Lima area sports calendar

First Posted: 2/7/2015

Each Sunday, The Lima News publishes a calendar of events of local interest. Events should be submitted by Wednesday of each week to The Lima News sports department, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, OH 45802-0690. Call 800-686-9924 or 567-242-0451 any day after 4 p.m. Events also can be faxed to 419-229-2926 or e-mailed to


Columbus Grove Archery Club Recurve shoots continue at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in February and March. Compound shoots continue at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in January, February, March. 3-D Compound shoots will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 & 22 and March 8. Open to the public. Contact Ivan at 419-659- 5605 for information. Memberships available.



Camps for those in grades five through 12 will be held at Ohio Northern University from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Pitching instruction will be provided for the first hour and 15 minutes and hitting instruction for the last hour and 15 minutes. Cost is $20 per session or $30 for both. Contact ONU Assistant Baseball Coach Sam Slavik at for more information.


Classes will start Feb. 23 at Lima Bath High School for anyone interested in becoming a licensed umpire with the OHSAA. For more information on how to sign up contact Ron Black or call 567-242-4953.


The sixth annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament will be May 29-31 at the Delphos Stadium Park. The tournament field will consist of 16 to 20 teams for boys ages 11-12 years old (age cutoff is April 1). The tournament will be pool play with a three-game guarantee. Players must be from the same school district. Cost is $150. Deadline to enter is May 8. For more information contact Sam Miller at 567-825-8631 or Brent Binkley at 419-235-7919.


Lima’s “Wildcat” 15U baseball classic tournament will be held June 5-7 at Bath High School. Cost will be $395 per team with a three game guarantee. Individual and team awards will be given out to first and second place squads. For more information and to reserve a spot contact Jeremie Magrum at 419-233-3232 or by email at


The Bath High School baseball program is having its annual “Best of Northwest” youth baseball tournament June 5-7. There will be 12U, 10U and 8U coach pitch division. Cost for each division is $200 with a three game guarantee. Awards will be given to the first and second place teams in each division. For more information and to reserve a spot contact Jeremie Magrum at 419-233-3232 or by email at

Apex Sports Zone

LIMA — Apex Sports Zone is offering baseball classes for pitching, hitting, and fielding for all ages. Contact 567-712-7175 or or go to to get signed up.


BFR Sports and Fitness

Batting and fielding will be the emphasis of the clinics offered in February at BFR. Baseball and softball players, U12 and older, can get ready for the outdoor season from the 90 minute training sessions.

Baseball players will meet Feb. 19, March 5 and March 19.

Softball players will meet Feb. 26, March 12 and March 26.

Registration is available by the week for $15 or $40 for three sessions.

Each session will have a maximum of 12 participants. Evan Skilliter, BFR Sport Coordinator, will lead the sessions with assistance from area coaches. Registration is available online ( or by telephone (419-358-4150).

For more information about sport performance training, personal training and memberships, contact BFR by calling 419-358-4150 or visiting the facility located at 215 Snider Road in Bluffton. The building hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. No appointment is required for a building tour or information. A consultation about personal training options is available without cost.



The Lima Lady Sparks are having open tryouts for girls in the sixth grade. Tryouts will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Heritage Elementary. There will be other age group tryouts announced at a later date. For more information call Norm Koenig at 937-726-8449 or Lakeisha Sigman at 419-233-2365


BFR Sports and Fitness’ Girls and Boys Basketball Classic Tournaments are on the horizon. Girls tournament will take place Feb. 28 and March 1 and the boys will play March 7 and 8. Each game will be officiated by two licensed referees. Tournament costs $130 per team. Teams are asked to register by Feb. 13.


The Delphos St. John’s boys and girls fifth/sixth grade tournament will be held Feb. 26-March 1. For more information contact Scott Hamilton at 419-233-3251 or about the boys competition and Steve Zuber at 419-203-5667 or about the girls event.


Parkway is holding girls and boys tournaments. The girls tournament is Feb. 28 for teams in grades four through six. The boys event is March 5-7 for teams in grades two through six. all teams need to be from the same school district and no AAU teams are allowed. Cost is $110 and each team is guaranteed at least three games. For more information contact


The 12th annual Ohio Youth Basketball School Team State Championships for boys and girls in grades three through six will be held Feb. 21-22 in Columbus. There are separate divisions based on school size. More than 150 teams competed in 2014. Entries will close Feb. 15. for more information on this and other Ohio Youth Basketball event go to or call 740-808-0380.


The fourth annual St. Patrick’s fast break girls tournament for fourth- through sixth-grade school teams March 13 and 14. Three game guarantee. To enter call 419-769-9991 or email


The Ottoville Shoot Out for teams of fifth and sixth grade boys and sixth grade girls will be held April 10-12. Entry fee is $125 with each team guaranteed a minimum of four games. Fee includes free meal for all players. For entry forms and more information contact Shannon Schlagbaum at or 419-230-6415.


Jefferson boys’ basketball coach Marc Smith and staff, along with the Jefferson Baseball program have scheduled the 10th annual Wildcat Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade Tournament from Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22 at Delphos Jefferson High School and Middle School. For the first time this is for boys and girls teams. 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. Make checks payable to Delphos Jefferson Athletic Boosters and mail them to Marc Smith, P.O. Box 33, Delphos, OH 45833. For more information, contact Coach Smith at 419-615-7233 or Coach Doug Geary at (567) 204-1524


The Ada Bulldog Girls’ Classic tournament for those in fifth and sixth grades will be held March 7-8 at Ada High School. Teams are guaranteed three games. School teams only. No All-Star or AAU team accepted. Cost is $125 with checks being made payable to Ada Athletic Boosters. For information contact Tracie Amburgey at 419-235-8162 or by email at


A boys fourth, fifth and sixth grad tournament will be held March 13-15 at Indian Lake High School and Middle School. Entry fee is $150 with each team guaranteed a minimum of three games. No all-star or AAU teams are permitted. For more information contact Gregg Gooding at or by phone at 937-638-4991.

Bath girls tourney

The 12th annual Bath Girls Fifth & Sixth Grade Basketball Tournament is March 14 & 15. Entry fee is $125 per team with Saturday pool play and single elimination tournament Sunday. Only 24 teams per grade will be taken. Call Mike Frey at 419-234-2400 or send an email to to register.

Bath boys tourney

The 12th annual Bath Boys Fifth & Sixth Grade Basketball Tournament is March 21 & 22. Entry fee is $125 per team with Saturday pool play and single elimination tournament Sunday. Only 24 teams per grade will be taken. Call Mike Frey at 419-234-2400 or send an email to to register.

Upper Scioto Valley

A youth league for boys and girls in grades four through six. The girls play Saturdays and boys Sunday. Entry fee is $50 and for more information call Shawn Grener at 567-674-4008 for the girls league and 419-204-8906 for the boys counterpart.

Van Wert

The Van Wert YMCA will be holding basketball tournaments for boys in the third through sixth grades. The tourney for those in fifth and sixth grades will be Feb. 21-22 and the one for those in grades three through four will be Feb. 28 and March 1. All team members must be from the same school. No AAU teams. Entry fee is $100 per team with each participating squad guaranteed to play at least three games.

For entry form and other information contact YMCA Program Director Mitch Price at 419-238-0443 or


The Parkway athletic boosters will sponsor a basketball shootout for teams in grades 2-6. These shootouts are for boys and girls teams. All teams need to be from the same school district. The remaining shootout will be Feb. 14. Cost is $30 per game. Contact Doug Hughes for more information at


The fifth annual Best of the Best Spring Shootout will be held March 7 and 8 at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center in Tiffin. There will be 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U divisions. There is a three-game guarantee and the cost is $225 per team. Shootout proceeds will benefit the Tiffin youth basketball program. Go to or call 419-443-5440 to register or for more information.

Best Basketball will be playing host to tryouts for fourth- and fifth-grade teams which will play in eight to nine tournaments from March 7 through the end of May. Tryouts will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25 at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Go to for more information under the travel teams tab.


Sports Conditioning:

SPARK Sports Performance Training is 30 minutes of high intensity speed, agility and explosion for youth in grades 6-12. BFR Sports & Fitness is offering four sessions per week, 5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday/Wednesday and 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday. First session is free. Contact BFR Sports & Fitness at 419-358-4150 for more information.

Apex Sports Zone

Individual and team classes for overall fitness and improvement in athletic performance are being offered. Team discounts will be given for summer classes. Call 567-712-7175 or go to to get signed up.


The University of Northwestern Ohio Men’s Golf Program invites all high school aged golfers to its inaugural Winter Indoor Golf Clinic to be held at the UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex at 1390 N. Cable Road on Sundays Feb. 22, March 1 and 8. This clinic is designed to provide specific instruction from the coaching staff in all aspects of the game. There will be individual instruction on putting, chipping and ball trajectory work (on short, mid, and long irons, as well as fairway woods, hybrids and the driver). Each participant will also spend 15 minutes of one-on-one time with our swing coach on the simulator and will receive a video copy of the lesson via email. The sessions will last a total of three hours with 10 players in each session. There will be two sessions per day (noon to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) The clinic will be limited to 60 players.

Cost is $60 per player per three hour session. Go to¶meters=17 to download a registration form. A liability waiver form will need to be signed by a legal guardian when participants arrive for their sessions.

For more information email Coach Dave Kortokrax at



The Allen County Horseshoe Pitchers Association has openings for the winter leagues at the indoor courts on C Street. Stop at the club from 8:30 a.m. until noon or call Duane Klink at 419-641-3982.


The St. Marys Roughriders will conduct four fundamentals football camps for incoming kindergartners through ninth grade students. These camps will be held at the TURF football complex. The cost will be $30 for each participant. There will be a $20 charge for the eighth and ninth grade camp. Athletes will receive a treat each day as well as a camp shirt. The Elementary Camp for grades K-3 will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22-24, the Midget Camp for grades four through six will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 22-24, the Junior High Camp for seventh- and eighth-graders will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 13-15 and the freshmen camp for ninth-graders will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13-15. Sign up ahead of time or on the first day of camp. For more information and to obtain a signup form contact Coach Doug Frye at



Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is organizing a 5K Walk/Run on Wednesday, Feb. 18, to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Society. For more information contact Tony Coci at 419-695-4050, extension 1108.


Registration for the second annual Be A Beaver Triathlon on May 30 has begun.

Participants may register online at Cost is $60 for individuals and $100 for relay teams.

On-site registration will be available May 29 at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, with prices $10 higher, and from 6 a.m. 8 a.m. on the day of the triathlon, with prices $20 higher. Individuals may also register on site for any one of the three triathlon disciplines at a cost of $25.

Beginning at 9 a.m. May 30 at the pool, the triathlon will include a 400-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike course on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Participants who register by May 22 will receive an event shirt. Finishers’ mementos will be presented, along with awards to the top three finishers in each age group. There will be professional chip timing, with results available online afterward.

Triathlon organizers are also seeking volunteers to work at the event. To volunteer, contact Karen Brandt, head coach of the university’s cross country and track and field teams, at

Proceeds will help the cross country and track and field teams cover their costs to attend out-of-state invitational meets.

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The Oiler Soccer Footskills Clinics have returned to help boys and girls ages 6 to 14 get ready for the spring..

The clinics will be held on the following Tuesdays Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 3. Registration forms are available at For more information contact Coach Andy Smyth 419-434-4801 or

Apex Sports Zone


Soccer FUNdamentals is a weekly clinic for youth soccer players to improve their overall game. The coaches are college coaches and combine fun and soccer. Classes have begun. Register by calling 567-712-7175 or go to



The University of Findlay softball team will play host to pitching and hitting lessons for girls in grades three through 12 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays until Feb. 15. Those interested are asked to contact Coach Ron Ammons at or by calling 419-434-6544 to receive more details.

Apex Sports Zone Classes

Apex Sports Zone is offering softball classes for pitching, hitting, and fielding for all ages. Contact 567-712-7175 or or go to to get signed up.


The University of Findlay is available for open high school track practice from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 26 at the Koehler Fitness & Recreation Complex. Cost is $2 per student athlete, and they must have adult supervision. Contact Assistant Athletic Director Greg Gilvert at 419-434-6788 to confirm availability.

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