Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • First year Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney is readying a large group of ball players for the short high school baseball season. 

    “We are spending time in the gym, waiting for the field to thaw, but this also helps us break down the game into smaller sections,” said Putney.

    Nahoa Jette and Tommy Bowe are the two seniors on the team, serving as co-captains. 

  • For the past few weeks, the school day ends and there’s a group of Paul Banks Elementary School kindergarten, first- and second-graders that aren’t so eager to head home. Instead, they exchange their books for balls, bats and bases. Forming a sort-of straight line between Don Felton and Kate Crowley, the youngsters head out to the field behind the school for some “baseball basics,” a program organized by Homer Little League.

  • The Special Olympics Torch Run will be held May 17.

    Runners and walkers can register at the base of the Spit beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. T-shirts are available for a $25 donation.

  • Special Olympics local games, including competition in swimming and basketball, will be at the Homer High School on May 10:

    • Swimming: Doors of Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center open at 9:45 a.m., events begin at 10 a.m.

    • Basketball: Skills competition in the HHS gym begins at 1 p.m., followed by a basketball game.

    A celebration dinner and awards in the HHS commons will be held following the game.

  • Fans of the Homer High School Mariners can enjoy some at-home soccer action this weekend.

    Track and field, baseball and softball teams are traveling.

    April 25: Soccer vs. Wasilla; JV boys and girls games at 4 p.m.; varsity boys and girls games at 6 p.m.; games played on Homer High’s upper and lower fields.

    April 25-26: Track and field at Kenai (see related story, page 18).

    April 25-26: Baseball at Kodiak.

    April 25-26: Softball at Anchorage.


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