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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.

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The Napoleon Lady Cats basketball team will be honored by the City of Napoleon this morning during a celebration of the NHS Class of 2020 in downtown Napoleon.

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ARCHBOLD — The Gatorade Co. announced Thursday Archbold senior Kade Kern was named 2019-20 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year in the 35th year of the award.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand the football playoffs during its May meeting Wednesday, allowing 12 teams per region instead of eight starting in the 2021 season.

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HAMLER — The Patrick Henry girls basketball program found a way to honor its seniors, announcing Tuesday Hannah Meyer, Madison Moore, Rachel Nickels, Carissa Rosebrook, Callie Seedorf, Audrey Sonnenberg, Sabrina Van De Bussche and Karly Weber were the recipients of the Coach Rick Schwiebert …

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LIBERTY CENTER — Liberty Center High School named two recipients for its John A. Cusher Memorial Athletic Booster Scholarship Tuesday, awarding the honor to Bailey Johnson and Connor Keller.

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Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series about the status of Ohio high school sports after an exclusive interview with Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass.

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Issues on how to restart youth baseball and softball leagues were discussed during a joint web meeting of the Napoleon parks and recreation board and committee Monday.

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Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about the status of Ohio high school sports after an exclusive interview with Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass.

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Napoleon senior Landon Willeman had a curveball thrown at his future last week when Bowling Green State University announced it was immediately cutting its baseball program.

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HOLGATE — Tigers boys basketball coach Brad Hurst, in a letter, resigned his position Wednesday. The Holgate Schools Board of Education will meet Monday to accept Hurst’s resignation.

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about the status of Ohio high school sports after an exclusive interview with Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass.

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LEIPSIC — Make room, Holgate’s move to the Buckeye Border Conference — you have company in league-realignment landscape of northwest Ohio.

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BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University announced it has immediately eliminated its baseball program as part of a $2 million reduction to the operating budget of the school’s athletics department.

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HAMLER — After two seasons and four individual state qualifying runs in the tournament, Patrick Henry wrestling coach Xavier Dye resigned from his post, effective Friday.

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When the Napoleon Lady Cats qualified for the Division II State Girls Basketball Tournament in March, senior Cait Good joined an exclusive club of Napoleon athletes to have qualified for the state tournament in two sports.

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In today’s edition of the Northwest Signal, you will find an alternative format for the Signal‘s annual Spring Sports Preview Section.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday both the state boys and girls basketball tournaments will have new host sites beginning with the 2020-21 season.

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The Green Meadows Conference released its All-GMC scholar athletes list for the spring semester, with five Holgate Lady Tigers making the cut.

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Archbold’s Matthew Gladieux recently signed a letter of intent with Eastern Illinois University to continue his academic and track and field career. Gladieux (seated) is flanked by his parents Aaron Gladieux and Dina Gladieux, who is also the Archbold Track and Field coach. Standing are Arch…

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HAMLER — Spectators walking into Patrick Henry’s House of Heat will notice big changes whenever high school athletics return, as the venerable gymnasium is in the process of receiving a big-time facelift.

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Remember the good old days all the way back in January and February when the biggest questions about Ohio State football were who was going to be the back-up quarterback behind Justin Fields and if there were enough healthy running backs?

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LIBERTY CENTER — Liberty Center canceled its youth summer baseball program in a release Wednesday, citing significant public health uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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COLUMBUS — Charged with the task of inspiring student athletes to continue training during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio High School Athletic Association launched the #howicompete social media campaign, designed to collect and promote messages and videos posted by OHSAA member scho…

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HAMLER — The Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association awarded Patrick Henry for outstanding academic achievements while participating in interscholastic volleyball for the 2019 season.

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Facing an order by Gov. Mike DeWine to close schools and school facilities until June 31, ACME Baseball Congress officially ended its season after a meeting with its board of directors Monday evening.

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Holgate High School senior Blake Hattemer decorated his front porch for senior day with memorabilia from his Tigers football, basketball and baseball career. Anyone who would like to share their senior day decorations with the newspaper can email any photos to sports@northwestsignal.net. Inc…

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The Napoleon Parks and Recreation Committee set registration deadlines for the youth baseball and softball leagues during its regular meeting Wednesday.

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COLUMBUS — In a move not unexpected by cross country coaches, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday it was moving the cross country state championships to a new venue beginning with the next season.

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One thing that keeps moving forward and unaffected, so far, by the COVID-19 pandemic is the new swimming pool for the city of Napoleon.

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ERIE, Pennsylvania — 2018 Napoleon High School graduate Nicole Wiemken picked up a national honor for her sophomore campaign with the Gannon University women’s water polo team, being named a Division II second team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) took steps to accommodate the growing number of female wrestlers Tuesday, announcing rule changes related to weigh-in protocol and hair-length requirements.

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LIBERTY CENTER — Progress on the new restroom and concessions facility at Liberty Center’s Rex Lingruen Stadium is back underway and still ahead of schedule, according to Liberty Center Superintendent Richie Peters.

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COLUMBUS — When the Ohio High School Athletic Association released its new divisional and regional assignments last week for the upcoming 2020 football season, some Division VI coaches in northwest Ohio may have noticed the absence of several perennial powers in Region 23.

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HAMLER — While their high school wrestling careers were cut one tournament short, Patrick Henry still found a way to honor seniors Will Morrow and TJ Rhamy for their accomplishments on the mats over the past four years.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its new divisional assignments for volleyball, football and soccer, as well as new football regional assignments, in a release Thursday.

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Napoleon senior Stevie Rieger has been a standout in three sports for the Lady Cats, and that is only because there are only three seasons for high school athletics.