Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Anchorage athletes competing in Saturday’s triathlon in Homer said the grueling climb up East Hill Road during the bike segment was what made the Homer High School Swim Team-sponsored event so attractive.

    “It’s a unique course. That nearly three-mile uphill is a challenge,” said the 43-year-old overall winner Jens Beck, a CPA and the CFO of ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. A challenge, yes, but when Beck rounded the corner at East Hill Road and Skyline Drive well ahead of his nearest competitor he hardly looked winded.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • Fueled by the momentum of the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament in Anchorage on April 12, Popeye wrestler Ravi Cavasos, cadet 135, went undefeated for the second straight weekend and did not get scored upon. At a freestyle tournament in Eagle River last weekend, Cavasos pinned all four opponents in less than two minutes in each of his matches. 

    His aggressive style on his feet and powerful half nelson-cradle series is scoring him lots of points. Cavasos will be one of the Popeye hopefuls in two weeks at the State Tournament in Wasilla.

  • The Homer Invite attracted athletes from 15 schools on and off the Kenai Peninsula Friday and Saturday. In the boys’ competition, Kenai Central took first place, with Soldotna first for the girls. The Homer Mariner boys took fifth place and the Mariner girls were in sixth.

    “This was our second year hosting the invite and I’m just excited that that many teams wanted to come down,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. 

  • The Popeye Wrestling team turned in some dominating performances at the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament, held at Service High School in Anchorage last Saturday.
    Ravi Cavasos, cadet 130, won all five of his matches without getting scored up. He scored a tech fall, two pins and injury default to win his first gold medal of his young wrestling career. Cavasos has excellent technique and has a super fast leg attack.

  • Homer High School’s track is home to track and field action this Friday and Saturday with 11 schools participating in the Homer Invite.
    In addition to watching some top athletes perform, the public also has an opportunity to assist with the event, according to Head Coach Bill Steyer.
    “It takes a lot of people,” he said of help needed.
    On Friday, field events begin at 1 p.m. and running events at 2 p.m.
    On Saturday, field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events at noon.


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