LIMA — Crosshairs Lima hosted a three-on-three paintball tournament Sunday, bringing in players from several states.
Burl Nolan from Beach City, Ohio competes on Team Intense. He’s been competing since 1995. He’s 73 now and he’s trying to stay active for his health.
“My diabetes and everything else has gotten better by doing this. I’m in stage 4 kidney failure. It’s good exercise and gets me off of the couch. I like the competition,” Nolan said.
He’s competed in paintball tournaments in Pennsylvania and Ohio and has plans to compete in New York.
“That hasn’t happened yet because most teams keep getting canceled because of COVID,” Nolan said.
Isaac Weber, from Archbold, Ohio, recently started competing in paintball tournaments again after 15 years off.
“It’s just a fun sport. I loved it when I was younger and now I’m married, 31 years old with four kids, so it’s kind of a hobby. Some people golf, I like to play paintball,” Weber said.
Weslee Woolums, a teammate of Weber, is from Georgetown, Kentucky. He formed Team Hatred a couple of years ago.
“I’ve been playing paintball for about 15 years and I’ve been captain of the team for 12 of the 15,” Woolums said. “We play in the NXL, which is the National Xball league. Those are going to be the main national events.”
Team Hatred competes in national tournaments in Texas, Chicago and the World Cup in Florida.
The chance to compete indoors at Crosshairs Lima is something that keeps the team ready for the national tournaments.
“It’s a nice indoor facility and it gives us time to still shake off the rust so we don’t have like a whole offseason of six to eight months. With the offseason, there are tournaments every month to make sure that we stay ready to go for our main season,” Woolums said.
Sandra Monfort, co-owner of Crosshairs Lima, says due to COVID they’ve had to take precautions to make it safe for the participants.
“We went from 24 teams to nine teams each tournament so we could space them up front, back here as well as upstairs,” Monfort said. “We closed the course last year and opened up again after Labor Day. Many of the teams were so excited that they had a place to play because so many things have been closed down. They knew we limited the number of teams so there was almost a race to see who would be in the nine teams that we would accept.”
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