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LIBERTY CENTER — North Central scored the first basket of the game, but then allowed eight straight Liberty Center points in falling behind by as many 11 points during Saturday afternoon’s non-league girls basketball game.

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FINDLAY — After a good start to the tournament, Napoleon had a disappointing showing during its placement match and finished fourth at the Findlay Duals Saturday.

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KISSIMMEE, Florida — Grace College women’s soccer team, which includes Napoleon High School graduate Bethany Blackwood, won its first national championship Saturday, completing a memorable season as the 2021 National Christian College Athletic Association national champs.

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The Napoleon boys swimming and diving team won a big early season meet, taking first place at the Northwest Ohio Aquatic Conference Relays Saturday at the NHS Natatorium.

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HAMLER — Patrick Henry scored two points in a forgettable second quarter and fell behind by as many as 10 points in the second half of Friday’s non-league boys basketball against Ayersville.

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MILLER CITY — Trailing 33-18 at halftime, Holgate was outscored 12-3 in the third quarter as the host Wildcats cruised to a 62-32 non-league win in high school boys basketball Friday night.

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MAUMEE — Seemingly stuck in first gear, the Wildcats were able to rev their engines in the fourth quarter and rally past the host Panthers for a 52-41 Northern Lakes League win Friday night.

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Once Napoleon was able to get into its defensive press, the game was all but decided.

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Sydney Niekamp, a 2018 Napoleon High School graduate, recently earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference Honors at the MAC Cross Country Championships, held in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Niekamp, who runs for Bowling Green State University, finished 11th overall in the 6K event. Niekamp’s tim…

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There are five county boys basketball games this weekend, as Napoleon and Holgate each play back-to-back road games and Patrick Henry hosts for the second straight Friday.

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The Napoleon Lady Cats passed their first big test of the season Tuesday, defeating Northview 41-36 to go 2-0 in Northern Lakes League action.

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The Napoleon Middle School girls basketball teams swept Liberty Center Tuesday to open their season.

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SANDUSKY — The Napoleon swimmers and divers traveled to Sandusky Perkins for their first meet of the 2021-22 season and came away with a sweep.

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The Napoleon Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team lost its season opener to Liberty Center 29-20 at home Tuesday.

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HOLGATE — Coming off an abysmal loss a week earlier that included a six-point first half, Holgate opened Tuesday’s non-league game with a different energy, scored the first five points and trailed for just 17 seconds through three quarters against Liberty Center.

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HAMLER — Patrick Henry managed just 5 points in the second half, including going scoreless in the fourth quarter, as Hicksville pulled away for a 46-24 win in high school girls basketball Tuesday in the House of Heat.

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After winning a Division II state title in girls basketball last season, the Napoleon Lady Cats are turning a page in their program - one that continues a legacy of not just great play on the court, but an exemplary example off of it.

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SWANTON — Liberty Center opened the high school bowling season with a sweep of Evergreen at the Swanton Sports Complex Monday.

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Napoleon’s Devin Hull wrestles a Tinora opponent during a preseason scrimmage, which included Bryan and Otsego, Saturday in the Grand Canyon. The Wildcats open their season Saturday at the Findlay Duals.

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Napoleon senior Tanner Rubinstein (center) received the Napoleon Youth Football Scholarship at the recent Napoleon High School football banquet. Every year since 2004 Napoleon Youth Football has awarded a $500 scholarship to a former player. One of the criteria for being awarded the scholars…

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HAMLER — Patrick Henry basketball coach Bryan Hieber compared the Patriots’ opening game win over invading Henry County rival Napoleon to a heavyweight boxing match.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Seven schools each season get the luxury of ending their football season with a win in the playoffs.

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Liberty Center senior Hope Oelkrug placed 27th overall at the MidEast Cross Country Championships Saturday at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering, Ohio. Oelkrug finished the 5K race in a time of 19:15.86. Michigan won the team title with 28 points, followed by Ohio with 60. Michigan was third (7…

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After a year of limited fans in the stands, the boys high school basketball season tips off Friday with a perennial Henry County rivalry, as Napoleon invades the House of Heat to face off with Patrick Henry.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Hilltop rallied from a 10-point deficit after the first quarter and posted a 43-39 win over Liberty Center in high school girls basketball Monday night in The Jungle at Liberty Center High School.

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Napoleon Esports won its first ever regional title Saturday at Lourdes University, sweeping a four-team tournament to claim the championship.

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DEFIANCE — Napoleon posted its second-straight 30-point win to begin the season, defeating host Defiance 59-29 Saturday.

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HICKSVILLE — Addi Ziegler hit a 3-pointer late in overtime to lift Archbold to a 42-39 win over the host Lady Aces Saturday in high school girls basketball.

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COLUMBUS – After No. 4 Ohio State’s 56-7 win over No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday in a battle of Top Ten teams that quickly turned into a mismatch, OSU wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba said he sensed how dangerous the Buckeyes’ offense could be this season months ago.

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COLUMBUS – One Heisman Trophy candidacy took off and another one fizzled during Ohio State’s 56-7 win over Michigan State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

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The big game and the big contract are dominating the headlines about today’s Big Ten football showdown between No. 4 Ohio State (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) and No. 7 Michigan State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten).

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Both Holgate and Liberty Center opened the high school girls basketball season with road wins Friday.

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Liberty Center senior Hope Olekrug has been selected to represent Team Ohio at the year’s Mid-East Cross Country Championships.

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HAMLER — It is a new season, but it was the same Napoleon Lady Cats, especially on defense.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Liberty Center meets Carey in a Division VI regional final Saturday in what will be just the schools’ second ever gridiron meeting.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Ohioans hours from the northwest corner of the state still know of a small village home to Liberty Center High School.

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For the first time since Napoleon coach Chad Bostelman took over the program, the Wildcats have the athletes to compete in the Northern Lakes League.

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With 13 lettermen returning, Napoleon wrestling coach Jason Seiler has big expectations for the 2021-22 season.

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With four bowlers back from last season’s state-qualifying team, the Napoleon Lady Cats are searching for that final piece for a chance to return to Columbus.

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With six bowlers returning from last season’s state-qualifying team, the Napoleon boys bowling team is poised for another run to Columbus this season.