Adult Sports

Former Homer wrestler inducted into HHS hall of fame

The late Shane Scott Harrington, a 1987 graduate of Homer High School who died in 2008, was inducted into the Homer High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Harrington began wrestling for Service Junior High School in Anchorage. After his family moved to Homer, he began folkstyle and freestyle wrestling.

In addition to wrestling, he also was active in football, ju-jitsu, baseball and softball.

 

His accomplishments as a wrestler included:

Rackets up!

Betsy Webb, right, stands ready as Stephanie Sloth, left, returns a volley during a tennis match last Wednesday at the Homer High School tennis courts. Webb said she stretched her own rule of not playing tennis in temperatures below 39 degrees. There was ice on the courts last week after a morning frost. Homer’s tennis players usually don’t play after Halloween. They also played last Friday.

Coed hockey keeps action coming with league nights

Homer Hockey Association’s Coed Adult Hockey League held its second league night Saturday.

The Red Rockets and Dark Destroyers matched up first with nonstop action as Destoryer’s Chris Owen scored in the first minute of the game. Rocket’s Travis Brown answered with a break-away deke on goalie Michelle Hatton to tie the game 1-1. The score volleyed back and forth with Chris Brown scoring for the Destroyers, followed by Butch Schollenberg and Steve Rich scoring for the Rockets giving the Rocket’s a 3-2 lead.

KES, nordic ski club work together on popular Diamond Ridge trail

Ski trail or fire station? 

Going into a meeting earlier this month with the Kachemak Emergency Services Area Board, Diamond Ridge residents and skiers who use the popular Sunset Loop Trail said they worried future construction of the Diamond Ridge Fire Station would cut off part of the trail where it crosses borough land at the fire hall site. 

ReCreate Rec sees needs assessment as first step toward community center

By KATIR BRITTON

FOR THE HOMERNEWS

Finding a stable home for Homer recreation programs is the goal of ReCreate Rec, a grassroots group whose vision includes a community center. 

Still in the research and development phase of its plan, the group has divided itself into smaller working groups to determine a course of action, how to make its goals a reality, what the center will look like and how to maintain the project once it is built. 

Runners conquer half-marathon route in fifth ‘run to the altar’

Marking the wedding anniversary for Jan and Megan Spurkland, an impressive number of runners and walkers took to the “Run to the Altar,” an uphill 13.1-mile half marathon course, Saturday. 

According to a list of finishers and times posted on the web, the men’s fastest runner was Tim Blackmon with a time of 1:52:02, which was slightly slower than last year’s 1:46:30 finish by Connor McCarron.

Homer Hockey receives award

Alaska Recreation and Parks Association has given its 2012 Outstanding Organization to the Homer Hockey Association, the ARPA announced in a press release Sept. 16.

The award recognizes agencies, departments and organizations that make great contributions to their community and to the improvement of recreation in Alaska.

Homer residents bring home gold for Pickleball skills

Homer residents Kathy Hill and Doug Dodd scored a gold medal in the mixed double Pickleball competition during the 11th annual Alaska International Senior Games Aug. 14 held in Fairbanks. 

They stirred up quite a scene with their advanced skills in the fast-paced and oddly named game that was not only a new sport to the Senior Games but also to a few of the duo’s competitors.

“The bar wasn’t set very high,” said Dodd. “A lot of people haven’t played much.”

Special Olympics athletes score big at Fall Games

With only one practice year under their belt, Homer Special Olympics scored big in the Special Olympics Fall Games in Anchorage over the weekend.

“We did awesome,” said Carol Shuler of Homer, the community coordinator. “We took five teams and three teams took gold, one took bronze and one took fourth. That was an awesome showing for our first time at state.”

Each two-person bocci team paired one Special Olympic and one non-Special Olympic athlete.

Triathletes brave hills, rain for swim team fundraiser

Anchorage athletes competing in Saturday’s triathlon in Homer said the grueling climb up East Hill Road during the bike segment was what made the Homer High School Swim Team-sponsored event so attractive.

“It’s a unique course. That nearly three-mile uphill is a challenge,” said the 43-year-old overall winner Jens Beck, a CPA and the CFO of ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. A challenge, yes, but when Beck rounded the corner at East Hill Road and Skyline Drive well ahead of his nearest competitor he hardly looked winded.

Runners find reason to run in K-Bay 5K

Friday’s sunny sky helped, but mostly the K-Bay 5K run was an opportunity to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s research into neurofibromatosis.

Organized by Denise Pitzman, whose son, Leo, has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, the course began on the Homer High School track and ended at Kachemak Community Center.

Homer runners take to the trails

The sunshine was a plus, but the performances of Homer runners were even better at the 24th annual Skyview Invitational held on the Tsalteshi Trails.

“Our Homer Mariners had some pretty exciting individual and team performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of competition that drew 24 teams and “featured most, if not all, of the best runners and teams in Alaska.” 

Fun run raises $650-plus for hospice

More than 30 runners, walkers, cyclists and a few stroller-riding toddlers participated in the “Soles for Hospice” on Saturday, Hospice of Homer’s second annual 5K fun run. Beginning at the Hospice of Homer offices on East End Road, the non-timed activity ended with a reception at the Bear Creek Winery’s finish line. 

More than $650 was raised at the event, including the fun-run’s registration fee and tickets for an art raffle won by Shirley Forquer.

Breast cancer run raises awareness plus money

The 19th annual Breast Cancer Run was a brilliant field of pink, the color of breast cancer awareness, from the two- and four-legged athletes to the marimba band, Shamwari, to the patches of fireweed along the course.

“We were delighted to have a total of 83 participants in the 2013 Breast Cancer 5-mile run and 1-mile walk,” said Heather O’Connor, executive director of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, sponsor of the event.

Homer in soccer tourney

This past weekend local athletes traveled from Homer to Anchorage to participate in a “3v3,” three versus three, soccer tournament.

Homer was represented by three teams:

• The womens team was comprised of Heidi Johnson, Karen Weston, Claudia Haines and Amy Russell;

• Henry Russell, Seamus Sholz, and Tucker Weston competed together;

• The remaining team was comprised of Owen Glasman, Ethan Anderson, Parker Sorenson, Elijah Johnson and Phin Weston.

Two running, walking events set for this weekend in Homer

There are two running and walking fundraisers planned for this weekend:

The K-Bay 5K Run for Leo, a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s research into neurofibromatosis, will be at 5 p.m. Friday. The course begins at Homer High School and ends at Kachemak City Community Center.

T-shirts are free, as long as they last, for donations of $25 or more. Early entry is online at leosheroes.org.

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