Twenty-eight individual competitors and six teams competed in the annual Homer Ironman Triathlon Saturday.
Greg Smith, 16, was the first-place finisher with a time of 1:44.55. Hanna Young, 25, took first place for the women with a final time of 1:52.47.
Having won a gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games in June, Homer swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff will be back in the pool on Saturday. This time, she will compete as part of a three-member unified Special Olympics team participating in the 14th annual Homer Ironman Triathlon, a fundraiser for the Homer High School Mariner swim and dive team.
The eight teams of the Homer Softball Association finished off the season in a double elimination tournament at Jack Gist Park last weekend.
The rivalry peaked during the championship game between Beluga Lake Lodge and the Growlers, who took the first place trophy after winning the game 10-6. Spenard Builders Supply took third after losing to Beluga Lake Lodge 11-9.
Sixty-two runners and walkers and one lone biker took part on Sunday’s 20th annual Breast Cancer Run-Walk-Bike. In addition to helping raise breast cancer awareness, the 5-mile and 1-mile event also raised more than $9,500 for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other services the clinic provides at no cost.
Eight softball teams are “tightening up” as the Homer city tournament approaches, says commissioner of the Homer Softball Association Jessica Marx.
The local double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 with teams seeded based on season performance.
Saturday’s game lineup:
9 a.m.: Beluga vs. Alibi
10:15 a.m.: SBS vs. Wraptors
In the Homer Yacht Club’s Converse Cup, held Aug. 2 on Kachemak Bay, Nereus sailed into first place. The race began at the Deepwater Dock, under clear skies and with a light day breeze of five to seven knots. Five boats competed, with Nereus first across the starting line, followed by Winter Hawk.
With Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance crews making unexpected repairs at Homer High School, the gym, mat room, weight room and locker rooms will be closed from Aug. 4-15. Regularly scheduled activities, such as basketball, volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling, gymnastics are canceled unless otherwise noted.
Dance classes in the green room will not be canceled and will be moved to the commons.
For more information, call 235-6090.
Light pink flags. Dark pink flags. Big flags flying from businesses. Small flags flying from vehicles. No matter the shade or shape, they carry the same message: It’s time for the annual Homer Breast Cancer Run and Ride.
Begun in 1994, the event is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. This year’s run and ride is Sunday, with registration at 8 a.m. and the race start at 9 a.m. at Mariner Park.
“We’re thrilled that this is the 20th anniversary of the Homer Breast Cancer Run,” said Heather O’Connor, KBFPC director.
The Kenai Peninsula CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, program is staging the Superhero 5-kilometer run-walk in Kenai at 11 a.m. Aug. 16. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Awards are planned for the best costumed heroes.
The course begins at the Kenai park strip and winds through downtown Kenai. Register for the race online at active.com, search for Superhero 5k, or visit the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s office at 150 N. Willow St. in Kenai for a printed entry form.
The eight Homer Softball Association teams wind up their season with a bang next weekend during the annual Homer City Tournament at Jack Gist Park.
The two-day, double elimination tournament will be held Aug. 9-10.
Season standings will determine the tournament bracket schedule.
The schedule will be finalized after the final season game on Aug. 5.
Following are the past week’s game scores.
Approaching season’s end, the Homer Softball Association is preparing for the annual Homer City Tournament scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10.
Last week Alibi scored a win against Kharacters 16-15 on Monday and a 10-6 victory against Beluga Lake Lodge on Wednesday. The Growlers continued an undefeated streak and Down East left Kharacters-Cups in the dust on Wednesday with a 27-13 win.
For a schedule of the games, weekly updates on team scores and standings and information on the upcoming City Tournament, go the 2014 Homer Softball Association Facebook page.
Alaska Arctic Heat Softball will hold tryouts this Saturday and Sunday for its fast-pitch softball travel teams. The tryouts will be held at Albrecht Fields, 4781 Elmore Road, Anchorage. For more information, call Michele Waters, team manager, 907-947-4035.
Saturday: The 14U team will have tryouts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for pitchers and catchers; 1:30-4 p.m. for everything including pitchers and catchers.
Sunday: The 18U team will have tryouts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for pitchers and catchers and 1:30-4 p.m. for everyone including pitchers and catchers.
Olympic swimmers Karalyn Joyce, Kleat Keller and Robert Margalis visit Homer for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, 1-4 p.m. July 23 and 24 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, sponsored by the Kachemak Swim Club. Swimmers of all ages can attend the clinic and learn how to improve strokes, starts, turns and finishes, see demonstrations and learn out-of-pool exercises. The two-day clinic is $156, with discounts available. Sign up by visiting fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/homer-ak. For more information, call Mo Wilkinson at 299-3573.
The Homer Softball Association experienced close competition at the highest level of the league last week. The Growlers, who have reigned undefeated all season, got a run for their money against Beluga Lake Lodge and co-sponsored team Kharacters and Cups.
Beluga Lake Lodge and Kharacters recently took sixth in the C-bracket and third in the D-bracket, respectively, at the Kenai Firecracker Tournament July 5 and 6.
Last weekend’s statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament offered great competition and great weather to the 27 competing teams from Kenai, Anchorage, Wasilla and Homer. Spenard Builders Supply and Kharacters, which is co-sponsored by Cups, represented Homer in the D bracket and Beluga Lake Lodge competed in the C bracket.
Out of 16 D-bracket teams, SBS took first in a dramatic revenge against the Anchorage team Yamato, and Kharacters followed close behind in third. Beluga Lake Lodge placed sixth out of the 11 C-bracket teams.
By Shannon Reid
For the Homer News
In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday.
Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.
Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.
Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games.
Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.
It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.
Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silver in the 25-yard backstroke.
Kuchenoff also scored an impressive personal best in the butterfly.
Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors.
Edan Badajos, competitive disc golfer and board member of Jack Gist Recreation Park Association, has coordinated field trips for Fireweed Academy and Chapman Elementary School, and said kids often return with their parents to play.