Lima Bean Tennis Classic to be held Sunday

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By Mike Purdy -

LIMA — The 18th annual Lima Bean Tennis Classic will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center.

The event is a fundraiser for Parkinson’s research in honor of former Shawnee player Tammy Zinn Contore.

Any former Lima area tennis player or non-playing tennis supporter is invited to attend. Tennis will be played until 3 p.m. with visitation and reunion festivities taking place from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

For more information contact Ron Huber at 419-235-8885.

ONU picked 4th

CANTON — Ohio Northern was selected to finish third in the media poll and fourth in the coaches poll at the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day on Tuesday afternoon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mount Union was tabbed as the preseason favorite by both the media and coaches, collecting 25 first place media votes and 9 first place votes from the 10 coaches.

John Carroll was chosen to finish second in both the media poll and the coaches poll collecting two first place votes from the media and one in the coaches’ tally, while Heidelberg claimed the third-place spot in the coaches poll and fourth in the media poll.

“We knocked on the door last season and are looking to take the next step,” Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul said in a news release. “We are looking to continue to move forward and build on our positive momentum.”

The Polar Bears went 7-3 overall in 2014 and tied for fourth in the conference with a record of 6-3.

LCC meeting

LIMA — The Lima Central Catholic OHSAA meeting for fall athletes and parents will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held in the Great Hall at LCC. Contact Ron Williams at for additional information.

WBL deal

LIMA — Superior Federal Credit Union and the Western Buckeye League athletic conference have officially signed a marketing agreement making Superior the Official Financial Institution of the WBL, officials from both organizations announced Tuesday. While common in college and professional sports, this deal is believed to be the first of its kind in Ohio high school athletics.

Under the agreement, Superior will provide the league and each member school with sponsorship and marketing considerations. Beginning this fall, fans will be able to listen to the all new “WBL Game of the Week” every week during football and basketball season on 93.9 KISS-FM, presented by Superior. Superior will also sponsor one WBL conference tournament each year. Finally, the WBL All Sports Trophy will officially be named the Superior Federal Credit Union Commissioner’s Trophy.

As part of the deal, Superior will also underwrite the Western Buckeye League Sportsmanship Committee. This committee is composed of a minimum of four students from each of the WBL member schools as appointed by the athletic director and high school principal of each member school. The committee was created to promote sportsmanship and leadership among the league’s student-athletes.

In return, Superior will receive promotional consideration from the league and its member schools, including on the league’s website,, and the WBL Sports mobile app.

3 from MAC in top 11

Coldwater, Marion Local and Minster of the Midwest Athletic Conference are among the top 11 schools in the CBS MaxPreps Preseason National Football Rankings for small schools.

Coldwater, which finished 14-1 and won the Division V state championship in 2014, is ranked No. 4 in the rankings based on MaxPreps’ preseason computer ratings. Marion Local, which won the Division VII title and finished 15-0 is No. 5 and Minster, the Division VI champ with a final record of 12-3, is No. 11. Trinity Christian Academy (12-2 in 2014) of Jacksonville, Florida, is the top-ranked team.

Area roundup

By Mike Purdy

Mike Purdy can be contacted at 567-242-0451.

Mike Purdy can be contacted at 567-242-0451.

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