Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • This past weekend local athletes traveled from Homer to Anchorage to participate in a “3v3,” three versus three, soccer tournament.

    Homer was represented by three teams:

    • The womens team was comprised of Heidi Johnson, Karen Weston, Claudia Haines and Amy Russell;

    • Henry Russell, Seamus Sholz, and Tucker Weston competed together;

    • The remaining team was comprised of Owen Glasman, Ethan Anderson, Parker Sorenson, Elijah Johnson and Phin Weston.

  • There are two running and walking fundraisers planned for this weekend:

    The K-Bay 5K Run for Leo, a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s research into neurofibromatosis, will be at 5 p.m. Friday. The course begins at Homer High School and ends at Kachemak City Community Center.

    T-shirts are free, as long as they last, for donations of $25 or more. Early entry is online at leosheroes.org.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • Track and field kick off Homer High School’s spring sports season with the Big C Relays in Anchorage this weekend. In the wings and preparing for action are the baseball, softball and soccer teams. The coaches took time from their busy practice schedules to give a glimpse of what’s ahead.

    Baseball

    This is Mark Putney’s third year coaching the HHS baseball team and his first year as head coach. Assisting him is Steve Fuson and Rich Sonnen, with  Chris Donich helping organize parent volunteers and fundraising efforts.

  • One of seven local athletes representing Kachemak Skeeters youth sport shooting club at the Alaska State Junior Olympics Qualifying Event for trap and international skeet, Connor Seay has earned an invitation to apply for Junior Olympic tryouts in Colorado Springs this summer.

    The event was held at Birchwood Shooting Range near Anchorage the weekend of March 22-23.

    Also participating from the Kachemak Skeeters were Sierra and Dakota Morris, Elias Graham, Andy Fetterhoff,  Zack Fraley and Kyle Johnson.

  • Forty-five Popeye wrestlers traveled to Nikiski to battle 16 other teams for a Freestyle Tournament last weekend. At about mid season, the Homer team placed eighth overall. 

    Austin Shafford continued to dominate the novice 85-pound weight class. He won four matches, including one with last year’s state champion, Tucker Vann of Nikiski.  Shafford and Vann have had some close matches in the past, but this one went 12-4 in favor of Shafford.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Offered the opportunity to play on a Kenai all-girl hockey team, four Homer players — Rachel Bolin, Claire Bryant, Fiona Hatton and Kaitlyn Johnson — accepted the offer and helped push the team to third place in the Alaska Girls State Hockey Championships in Anchorage last weekend.

    When some openings were discovered on the Kenai Ice Hawks team of girls younger than 12 years of age, the central peninsula team looked to Homer.

  • The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.

    In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.

    Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.


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