Lima area 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


Senior classes

Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm St., Lima, offers classes open to the public at a cost of $5 per class. Classes include Aqua Zumba (10:45 a.m. Saturdays), Zumba (4:45 p.m. Mondays), Step Aerobics (4:45 p.m. Wednesdays) and Water Aerobics (5:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays). Call 419-991-8811 for details.

Aqua Zumba

Bluffton Family Recreation is now offering Aqua Zumba under the instruction of Kealy Goodale. Classes are 9 a.m. Saturdays at Maple Crest, Bluffton, The first class is free. For details or to register, call 419-358-4150.


Allen County Archers

The Allen County Archers, at the corner of state Route 117 and Defiance Trail, have a pair of monthly shoots planned. A traditional shoot is held the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. An open shoot is the first Saturday and Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, call Neil Wallace at 567-825-7109.


Ohio City

Ohio City Youth Activities is still accepting players for the 2016 summer ball program. Call Laura Morgan at 419-965-2515 or Sean Kennedy at 419-576-6429.

Ottawa Legion

The Ottawa American Legion Post 63 is prepared for its summer season. An informational meeting is 6 p.m. May 1 at the Ottawa American Legion Post 63, 218 W. Main St., Ottawa. Open tryouts are at Memorial Field, 724 N. Locust St., Ottawa, from 2 to 4 p.m. May 15 and 22. If your high school team is still in the state tournament, you can’t work out but you should still show up to show your interest. If you can’t attend, contact head coach Doug Waddle at 419-204-3270. For more information, visit


The 2016 Bob Cene All Ohio Challenge Wood Bat Tournament for teams ages 16 through 18 will be held June 23-26 at the Bob Cene Baseball Complex. Contact Ken Quinn at 330-719-0581 for information.


The Bath High School baseball program has its annual Best of the Northwest youth baseball tournament June 10, 11 and 12. There will be a 12-U, 10-U and 8-U coach pitch division. Cost for each division is $200 with a three-game guarantee. Awards will be given to the top four teams in each division. To register, call Jeremie Magrum at 419-233-3232 or email


The seventh annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament is June 3, 4 and 5 at Delphos Stadium Park. The tournament is a 16-20 team tournament for boys age 11-12, with age cutoff of April 1. The tournament is pool play with a three-game guarantee. Players must be from the same school district. Cost is $150. Deadline to enter is May 13. For details, call Sam Miller at 567-825-8631 or Brent Binkley at 419-235-7919.


The Lima Wood Bat Classic is June 17-19 at Faurot Park, Lima. Teams are guaranteed three games minimum. All fields have fences, with three lighted field. 12-U age group only, with registration of $200 per team. Bats will be provided and used for all games. For details or to register, contact Brian Gephart at 419-303-3597 or call

St. Marys

The St. Marys Father’s Day Classic at KC Geiger Park is June 17-19. There are four divisions, 9-U, 10-U, 110U and 12-U. Each team will be guaranteed as least three games. Entry is $25. For details, call Russ Bailey at 419-733-4527 or email



The Ohio Aviators’ clinic and 3 on 3 tournament is April 30 at Bradfield Center, 550 Collett St., Lima. The skills clinic for boys and girls age 6-17 starts at 10 a.m. and costs $15 per player. The tournament is $25 per kids team ages 6 to 17 and $45 per adult team for men and women older than 18 and starts at noon. For information or to register, call 419-318-9098.


The May Classic Basketball Tournament is May 14-15 at the Heminger Center at Tiffin University. There will be boys’ fourth-grade through eighth-grade divisions. There is a three-game guarantee, with individual trophies for first and second places. Proceeds benefit local youth basketball. For details, call Brad at 419-443-5440 or visit


Bluffton Family Recreation accepts registrations for its summer junior high boys basketball league. The league has a division for seventh-grade teams and a division for eighth-grade teams. Teams play back-to-back doubleheaders each week, with seventh grade on Tuesday evenings from May 21 to June 28 and eighth grade on Monday evenings from May 30 to June 27. Registration runs to May 20. Cost is $300 per team at Call 419-358-4150 for details.


The American Youth Basketball Tour will make its first stop in Lima on June 25 and 26 at Lima Senior. It’s open to youth in grades 4 through 12, with games played in June and July. For details, visit or email


The Lima Express camp will be held July 25-28 at Lima Central Catholic. Sessions will be 9 a.m. to noon (third through fifth grade), 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (sixth through eighth grade). Cost is $100. Registrations include registration to all-star game on at 7 p.m. July 29. For more information call 419-549-6426 or send email to



Team Roadrunners, a local bicycling club, will sponsor the Limaland Bicycle Tour the morning of June 18 beginning at Ottawa Metro Park, 2632 Ada Road in Lima. Four routes are available: 18 miles on the Lima Riverwalk ($10 individual pre-registered, $25 family pre-registered) with refreshments; 35, 65 and 100 miles ($20 individual pre-registered) with refreshments, rest stops on the road and lunch afterwards. All pre-registered riders by June 5 receive a free T-shirt (family riverwalk pre-registrations receive two free T-shirts). After June 5th and day-of-event registrations are available, but increase $5 for all categories with no T-shirts. Scenic riverwalk and low traffic country roads with well-marked turns, sag/mechanic support, flat to rolling terrain, maps and refreshments are included. Register online at Email questions to


The second annual Ride to Remember bicycle ride is in Bluffton on July 16. The start is 8 a.m. Route options include 2, 10, 36, 64 and 100 miles. Registration through June 30 is $20 for individuals, $15 for a second family member and $5 for each additional family member. Costs are $5 more after June 30. Entries include a lightweight bag and snacks. For details or to register, visit or visit Bluffton Family Recreation, 2015 Snider Road, Bluffton.



Gary Barnidge, a tight end with the Cleveland Browns, will sign autographs starting at 6 p.m. today at Lima Sports Collectibles in the Lima Mall. Cost is $25 per autograph, and $5 per inscription. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 567-371-3090.



The Delphos Country Club hosts the Big Hole Tournament on May 14, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Four-player teams compete in a scramble format. Cost is $200 per team plus green fee, with a 100 percent cash payout. For details or to sign up, call the pro shop at 419-453-3812 or visit


The third annual Kalida Support Shamble has a shotgun start at 9 a.m. May 14 at Country Acres Golf Club. Cost is $50 per player or $200 per team for 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and one beverage. The format is a four-person shamble, using the team’s two best scores. A scramble is played from the tee, and then each player plays his or her own ball in from there. Trophies and $400 go to the winner, with $200 to second place. All of the proceeds support the Kalida High School golf program. Download a PDF of the entry form at For details, call Ken Schnipke at 419-236-0588.

Van Wert

The 21st annual DARE Golf Outing is May 14 at Hickory Sticks Golf Course, Van Wert, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Rain date is May 22. Proceeds go back to the youth to fund DARE schooling. There is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on No. 4, sponsored by Young’s Waste Service for the 17th year. There are three bonus holes for additional prizes. Other hole sponsorships are available for $100 with a sign. Cost is $50 per man for the tournament, including golf, cart, door prizes and lunch. Anyone interested in golfing or sponsoring a hole should call Dep. Biberstone at 419-238-3866 or Officer Greg Blackmore at 419-238-2462.


The annual Boy Scout Golf Classic for the Black Swamp Area Council is Monday, May 23 at the Findlay Country Club. It begins with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. and an on-course lunch. The event is a scramble, with on-course games, including a putting green challenge and “challenge the scout” drive. There will be hole-in-one prizes on all par 3 holes. The day ends with a live auction. For details, contact Marc Kogan at or 419-581-9680. Download an entry form at


The 5th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf For Kids’ Sake scramble tees off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start on June 26 at Pike Run Golf Club, 10807 Road H, Ottawa. Cost is $240 per team, including golf for four, two carts, range balls, lunch, supper and drink tickets. There will be hole prizes and prizes for first, second, third and highest scores. For details, visit or call 419-523-4016, or download an entry form online at

The event is also looking for sponsors by calling Todd Pester at 419-306-2616.


The 73rd annual Lima Area Womens’ Match Play Tournament is July 21-24. Starting times are 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with matches played at Lost Creek Golf Club, Hidden Creek Golf Club, Delphos Golf Club and Shawnee Country Club. You do not need a USGA handicap to participate, and organizers will try to fulfill pairing requests for the qualifying round. After qualifying, the tournament heads to match play this year. Divisions include a prep/junior division, seniors division, open flight and championship flight. Entry deadline is July 15, and the fee is $70. Download a registration form online at Call Asa Donaldson at 419-229-4801 with any questions.


The 16th annual Rhodes State College Tee Off for Scholarships Outing has a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Colonial Golfers Club. For details or to sign up, contact Kevin Reeks at 419-995-8081 or, or visit



Pickleball is played from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Bradfield Center. Beginners are welcome.


The Lima YMCA has pickle ball from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays at the Lima Family YMCA Annex, 345 S. Elizabeth St., Lima. The game is a combination of ping pong, tennis and badminton, and it’s open to young adults, adults and seniors of different ages and abilities. It’s free for Lima YMCA members, $3 per visit for non-members or $20 per month for unlimited play for non-members. Register online at or at the YMCA Annex security office.


The YMCA Annex is open to pickleball players from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Scheduled play is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. When entering the facility, check in at the security office. Courts are in the two gyms. No charge for Y members. Cost for non-members is $3 per session or $20 per month. All skill levels.


Glass City Marathon

The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon in April 24 in Toledo. Normal and late registration is available until April 23, with no registrations allowed on race day. Register online at

Spring Fling

The 37th Spring Fling begins at 2 p.m. April 24. It starts near the Lima Family YMCA, with registration at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 without a shirt or $20 with a shirt. Proceeds benefit Bath Cross Country. Find a signup form online at

Donor Dash 5K

Donor Dash 5K is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 at Delphos Jefferson High School. Race starts at 1:08 p.m., with timing by Lima Run and Jog Club. Event benefits Lifeline of Ohio. Forms can be found on the Lifeline of Ohio website, at Peak Community Fitness or at Delphos banks. It will be part of the new Delphos Running Series for 2016, which rewards runners with special awards medals, sponsored by Peak Community Fitness. Runners in all three events win a 3/4-zip running jacket from St. Rita’s Health Partners. For details, call Deann Heiling at 419-230-2963.

5K for Kate Benroth

The 5K for Kate Benroth, raising money to support her medical needs and to support research for Batten disease, is 10 a.m. May 7 at the Vaughnsville Community Center, 115 E. Findlay St., Vaughnsville. A 5K run/walk starts and finishes in the parking lot. Race-day registration is $25. Awards will be given for age divisions. There is also a 1-mile fun walk for $6 on race day, with T-shirts costing $8. There will also be an exercise class at 10 a.m. for $10 per person, with Beth Casper instructing. Race-day registrations are available from 9 to 9:45 a.m. that day.

Landen’s 5K for SIDS Awareness

Grand Lake Health System will hold the third annual Landen’s 5K for SIDS Awareness on May 7 at Grand Lake St. Marys on East Bank Road in St. Marys. Landel Phlipot died when he was three months old from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the 5K beginning at 9 a.m. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, along with age category winners. For details, call Linda Haines at 419-394-3387 ext. 3574.

Superhero 5K and 5-Miler

The new Superhero 5K and 5-Miler is scheduled for May 14 in Delphos. It will be part of the new Delphos Running Series for 2016, which rewards runners with special awards medals, sponsored by Peak Community Fitness. Event benefits Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Runners in all three events win a 3/4-zip running jacket from St. Rita’s Health Partners. For details, call Deann Heiling at 419-230-2963.

Color Run/Walk 5K

The second annual Color Run/Walk 5K at Summer Kickoff 2016 is 11 a.m. June 18 on the east bank of Grand Lake St. Marys. Single entry is $37, with two to three runners/walkers for $29 each or four or more for $26 each. Children 7 and under are free or $10 each with a shirt. If you don’t buy a shirt, children should wear a white shirt. Register by June 8 at for a free T-shirt, yogurt and water after the race and a post-race beverage ticket.

Taylor’s Way 5K

The third annual Taylor’s Way 5K Run/Walk is June 18 at Hardin Northern School, 11589 state Route 81, Dola, in the west parking lot. Registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m., with the 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. Kids fun runs begin at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $20 for registration postmarked before June 5, with a free T-shirt. Registration is $23 after June 5 without a T-shirt or $30 with a T-shirt. The kids fun run is $4 for ages 10-14, 90-6 and 6 and under without a T-shirt or $9 with a T-shirt. Awards are given for the top three finishers in each age group and to the top overall male and female winners. The event benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Taylor Carder. Download an application form at

5K on the Lake

The ninth annual 5K on The Lake begins at 8:30 a.m. July 2 at the site of the former Lakeview Elementary School, 530 W. Lake St., Lakeview. Entry fee is $20 for run and shirt and $10 just for the run if pre-registered by June 27. Race-day registration is $25 for run and shirt and $15 for run only, with limited race-day T-shirts available. Packet pickup is 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. the day of the race at the school site. Proceeds benefit Lakeview Athletic Association, Huntsville Ball Association, Washington Ball Association and the Logan County Invasion Girls Softball Travel Team. Register online at For details, contact Jesse Avila at 937-843-3258 or

Canal Days 5K

The Canal Days 5K is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 in Delphos. It will be part of the new Delphos Running Series for 2016, which rewards runners with special awards medals, sponsored by Peak Community Fitness. The event proceeds are reinvested in the Delphos community. For details, call Deann Heiling at 419-230-2963.


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres has various shooting events. Junior Smallbore Club is Mondays at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 2 through June 27, with a second session July 11 through Aug. 29. The .22 Rimfire Silhouette League is 5:30 p.m. Mondays from May 2 through June 20. The .22 Rimfire Mini Palm is 5:45 p.m. Mondays from Aug. 1 through Sept. 19, with Aug. 29 off. MPCC matches are the second Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. monthly through October. Steel Challenge Pistol Shoot is the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. through September. Junior Handgun Matches are the third Sunday monthly at 2 p.m. through September. High Power Rifle Matches are the third Sunday monthly at 8:30 a.m. through September. The Tuesday Trap, 5 Stand and Trap Practice is 6 p.m. every Tuesday from May through August. Thursday Trap Practice and League is 4 p.m. weekly, except June 16 and July 21. Junior Trap League is 5 p.m. Thursdays June 16 through July 21. Wednesday morning trap practice is 9 a.m. to noon weekly, weather permitting. Bowling pin matches are 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 13. For additional information, go to or visit on Facebook.



Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can register online for fall youth soccer at or from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at Elida Middle School. Contact Youth Director Scott Cockerell ( for more information. Registration deadline is June 11.



The Cairo men’s softball league is accepting teams for the 2016 season. The league will be split into upper and lower divisions, with a maximum of six upper and eight lower teams. All games will be played on Monday nights, starting in May. For details, text Doug Austin at 419-230-4264 or email


Wapakoneta seeks teams for a Friday night men’s ASA softball league. League play begins May 6 and ends in early August with a double-elimination tournament. Entry fee is $375, which includes necessary game balls and the ASA sanction fee. Contact Jon Derryberry at 419-236-8130 or



The Moulton Gun Club, 14062 Bay Road, Wapakoneta will be holding ATA registered trap shoots on May 8, June 19, July 10 and Aug. 14. Shoots start at noon. Practice trap shooting is every Wednesday through August, starting at 6 p.m. Standing target shoots will be held April 24 and May 22 at noon. For information, contact Bruce Berlet at 419-738-6951.

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