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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apex Sports Zone is now offering Adult Fitness Classes. Five week and 10 week programs are being offered. Get fit, tone and increase your energy. For more information visit ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
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.
The Columbus Grove Archery Club memberships are available. For info call Tom Frick at 419-384-3033.
The Columbus Groves Archery Club hold traditional indoor shoots at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
The Lima Diamondbacks 18U travel team has a few positions available for the 2019 summer season. This team is for this year’s high school seniors and juniors and will play a competitive tournament schedule. The team will practice during the winter in the FAST facility in Lima. Players interested can call Russ Bailey at 419-733-4527 or email through the team’s website at limadbacks.com to schedule a personal tryout.
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 ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
The “Border Battle” holiday tournament presented by Block Insurance Agency will be played at Ada High School from Thursday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Dec. 29.
The tournament will feature the varsity boys girls teams from Ada, Allen East, Waynesfield-Goshen and Upper Scioto Valley. Here is the schedule:
Dec. 27: Allen East vs. Waynesfield-Goshen girls at 6 p.m. followed by Ada vs. USV girls.
Dec. 28: Allen East vs. Waynesfield-Goshen boys at 6 p.m. followed by Ada vs. USV boys at 8 p.m.
Dec. 29: Girls consolation game at noon followed by boys consolation game. Girls championship game at 6 p.m. followed by boys title game.
For more information contact tournament director Trent J. Temple at email@example.com.
The sixth annual Wildcat third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at Delphos Jefferson Schools. This is for girl steam. There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry fee for this event is $125. Games on Feb. 23will be played morning/early afternoon to accommodate those wanting to attend the girls sectional finals that night. For more information, contact Coach Doug Geary at567-204-1524.
The 14th annual Wildcat third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade tournament will be held from Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 10, at Delphos Jefferson Schools. This is for boys teams. There will be separate divisions for each grade level. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry fee for this event is $125. For more information, contact Coach Mark Jettinghoff at 419-230-9569.
The Lima YMCA is registering individuals for the Lima YMCA Youth Basketball Leagues for grades first through seventh grade. Games begin Jan. 4. The fee is $25 for members and $50 for non members.
On Tuesdays, Apex Sports Zone offers pick up basketball for $5 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information go to ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
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 ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for youth arena flag football – boys 5 to 7 and boys 8 to 10 Both are round-robin leagues with games from Jan. 2 to Feb. 3. Games are Saturday mornings. Registration is $200 per team.
The Lima YMCA is holding a preschool and youth gymnastics program for boys and girls ages 18 months and above. Classes have started. The fee is $20 for member and$40 for non members.
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.
The Lima Family YMCA is holding a karate program from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $30 for members and $60 for nonmembers
At 7:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays Apex Sports Zone will have Kickboxing Classes for ddults and kids 14 and older. Go to lima.apexsportszone.com/kickboxing.
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 limaymca.net.
The Bluffton Family Recreation will be offering pickleball from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays.
The Putnam County YMCA will be hosting a Chilly 5k at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 The entry fee is $25 and stocking hat is part of the entry fee.
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 limasabres.com or visit on Facebook.
Teams and individuals may sign up to play indoor soccer at Apex Sports Zone in Elida. The second season will run from Jan. 7 through the end of February. To get registered or for more information, please visit ApexSportsZone.com — or call 567-712-7175.
Apex Sports Zone is hosting its eighth annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament on Jan. 5. Awards for Champions and Runners-Up including an invitation to the 3v3 Challenge Tour at Disney World next summer. For more information or to sign up, please go to ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for the indoor soccer session 2. Session 2 includes games in a five-week program from Jan. 7 to Feb. 10. Games scheduled for after 4 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3 will be played Jan. 30. Deadline to register a team is Saturday, Dec. 22. The team fee is $460. The age-group session schedule follows: U12 - Mondays, 6, 7, 8 p.m.; U 10 - Tuesdays 6, 7, 8p.m.; U 12 girls - Saturdays 8, 9, 10 a.m.; U 14 girls - Saturdays 11,12, 1 p.m.; U 15 (MS) - Saturdays 2, 3, 4 p.m.;High school - Thursdays 6, 7, 8, 9 p.m.; High school coed - Saturdays 5, 6, 7, 8 p.m.; Adult recreational - Sundays 1, 2, 3, 4 p.m.; Adult competitive - Sundays 5, 6, 7, 8 p.m. Session III is from Feb. 10 to March 17. Session IV is from March 26 to April 14. Sign-up is available online at bfronline.com, or by calling BFR at 419-358-4150.
The Lima Umpire Association is offering classes Jan. 22 for those wanting to umpire .These classes will give you a OHSAA permit to work spring softball games. The cost is $130 for materials and application fee.The class is being taught by Rolly Weber with over 40 years of high school and 20 years of college experience. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-303-0548 You can also sign up at OHSAA website under new officials for softball
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 ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for winter adult co-ed softball. This is a round-robin league for adults. Team registration is $200. Team registration is $200. The season runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 10 with games Friday evenings. To register for any of these programs go online to: bfronline.com or callBFR at 419-358-4150. BFR is located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.
Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for Coed Indoor Softball with the first session from Fridays beginning Jan. 11 and the second session beginning Feb.15. The fee is $300 per team.
Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for winter adult co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12. Three games are guaranteed and the fee is $90 per team.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING/FITNESS
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 ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.
The Lima Area Tennis Association is offering a free middle school program again in 2019. The program will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday from Jan. 13 until March 3 at Westwood Tennis and Fitness, 3101 W. Elm St. This is the third year this program has been offered to area youth (ages 12-14) in hopes on developing solid tennis skills and interest in joining high school tennis teams. The program includes professional instruction and an organized team tournament. Participants must have tennis shoes. If a participant does not have a racquet, one will be provided. Those wishing to participate are urged to register early by calling Westwood at 419-222-1515.Parents are required to complete a registration form. No new participants after the third session (Feb. 3).
The Bluffton Family Recreation is registering for the winter adult co-ed volleyball league. This is a round-robin league for adults. Team registration is $150. The season runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 with games Thursday evenings. To register for any of these programs go online to: bfronline.com or call BFR at 419-358-4150. BFR is located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.