Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

     

  • Olympic swimmers Karalyn Joyce, Kleat Keller and Robert Margalis visit Homer for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, 1-4 p.m. July 23 and 24 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, sponsored by the Kachemak Swim Club. Swimmers of all ages can attend the clinic and learn how to improve strokes, starts, turns and finishes, see demonstrations and learn out-of-pool exercises. The two-day clinic is $156, with discounts available. Sign up by visiting fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/homer-ak. For more information, call Mo Wilkinson at 299-3573.

  • The Homer Softball Association experienced close competition at the highest level of the league last week. The Growlers, who have reigned undefeated all season, got a run for their money against Beluga Lake Lodge and co-sponsored team Kharacters and Cups.
    Beluga Lake Lodge and Kharacters recently took sixth in the C-bracket and third in the D-bracket, respectively, at the Kenai Firecracker Tournament July 5 and 6.

  • Last weekend’s statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament offered great competition and great weather to the 27 competing teams from Kenai, Anchorage, Wasilla and Homer. Spenard Builders Supply and Kharacters, which is co-sponsored by Cups, represented Homer in the D bracket and Beluga Lake Lodge competed in the C bracket.
    Out of 16 D-bracket teams, SBS took first in a dramatic revenge against the Anchorage team Yamato, and Kharacters followed close behind in third. Beluga Lake Lodge placed sixth out of the 11 C-bracket teams.

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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