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


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. For details, call Neil Wallace at 567-825-7109.

There will also be 30 3-D shoots the first Saturday and Sunday each month through September. These are open to all.

Columbus Grove

The Columbus Grove Archery Club memberships are available. For info Call Jerry at 419-659-2743.



Hitting tunnels available now at Apex Sports Zone. Come in and book a time to hit in two professional, indoor, turf batting cages. For more information on rates and availability, go to or call 567-712-7175.



On Tuesdays Apex Sports Zone offers pick up basketball for $5 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information go to or call 567-712-7175.


A youth 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament, presented by Citizens Federal Savings and Loan, will be played from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 29, to benefit Union Station of Logan County. Divisions will be based upon the grade the boy or girl player entering this fall/ Registration is open and will continue until July 8 unless brackets fill sooner. To learn more and sign up visit or call 937-595-0043 or 937-597-4426. Cost per team (three to four players) is $75. With registration all participants will play a minimum of three games and receive a tournament T-shirt and SWAG bag.



Private and small group lessons are available for football players of all ages. No position is off limits. All techniques and skills will be taught based on players’ needs. For more information or to sign up, go to or call 567-712-7175.


NFL Flag Football will be held for youth ages 5-7. There’s one practice each week plus one game on Saturdays. Players received reversible NFL flag jerseys. Deadline to register is Aug. 26. Cost is $35 for members and $70 for others. NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director. Games are for youth ages 5 to 7. Registration deadline is Aug. 26. Games are played on Saturdays at BFR from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for non-members. Contact BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, 419-358-4150 or go online to register.



The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 50th annual classic at Hidden Creek and Colonial Golf Clubs with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 1. Cost is $85 for chamber members or $340 for a foursome or $95 for non members and $380 for a foursome.


The 75th annual Lima Area Women’s Match Play Tournament will be contested Aug. 2-5. The starting times will stay the same with start times set for 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. This year’s golf courses include: Springbrook GC, The Oaks GC, Hidden Creek GC, and Shawnee CC. Participants do not need a USGA handicap to compete and officials will endeavor to fulfill pairing requests for the qualifying round. The format has remained the same; one round of qualifying play followed by match play. Entry deadline is July 29. Women ages 55 and older may declare for the Senior Division. Also, any player in the Open flight shooting a score better than a player in the Championship only flight will still be seeded in the Open flight. Players declaring Championship Only flight will be seeded in the Championship flight no matter their qualifying score. Entry forms can be found at The Oaks, Tamarac, SwingRite, Lost Creek, Springbrook, Colonial, and Shawnee currently. More places to come. Tee times will be posted in The Lima News, available at Springbrook prior to the tournament, and made available at Contact Asa Donaldson at 419-229-4801 or for more information.



The Allen County Horseshoe Pitchers, located at 1815 C St., have openings in leagues and doubles. Open doubles begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Corn Hole leagues are forming. Horseshoe pitchers are needed for new leagues. Contact Dwaine Klink at 419-235-3677 or Roy Moore at 419-231-3720 for information.



On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m Apex Sports Zone will have Kickboxing Classes for Adults and Kids 14 and older. Go to



Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 1721 Medical Blvd., Suite D, Findlay, is offering sports physicals to area students throughout June, July and August. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring a completed physical form. Physicals cost $25 payable by check or cash at the scheduled appointment. Providers at Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine include James Davidson, MD, Michael Stump, MD, Stanislaw Dajczak, MD, Katie Fultz, PA-C and Mary Singian, PA-C. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 419-429-6473.



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


Columbus Grove

The St. Anthony’s Festival 5k Run/Walk will be held Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Register before July 22 to guarantee a race shirt. Forms to sign up are available at: and online signup is available at


A fundraiser 5K for the Allen County D.A.R.E. program will be ran during the National Night Out event at 7 p.m. Aug. 7. The 5K is being jointly hosted by our office and Anytime Fitness of Lima. The 5K will start and end at the N.N.O. event area. Registration forms and 5K informational flyers are available at Completed registrations and payment should be returned to Anytime Fitness, 2119 Elida Road. Registration is $20 for participants 18 and older and $10 for anyone under 18 years old (checks can be made payable to Allen County D.A.R.E.) Prizes for overall first-, second-, and third-place winners and everyone 12 and younger who finish the run.


The 42nd Spencerville All-Comers Cross Country Meet will be held on Thursday August 16 at 6 PM at Spencerville High School, 600 School Street, Spencerville 45887. $2 entry fee. Registration starts at 5 p.m. , 6 p.m.-1 mile boys 13 & under, 6:15-1 mile girls 13 & under, 6:30-1 mile M&F 14 & up, 6:40-1 mile Predicted time run, 6:55- Female 5k Open (& teams), 7:30-Male 5k Open (& teams). Ribbons awarded. Entry forms at Contact Brian McMichael 419-647-6433 for more information.


The Lima Y/Kewpee Glow Run will be held at the Ottawa Metro Park at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 17. The fee is $10 for Y members and $15 for nonmembers. For $25 with shirt (if available) or $15 without shirt on race day. The family rate is $25 plus $10 for each shirt (Parents with children through school age). Each family member needs a signed waiver, staple together with one payment Checks Payable to Lima Family YMCA. Pre-registration to: Race Director, Lima Family YMCA, 345 S Elizabeth St, Lima, Ohio 45801.


The Lima Family YMCA, in collaboration with Lima Memorial Physicians, will be holding the next Walk with a Doc at 9 a.m. Saturday. The walk this month will be led by Dr. Anthony Rampulla. Dr. Rampulla is the physical therapy manager at Lima Memorial Wellness Center. He will give a short talk about what physical therapy can do when needed as well as benefits of therapy when healthy. The YMCA indoor walking track will be used in the case of inclement weather.

The event will start at the Lima Family YMCA (Room 305) located at 345 S. Elizabeth St. with the stroll taking place on the Rotary River Walk. Registration is not required. Contact Jared Lehman at 419-223-6045 (ext. 301) for more information.


Lima Sabres

The Lima Sabres have 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.



U-6 soccer Play will begin Aug. 28 through Oct. 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The games are for youth ages 4, 5 and 6. Cost is $30 for members and $65 for others. For details on any of these programs contact BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, phone 419-358-4150 or register online at


Apex Sports Zone is having Adult Open Soccer-Every Wednesday night from 8:30-10:30 p.m for $10. Go to for more information.



The first Mark Gibson Memorial tournament will be held July 21-22 in Cairo. Entry fee is $200 per team, with 20 man rosters. Each team is guaranteed four games. Team awards for first and second place. All proceeds will be donated to an area charity. For more information or to enter a team, contact Jeremie Magrum at 419-233-3232 or by email at

Port Clinton

The Laurie Mann Memorial USSSA men’s qualifier will be held July 27-28 at Waterworks Park. Proceeds go to scholarship fund for a graduating senior. Contact Mike Williamson at 419-603-7687 for details.


Private and small group lessons are available for softball players of all ages. Pitching, hitting, fielding etc. will be taught based on the player’s needs. For more information or to sign up, go to or call 567-712-7175.



Apex Sports Zone is offering individual athletes, teams and adults the opportunity to work out with certified strength and conditioning coaches to improve their speed, strength and conditioning. For a free evaluation or trial, go to or call 567-712-7175.




Apex Sports Zone is having adult open soccer from 8:30-10:30 p.m. every Wednesday for $10. Go to for more information.


Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registrations for fall U6 soccer. U-6 is for youth ages 4- 6. Cost is $30 for BFR members and $60 for others. All games are played at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, from Aug. 28 through Oct. 4. Game nights are 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. To registered go online or call BFR at 419-358-4150.



Apex Sports Zone will be playing host to two different summer camps this summer. Camps will run a week long and participants can sign up for one day or the full week. Discounts available for campers attending multiple weeks or attending with siblings. For more information go to or call 567-712-7175.



The Kenton High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams are hosting a tennis tournament July 28-29 at the Kenton High School tennis courts. This is a fundraiser for new equipment. Matches begin at 9 a.m. both days, with a guarantee to play at least two matches in each event. On Saturday July 28, middle school singles, high school singles, and Adult singles will be played. On Sunday July 29: playing will be elementary singles, high school doubles, and adult doubles. Fee is $10 per person, per event. Awards will be given. Registrations are due by July 25th. They can enter by calling Jennifer Flowers at 419-679-6022 or email Money can be paid on the day of the tournament. All playing levels are welcome.


The Lima Family YMCA/Kewpee Trathlon will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday at Ottawa Metro Park with teams and individuals competing. Entry fee is $75 and the next opportunity to register will be between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. the day of the event. Contact CJ Hernandez at 419-223-6045 (ext. 310) or for more information. Those planning to register the day of the race are encouraged to send an email.


Bluffton Family Recreation is signing up teams for its fall adult coed volleyball league. Games are set for Thursdays from Sept. 6 to Oct. 18. Team fee is $150 with a minimum deposit of $50 due by Aug. 26. All games are played at BFR.For more details contact BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, phone 419-358-4150 or register online at

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