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NA, WU holding football sign ups

Though it is still winter and we have a bevy of spring and summer sports awaiting us, it is never to early to think about those fall evenings on the gridiron here in Adams County. With that in mind, the football programs from North Adams and West Union have scheduled their first sign up dates for the 2016 season.

The process begins first this Saturday, Feb. 20, when North Adams will hold sign ups from noon- 3 p.m. at the Seaman Community Building. Sign ups are open to grades 3-12 and the early registration fee for grades 36-6 is $65 due at sign ups, while the early fee for grades 7-12 is $180 dues at registration.

North Adams will also be adding cheerleading squads for the 2016 season and girls (grades 7-12) interested in cheering can also sign up this Saturday from noon- 3 p.m. at the Community Building. a fee of $150 is due at registration. Cheer registration for grades 3-6 will be held at a later date.

If you have any questions about the North Adams football program, please contact Justin Schmitz at 937-725-1243.

The first sign up date for West Union football is set for Saturday, March 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Giovanni’s in West Union. The sign ups are for students in grades 3-12.

The registration fees are $50 for elementary, $75 for junior high, and $100 for high school. The players needs to be present at the time of sign up for equipment fitting.

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By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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