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.
Runners and walkers in this year’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run will not only enjoy the scenic 10K course that begins at Homer High School and continues the length of the Homer Spit, they also will benefit from the event’s new automatic timing technology, as well as other added conveniences.
Celebrating clean water, healthy salmon and healthy people, 67 runners and bikers from Anchorage to Soldotna to Homer turned out June 14 for the first Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride.
Participants ran, fat biked or mountain biked 10 miles from the mouth of the Kenai River to the mouth of the Kasilof River along the beach at low tide. The event was sponsored by local nonprofits Cook Inletkeeper, Kenai Watershed Forum and Tsalteshi Trails Association and proceeds went to supporting clean water and healthy salmon in the Cook Inlet Watershed.
As the bustle of Homer’s summer activities arrives, the Homer Softball Association also winds up. The skilled and the amateur, the young and the young at heart all make up the eight different teams in the Homer Softball Association. Athletes 18 years and older gather at Jack Gist Park Monday-Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to play ball.
It’s a family event, according to Homer Softball Association Commissioner Jessica Marx, and many of the supporting spectators include kids and dogs.
The deadline for advance registration of the June 28 certified 10K to the Bay Spit Run is Friday for both online and mail-in. Advance registration is $30. On-site registration is $40 and will be available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the day of the race. Runners age 9 and younger are free. T-shirts are available to the first 225 registrants in order to encourage early registration. The race begins at Homer High School at 10 a.m. and ends at the end of the Spit.
First-time Relay for Life of Homer event chairs Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel definitely got their feet wet over the weekend. So did the other 185 registered relayers and weekend add-ons, thanks to heavy, wind-driven rain on Friday.
That’s didn’t dampen Homer’s support of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, however.
The fundraising goal was $60,000 “and we raised a total of $65,600 and something,” said Drake. Donations will continue to be accepted through August.
Summer or winter, the city of Homer Parks and Recreation offers plenty of ways to stay active. If there’s an interest in a specific activity that isn’t on the schedule, Mike Illg, the program coordinator, will do what he can to make it available.
“I always tell people the recreation program is organic,” said Illg, whose office is located at Homer High School and carefully builds the program around the school district’s calendar.