Lima area sports calendar

Each week, The Lima News publishes a calendar of events of local interest. Events should be submitted by noon Wednesday of each week to The Lima News Sports Department, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, OH 45807. Events can be faxed to 419-229-2926 or e-mailed to


Allen County Archers

The Allen County Archers, at the corner of state Route 117 and Defiance Trail, have monthly shoots planned. A traditional shoot is held the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, call Neil Wallace at 567-825-7109.

Columbus Grove

The Columbus Grove Archery Club is playing host to an indoor traditional shoot Tuesday evenings through the spring. Starting times are 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information call Tom Frick at 419-384-3033.



F.A.S.T. of Northwest Ohio is playing host to a six week baseball camp starting Jan. 7. Shawnee High School assistant coach Danny Jones will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to seven players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Registration is under way. For more information, visit, or call toll-free 866-622-4487.



Hitting tunnels available at Apex Sports Zone.For more information on rates and availability, go to or call 567-712-7175



A trip and tickets to the Ohio State at Michigan men’s basketball game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, is being offered as a fundraiser for the Flag City Honor Flight.

The $60 package includes a game ticket, round trip transportation, sandwiches and snacks, Beverages will be available for $1. Packages will be available on a first come, first served basis, and no refunds will be available within 30 days of the game. Those ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by separate paying adults. Lima Senior graduate Zavier Simpson is a member of the Michigan squad.

Make money orders payable to Mike Melvin, 108 Steeple Chase, Lima, OH 45807. For more information contact Mike Melvin at 419-303-9280.

Flag City Honor Flight is part of the National Honor Flight Network, serving area veterans. The Flag City hub independently plans, raises funds and transports American Veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials at no cost to the veterans. For more information go to


On Tuesdays Apex Sports Zone will have pick up basketball for $5 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information please go to or call 567-712-7175.


Basketball instruction and Coaching at Apex Sports Zone. Coaching will be provided by Director of Basketball Jon Cook, who has more than 20 years of college, high school and youth basketball coaching. Sundays from 5-7 p.m. and Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. For more information email or call 567-712-7175.


The Delphos Jefferson boys’ basketball and baseball staffs have scheduled the 13th annual Wildcat fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade tournament for girls to be held on Feb. 24 to 25 (Saturday and Sunday) at Delphos Jefferson Schools. There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry fee for this event is $125. Games on Feb. 24 will be played morning/early afternoon so that participants can attend their high school girls teams sectional finals that night. For more information, contact Coach Doug Geary at 567-204-1524.

There will also be a third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade tournament for boys March 16 to 18 (Friday to Sunday) at Delphos Jefferson Schools. There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry fee for this event is $125. For more information, contact Coach Mark Jettinghoff at 419-230-9569.


Delphos St John’s boys fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade tourney will be held March 9- 11. All teams are guaranteed three games. Contact Scott Hamilton at 419-233-3251 for more information.


The Shawnee Optimist Club will be sponsoring the Pass, Dribble, and Shoot Contest on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Shawnee High School Lappin Gymnasium. The contest is free with a registration at the door by parent or guardian. It is for girls and boys ages 8 to 13. Every participant gets a free T-shirt. The doors open at 12:45 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. followed by practice and warmup. The contest begins at 1:30 p.m. There will be boys and girls awards handed out in each age category.


The annual St Patrick’s Shootout will be held March 17 at Paulding high school. For boys fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade school teams. No AAU teams. To enter and for more information call 419-769-9991.



The Allen County Horseshoe Pitchers, located at 1815 C St., have openings in leagues and doubles.

Open doubles begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Corn Hole leagues are forming. Horseshoe pitchers are needed for new leagues. Contact Dwaine Klink at 419-235-3677 or Roy Moore at 419-231-3720 for information.



Ohio Northern University women’s lacrosse is playing host a middle school and high school girls skills clinic Feb. 25 at the Dial Roberson Stadium on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Deadline to register is Feb. 9. To register, go to or email



Pickleball is played at Bradfield Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All skill levels are welcome.


The Lima YMCA is holding open pickleball play from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (appointment only). Free for YMCA members and $3 per visit for nonmembers or $20 per month for non members (unlimited play). Individuals can register online at


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres have various shooting events. Thursday Trap Practice and League is 4 p.m. weekly. Junior Wednesday morning trap practice is 9 a.m. to noon weekly, weather permitting. For additional information, go to or visit on Facebook.



Those interested in becoming a umpire the Lima Umpire Association is offering classes starting Jan. 30. These classes will give participants a OHSAA permit to work spring softball games. The cost is $130 for materials and application fee.The class is being taught by Rolly Weber with more than 40 years of high school and 20 years of college experience. Contact him at or 419-303-0548 Those wishing to take the classes can also sign up at under new officials for softball.



Registration is underway for the Bluffton Family Recreation Indoor Soccer League. Session III runs from Feb. 11 to March 25. The five-week league plus tournament team fee is $475 and the deadline is Feb. 2. Session IV runs April 8-29 and the four week league for adult division team fees are $360 with the deadline being March 23.


Indoor Soccer at Apex Sports Zone. Teams and individuals may sign up to play indoor soccer at Apex Sports Zone in Elida. The season will run from January through the end of February. To get registered or for more information, visit or call 567-712-7175


Ohio Extreme Soccer Club, the largest competitive soccer program in West Central Ohio, is now accepting players from ages 4-18. To join a team, go to


Apex Sports Zone is playing host to its seventh annual 3 vs. 3 Soccer Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 13. Awards for Champions and Runners-Up including an invitation to the 3 vs. 3 Challenge Tour at Disney World next summer. Deadline to register is Jan. 7.


Ohio Northern University is playing host to a Youth Soccer Futsal tournament for boys and girls teams ages 7-15 Jan. 14 in the Sports Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University. All teams are guaranteed three games and champions and runners-Up will receive awards. Deadline to register is Jan. 1. To register, go to


Skills clinics. Apex Sports Zone is playing host to a Wednesday evening skills clinic for seven weeks starting in January. Local college coaches and players will be running the clinics. It is for boys and girls ages 5-15. To register, go to or or call 567-712-7175.



Apex Sports Zone is offering individual athletes, teams, and Adults the opportunity to workout with certified strength and conditioning coaches to improve their speed, strength, and conditioning. For a free evaluation or trial, please go to or call 567-712-7175.



There will be an event for boneless pork loins, canned beef and bacon Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Continental Conservation Club located 1/2 mile north and 1/2 mile east of Continental on Road E. Practice and still target shooting scheduled for 11:30 a.m. with the main event at 12:30 p.m.