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

  • The Homer High School Mariner Hockey co-op team is ramping up for its 2014-2015 season. Practice began Oct. 20, with Head Coach John Carlin and Assistant Coach Chris Brown.

    The Mariners head north for a season-opening tournament, beginning with a game against Soldotna at the Soldotna Sports Center at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The rest of the weekend, they’ll face Kenai and Eagle River. Homer and SoHi will be back on the ice for the Mariners’ first at-home game at the Kevin Bell Arena at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

  • The Homer High School Mariners volleyball team was at it all day Saturday during the Play Like Crazy Tournament, with eight teams participating in the fun and informal round-robin action. Student athletes put the teams together, found sponsors, refereed and got family and friends involved. The winning team, the Beach Bumps, had the honor of enjoying brownies from Two Sisters Bakery.

  • Homer High School seniors Connor Seay and Shelton Hutt have been named to the 2014-2015 All-State Football Team, medium school division. Seay has been named a wide receiver on the second team offense and Hutt a defensive back on the second team defense in selections made by coaches across the state and voted on from all the first-team all-conference winners, said Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley.  

  • A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

    The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

    Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

    Josh Blom, Tanalian;

  • A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

    The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

    Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

    Josh Blom, Tanalian;


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