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.


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 or call 567-712-7175.


Lima: The Allen County Archers are holding open 3-D shoots the first Saturday and Sunday each month from March through September. They are open to all archery equipment.

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.


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 to schedule a personal tryout.

Lima: Apex Sports Zone is having T-ball league for boys and girls ages 4-7. League games will be held Fridays at Apex Sports Zone Lima. Games are four innings long – or one hour maximum. For more information or to sign up, go to 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 or call 567-712-7175.

Delphos: The 10th annual Nathan Miller Memorial 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. Cost is $175. Deadline to enter is May 10. For more information contact Sam Miller at 567-825-8631.


Lima: A March Madness viewing party is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center of Lima/Allen County. There will be seven 75-inch TVs to watch games along with a cash bar and food available, including $2 draft beers, Activities include three pop-a-shot games, NBA Jam competitions, cornhole, raffles and prizes. Call 419-224-1552, 419-224-5222 or go to for more information.

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

Bluffton: A sixth to eighth grade clinic meets in the BFR gym from 4- 5 p.m. Wednesdays from April 10 to May 15, led by Kaycee Rowe.


Delphos: the ninth annual “Bowling for the Boyz” will take place March 23 at the Delphos Recreational Center, 939 East 5th Street. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. There is no entrance fee. Bowling costs $10 per person and includes two games, shoe rental and two fountain drink tickets. The evening features live & silent auctions, 50/50, raffles, door prizes and food/ Event details, as well as, the list of auction and raffle items can be found on at or at All proceeds benefit the Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research at The James Cancer Hospital. For more information about the Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research go to


Lima: Private and small group lessons are available for 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.

Lima: The Lima YMCA is holding registrations for the Youth Flag Football League for 6 to 8 year olds (coed) through March 22. The fee is $25 for members and $50 for non league members.

Bluffton: Flag football takes place Saturdays from April 6 through May 4. It is open to youth ages 5 to 12. Players receive a reversible NFL Flag Jersey and a set of NFL flags. Cost is $35 for members and $70 for program participants.


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 the first round of match play that afternoon. The Open Flights will play the 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 place Saturday and Sunday at 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



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.



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.


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.


Lima: At 7:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays, Apex Sports Zone will have classes for adults and kids 14 and older. Go to


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

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.


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 on Saturday, March 30. Registration is at the Ottoville High School Auditeria. Individuals can also register online at

Delphos: The seventh annual Organ Donor Dash 5K run/walk will be held Sunday, April 28th. The event will start at Stadium Park in Delphos and run through the streets of town. If pre-registered by April 21st, participants will receive a dri-fir shirt. Race day registration also available starting at noon and the race takes off at 1 pm. Organ donors and recipients along with their families are also invited to participate. For more information, contact Deann Heiing at 419-230-2963. This race is the second leg of the Superior Running Series (along with Bath Spring Fling on April 7 and Kalida 4-miler on May 11). If registered for all three events, participants receive a free quarter-zip running jacket. O-line registration for the Organ Donor Dash and the Superior Running Series is available at

Kalida: The fourth annual Runing with the Law Sprint Triathlon and 5K Race will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Four Seasons Park, 18031 Road M. Register at Go to for more information ane email questions to All proceeds will benefit Putnam County Sheriff’s Community Projects fund, school and community-based programs.


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.


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: 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:


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

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

Bluffton: Spring U6 soccer takes place from Tuesday, April 2, to Thursday, May 4. It is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 6. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 17. Games are from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at BFR. Each night begins with a 10-minute practice followed by four eight-minute quarters. April 2 is a skills night with no game. Volunteer coaches are needed.

Lima: The Lima YMCA is registering for the youth spring league for boys and girls from ages four to sixth grade until March 24. Membership fee is $25 for members and $50 for non members.


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 or call 567-712-7175.


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 or call 567-712-7175.


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 or visit on Facebook.


Bluffton: The third and fourth grade volleyball takes place from Monday, March 18, through Saturday, April 13. Play is in a league round-robin format.

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