Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • 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;

Youth Sports

  • Homer High School kicks off its homecoming celebration with a parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to participate. The parade route leaves the HHS east entrance, turns right on Pioneer Avenue and returns to the school at the west entrance. Floats are meant to inspire spirit before Saturday’s homecoming football game against Houston High School. The theme is Rio-Carnival.

  • Senior Ian Lowe gave Homer Mariners their one and only touchdown in Saturday’s 41-6 loss to the Kenai Kardinals, saving the Mariners from a complete shutout.
    “I wasn’t planning on playing him, but we had a bunch of people with injuries go down,” said Coach Josh Fraley of putting Lowe in the game. It was the senior’s first time back on the field since being injured earlier this season.
    The Mariners defense kept the Kardinals to one touchdown in the first quarter. After that, however, things started to fall apart for the Homer team.

  • Coach Bill Steyer knew the Mariner girls could do it, but was careful what he said before the cross-country regions competition in Kodiak on Saturday. He was right. The girls were crowned the Class 3A champions. In addition, athlete Megan Pitzman was named “girl athlete of the year” and Steyer received the “coach of the year” award.
    Boy athlete of the year went to Michael Todd of Anchorage Christian.

  • The Homer Mariners swim team hit the pool at SoHi last week for the 32nd annual SoHi Pentathlon, competing against athletes from Colony, Kenai, Kodiak, Palmer, Seward and Soldotna.

    Crowned champions of the event were the SoHi girls team and the Kodiak boys team.

    Kodiak’s Tahna Lindquist, a senior, was the top female swimmer with a total time of 2:57.51. Her brother, Talon, a freshman, was the top male finisher with 2:36.59.

  • Cast out a hook and you never know what’s going to bite. In the case of the Kachemak Swim Club’s search for a new coach, it appears they’ve found a keeper in Neil Romney.

    “We posted the job on the Alaska Swimming site and the USA Swimming site and got some interest from across the country,” said Paul Story, president of KSC’s board of directors. “They all had pretty good credentials, but (Romney) had really good credentials and amazing references.”


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