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 [email protected]



The University of Findlay baseball program will hold a Home Run Derby at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 on Fifth Third Field. The derby will also have targets place throughout the field, which will be marked with prize amounts. Everyone is invited to join the Oilers and take a crack at bashing some ball over the fence. For more information go to



Wapakoneta is playing host to a fall league on Sundays for girls entering grades 6-12. Players will be placed on the teams and play two games each day. League will start Sept. 27 and end Oct. 18. This a just play league with no coaching. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is Sept. 1 and space is limited. For details and registration forms, contact Rusty Allen at [email protected] or visit


A fall league for boys in grades five through 12 will be held Sunday afternoons between Sept. 13 and Oct. 25 at at Lima Senior. Cost is $100 per player. Teams are welcome or players can be placed on a team. For more information contact Director Quincey (Coach Q.) Simpson at 419-371-1635 or via email at [email protected]


The Lima Express minor league tryouts will take place starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Lima Central Catholic High School Gymnasium. Participation fee is $100 for early registration and $150 at the door. For more information call 419-549-6426 or send email to [email protected]


Tour de Putnam

The Tour de Putnam begins and ends at the Putnam County YMCA on Sept. 19, with 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile flat routes. Pre-registration is $25, with same-day registration of $30. Registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19. For details or to volunteer, call Lisa Langhals at 419-523-5233 or email [email protected]


YMCA Pee Wee soccer for 3 to 5 year-old children at the Putnam County YMCA soccer focuses on physical and social development. Parental participation is required. Events run 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10-Oct. 22. For details, call the Putnam County YMCA at 419-523-5233.



Bath Parents Sports Club is accepting registrations for the flag football season for boys in K through second grade and third grade through fourth grade. Sign-ups will be available through the elementary the first week of school or Facebook. Registrations may be turned in from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.Monday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the middle school cafeteria. Deadline to register is Saturday, Sept 12th. For more information contact Tim Sprague at 419-236-7800. Registrations can be sent to 717 Hefner Drive, Lima 45801.

Putnam County

The Putnam County YMCA is currently registering youth flag football league participants. This is a recreational program designed for youngsters new to the sport of football as well as those not quite ready for tackle football. Participants will learn how to play the sport, brush up on the rules, tactics, and skills, improve their game and have fun. This flag football league is open to those ages 5-11 years old. Fee, which includes team shirt and end of the season award, is $21 for members and $41 for non-members. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. To register or for more information contact the YMCA at 419-523-5233.



Open Arms and The LaRiche Family of Dealerships will be holding the 2015 Charity Golf Classic on Friday, Sept. 18. This year’s event will be held at Red Hawk Run Golf Club. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 9 a.m. Proceeds from the annual golf outing will benefit Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services.

Team registration is currently taking place and will be limited to 27 foursomes. The cost for registration is $360 per team or $90 per individual. Registration costs include breakfast, lunch, snacks, drink tickets, green fees, cart and door prizes.

Deadline for registration is Sept. 4. Opportunities are also available for event sponsorships and the donation of raffle prizes for the event. For information and online registration visit OpenArmsFindlay.Org or call Open Arms at 419-420-9261.



The Shelby County Historical Society (SCHS) will host its Run to the Wall 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5. The wall is the Vietnam Memorial traveling replica wall, which SCHS will exhibit in Custenborder Park, 449 Riverside Drive, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6.

The 5K will begin in the park and at its end, runners will have a choice. They can run the last leg past the wall in order to get a true, 5K run time. Or they can slow and join the walkers to move past the wall with reverence, to touch a name that has special meaning, to reflect on the people who gave their lives not just in Vietnam, but in all of America’s wars.

Day-of-the-race registration will begin at 7 a.m. The fee will be $20.

In addition, the Sidney-Shelby County Rotary club will host a pancake breakfast at the wall from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6. For information about the 5K or to purchase a flag for the Field of Valor, call 937-498-1653.


Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registrations for this year’s Labor Day 5K to be held Saturday, Sept. 5.

This year’s race starts at 9 a.m. A kid’s fun run and walk is at 10 a.m. Age groups run from 14 and under to 60 and older. Runners who pre-registered by Aug. 29 pay $25 and receive a T-shirt ($20 with no T-shirt). Kids; run registration is $5.

The registration fee is $25 with no shirt after Aug. 29. Race day registration starts for the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and for the fun run at 9:30 a.m. Runners may register online at For more information contact BFR at 419-358-4150.

Grand Lake

The second annual Grand Lake Marathon will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. Besides a full marathon there will be a 5K, half marathon, relay and a kids marathon.

The course is USATF certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier. USATF Certificate: OH14003MW. For more information or to register check to to

De Colores Dash

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a 5K color run/walk at the Bluffton Village Park on Sept. 20. The event raises money for local charities, including Ronald McDonald House, Project Hope Bluffton and the Bluffton food pantry. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 10 a.m. Early registration is $25 by Sept. 8, with race-day registration at $35. For details, call 419-204-5153 or email [email protected]


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 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 Rimfire Mini-Palma is held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 7 until Oct. 26. Upcoming special events include 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 Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. Sabres E.D.G.E. Junior Pistol Team Practice is set for Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Steel Challenge dates are Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20 and 88 Round highpower rifle events are planned for Sept. 20. For more information on all these events and activities go to or send email to [email protected]

Continental Trapshoot

There will be a trapshoot for pork chops Sept. 6. at the Continental Conservation Club.

Practice and still target shooting will be at 11:30 a.m. with the main event at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and shells will be available. The club is one-half mile north and one-half mile east of Continental on Road E.



YMCA Pee Wee soccer for 3 to 5 year-old children at the Putnam County YMCA soccer focuses on physical and social development. Parental participation is required. Events run 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10-Oct. 22. For details, call the Putnam County YMCA at 419-523-5233.


Indoor league sign-ups for 2015-16 are under way at Bluffton Family Recreation. League play is available for U8 all the way to adult competition. For more information go to or call 419-358-4150.


The 11th annual Glandorf Soctoberfest Soccer Tournament is Oct. 3 and 4. Three game guarantee with awards to the top two teams in each division. U8 (co-ed) $150 per team, Boys and girls separate U10, U12 and U15 $200 per team. For more information email: [email protected] or visit



Parkway High School is sponsoring a fall league for girls in grades 5 and 6. There will be a fifth-grade league and a sixth-grade league with six teams in each league. All players need to be from the same school district. Games will be played from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Dates for the league are Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 10, 17. for more information call athletic director Doug Hughes at 419-852-9060 or email [email protected]

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