Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.” 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • The Seldovia Otters boys team worked their way through the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. 

    “It’s big,” said Seldovia coach Mark Janes. “We were third going into our region (tournament) so no one really expected a lot from us, and last year we were fifth. So they really, really improved.”

    The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

  • The Homer Pee Wee Hockey team spent the 2013-2014 season proving the meaning of the team’s motto: 111 percent 100 percent of the time because 110 percent is not enough. The team — front row from left: Lee Lowe, Ethan Pitzman, Hunter Warren, Isaiah Nevak, Tucker Weston; middle row left to right: Karl Wickstrom, Liam Colman, J.J.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With the state champs decided in basketball, hockey and skiing, it’s time for the Homer High School Mariners to move on to the sports of spring: baseball, softball, soccer and track. The next two months promise plenty of activity for the teams and offer plenty of opportunities for fans to show their
    support and even lend a hand.

  • The Homer High school Mariners girls’ soccer team is offering a clinic for youth ages 5-14, taught by Mariner coaches and players and held at the high school gym on April 5:

    • 9-10:30 a.m.: 5- to 9-year-old boys and girls;

    • 10:30 a.m.-noon: 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls.

  • It was shoulder-to-shoulder action at Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gymnasium on Saturday, as 370 wrestlers from Southcentral Alaska participated in the annual Popeye Wrestling Freestyle Tournament.

    Pairs of wrestlers dominated the gym floor that was divided to accommodate eight matches at a time. Start and stop whistles were blown. Coaches shouted directions. Family members cheered. A computer-generated schedule of who was wrestling when was displayed on the gym wall and on a wall in the commons area.


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