Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Making its 19th annual return Sunday is the Breast Cancer Run, a five-mile run and one-mile walk sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. Close on its heels is the 2nd annual 5K “Sole for Hospice” on Aug. 24, an untimed event benefiting Hospice of Homer.

    19th annual Breast Cancer Run

  • Homer runners Marty Everts, Elizabeth Roedl, Stacy Buckelew and Jimmy Neumayer catch their breath at the finish of Saturday’s 50-mile Resurrection Pass Ultra Race. Buckelew was the first woman to cross the finish line with Roedl grabbing second place. The weekend’s ultra trail races began with a 100-miler that started Friday near Hope and finished at the trailhead in Cooper Landing. Saturday’s 50-mile race began at the Cooper Landing trailhead, followed a detour and ended at the Resurrection Pass trailhead in Hope. Wil Roedl of Homer also participated in the event.

  • SPH sponsors physical exam clinic at Homer Medical Center

    Physical exams for high school students will be offered at the “Sports Physical Clinic” at Homer Medical Center from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3.  No appointments are offered; however, students are asked to stagger arrival according to the following schedule: 

    • 8 a.m.: Last names beginning with A-E; 

    • 9 a.m.: Last names beginning with F-J;

    • 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with K-O;

  • The search for a route from the Atlantic around the top of North America and into the Pacific consumed explorers for centuries. Within the last decade more and more sailing adventurers have been traversing the waterway.

    Last summer, the classic wooden boat The North Wind came across the Northwest Passage and moored in Homer for the winter.

  • The 19th annual Homer Breast Cancer Run, sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, is just a month away and committee members are needed to help with the five-mile event.

    Scheduled for August 18, the run begins at Bishop's Beach Pavilion and continues through town. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; the race begins at 11 a.m.

    Anyone interested in helping can contact KBFPC at 235-3436 or kpfpc@ak.net. 

Youth Sports

  • Victories at last week’s Peninsula Conference tournament at Skyview High School in Soldotna have the Seldovia Otter boys team and Nikolaevsk Warriors girls team headed to 1A state basketball championship games in Anchorage this week.

    The Otters won the conference tournament after defeating Nikolaevsk’s boys team, 43-39. The Nikolaevsk girls maintained their unbeaten season record with a final victory against the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles, 37-20.

  • Four middle school teams from the Kenai Peninsula (Homer, Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna) competed for 10 boys medals and 10 girls medals in middle school Boroughs ski championships held March 1 in Homer.

    Races were 3 kilometers freestyle and classic.

    Homer boys landed four medals with Charles Rohr in fifth, Jordan Beachy in eighth, Jacob Davis in ninth and Caleb Rauch in10th.

    Homer girls scored five medals. Sarah Wolf placed third, Katia Holmes, fourth, Mia Alexson, fifth, and Libby Fabich, 10th.

  • When March Madness rolls around, an upset is usually lurking somewhere, and Wednesday afternoon at Skyview High School, it was the sixth-seeded Seldovia girls toppling the third-seeded Lumen Christi girls 56-47 in overtime.

    The Sea Otters had just one victory all year but picked a good time to double that victory total at the Class 1A Peninsula Conference tournament.

    “I don’t know, it was crazy,” said Seldovia Coach Tiffany Haller when asked how her team emerged victorious. “I think the girls handled it better than I did. I was having a panic attack.”

  • Gaining momentum going into the regional tournament is what gets preached to hoops teams this time of year, but it’s not always how things play out. This was the case for the Ninilchik hoops teams last week as they went a combined 1-6, with the girl’s team getting the lone win over Seldovia on Saturday. The losses weren’t for naught, as both teams gained experience, playing time and were able to find confidence in the little things going into the tournament, which began Wednesday at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

  • For those area hoops fans despairing that both the Northern Lights Conference and Southcentral Conference tournaments are happening off the Kenai Peninsula this year, don’t despair.

    There is still basketball this weekend at the Peninsula Conference tournament at Skyview High School. A lot of basketball.

    The tournament opened with eight games Wednesday, with a total of 27 games scheduled to be played by the time the tournament wraps up Saturday.


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