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Patch Wirtzberger coached the Havre Northstars through being the first major sport in Havre to compete during the coronavirus pandemic


Last updated 8/18/2020 at 8:19am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Second-year Havre American Legion baseball coach Patch Wirtzberger led the Northstars to their first state tournament appearance in 15 years earlier this month. It was an unforgettable season, played in the midst of a global pandemic.

2020 has been arguably, one of the most hectic years in sports history. COVID-19 has ravaged the world of sports. It canceled the spring sports seasons for high schools and colleges across the country, it temporarily postponed many major sports for months and it threatened the lives of athletes, coaches and fans.

The pandemic has put many things at risk already and still is threatening to do so. But there has been some light in the darkness this summer.

That shining light just so happened to be baseball. After what seemed to be a lost cause after the spring sports season was canceled, te...

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