Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • 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 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Offered the opportunity to play on a Kenai all-girl hockey team, four Homer players — Rachel Bolin, Claire Bryant, Fiona Hatton and Kaitlyn Johnson — accepted the offer and helped push the team to third place in the Alaska Girls State Hockey Championships in Anchorage last weekend.

    When some openings were discovered on the Kenai Ice Hawks team of girls younger than 12 years of age, the central peninsula team looked to Homer.

  • The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.

    In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.

    Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

  • In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

    On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.

    On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.

  • A spring sun was snow melting in the Homer 

    area this weekend. Inside the Kevin Bell Arena, however, the temperatures were a bit cooler, but the action was hot as the Mite D Round-Up brought an end to the hockey season for the six- to eight-year-old athletes on the ice.

  • The public is invited to Kachemak Bay Running Club’s annual membership meeting and election of officers at Beluga Lake Lodge, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

    A 2.5-mile fun run-walk begins at 5:30 p.m. It starts and ends at the lodge. The club’s new running clock, purchased with the support of a Homer Foundation grant, will be on display. Burgers and brew will be available.

    Visit the club on Facebook. For more information, contact Bill Steyer, 399-1078.    


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