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.


Allen County: The Allen County Archers are holding open 3-D shoots the first Saturday and Sunday each month through September. They are open to all archery equipment. The club also holds traditional 3-D shoots on the third Saturday of the month all year long.

Columbus Grove: Columbus Grove Archery Club memberships are available. For info call Tom Frick at 419-384-3033.


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.


Elida: Registration is underway for the The Dakota Mathias Basketball Camp at the Elida Fieldhouse July 22-23. The camp for kindergarten through fourth grade runs from 8:30 a.m. and from for fifth through ninth graders from noon to 4 p.m. The fee is $115 for kindergarten through fourth grade and $165 for campers fifth through ninth grade. To register visit

Bluffton: Bluffton Family Recreation announces registration underway for a basketball clinic for third to fifth graders will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. July 22-23. The fee is $10 members/$20 program participant. To register for any of these programs go online to, or call BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, 419-358-4150.


Lima: The 11th Rally Point River Ride will be held Saturday, July 27. Enjoy scenic flat country roads and bike paths that run along the Ottawa River and local creeks. A full-service bicycle tour with swept paths, break stops, fresh lunch, live music, and free massages. Rides cover 62.5/50 miles on flat country roads and 20/10 miles along the Ottawa River. A family-friendly event with fun activities for young riders. Proceeds benefit Rally Point Youth Center a ministry of Youth for Christ. 1698 N. Main St; Lima, OH 45801. (419) 229-4444.


Kenton: Kenton Youth Football will present its first Never Give Up Camp at Robinson Field, 725 Summit St., Kenton, on Friday, July 26th. Check in will begin at 6:30 p.m.. Camp will start at 7 p.m. The camp will finish at approximately 8:30 P.M. There is not a registration fee for the camp. Donations will be accepted at check in. Donations will go to the Kenton Youth Football Program and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All participants will receive a free T-Shirt at check in.

Contact Zach Turner at 567-674-1037 or for registration. Include T-shirt size when registering. Download a registration form at or sign up online at

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 51st annual Chamber of Commerce golf outing will be held Aug. 7 at Hidden Creek and Colonial Golf Course. The fee for chamber members is $85 per golfer or $340 for a foursome and $95 for non chamber members and 380 for a foursome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m.

Lima: The 76th annual Lima Area Women’s Match Play Tournament will be contested Aug. 1-4. The starting times set for 9 a.m. on Thursday at Delphos Country Club and 7:30 a.m. at Shawnee Country Club. For the weekend, 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hidden Creek Golf Club, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Shawnee Country Club. You do not need a USGA handicap to participate and we will try to fulfill pairing request for the qualifying round. The format has changed slightly; two rounds of qualifying play followed by match play (dependent upon entry numbers per flight). . Early entry deadline is July 8, ($55). Entries received until July 28 are $65. For any questions, please feel free to call at 419-229-4801

Bluffton: Bluffton University’s 22nd annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, July 27, at Bluffton Golf Club. Registration for this event is $90 per golfer or $360 for a complete team of four. This cost includes greens fee, cart and lunch. To attend the lunch only is $10. Register at by July 20.


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.


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 8:30-10:30a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays.


Kalida: The fourth annual Running 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 email questions to All proceeds will benefit Putnam County Sheriff’s Community Projects fund, school and community-based programs.

Spencerville: The 43rd annual Spencerville All-Comers Cross Country Meet will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 15, at Spencerville High School (600 School St, Spencerville, OH 45887). Six races on a flat grass course. Entry fee is $2 per person. Registration starts at 5 p.m. beside the football field. Races are: 6 p.m., 1 mile boys 13 & under; 6:15 p.m., 1 mile girls 13 & younger; 6:30 p.m. 1 mile male and female ages 14-29, 30-39, 40 & older; 6:40 p.m., 1 mile predicted time run for all ages; 6:55 p.m., female open 5K run for all ages; 7:30 p.m., male open 5K run for all ages. Ribbons to places first through sixth in 1 mile races, in 5K races first through 40th for female places and first through 6oth for male place and to the top six male and female teams. Entry form to download at can be found at For more information contact Brian McMichael at 419-647-6433 or


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.


Celina: The Grand Lake Fall League registration is taking registrations for the 2019 Fall League. The Fastpitch Softball league will be divided up into four divisions this year: ninth – 12th grade, 6th – 8th grade, 3rd – 5th grade and a travel/pre-assembled division. The league will play double headers on Sundays for five weeks; there are not practices as to avoid any conflicts with fall sports. Information and registration forms can be found at or call John Hendricks at 765-348-6413. The league starts August 18st. Registration deadline is July 25.

Port Clinton: The Laurie Mann Memorial tournament is scheduled for July 26-27 at Waterworks Park. Call Mike Williamson at 419-603-7687 for details.


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


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.


The Lima Area Tennis Association city tournament continues at the UNOH Tennis Courts this week.

Mixed doubles is July 26-28.

Entry forms can be obtained at Westwood Tennis Center, by contacting Jeff Brown at 567-249-9549 or going to

Mail entry forms to LATA, 2344 Shawnee Rd PMB #111, Lima, OH, 45805 or drop them off at Westwood Tennis Center. Last day to enter each tournament is two days prior to the event.


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.


Lima: The Lima YMCA will be hosting a Volleyball Camp from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 22-25 Cost is $20 for members, $40 for non members. The camp is for young ladies ages 10 and up and is conducted by former UNOH stand outs Chanel Cantere and Megan Fullenkamp. Register at the Lima Family YMCA or online at

Bluffton: The Bluffton University volleyball team will host several skills camps this summer. A day camp for sixth through eighth grade students will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 29. Basic skills including passing, setting, attacking, defense and serving will be highlighted. Registration is $50 per camper. Registration forms and additional information can be found at

Bluffton: Bluffton Family Recreation announces registration underway for a volleyball camp for sixth to eighth graders from 2-4 p.m. July 22-25. The fee is $20 members/$40 program participants. To register for any of these programs go online to, or call BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, 419-358-4150.

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