Lima area sports calendar

By Staff Reports

May 10, 2014

Each Sunday, The Lima News publishes a calendar of events of local interest. Events should be submitted by Wednesday of each week to The Lima News sports department, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, OH 45802-0690. Call 800-686-9924 or 419-993-2085 any day after 4 p.m. Events also can be faxed to 419-229-2926 or e-mailed to



June 21-22 the second annual Dexter Adams Memorial Baseball Tournament will be held at the Shawnee Reinhardt Athletic Complex. There will be a U10 and U12 division. The age cutoff is April 1. Entry fee is $200. To register visit or contact Jenny Jordan for more information at

Sports Unlimited

Softball and baseball classes for all ages being offered. Little League hitting leagues started the first week in March. Open batting available on Family Night for $5 per person. For more information call 419-999-2273. Sports Unlimited is located at 2220 W. Breese Rd. in Lima. Call to schedule T-ball classes.



The Battle of the 4th will be held July 4-6 at Emil Davis Park for 9u and 10u. Cost is $250 and two game balls with three games guaranteed. All Star teams only. For more information contact Lou Ross at 567-825-9050 or

Scott Harmon Tournament

Elida’s annual Scott Harmon Memorial Day baseball tournament is scheduled May 24-26. There will be a 9-10-year-old division and an 11-12-year-old division. Limit of 16 teams per division. Age cutoff is April 1. Entry fee is $150. Contact Matt Burton at or call or text him at 419-204-6131.

Columbus Grove

The Columbus Grove Youth Athletic Association is playing host to the 2014 Grove Grand Slam baseball tournament at Hall Avenue Park for 8U, 10U & 12U boys age divisions. Dates are July 18-20. The format is pool play Friday and Saturday, then single elimination tournament after seeding. All teams guaranteed three games. Entry fee is $175 before May 1 and $200 after May 1. Individual awards for top two finishers in each age division. Age cut-off is April 1, 2014. Contact Todd Hoffman at 567-204-6440 or for more information.

St. Marys

The St. Marys Little League will be hosting its annual Father’s Day Classic Tournament June 13-15. The tournament will be held at St. Marys KC Geiger Park, and will be played on eight fenced in diamonds. There will be four separate divisions: 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U. Each team will be guaranteed at least three games. Spots Entry fee is $200 per team. For more information, call Russ at 419-733-4527 or email at

Ottawa Legion

Tryouts for the Ottawa Legion baseball team are scheduled at 3 p.m. May 18 at Memorial Field. Any player in grades 9-12 who does not have his 20th birthday before Dec. 31, 2014 is eligible.

Players interested in playing but unable to attend the first meeting/practice should contact coach Todd Schimmoeller at 419-290-0862 or manager Dave Kersh at 419-235-6302. Players still involved in their high school seasons are excused from practice. Go to for updates.


The Bath High School Baseball program is having its annual Best of the Northwest Youth Baseball Tournament from June 6 to June 8.

There will be 12U, 10U and 8U coach pitch divisions. Cost for each division is $200 with a three-game guarantee. Those wanting more information or to reserve a spot in the tourney should contact Jeremie Magrum at 419-233-3232 or at

Nathan Miller Memorial Tournament

The fifth annual Nathan Miller Memorial Baseball Tournament will be May 30, 31 and June 1 at the Delphos Stadium Park. The tournament is a 16-20 team tournament for boys ages 11-12 years old (age cutoff is April 1). The tournament will be pool play with a three-game guarantee. Players must be from the same school district. Cost is $150. Deadline to enter is May 12. For more information contact Sam Miller (419-692-7017) or Brent Binkley (419-235-7919).

Apex Sports Zone

Baseball Classes

LIMA — Apex Sports Zone is offering baseball classes for pitching, hitting, and fielding for all ages. Contact 567-712-7175 or or go to to get signed up.

Northwest Ohio Bullfrogs

There are openings on the 10U and 12U travel baseball teams for the 2014 season. If interested contact Ryan Koenig at 419-420-5450 or email



The Lima Central Catholic girls camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. June 2-4. Cost is $45

Register online at Payment can be made the first day of camp.


Tier 1 Clinics

Tier 1 Sports Academy is holding basketball clinics every Sunday for boys and girls of all ages. Cost is $25 for two hours. For more information contact Quincey (Coach Q.) at 419-371-1635 or

Girls Basketball Association

The GBA will be playing host to tournments in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky this year. Tournaments are open for girls in grades 3-11. For a list of tourneys and more information go to or call 740-685-2468.


Wilmington College will play host a Girls Basketball Camp for girls in grades 4 – 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 16 until Wednesday, June 18. Pre-registration cost is $95.

Leading the camp will be Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach Jerry Scheve. In 23 years at the college, Scheve has compiled an 441 – 203 record with the Lady Quakers, including winning the National Championship in 2004. The purpose of the camp is to provide each camper with a greater understanding of the fundamentals of offensive and defensive basketball. This will be accomplished by emphasizing these fundamentals on a daily basis.

For more information please call Scheve at 937-382-6661, ext. 284.


The Ohio Boating Education Course is being offered at various locations around the area. The OBEC is a classroom course fulfilling the requirements to operate a vessel powered by more than 10 horsepower on Ohio waterways. The fee is $5. Dates and locations include:

June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Johnny Appleseed Metro Park Office, 2355 Ada Road, Lima

June 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indian Lake State Park Office, 12774 St. Rt. 235 North, Lakeview

July 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Celina water treatment plant, 714 south Sugar St., Celina

July 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Loramie State Park Earls Island on St. Rt. 362.

Power Boating Basics Courses are also being offered. The course is eight hours with equipment provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. Students will participate in operating watercraft with motors and vehicles with trailers attached. The fee is $25 for adults and $15 for youngsters ages 12-17. The OBEC is required prior to class. For the trailering portion, students must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license.

This course is being offered:

May 17 and Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indian Lake State Park Moundwood ramp, 7490 Edgewater Ave., Huntsville.

Trailering workship sessions will be held June 3 and 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, East Bank Ramp, 215 Gordon Park Drive, St. Marys.

Attendance both days is required. Equipment will be provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. Students will actively participate in operating a vehicle with a trailer attached. The fee is $10 and those participating must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license.

More sessions will be held Aug. 5 and 7 at the same times and location.

A close quarters boat handling course will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 27 at the Indian Lake State Park Moundwood Ramp, 7490 Edgewater Ave., Huntsville. Equipment will be provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft. Students will participate in operating watercraft with motors. The fee is $25 for adults and $15 for those ages 12-17 who must sign up with an adult. Participants must obtain an OBEC prior to this class.

For more information on these courses call 419-738-6189 or head to


Grand Lake

The Grand Lake Crappie series is having another tournament May 25. For more information visit or call Jeff at 419-305-8762.


Apex Sports Zone

Individual and team classes for overall fitness and improvement in athletic performance are being offered. Team discounts will be given for summer classes. Call 567-712-7175 or go to to get signed up.



The varsity coaching staff will be running a Youth Football Camp for boys currently in second through fifth grade from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. May 17. Cost is $ 10. Campers will receive a T-shirt. RSVP Coach Garland at or by phone at 419-604-0766.

Ohio Northern

The Ohio Northern Football Advanced Football Camp will be held Friday,May 30. Registration will be at 5 p.m. with camp from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for high schoolers. For more information go to and click on sports camps and clinics. Another advanced camp will be held Saturday, May 31 with registration at noon and camp from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ohio Northern Football Youth Camp will be held Saturday, May 31 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and camp from 10 a.m. until noon for those in third through eight grade For more information go to and click on sports camps and clinics.


The University of Findlay football program will hold an Elite Prospect Camp on July 7. The event is available to participants in grades 9-12.

The camp will feature instruction on individual skills from the UF football staff and other college coaches from around the area.

Athletes, who will also receive positional and speed development skills, will receive a t-shirt for their participation.

The cost of the camp is $30 if you pre-register. You can do so by emailing with your name, high school, position, year in school and T-shirt size.

For information go to the football section of


The McCallister Scouting Report will conduct an underclassman football camp for high school football players at Thomas Worthington High School, a suburb of Columbus, on June 8.

Registration will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The camp will run from 12:45 p.m. until 4 p.m. Pre-registration forms are available at that can be mailed or handed in the day of the showcase.

Any Ohio high school football player in the classes of 2016 and 2017 is eligible to participate. Helmets must be worn while participating.

For more information contact John McCallister at 419-294-5129 or

St. Marys Camp

St. Marys Football Coach Doug Frye and the varsity coaching staff will be hosting four camps this summer.

The camps will be held at the new “turf” football field. Contact Frye at for more details. Dates: Elementary Camp, Grades K-3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., June 23-25, Midget Camp, grades 4-6, 2-4 p.m. June 23-25, Junior High Camp, Grades 7-8, 1-3 p.m., July 14-16, Freshman camp, 9-11 a.m. July 14-16.

Flag league

BFR Sports and Fitness is now accepting registrations for its Spring NFL Flag Football program. This program is for boys and girls ages 5-12. All players will receive an official NFL Flag Jersey, official NFL Flags, and will practice one night a week with all games played Saturdays. For more information call 419-358-4150.


The 2014 Ohio Football Camp will be held in June. Session are June 9-11, kicking/long snapping; June 12-14, three-day position camp; June 9-11, youth camp; June 17-18, skill and big man camp; June 8, 19 or 21, one-day position camp. For more information and to register go to



The Lima Senior Athletic Department play host to a four man scramble at 1 p.m. June 8t at Hawthorne Hills The cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. The cost includes golf, shirt, two drinks and a meal. There will be cash prizes for first and second place teams along with 50/50 raffle, door prizes, Par 3 betting and closest to the pin and longest drive/putt prizes. Participants are asked to RSVP by June 1 to the Lima Senior Athletic office 419-996-3050.

Putnam County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Putnam County is hosting its third annual Golf for Kids’ Sake four-person scramble at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Pike Run Club, 10807 Road H, Ottawa. Money raised will stay in Putnam County helping kids. Mentoring is completed through adult one-on-one matching and through school-based programs that involves area high school students. Sponsors and volunteers also being sought. A team of four players gets their golf, two carts, range balls, goody bag, two drink tickets and two meals (lunch and supper) for $55 per person. In addition, there are prizes for the first, second, third and highest score and hole prizes.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters program, call Melissa Weaver at 419-523-4016 or visit for event information. Sponsorship deadline is 4 p.m. June 20 and the team registration deadline is noon June 27.

Indian Lake

The Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew of Indian Lake will host a golf scramble at Prairie View Golf Course on May 17, beginning at 2 p.m.

Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit four area hospice facilities. To register as a team, call Prairie View at 419-568-7888. For more information, visit


The Lima Men’s City Championship will be held June 24-29. Participating courses include Colonial, Hidden Creek, Lost Creek, Hawthorne and Shawnee Country Club. The event is open to all male Allen County golfers or male golfers who have a yearly membership at an Allen County course. Participants must have reached their 18th birthday as of June 24. Entry fee is $50 if registered by June 10. The fee then increases to $60. Besides the championship flight, there are several senior flights. Entry deadline is June 20. No tee or phone entries will be accepted. For more information contact Steve Mulcahy at 419-229-4801 or go to where an entry form can be downloaded.


The seventh annual Zahday Tournament in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Zachary R. Wobler will be held at 1 p.m. June 28 at Pike Run Golf Club. Cost is $35 per golfer and includes food and cold beverages. The cost is $12 for nongolfers and kids ages 10 and younger eat for free. A one hole sponsorship is $200. Proceeds will be donated to the Zachary Wobler Scholarship, the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and the First Fold Foundation Group. For more information and to RSVP head to or call 419-538-7000.



On Saturday July 12, Lear’s Martial Arts Academy and will join forces to host the first Lear’s Martial Arts Buckeye Karate Bash at the Delphos Jefferson High School. The event will be sanctioned by five organizations MVTA, PRO-AM, SKIL, UPMAC, and ALLIANCE. For more information visit , or contact Shane Lear at 419-692-7717. View the entire tournament packet at



Team Lima Buckeye, Ohio State Lima’s peloton, will host a Run to Ride 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m., Sat., May 17, on the Ohio State Lima Campus. Team Lima Buckeye, a smaller peloton within Ohio State’s super-peloton, Team Buckeye, is raising money for Pelotonia, a nonprofit organization that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

A Kids’ Half-Mile will start at approximately 9:15 a.m. Children’s activities and supervision will be provided during the 5K. The 5K route starts in front of the Student Services Center. The course includes campus roads, streets bordering campus, and a lap around the campus Quad. The Kids’ Half-Mile will be on campus roads only.

Pelotonia is a three-day experience from Aug. 8-10 that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Several thousand will bike one of six ride options ranging from 25 to 180 miles between Columbus and Gambier. Fundraising minimums range from $1,200 to $2,200 depending on the route chosen. Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised to support cancer research.

Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 8:15 a.m. The 5K pre-registration fee is $20 and the race-day registration fee is $25. The Kids’ Half-Mile is $10. For more information or to download a registration form, go to

Recovery 5K

KENTON – The Run for Recovery 5K is scheduled May 24 at the Hardin Community School, 400 Decatur Street in Kenton.

A kids dash will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 for the kids dash, $20 for an individual for the 5K and $22.50 for a 5-person 5K team. Contact Leaha Archer at the Hardin County Juvenile Court at 419-674-3210, extension 1004 for more information.


At 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Rising River Quarter Horses is sponsoring the “Hoof Stomp” 5K Obstacle/Mud Run. All proceeds from this event will benefit Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding program for people with special needs. Registration forms are available at and can be mailed along with payment to 11913 CR 6 Ottawa, OH 45875. Early bird $45 registration has been extended to March 15. Registrations received after March 15th are $55. A spectator fee of $5 will be collected at the gate for nonrunners. Food and entertainment (a band) will be provided throughout the event with beverages available for purchase. Must be 18 years or older to register.


Two Adult Running Programs Offered at BFR Sports & Fitness in Bluffton

Adult training programs for those beginning to run and for those who want to increase speed are being offered by BFR Sports & Fitness. Improve Your Run offers 6 weeks of group training for those individuals who are preparing for competitive races this summer. Improve Your Run will meet on Mondays and Thursdays (6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. groups) for six weeks (May 19 through June 26). The program will include outdoor interval track workouts and long aerobic runs to improve performance; access to the BFR indoor track is included as well. To benefit from the Improve Your Run program participants must be able to run continuously for 20 minutes or more. Lead trainer will be Keri (Hilty) McCoy; cost is $50 ($25 for BFR members). A second session of Improve Your Run will be offered starting July 21 and ending August 29. Registration materials are available online, by calling 419-358-4150 or at the center located at 215 Snider Road.

Adults who want to learn how to run or want to learn how to better pace their running are encouraged to register for BFR’s Walk to Run program. No prior running experience is required; participants will combine minutes of jogging and walking to progressively work toward a 5K distance. Walk to Run is an eight week training program that meets with sessions at 6 a.m., 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dates for Walk to Run will be July 7 through Aug. 30, ending immediately prior to the Labor Day Weekend 5K in Bluffton. Leader of this year’s program is Jaime Combs. Cost is $64 ($32 for BFR members); registration is due by June 25. Registration materials are available online, by calling 419-358-4150 or at the center located at 215 Snider Road.

For more information about BFR memberships, programs and personal training services, call the facility (419-358-4150) located at 2215 Snider Road.

St. Marys



Online registration for fall is available through June 13. Fees are $45 for those K-U10 and $55 for U12-U14. Any registrations received between June 13-20 will be assessed a $15 late fee. Register at For more information go to the website or call the Wallace family at or 419-235-4111 or 419-905-6450.

Ohio Extreme Soccer Club

Team are forming for the fall. Ohio Extreme Soccer Club is for players who are looking for more competition and professional coaching. To register, go to Deadline to register is June 10.

Ohio Northern University

The school is playing host to a camp for boys and girls ages 8 through 14. The camp will be held July 13-16 on campus. Coaches will be college coaches and current players. For more information and to register, go to Deadline to register is July 6.


Soccer FUNdamentals is a clinic for youth soccer players to improve their overall game. Led by college coaches and players - the clinics combine soccer skills (advanced and basic) with fun. Classes begin in June and will run throughout the summer two days per week. Register by calling 567-712-7175 or go to


Kindergarten through eighth-grade students are encouraged to register online at for youth soccer in the fall. Registration deadline is June 8.

For more information contact Youth Director Scott Cockerell at


The Wooster Girls Soccer Camp, which will be held at the College of Wooster, is accepting registrations for its June 22-25 and June 29 - July 2 sessions. This is a residential soccer camp only for girls ages 10 to 18. Second session is for elite high school players. Group discounts are available. Register before May 1 and receive price break. All information is at

Lima, Delphos

Lima YMCA, BFR Sports and Fitness of Bluffton and Delphos Soccer Association have teamed up with Challenger Sports to play host to the “British Soccer Camp.” Lima YMCA will hold the camp June 9 through June 13, BFR Sports and Fitness will play host to the camp during the week of July 28 through August 1, and the Delphos Soccer Association camps will be held from July 7 through July 11.

Each camp will run Monday through Friday, and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,100 British soccer coaches flown to the United States to work on these programs.

Each camper will receive a FREE Soccer Camp T-Shirt, a FREE Soccer Ball, a FREE Giant Soccer Poster and a personalized Skills Performance Evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a British soccer replica jersey. Parents can sign up online in advance. For more information or to sign up for camp, visit

Apex Sports Zone


Soccer FUNdamentals is a weekly clinic for youth soccer players to improve their overall game. The coaches are college coaches and combine fun and soccer. Classes have begun. Register by calling 567-712-7175 or go to


Bowling Green

A national bid E and D Class tournament will be at Carter Park on May 17. Draw will be at 5 p.m. May 15. Contact Time at 419-409-1942 or Brad at 419-680-1464 for further information.

Green Springs

A all-night men’s and co-ed event will be held May 23-25 Draw set for May 21. Call Brad at 419-680-1464 for further information.


Men’s tournament

A men’s softball tournament will be held at Stadium Park in Delphos on May 17. The tourney is open to the first 16 teams to enter. To enter or for more information call 419-769-9991 or

Wednesday league

The league will use four diamonds with an estimated $325 league entry fee. Teams will play doubleheaders each night. Full umpire league with strike mats. The starting date is late May with an estimated 12 week season plus single elimination league tourney. Contact Delphos parks for more information at 419-695-5712

Friday night league

There is a $100 entry for this no umpire league using strike mats. League begins in late May to early June.

Contact Delphos parks for more information 419-695-5712


An ASA Adult Co- Ed tournament will be held May 24- 26 at Emil Davis Park. Teams guaranteed at least three games. Cost is $250 if sanctioned and $275 if not sanctioned. Contact Lou Ross at 567-825-9050 for more information.

Apex Sports Zone Classes

Apex Sports Zone is offering softball classes for pitching, hitting, and fielding for all ages. Contact 567-712-7175 or or go to to get signed up.


St. Marys

The Ohio Fury Softball Program will hold Star Spangle Shootout – ASA National Qualifier Girls Softball Tournament from July 4 through July 6 at KC Geiger Park in St. Marys. There are 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U year old divisions. If interested contact Mike Short at 419-738-3795 or Eric Langsdon 419-305-2512 by e-mail at Entry forms available at

Track & field

The P C Express Track Club is again offering track and field fun for students ages 6-18 in Putnam County.

The P C Express Track Club will practice from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays … Please note that junior high and high school track athletes can join once their season is completed. This summer, the club will have some additional local events as well as AAU events. Call Mike Maag at 419-296-9931 or Toby Miller at 419-943-1581 for more information.



The first Be A Beaver Triathlon is set for Saturday, May 31, in Bluffton.

Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, the event will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Participants may register online at through May 29. Cost for individuals is $50 until April 30 and $60 beginning May 1; for relay teams, it is $100 regardless of the date. On-site registration will then be available at the pool May 30, with prices $10 higher, and from 6-7:30 a.m. on the day of the triathlon, with prices $20 higher. Individuals may also register on site for any one of the three triathlon disciplines, at a cost of $25.

Proceeds will help the university’s cross country and track and field teams cover their costs to attend out-of-state invitational meets.

Participants will receive an event shirt, and finishers’ mementos will be presented, along with awards to the top three finishers in each age group. There will be professional chip timing, with results available online afterward.

Community partners for the event are the village of Bluffton and the community pool.