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.

Youth Sports

  • Forty of more than 1,200 wrestlers this weekend were represented by the Popeye Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle State Tournaments last weekend hosted at the Wasilla Sports Complex. More than 20 represented areas came from as far away as Kotzebue, Bethel and Juneau. Some of the wrestlers were challenged 18 times over a period of three days.

  • If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s students, consider applying for a coaching opportunity during the 2014-2015 school year at Homer High School:

    Assistant swim coach, season begins Aug. 11 and ends Nov. 8; 

    Assistant volleyball coach, season begins Aug, 11 and ends Nov. 15;

    Head Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21;

    Assistant Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21.

  • Nine swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Anchorage for the Junior Olympics on April 24-27. The four days of intense swimming competition is the culminating championships meet in Alaska. 

    “These athletes swam fiercely and accomplished astonishing best times in most of their events,” said Coach Rebecca Hardy.

    To qualify for the JO is a remarkable feat, according to Jamie Roth, an age group coach for KSC.

  • A ferry ride to Kodiak can be an adventure in itself. As it turned out, however, the Homer High School Mariner baseball team’s ride from Homer to Kodiak last week wasn’t that bad.

    It was after the team arrived in Kodiak that the weather kicked in.

    “Growing up on Kodiak, it was the worst weather I’d ever played in,” said Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney, a former Kodiak resident.

    On Friday, temperatures were in the 30s and winds were hitting the island at 30 miles per hour.

  • Competing in a Junior Olympic qualifying event for international skeet, Sierra Morris, 16, and a member of Kachemak Skeeters, finished first in her division. She was one of 14 boys and five girls competing in the event held in Wasilla on Sunday. In March, she was one of seven local athletes representing the youth shooting club that competed in the Alaska State Junior Olympics Qualifying Event for trap and international skeet held at Birchwood Shooting Range near Anchorage. Morris placed high overall and first in her division in “wobbles” competition.


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