Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Light pink flags. Dark pink flags. Big flags flying from businesses. Small flags flying from vehicles. No matter the shade or shape, they carry the same message: It’s time for the annual Homer Breast Cancer Run and Ride.

    Begun in 1994, the event is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. This year’s run and ride is Sunday, with registration at 8 a.m. and the race start at 9 a.m. at Mariner Park.

    “We’re thrilled that this is the 20th anniversary of the Homer Breast Cancer Run,” said Heather O’Connor, KBFPC director.

  • 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.

     

Youth Sports

  • The rainy weather has not beaten Homer High School’s Nordic ski teams’ plans. As of Tuesday, Coach Alan Parks says he expects the Homer Invitational to go on as scheduled Friday and Saturday.

    There is enough snow on the Ohlson Mountain Lookout Trails to ski on, Parks said. Though Homer saw only rain in the last week, it snowed at higher elevations. The main consideration for Parks now is the safety of the course, which became icy after Monday’s rain.

  • The Mariner hockey team’s face-off against rivals Soldotna High on Tuesday night ended with a 4-to-1 loss, despite an impressive offense and power plays from the Mariners. The closing minutes of the game saw an especially powerful Mariners effort.

    “We turned it on at the end how we wanted to play the whole game and, maybe some kids ate too much Christmas cookies or something, but that’s how we normally come out and play,” said Mariner Assistant Coach Asa Stage.

  • At the Class 2A, 3A and 4A levels — or those schools 61 students and above — even the best basketball programs will have rebuilding seasons.

    At the Class 1A level — or those schools with 60 students or less — even the best programs will have seasons where they can’t even field a team.

    The Cook Inlet Academy boys squad, which won state titles in 1999, 2002 and 2005 and reached another state final in 2003, will be dormant this year.

  • With such close parity in competition in the Class 3A Southcentral Conference, basketball teams on the Kenai Peninsula will be facing a long road full of challenges en route to the region tournament in early March.

    Add one more to the mix.

  • Saturday night inside the packed Bartlett High gym, the Homer wrestling team celebrated an occasion almost 30 years in the making.

    The Mariners captured the Class 1-2-3A state team championship to win their fourth state title in school history and first since 1986, piling up 212 points to capture the team championship. Perennial contender Bethel finished second with 168 points, while defending champions Kotzebue were third with 138.5 points.

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