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 Due to space limitations a smaller version of this week’s calendar appears in print. For a longer version of the calendar go to


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.




The Payne Ball Association will be playing host to two all-star tournaments the weekend of July 8-10 at the Payne Community Park.

A boys 8 & under coach-pitch baseball tournament will be played with teams guaranteed three games in the tournament.

Also, a girls 8 & under coach-pitch softball tournament will take place on those three days as well with all teams guaranteed to play three games.

For more information, please contact Kevin Wannemacher at 419-399-7243 or Registration and payment must be received to confirm a spot.



The Bluffton University baseball team will host a Youth Skills Camp from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 18 and July 19. The camp is open to youth ages 9-14. Cost is $78. Registration forms can be found at Players will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle and all baseball equipment (helmet, glove, bat, catcher’s equipment, etc.)



A Jamar Butler Basketball Camp takes place in July at Bluffton Family Recreation.The camp is July 16, at Bluffton Family Recreation. Grades 1-4 sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon. Grades 5-8 sessions are from 1-4 p.m. Butler is a former Lima Shawnee and Ohio State University basketball player. Cost for the camp is $50 and registration includes a t-shirt. Campers should bring water bottles, a basketball and basketball shoes. Registration is available on line at: Contact BFR at 419-358-4150 for more information.


The 32nd annual Mayes Community Temple Outdoor Hoops Classic will be held July 15-17 at Martin Luther King Park, 205 Cass Avenue. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with an exhibition game and a small concert rendered by community talent. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the tournament will begin with teams from all over central Ohio vying for the coveted classic tourney title. The classic will resume at 10 a.m. Sunday with the championship game at 6:30 p.m. The entry deadline and tourney draw accepting the first 20 teams is at 6 p.m. July 13 at Lincoln Park White Hall Shelter House. For more information, call Johnnie D. Mayes at 740-382-5350 or 740-751-5662.


The Lima Salvation Army, 614 E. Market St., Lima, has an adult open gym from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays for anyone 18 years of age or older.


The Lima Family YMCA will be conducting a basketball camp for first and second grade students at the Lima YMCA from June 27-28. The fee is $25 for YMCA members and $45 for nonmembers.


The Lady Barons of The Ohio State University and Rhodes State would like to invite area female basketball players to join with them for Open Gym on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m.



Westgate Entertainment Center will offer two free games of bowling every day to children through this summer. Families who register will have coupons sent to their email accounts every Sunday. The program runs through Aug. 31. For details, call 419-227-721 or email



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.



The second annual Legends of Northwest Ohio will be conducting a free football camp July 16 for area youth ages 8-13. The camp will be held at Elida’s Football Stadium. For more details and to register go to or e-mail For more information contact Mark Miller at 419-235-0033


The fifth annual Kory Lichtensteiger Football Camp will be held in Convoy from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today. This offensive focused camp is for athletes entering grades 9-12. The cost of the camp is $60 per athlete. Visit online to register or find out more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter @klfootballcamp.


The Midwest Buckeye Football Officials Association is offering classes to train and certify new high school football officials. Students will receive all rule books and officials’ manuals and have their dues paid to the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Students must pass the OHSAA official’s test as part of the class.

High school students 14 and older interested in officiating grade school football games may also enroll. Classes will meet from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 13, and ending Sept. 7. Classes will be conducted in Celina.

Successful candidates will become certified OHSAA class II officials. There is a fee of $125 for the class. For more information or to register, contact Garry Mosier at 419-733-6762 or Mark Cisco 419-733-5504



The fifth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf For Kids’ Sake scramble tees off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start 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 Friends Serving Friends 31st annual Golf Scramble will be held June 26 at Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Bellefontaine. There is a $1,000 first prize, paid to five places. Participants can sign-up in pairs — and will draw to a foursome. The cost is $35 per person and green fees and cart rental can he paid at the course upon check-in. Following the scramble, there will be a steak dinner for all participants at Cherokee. The cut-off date to register is June 22. For further information call Ray at 937-935-5566 or Judi at 937-843-6412.


The 73rd annual Lima Area Women’s Match Play Tournament is July 21-24. Starting times are 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with matches played at Lost Creek Golf Club, Hidden Creek Golf Club, Delphos Golf Club and Shawnee Country Club. USGA handicaps not needed 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


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


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres has various shooting events. Junior Smallbore Club is Mondays at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. through June 27, with a second session July 11 through Aug. 29. 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. weekly 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 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.


The Moulton Gun Club, 14062 Bay Road, Wapakoneta will be holding ATA registered trap shoots 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 May 22 at noon. For information, contact Bruce Berlet at 419-738-6951.



Registration is underway for fall soccer. All Lima City School student/athletes in grades 1-6 who are interested in playing are encouraged to contact Pam Grundish at Registration ends July 23.



There will be a one-day double elimination men’s tournament July 9 at the Collett Street diamonds. Call 419-769-9991 for more information and/or to enter.



The Bluffton University softball team will host day camps for advanced and youth players.

An advanced day camp will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-19. During the camp, for students entering grades 7-12, participants will have the opportunity to advance their skills in fielding, hitting, base running and more under the guidance of Bluffton University coaches and players. The cost is $75.

A youth day camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 20. This camp is for students entering grades 1-6 in the fall. This camp will teach softball fundamentals including proper throwing, fielding and hitting mechanics. Bluffton coaches and players will also lead this camp. The cost is $45.

A low player-to-coach ratio will help players develop skills suited for their age and skill level. Learning will be emphasized through drills designed to improve technique in a fun, competitive atmosphere.

Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle and all softball equipment. The camps will be held on the Bluffton University softball field, and all participants will receive a T-shirt. Registration forms can be found at For more information, contact Marissa McDaniel, coach, at



Applications are being taken for the 2016 Lima Area Tennis Association (LATA) Championship City singles, doubles and mixed tournaments to be held at the University of Northwestern Ohio Tennis Courts from July 8-22.

The singles competition will be held from July 8-15 with the doubles tournaments held July 15-17. The mixed doubles competition will be held July 22-24. To be eligible players must be entering the eighth grade in the fall of 2016 or a United States Tennis Association junior ranked player.

The entry fee is $30 per person per tournament for non members, $20 for per person per tournament for LATA members and $15 per person per tournament for high school age students. The deadline for entry fees is 5 p.m. July 4 for singles, 5 p.m. July 11 for doubles and 5 p.m. July 18 for mixed competition.

Entry fees can be mailed to LATA, 2344 Shawnee Rd. PMB#111, Lima, OH 45805. For further information contact Jeff Brown at 567-249-9549.


Van Wert

The 2016 Cougar High School Volleyball Camp for girls entering grades 9-12 will be held at the Van Wert High School gym from July 18-21. The varsity camp will run from 8-10 a.m. and the junior varsity will run from 9-11 a.m. Instruction will be given by Andi Wertenberger, former Bluffton University varsity player and former Ottoville varsity head coach. The cost is $40 and checks should be made out to Van Wert Volleyball. Deadline for registration is July 1. Mailing address is 14505 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert, Ohio 45891. For more information contact Matt Krites at 419-230-3718.

Van Wert

The 2016 Cougar High School Volleyball Camp for girls entering grades 5-8 will be held at the Van Wert High School gym from July 18-21. The camp will run from 3-5:30 p.m. The cost is $40 and checks should be made out to Van Wert Volleyball. Deadline for registration is July 1. Mailing address is 14505 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert, Ohio 45891. For more information contact Matt Krites at 419-230-3718.



The Allen East Mustang Wrestling Camp 2016 features Reece Humphrey, a three-time U.S. Open champion and world team member, NCAA runner-up in 2009 and NCAA third place finisher in 2010 from Ohio State, three-time Indiana state champ and eight-time freestyle/greco national champion. Camp is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 and 28 at Allen East High School, 9105 Harding Highway, Harrod. Campers should pack their lunch. Cost is $90 per wrestler or $45 per day, with $60 for each additional sibling. Get a PDF of the signup form at For questions, contact Mike Abbey at 419-348-0878 or or Jake Clum at 419-202-1356.

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