Lima area sports calendar

Each Sunday, 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 [email protected]



Bluffton Family Recreation will have a summer T-ball league from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bluffton park, running from July 7 to Aug. 6. It’s open to boys and girls ages 5 to 7, with players hitting off a tee and working on fundamentals. Cost is $30 for non-BFR members and $15 for members. Registration deadline is June 9. Call 419-358-4150 to register.


The Payne Ball Association will be hosting an 8 & under boys baseball coach-pitch all-star tournament from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12.

Players must be 8 years or younger as of April 30. Teams are guaranteed three games and awards include a minimum of top two teams as well as individual game awards for each team.

For more information, contact Kevin Wannemacher at 419-399-7243 or by email at [email protected] Information can also be downloaded at


The Locos Express will be holding tryouts for teams 13U to 18U at Simmons Field (home of the Lima Locos) on July 13th and 14th. Visit to register (click on online registrations tab). Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Middle Point

An 8U, 10U and 12U boys baseball tournament will be held July 31-Aug. 2 during the Ballpark Festival. There is a $175 entry fee for 8U and $200 fee for 10U and 12U along with three baseballs. The first eight teams in each division will be accepted. Each team guaranteed three games. The age cutoff is March 1, 2015. Contact Kevin Price at 419-605-8708 for details.

Columbus Grove

The Columbus Grove Youth Athletic Association will hold its 8U, 10U and 12U baseball tournament July 17, 18 and 19 at Hall Avenue Park in Columbus Grove and Vaughnsville Baseball diamond in Vaughnsville. Entry fee is $200 per team for school teams only until June 1. After June 1, the fee is $225. There’s a three-game guarantee with awards for first and second place. Entries must be returned by July 1. For additional information, contact 8U and 10U tournament director Todd Hoffman at 567-204-6440 or [email protected] or contact 12U director Dale Otto at 419-236-7834 or [email protected]



The Lima Express Summer Basketball Camp for those ages 10-18 will be held from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Lima Central Catholic High School (720 S. Cable Road). Cost is $100 and the camp is open to the first 50 to register. To register and for more information call 419-549-6426 or email [email protected]


Camp for first- and second-graders will be held from July 6 to July 9 at the Lima Family YMCA located at 345 South Elizabeth Street. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Contact Program Director Alicia Bell at 419-223-6045, extension 114, or [email protected] for more information.


The Lima Express All Star Game featuring former heavyweight boxing champion James “Buster” Douglas will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Lima Central Catholic High School (720 S. Cable Road. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $12 for courtside seating and for $50 for VIP spots To purchase tickets visit

Besides Douglas, the night will include Londell Smith of “The Londell Smith Show” serving as MC for the Night, the National Anthem being sung by Lima native Lorraine Butler, Music provided by Chill Noy-Eezz (smooth jazz band) and a halftime show by Lyn’s Academy of Dance.

Serving as coaches will be Mark Anderson (2015 Lima Express head coach), Jordan Swift (2015 Lima Express assistant coach) and Aaron Cross (UNOH grad, 2015 Lima Express forward)

Those scheduled to play include Anthony Pettaway (2015 Lima Express forward), Johnny Elliott (UNOH Grad, 2015 Lima Express guard), Brandon Hassell (Penn State grad), Mark Stevenson (2015 Lima Express guard), Kyle Meyer (Ohio Northern grad, 2015 Lima Express forward, second team All Premier Basketball League), Cordaryl Ballard (2015 Lima Express guard, All PBL honorable mention) and DeVaughn Buntyn Taylor (2015 Lima Express guard).


A Lima Express Private Workout will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lima Central Catholic High School (720 S. Cable Road). Cost is $50 and open to the first 50 to register). To register and for more information call 419-549-6426 or email [email protected]


Wapakoneta is playing host to a Wednesday morning summer basketball league for girls entering grades 9-12. Players will be placed on the teams for the summer and play two games each day. This a just play league with no coaching. Cost is $60. For details and registration forms, contact Rusty Allen at [email protected]


Ride to Remember

The inaugural Ride to Remember bicycle ride is July 11 in Bluffton, with rides from 10 to 100 miles starting and ending at Bluffton Family Recreation. There is a 10-mile loop, a 64-mile loops with cutoffs for 13, 17, 24, 50 and 57 miles and a 10-mile course. Funds benefit the Bluffton Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Committee. Cost is $20 for individuals, and $25 after June 30. Family members ride for $20 for the first member, $15 for the second and $5 for each additional member, with an extra $5 for each registration after June 30. Register online at



The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a free youth football clinic Friday, July 10. The clinic is free to all area youngsters entering the third through sixth grades. The check-in time is 5 p.m. and it will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Elida’s Kraft Stadium. In case of rain, the clinic will be held in the Elida Fieldhouse. Basic skills will be taught by the following area coaches: Geron Stokes, Andy Schafer, John Zerbe, Bill Sammons, Jeff Thomas, Carey Arthur, Josh Spencer, Dan Allison and Tim Goodwin. There will also be current and former area NFL and college players including Kyle Miller, Zac Dysert, Jarrod Pughsley, Joe Horn, Taylor Royster, Matt Bahr, Zach Rosenbauer, Seth Rosenbauer and Brice Fackler.

Registration is required. To register, contact Mark Miller at [email protected] or call 419-331-3046.


WOFOA and OHSAA instructor Deron Bailey will be holding a new football officials class starting Monday, July 13, at Shawnee High School.

Cost of the classes are $135 and covers OHSAA permit fee, rules books and testing.

For more information contact Bailey at 567-204-1802 or at [email protected] To register for the class go to

St. Marys

The St. Marys Roughriders is conducting fundamentals football camps. 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 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 [email protected]


The University of Findlay football program will hold an Elite Prospect Camp on July 6 for participants in grades 9-12. The camp will feature instruction on individual skills from the football staff and other college coaches from around the area. Cost of the camp is $30 by pre-registering with an email to [email protected] with your name, high school, position, year in school and T-shirt size. For details, visit


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsors a free football camp for grades 3 thru 6 on from 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 10 at Elida’s football complex. The Legends of Northwest Ohio’s UNDEFEATED Youth Football Camp will have several area college and pro players, as well as area coaches as instructors. You must pre-register to be included. Call Mark Miller at 419-339-7348 or email at [email protected]


Bluffton Pirate Junior High Football Camp is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 13, 15, 21 and 23 at Bluffton Harmon Field for seventh and eighth graders. Training includes emphasis on fundamentals and installation of offensive and defensive schemes. Cost is $30, including camp instruction, T-shirt, prizes and snacks. For details, contact Steve Lemley at 419-204-4146 or [email protected]



A league is forming for the sport which combines soccer and golf with competition being held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays until July 23 for those ages 5 to 15 years old. Cost is $15 for Lima Family YMCA members and $30 for nonmembers plus a $6 green fee to be paid at Hawthorne Hills. Contact Alicia Bell at 419-223-6045, extension 114, or [email protected]


Golf For Kids Sake scramble

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Putnam County is hosting its fourth annual Golf for Kids’ Sake four-person scramble has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. July 26 at Pike Run Golf Club, Ottawa. Money raised stays in Putnam County. Teams get golf, two carts, range balls, goody bag, two drink tickets and two meals for $60 per person, with lunch by Arby’s and supper by Schnipke Inn. For details, call Todd Pester at 419-306-2616.

Tamarac Golf Camp

The Lima Family YMCA will sponsor the Tamarac Golf Camps for ages 8-14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. July 6-9. Contact Alicia Bell at [email protected] or 419-223-6045 ext. 114 for details.

Golf with the Legends

Legends of Northwest Ohio’s Golf with the Legends will be held at Tamarac Golf Course on Saturday, July 11. Participants can play with a local sports legend or with their own foursome. Hole sponsorships available. To register contact Andy Lynch at [email protected]

Putnam County YMCA

The sixth annual Putnam County YMCA golf outing is July 24 at Pike Run Golf Club. Registration and driving range open at 7:30 a.m., with shotgun start with scramble at 8:15 a.m. Call the YMCA at 419-523-5233 for details.


The Ladies Dr. Pepper Scramble will be held Monday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Colonial Golfers Club. Each day will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $360 which includes golf, carts, lunch and prizes. The minimum team handicap must be 7- with one player per team allowed to have a handicap of 10 or lower. Entry deadline is July 31. Head to to print entry and for more information or call 419-649-3350.

Ottawa Chamber 9th annual golf outing

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its golf outing Friday, Aug. 15, at County Acres Golf Club, with 11:30 a.m. lunch and at 12:15 p.m. start. Only 30 teams are available, with teams accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Call the chamber at 419-523-3141 for details.


Putnam County

A new running series is coming this summer. Three area festivals have partnered, along with St. Rita’s Health Partners, to create the “Putnam County Running Series”.

The Ottawa Ribfest “Join the P.A.R.T.Y. 5K “, the Glandorf Park Festival “Turtle Trot 5K”, and the Kalida Pioneer Days “Friday night 4 miler” will make up the newly established series.

Those who participate in all three races you will receive a 1/4 zip jacket.

The first race is the Ottawa Ribfest Join the P.A.R.T.Y. 5K to be held oJuly 18th. The second race is the Glandorf Turtle Trot 5K to be held Sept. 5 and the final race will be the Kalida Pioneer Days Friday Night 4 miler on Sept. 11. Awards will be given for those participating in all three races at the conclusion of the final race in Kalida on Sept.11.

Visit to learn more and for registration information.


The Lima Family YMCA/Kewpee Race Series continues with the Kewpee/YMCA Triathlon at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and the Kewpee/YMCA 4 Mile at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, and the Kewpee 10K at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. For more information on the series go to and Questions can be sent to Dan Grime at [email protected]


The Run to the Moon! 5K and 10K is July 18 at Armstrong Air and Space Museum. All runners get entry into the museum. 10K Triple Crown top three overall winners get cash prizes, with cash prizes for the top male and female overall finishers in the 5K. Astronauts will sign race shirts, with space music and space facts along the course. There is also a one-mile fun run. Register online at

Middle Point

A 5K run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Ball Park Festival Preregistration is $15 (with race T-shirt) and $10 (race only) Race day registration is $15 (race only), Contact Alison Hammons at 419-203-4553. for more information.

Columbus Grove

St. Anthony Catholic Church (512 W. Sycamore Street) is having a road course 5K run/walk at 7 p.m. Aug. 1. There will be awards for top male/female finishers, as well as the top 3 male/female in 13 different age groups. Pre-registration before July 24 is $18/$13 (with/without shirt) and race day registration is $20/$15 (with/without shirt pending availability). Results will be posted on For more informaton and registration form requests contact Hannah Warren at 419-303-5476 ([email protected]) or Matt Ellerbrock at 419-659-2271 ([email protected]).


The Lima Family YMCA/Kewpee Triathlon/Duathlon will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 at Ottawa Metro Park, east of Lima on State Route 81. Race registration and fees are $50 for entries postmarked on or before June 30 and $60 for entries from July 1 through July 25 and race day by 7 a.m. Three person team or two person non-competitive team registration is $80 for entries postmarked on or before June 30 and $90 from July 1 through July 25 and race day before 7 a.m. If entering as a team, each member must fill out a registration form and all entries must be mailed together. The swim loop will be held at the swimming beach at the park followed by a bike race on a rectangle course along country roads and runs along the river walk. Entry forms can be found at and Contact Dan Grime at [email protected] for more information.

Fort Jennings

The Fort Jennings Musketeer Athletic Boosters are having a Stache Dash 5k and 1 mile fun run Sunday, Aug. 9. The race starts at Fort Haven (145 Fourth St. Fort Jennings). One mile starts at 8 a.m. and 5k at 8:30 a.m. followed by awards. Register online at or search for Musketeer Athletic Boosters on Facebook.


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres has weekly trap shooting practice from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays all year round at 5090 Hanthorn Road. There is also a Tuesday night 5-Stand, beginning at 5 p.m. There is also a trap at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursday Night Trap Shooting, beginning at 6 p.m. Member meetings are held at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month from January through October. There are no meetings in November and December. The weekly Silhouette League meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays until July 27 and the Rimfire Mini-Palma is held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 7 until Oct. 26. Upcoming special events include 59th annual N.R.A. Smallbore Prone Regional (July 11 & 12), Lima Sabres Inaugural 3-Gun Match (July 18), E.D.G.E. Junior Fun Shoot (5 p.m. Aug. 31), Lima Sabres’ annual Hog Roast (Sept. 12), Lima Sabres Presents N.R.A. Women on Target (Sept. 27), Lima Sabres Bowling Pin Match (Nov. 8). Modified Practical Pistol Competition is scheduled for July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. Sabres E.D.G.E. Junior Pistol Team Practice is set for July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Steel Challenge dates are July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20 and 88 Round highpower rifle events are planned for July 19, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20. The second session of the Sabres E.D.G.E. Junior Smallbore Rifle Club is scheduled to run through Aug. 24. For more information on all these events and activities go to or send email to [email protected]


Challenger British Soccer Camp

The Lima Family YMCA will sponsor the Challenger British Soccer Camp on July 20-24. Contact Alicia Bell at [email protected] or 419-223-6045 ext. 114 for details.

YMCA Soccer Camp

The Lima Family YMCA will sponsor the YMCA Soccer Camp for grades K-4 on Aug. 6-8. Contact Alicia Bell at [email protected] or 419-223-6045 ext. 114 for details.


Oak Harbor

The annual All-Nighter tournament will be held Friday and Saturday. Cost is $160 per team and $14 per game for umpire. To enter and for more information call Mike Williamson at 419-603-7687.

Middle Point

A girls fastpitch all-star tournament will be held July17-19 at Middle Point Ballpark with 8U, 10U and 12U divisions. The first eight teams to register in each division will be accepted. To register or for more information contact Becky Fackler at 419-771-8490 or [email protected]


For the second straight year the USA Softball Women’s National Team will be taking part in a exhibition doubleheader on Tuesday, July 14, at Marathon Diamonds (3430 N. Main St.) at the Cube.

USA Softball will compete against College All Stars beginning at 6 p.m.

A one-hour autograph session with Team USA and College All Stars will follow the doubleheader. Tickets for the exhibition are $15. For additional information and to purchase tickets visit or


The Akron Zips Summer Camp is coming soon at Lee Jackson Softball Field. The Zips Camp is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14, with check-in at 8:15 a.m., for $70. For information, call 330-972-8168 or email [email protected]


The University of Northwestern Ohio Racer Fastpitch Academy will be held July 6-8. Those ages 8-13 will meet from 9 a.m. until noon and those ages 14-18 will meet from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. An online registation form can be found at under Racers camps and clinics. For more information contact coach Tracy Coffman at [email protected] or 419-230-9106.


The Payne Ball Association will be playing host to an 8 & under girls softball coach-pitch all-star tournament from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12.

Players must have been 8 years or younger as of Dec. 31, 2014. Teams are guaranteed three games and awards include a minimum of top two teams as well as individual game awards for each team.

For more information, contact Kevin Wannemacher at 419-399-7243 or by e-mail at [email protected] Information can also be downloaded at

Ohio City

A Lambert Days men’s slow pitch softball tournament will be held July 18-19 at Ohio City Fireman Park. Entry is $150. Contact Randy at 419-203-2736

Grand Lake Fall League

The Grand Lake Fall League is taking registrations for 2015. The fastpitch league will be divided up into three divisions this year: ninth–12th grade, sixth–eighth grade, and third–fifth grade. The league will play doubleheaders Sundays for five weeks; Information and registration forms can be found at or call John Hendricks at 765-348-6413 or Joe Hoying at 419-834-1282. The league starts Aug. 23. Registration deadline is Aug. 1.


LATA tournaments

There is still time to sign up for doubles and mixed doubles for the Lima Area Tennis Association championships. Doubles are July 10-12 and mixed are July 17-19 at the UNOH Tennis Courts. Prepaid fees are $30 for non-members, $20 for LATA members and $15 for high school age (8th-12th). Entry deadlines are 5 p.m. the Monday before the tournament begins. For details, contact tournament director Jeff Brown at 567-249-9549.


Officiating class

There will be an OHSAA officiating class beginning in mid-July for anyone in Van Wert, Paulding, Mercer or Allen counties. Completion of the class requirements will enable participants to officiate at all levels for the upcoming season. For registration information contact Rita at 419-235-9246 or [email protected]


A class is forming for anyone wishing to become a license volleyball official through the OHSAA. Classes meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting July 27, at St. Charles School. Classroom and on-court instruction will be provided. Cost is $120. For details, contact John Dornick at 419-234-5733 or [email protected]

Middle Point

A coed sand tournament will be held Aug. 1 during the Ballpark Festival. Entry is $60 per six-person team. To register, or for more information contact Kylie Snyder at 419-953-1373.


A Lambert Days two nights under the lights Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held July 17-18 at Ohio City Fireman Park. Must be at least 16 years old to play. Entry is $75. Contact Ryan at 419-203-7042.



The 2015 Premier Technique Wrestling Camp is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 and 10 at Delphos St. John’s High School. Ohio State wrestlers Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder will be on hand. Pack your lunch. Cost is $90 per wrestler for the two-day camp or $45 per day. For details, contact Derek Sterling at 419-234-5600 or [email protected] or call Mike Wilson at 419-233-0609.

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