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 [email protected].



Bluffton Family Recreation is providing youth after school programs until April 7. For more details call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150, or visit the facility at 215 Snider Road in Bluffton.


The Lima Family YMCA is holding Youth Easter Party for children in our community from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. The party will host children ages 5–12 years old. The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance and participants will have the opportunity to decorate eggs, pet live bunnies and chicks, make Easter crafts, and participate in an egg hunt on-site. There will also be activities for the children in the pool and in the gymnasium during the event. Snacks are provided.


Allen County Archers

The Allen County Archers, at the corner of state Route 117 and Defiance Trail, have monthly shoots planned. A traditional shoot is held the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning in March and running through September, the Allen County Archers will be holding two day shooting events the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. For details, call Neil Wallace at 567-825-7109.

Columbus Grove

The Columbus Grove Archers will have the indoor traditional shoots at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesdays all winter. The Columbus Grove Archers will also be holding Thursday competition at 7 p.m.



Hitting tunnels available now at Apex Sports Zone. For more information on rates and availability, go to or call 567-712-7175

St. Marys

The St. Marys Baseball Association will again be hosting the Father’s Day Classic baseball tournament. This will be held June 16-18 at KC Geiger Park in St. Marys. There will be four separate divisions: 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U, with awards for each division. Teams are guaranteed three games. Entry fee is $225. For more information, contact Russ at 419-733-4527 or email at [email protected]


The eighth annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament will be June 2-4 at the Delphos Stadium Park. The tournament is a 16-20 team competition for boys ages 11-12 years old (age cutoff is April 1). The tournament will be pool play with a three-game guarantee. Players must be from the same school district. Awards are given. Cost is $150. Deadline to enter is May 12. For more information contact Sam Miller (567-825-8631) or Brent Binkley (419-235-7919).


The Bath Parents Sports Club is having its annual “Best of the Northwest” youth baseball tournament June 9-11. There will be a 12U, 10U and 8U coach pitch division. Cost is $250 for 12U and 10U and $200 for 8U. Three games guaranteed. To reserve a spot, contact Ray Price at 567-825-8121 or by email at [email protected].



Basketball Instructional Academy for Boys and Girls Grades 3-11 on Wednesday evenings at Apex Sports Zone. For more information on rates and availability, check out our website at – or call 567-712-7175. The Academy will begin in mid April 12.


The 16th annual Bean City Challenge boys basketball tournament will take place April 8-9 in Lima, and will be held at many schools in the area (Lima Senior High School and all three middle schools and Heritage elementary, OSU-Lima, Perry HS, LCC, Elida HS and MS, and Bradfield Center and The Axis recreation centers). More than 100 teams between fourth and 11th grade participated last year. The cost is $275 per team and each team is guaranteed at least three games. To register, go to or contact Warren Pughsley at 419-371-4811.



U.S. Plastics Corp. and District 8 Fellowship of Christian Athletes presents the third annual Legends of Northwest Ohio Youth Football Camp on July 8 at Elida Football Stadium (Elida Fieldhouse in case of rain). The camp is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Students ages 8-13 are invited to attend. Instructors are local high school coaches, college and NFL players. Players must register to attend online at or by contacting Mark Miller at [email protected].



The 2017 Lima City Golf Men’s Tournament will take place June 21-25 at courses throughout the Lima area. The tournament will open Wednesday, June 21, for the Senior Flights at Colonial Golfers Club and the Open Flight will begin qualifying rounds at Hidden Creek. Thursday, June 22, begins the Championship Flight at Hidden Creek with two rounds of play. The Senior Flights will play Bluffton while the Open Flights will play at the Oaks which comes aboard for the 2017 tournament. All flights will play at Shawnee Country Club from June 23 through June 25. Online registration and additional details will soon be available at



The Lima Family YMCA is offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes at 10 p.m. Wednesdays until April 12. The certification class is a combination of classroom learning time and pool sessions for skill development. At the end of the program, participants must pass a written exam and a practical skill exam to complete their certification. Certification is valid for two years. Participants must be 15-years-old before the last day of the class and be able to swim 300 yards continually using rhythmic breathing and breath control, tread water for two minutes with legs only and retrieve a brick from the bottom of the pool. Certification also includes Red Cross CPR for the professional rescuer.

The fee is $200 for members and $225 for non members.

Dates for recertification workshops at the Lima Family YMCA will be at noon April 1 and at noon April 30. The fee is $90 for members and $115 for non members.



Pickleball is played at Bradfield Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All skill levels are welcome.


The Lima YMCA is holding open pickleball play from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (appointment only). Free for YMCA members and $3 per visit for nonmembers or $20 per month for non members (unlimited play). Individuals can register online at

Van Wert

The YMCA of Van Wert County will be holding a multi-divisional pickleball tournament. The tournament will be held Saturday, April 15, with the first game slated to begin at 9 a.m. All divisions are doubles play. Divisions will be co-ed, men’s, women’s and seniors (55+). Teams are guaranteed three games in a round robin tournament with an entry fee of $20 per person, per division.

To register for the tournament or for more information, contact Briana Geiger, YMCA Program Director at [email protected] or call the Van Wert YMCA at 419.238.0443 or visit


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres has various shooting events. Thursday Trap Practice and League is 4 p.m. weekly. Junior Wednesday morning trap practice is 9 a.m. to noon weekly, weather permitting. For additional information, go to or visit on Facebook.


The Allen County Sportsmen & Farmers Association will be hosting a turkey shoot at it’s 1001 S. Kemp Road location on Sunday, March 19. Breakfast will begin at 10:30 a.m. The first shoot will start at noon. For more info, please call Ron Parr @ 419-231-5488.



Ohio Extreme Soccer Club is now open for Spring Soccer Registration for boys and girls ages 4-10. Practices and games will begin in April. Deadline to register is March 31. To register or for more information go to Locations will be in Lima, Delphos and Glandorf.


Apex softball academy for girls 6-10 years old will be held Sunday afternoons at Apex Sports Zone. Instruction and games provided by NWO Lady Buckeyes fastpitch softball organization. For more information on rates and availability, go to — or call 567-712-7175.



The YMCA is offering a swimming stroke clinic at the YMCA’s pool, from April 11 – May 25. Join the YMCA’s trained and experienced coaches as they will offer valuable coaching tips to help children of all ages improve their swimming form skills in all strokes. Emphasis will be placed on proper technique for all strokes, starts, and turns. The stroke clinic does not replace swim lessons.