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 sports@limanews.com.

ADULT FITNESS

Lima: 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.

ARCHERY

Allen County: 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.

Columbus Grove: 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.

BASEBALL

Lima: 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.

Lima: Apex Sports Zone is having T-Ball League For Boys and Girls Ages 4-7. 6 League Games will be held on Fridays at Apex Sports Zone Lima. Games are 4 innings Long – or 1 Hour Maximum. For more information or to sign up, go to ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.

Lima: Hitting League Registration now open. Apex Sports Zone will be holding Machine Pitch Hitting Leagues for both baseball and softball. Four-player teams will compete in a six-week season including five league games and one postseason game. Games are five innings long in Apex’s professional, turfed cages. For more information or to sign up, go to ApexSportsZone.com or call 567-712-7175.

Lima: 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.

Delphos: The 10th annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament will be May 31 through June 2 at the Delphos Stadium Park. The tournament is a 16-20 team tournament for boys age 11-12 years old (age cutoff is March 1). The tournament will be pool play with a three-game guarantee. Players must be from the same school district. Awesome awards are given. Cost is $175. Deadline to enter is May 10. For more information contact Sam Miller (567-825-8631)

BASKETBALL

Ada: The second annual Ada Boys Basketball Youth tournament for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be held at Ada High School. Pool play will be March 9 with a single elimination tournament March 10. Entry fee is $150. For more info call or text Jacob Sherrick 419-204-1517 or jsherrick@watchtv.net

Delphos: 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 girls 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. Games on Feb. 23 will be played morning/early afternoon to accommodate those wanting to attend the girls sectional finals that night. For more information, contact Coach Doug Geary at 567-204-1524.

Delphos: 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.

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

Lima: The 16th annual Bath girls fifth-sixth grade tournament will have pool play March 9 and a single elimination tournament March 10. Entry fee is $150 per team. Will only take 24 school teams per grade. Call or text Mike Frey at 419-234-2400 or email at mfrey224@woh.rr.com to register.

Lima: The 16th annual Bath boys fifth-sixth grade tournament will offer pool play March 16 and a single elimination tournament March 17. Entry fee is $150 per team. Will only take 24 school teams per grade. Call or text Mike Frey at 419-234-2400 or email at mfrey224@woh.rr.com to register.

Lima: A Pass, Dribble, Shoot contest sponsored by the Shawnee Optimist scheduled for Jan. 20 has been moved to Feb. 24 at Shawnee High School. The event begins at 1 p.m. It is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 years of age and there is no fee.

Columbus: The 16th annual Ohio Youth Team State Championships will held Feb. 23-24 in Columbus for boys and girls teams in the third through sixth grade. Three different divisions in each grade based on school size. More than 150 teams are expected to compete. For more information on this and other OYB events go to ohioyouthbasketball.com or call 740-808-0380.

Van Wert: Northwest Ohio Basketball Club will be having tryouts for boys in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade on starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10th and the girls in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade will have tryouts from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24/ The boys seventh and eighth grade will have tryouts from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. All NWOHIO basketball tryouts will be at at Van Wert High School/ For more information on basketball tryouts, please contact Rob Welch at 419-771-9443 or nwohiobb@hotmail.com

BOWLING

Lima: The Bowl for Honor event will be held at 20th Century Lanes at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and 7 p.m. March 2. The fee is $12 per person or $60 per lane up to five people. To reserve spots or a lane contact Mike Melvin at 419-303.9280.

FOOTBALL

Lima: 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.

GOLF

Lima: The 92nd Lima City Golf Men’s Tournament is scheduled to take place June 26-30 at courses in the Lima area. The tournament will begin for the Open Flight players with a qualifying round on June 26 at Colonial Golfers Club. The Senior Flights will start that day with qualifiers at Bluffton Golf Club. The Championship Flight will play a qualifying round Thursday Morning June 27 at Colonial Golfers Club and will then play their first round of match play that afternoon. The Open Flights will play their first round of Match Play that day at Bluffton and the Senior Flights Match Play will begin at Springbrook Golf Club. Friday will see all flights playing at Hidden Creek. The semifinals and finals are scheduled to take play Saturday and Sunday from Shawnee Country Club. Carts will be included for all rounds. Lunches will also be provided for all players Wednesday through Friday. Online registration will open in May at limacitygolf.com

GYMNASTICS

Lima

The Lima YMCA is holding a preschool and youth gymnastics program for boys and girls ages 18 months and older. Classes have started. The fee is $20 for member and$40 for non members.

HORSESHOES

Lima

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.

KARATE

Lima: 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.

KICKBOXING

Lima: At 7:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays Apex Sports Zone will have Kickboxing Classes for adults and kids 14 and older. Go to lima.apexsportszone.com/kickboxing.

PICKLEBALL

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

Lima: 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 nonmembers (unlimited play). Individuals can register online at limaymca.net.

Bluffton: 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.

RUN/WALK

Ottoville: The Ottoville Mother’s Club will be playing host to its 10th annual 5K Ottoville Big Green Boost Up. Proceeds to help Ottoville students with individual educational needs. It is a 5K Run/Walk | 1/4 Mile Fun Run | Walk the Block Saturday, March 30. Registration is at the Ottoville High School Auditeria. Individuals can also register online at runsignup.com/bgboostup.

Columbus Grove: The 41st annual BBO road race will be held in Columbus Grove on Saturday, March 9. The race will begin at 2 p.m. in downtown Columbus Grove and will be four miles long through town and out into the country and back, all on paved roads. Registration the day of the race will begin at noon and will take place in Columbus Grove’s high school gymnasium. An awards ceremony will be held there as well, following the race. There will be many awards given as there are many age groups for both male and female participants. Each runner will receive a coupon for one bowl of “hobo stew” and t-shirts are available for purchase while supplies last. Door prizes will be given away shortly after the race. Registration is $20 with a dry-fit shirt and $15 if no shirt is desired. If interested, please contact Terry Schnipke at 419-659-4331 or go to the website at http://cg.noacsc.org/bboregistration

Lima: Mercy Health — St. Rita’s Medical Center February Freeze 5K will be held at 9 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start at the main entrance of St. Rita’s Medical Center and end near the main entrance. This run/walk is open to St. Rita’s employees, family and community. The cost is $5 employee, $10 employee & family, and $10 each non-employee. All proceeds will be donated to the SRMC Caring Committee. To register, go to Speedy-Feet.com and click the races link. Scroll down to Feb. 23 and click register online.

SHOOTING

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 limasabres.com or visit on Facebook.

SELF-DEFENSE

Lima: “ARMED … Like a Lady” — Women’s Shooting and Self-Defense Group at the Lima Sabres, 5090 Hanthorn Road. Gain confidence however that may be. Meeting held the second Sunday of every month: Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 16 and June 9. Shooting sessions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with instructional training at 2 p.m. For more information email: info@armedanddamegerous.com.

SOCCER

Lima: Apex sports zone is playing host to Advanced Soccer Skills. College level coaches and players will put participants through more advanced soccer training with an emphasis on foot skills, passing, receiving, striking a ball and much more. For more information or to sign up go to http://bit.ly/2DCL85X.

Bluffton: Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for the indoor soccer sessions III and IV. Session III is from Feb. 10 to March 17. Session IV is from March 26 to April 14. To sign-up and for more information go to bfronline.com, or by calling BFR at 419-358-4150.

SOFTBALL

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

Bluffton: Bluffton Family Recreation sign-ups are underway for Coed Indoor Softball with the next session beginning Feb.15. The fee is $300 per team.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING/FITNESS

Lima: 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.

TRAPSHOOTING

Lima: The Lima Sabres have various shooting events. Thursday Trap Practice for Adults/Juniors/Beginners is 4 p.m. weekly. Wednesday morning Adult Trap Practice is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekly, weather permitting. All Trap sessions are open to the public. For additional information, go to limasabres.com or visit on Facebook.

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