Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

    July 21:

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • Before she burst out of the forest and onto the football field for her finishing kick at the Nikiski Class Races on Monday at Nikiski, Soldotna senior Olivia Hutchings actually had to run under a spectator who had strung a hammock from a tree on each side of the trail.

    One would think Hutchings would remember that, but it’s an indication of how hard she ran — and how hard Nikiski’s roller-coaster course is — that the last thing she recalls in the 5-kilometer race is looking at her watch and seeing she had run 3.8 kilometers.

  • Although this past weekend didn’t end in a victory, the Homer High School softball team held its own during the state championships in Fairbanks, placing third overall and winning two out of four games.  The Mariners lost to Sitka and Ketchikan, but had overwhelming wins against Hutchison and North Pole. 

    The Homer softball team cannot seem to crack the Southeast code, but the same can be said for most of the state.

  • The Mariners’ 2015 soccer season drew to a close Friday. The boys team had a fantastic season and reached state for the third time in Mariner history, before ending the season with a 2-1 loss against Bartlett.

    The team put up a solid defense against Bartlett, refusing to go down without a fight. Senior Kenneth Schneider scored a penalty kick against Bartlett.

    “You know it was a tough game. It ended up being our last, but the boys never stopped playing. ... We went out very well,” said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.

  • The Mariner baseball team dropped two games in regional play in Wasilla to close out the 2015 season.

    In game 1, the Mariners fell to Palmer 16-9. Kyle Johnson started on the mound with Owen Delehanty pitching the last several innings in relief. 

    The Palmer club had the bats going early, picking up five hits and four runs in the first and then six runs in the third to claim a commanding early lead.  

  • The Homer High School track and field season ended with success as the girls team secured second overall at the State Championships last weekend.

    The girls team chalked up 80 points during the meet, losing out to Anchorage Christian who scored 95.   

    “I really couldn’t be happier,” said Coach Bill Steyer. “It was a great finish to the season.” 

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