KENTON — More than 450 swimmers and their families will descend on the Kenton Municipal Swimming Pool on Friday and Saturday for the 39th annual Elks Invitational Swim Meet and Western Ohio Aquatics League (WOAL) League Championship.
The WOAL is for swimmers ages 4-18 who are members of one of the league’s teams.
Teams from Ada, Bluffton, Findlay, Kenton, Shawnee Country Club, Wapakoneta, Westside and Van Wert will compete for the league title.
Events start at 9 a.m. Friday and will conclude around 2 p.m. The meet is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Saturday and conclude around 3 p.m. with league champs being crowned.The league champs will be crowned at the end of day two.
“Swimming is a great sport. Our region is very competitive in swimming,” meet director Miriam Dulin said in a news release. “The summer league is a great way to keep current swimmers active and provides a way for new swimmers to give competitive swimming a try,”
On Saturday, a girl and boy competitor will be awarded The Beverly R. Little Memorial Scholarship.
Admission is free and open to the public. Food trucks and concessions will be available for food and beverage purchases.
Local company and individual sponsors for the WOAL champs include: Lima Elks #54 and Kenton Elks Lodge #157, The Beverly R. Little Scholarship for the memorial race, Patriot Concrete and Kelly’s Poco Loco for heat winner prizes and Technique Swim Center for special heat awards. Other event sponsors are Alvetro Orthodontics, BKP Ambulance Service, Diamond M Veterinary Clinic, Gammon’s Tree Service, Grey’s Cappie Sportswear, Graphic Packaging, JTB Tech, Orthodontic Associates, Precision Strip, Quest, Rogers Insurance Agency, Rudolph Foods, Skinny’s Tavern, Twirl Bridal & Prom Boutique, and YWCA of Van Wert County.
District competition begins this week.
Friday in District 5, Van Wert plays St. Marys at 4 p.m. followed by Lima Central Catholic taking on Lincolnview at 6 p.m. at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field where all games are scheduled to be play. There will be more games in the double elimination format Saturday and Sunday.
District 4 games are being held at Coldwater beginning Friday with Russia meeting St. Henry at 6 p.m. and Coldwater opening against Minster at 8 p.m. Additional games are set for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In District 2 on Friday, Tinora plays Kalida at 4 p.m. and host Miller City will encounter Wauseon at 6:15 p.m. Additional games are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and, if necessary, Monday.
Van Wert 9, Sidney 6
Cooper Talowsky had two hits and two RBI, Tyler Dehan had a pair of hits, including a double, and Chase Miller and Luke Wessell each had a hit and an RBI for Van Wert.
Ice Haulers 7, Locos 6
SANDUSKY — The Ice Haulers were able halt a Locos’ ninth inning rally at five runs. Garrett Howe had two doubles and an RBI and Colton Ledbetter had two hits, including a triple, and three RBI for the Locos (16-14).
Lima will next play at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Grand Lake at Montgomery Field in Celina.
ADA — Ohio Northern’s Kristy Catrine has been named Second Team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America for 2020.
Catrine was also named First team CoSIDA Academic All-District 7, was the Ohio Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, Academic All-OAC and was a Scholar Athlete by the United Soccer Coaches this season.
ADA — Seven Ohio Northern and four Bluffton University student/athletes were named All-American Scholars for 2020-21 by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
ONU’s Olivia Galigher, Bella Orofino, Jessica Tubbs and Meghan Utterdyke, Grace Honigford, Allison Rountree and Rylie Smith and Bluffton’s Haley Gill, Grace Branson, Marissa Hall and Brylee Oberdorf all earned the honor. An athlete must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA to be eligible.
Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.