play at the 795 Tournament at Genoa High School Friday, with the Wildcats winning a pair of games and the Tigers falling twice.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Liberty Center Schools posted a job opening for the position of athletic director and dean of student activities Friday after Jake Johnson alerted staff and administration at LC last Friday that he intended to take a position with the Toledo Dioceses.

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OTTAWA — Napoleon American Legion Post #300 pitcher Dakota Benner (Montpelier) got the ball from coach Chad Donsbach to start the tournament opener at Ottawa Wednesday as a reward for good pitching throughout the summer in the middle of the River Bandits’ rotation.

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Michigan was favored over Ohio State to win the Big Ten East division and go on to win the conference’s football championship game in a poll of 34 media members who cover the Big Ten.

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The Napoleon American Legion baseball team has been traveling to Alaska for more than a decade, but this summer they experienced something new ... a heat wave.

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HAMLER — Patrick Henry coach Bill Inselmann called 7-on-7 football “somewhat unrealistic,” but the venerable playcaller said the Patriots got valuable learning experience during Tuesday morning’s meeting with Ayersville, even if he said he didn’t think his teamed performed as well as in the …

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With the first official practice still two weeks away, Napoleon scrimmaged Swanton in a 7-on-7 Tuesday at Buckenmeyer Stadium, and it was the Wildcats’ defense that stood out to coach Tory Strock.

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OTTAWA — Finished with a travel schedule that sent the team to Alaska and Minnesota, the Napoleon American Legion Post #300 River Bandits have shifted their focus to the district tournament, which starts today with a game at Ottawa.

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Braylon Poulter, 11, shows off his blocking technique during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Bickenmeyer Stadium.

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Camdyn Borton, 8, throws a pass during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp at Buckenmeyer Stadium Monday morning.

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Napoleon assistant football coach Tyler Swary breaks the huddle after running a drill during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Joshua Aguilar, 11, runs through an obstacle course during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Hayden Gerken, 12, runs over an obstacle during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Tristan Pierce, 11, takes a hand-off during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Jacob Aguilar, 13, runs downfield after snapping the football during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium.

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Brady Diemer, 12, takes a hand-off during the first day of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp at Buckenmeyer Stadium Monday morning.

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Napoleon football coach Tory Strock talks to the participants before the start of the Napoleon Youth Football Camp Monday morning at Buckenmeyer Stadium. There were 62 boys in grades third through eighth taking part in the two-day event. The camp concludes Wednesday.

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BRYAN — The Napoleon Aquatic Club competed at the Greater Northwest Ohio Aquatic Conference meet Saturday and Sunday in Bryan, with the boys placing third and the girls fourth.

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One of the Big Ten’s football coaches probably spoke for most if not all of his fellow coaches as I rode the elevator with him after the last day of Big Ten football media days in Chicago last year.

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ARCHBOLD — Napoleon Jr. ACME coach Brandon Cramer said he knew his team would need to play an almost-perfect game to advance to the state final, but the Cats’ bats fell quiet on an afternoon the defense spent throwing the ball all over the field in an 11-3 semifinal loss to Coldwater Sunday …

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 baseball team continued its tour of the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the weekend, splitting a pair of Saturday games with a 5-3 win over Chanhassen and a 4-0 loss to Lino Lakes at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

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ARCHBOLD — Despite falling into an early deficit, the Napoleon Jr. ACME baseball team woke up the bats with five unanswered runs to beat Triad 7-4 Saturday at Memorial Park to advance to the state semifinal.

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 baseball team took its talents to the Great North Friday to take part in the Gopher Classic, and the River Bandits split their first two games to open play at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

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The Napoleon Aquatic Club closes its 2019 season with the Greater Northwest Ohio Aquatic Conference meet Saturday and Sunday in Bryan, and coach Bethany Borton said she’s hoping her team can duplicate the success of last season.

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DEFIANCE — The first game back from a trip to Alaska didn’t start out well for Napoleon Post #300, but the River Bandits rallied back for a 12-11 victory over Pemberville Legion Wednesday at Defiance College.

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — For some, a change in scenery can make all the difference for a baseball player in unlocking some untapped potential. For others, like Napoleon High School graduate Art Warren, it was a change in role that has unleashed a talent that is turning heads in Double-A…

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ARCHBOLD — Garrett Burkey stepped to the plate with two outs and two on in the top of the sixth inning, tied at 3, with a chance to help his own cause on the mound when he slapped a two-strike double to the gap in right-center, scoring two and sparking a five-run rally that gave Napoleon an …

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The first inning turned the tide, and not in Napoleon’s favor, as the Wildcats fell to Archbold 12-1 in five innings and were eliminated from the ACME District 2 North sectional tournament Monday at Boosters Field.

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Alexander Lohse competes in the running portion of the 11th annual Napoleon Triathlon Saturday at Glenwood Park.

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WAUSEON — Napoleon failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs and it came back to haunt the Wildcats, who fell to Wauseon 5-2 in the ACME District 2 North sectional tournament Sunday at Wauseon High School.

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KALIDA — The Holgate offense struggled a day after splitting a pair of ACME District 2 South sectional tournament games Saturday, mustering one hit and seven baserunners in an 11-0 five-inning loss to Kalida Sunday at St. Michael’s Holy Name Ballpark.

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WASILLA, Alaska — The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 River Bandits baseball team finished its tour of Alaska Sunday with an 11-5 win over Wasilla to capture the Todd Ryan Tournament title, days after the team won the Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament with a 9-8 win over Rhode Isla…

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MILLER CITY — Holgate survived a long day, splitting a pair of games in the ACME District 2 South sectional tournament. The Tigers lost the first game, which had to be moved after a rain storm, on a walk-off single in the seventh inning and then bounced back to defeat Ayersville 11-9 to adva…

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MILLER CITY — Patrick Henry struggled to find any offense and was eliminated from the ACME District 2 South sectional tournament Saturday with an 8-1 loss to Kalida at Miller City High School.

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Taylor Glanz, 10, runs during the 11th annual Napoleon Kids Triathlon Saturday at Glenwood Park.

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Nick Nahrwold, 12, (at left) and Emelia Fischer, 10, (at right) were the top male and female finishers in the Kids (12-and-under) Napoleon Triathlon Saturday at Glenwood Park.

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Charlie Florence putts the ball during the 14th annual Red, White and Blue golf outing Thursday at the Napoleon Municipal Golf Course. The team of Casten Reed, Darren Gessner, Brian Moriarity and Josh Williams took first place with a score of 19-under par. Mike Borstelman’s team was second (…

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Caely Ressler takes a shot during the Hot Shot Contest at Glenwood Park Thursday. Caely Ressler won the 16-18 girls division. Other winners were Ben Liechty (9-12 boys), Addison Thompson (9-12 girls) and Kellen Ressler (13-15 boys).

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Taking first place at the annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Tuesday was the team of (at top, from left) Ryan Saneholtz, Jake Reckner, Dustin Smith and Clayton Meyer. Taking second was the team of (at bottom, from left) Nick Damman, Dave Zamora, Reid Sonnenberg and David Reyes.

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MILLER CITY — Patrick Henry committed eight errors, including four in a six-run first inning, and fell to host Miller City 12-5 Friday in the opening round of the ACME District 2 South sectional tournament.

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KENAI, Alaska — The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 River Bandits baseball team kicked off the Bill Miller Big Fish wood bat tournament in Kenai, Alaska, with a bang Tuesday, beating Rhode Island Legion 8-2.

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Parker Woods stood ready to make a two-out pitch with the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the final inning of the Giants’ Senior Little League championship game against the Tigers Monday at Oakwood Park’s Campbell’s Field.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 River Bandits baseball team claimed the championship at the BP Tournament in Anchorage, Alaska, for the third time in 25 years Monday, beating Rhode Island 12-1 after topping Chugiak 1-0.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 River Bandits advanced through group play at the Alaska Airlines Series over the weekend, going 2-1 to advance to the tournament semifinal this evening.

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The Napoleon Aquatic Club split a home meet Thursday against Bowling Green, with the boys winning 314-246 and the girls falling 341-256, two days after getting swept by Wauseon on the road.