Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • By KATIR BRITTON

    FOR THE HOMERNEWS

    Finding a stable home for Homer recreation programs is the goal of ReCreate Rec, a grassroots group whose vision includes a community center. 

    Still in the research and development phase of its plan, the group has divided itself into smaller working groups to determine a course of action, how to make its goals a reality, what the center will look like and how to maintain the project once it is built. 

  • Marking the wedding anniversary for Jan and Megan Spurkland, an impressive number of runners and walkers took to the “Run to the Altar,” an uphill 13.1-mile half marathon course, Saturday. 

    According to a list of finishers and times posted on the web, the men’s fastest runner was Tim Blackmon with a time of 1:52:02, which was slightly slower than last year’s 1:46:30 finish by Connor McCarron.

  • Alaska Recreation and Parks Association has given its 2012 Outstanding Organization to the Homer Hockey Association, the ARPA announced in a press release Sept. 16.

    The award recognizes agencies, departments and organizations that make great contributions to their community and to the improvement of recreation in Alaska.

  • Homer residents Kathy Hill and Doug Dodd scored a gold medal in the mixed double Pickleball competition during the 11th annual Alaska International Senior Games Aug. 14 held in Fairbanks. 

    They stirred up quite a scene with their advanced skills in the fast-paced and oddly named game that was not only a new sport to the Senior Games but also to a few of the duo’s competitors.

    “The bar wasn’t set very high,” said Dodd. “A lot of people haven’t played much.”

  • With only one practice year under their belt, Homer Special Olympics scored big in the Special Olympics Fall Games in Anchorage over the weekend.

    “We did awesome,” said Carol Shuler of Homer, the community coordinator. “We took five teams and three teams took gold, one took bronze and one took fourth. That was an awesome showing for our first time at state.”

    Each two-person bocci team paired one Special Olympic and one non-Special Olympic athlete.

Youth Sports

  • In their first State competition since 2003, the Homer High Mariner volleyball team scored a fifth-place finish and received the academic achievement award for a collective 3.84 grade point average. 

    “Many of these players are in upper level courses, such as AP classes. They miss a lot of school and must work really hard to juggle school work, athletics and a social life. It is a great honor to get this award as student athletes,” Head Coach Beth Trowbridge told the Homer News.

  • Bundle up against the keep-the-ice-frozen temps of the Kevin Bell Arena and prepare for some “hot hockey action” this weekend as the Homer Mariners take on teams from Houston, Bartlett and SoHi in the three-day End of the Road Shootout. 

    “These teams represent different areas — Anchorage, the valley and the peninsula — so it’s a collective group and will be exciting to see where we stand,” said Mariner Head Coach John Carlin.

  • The Bruins Basketball, for first- and second-grade boys and girls, began this week, and continues through Dec. 1. It meets at the Paul Banks Elementary School gym at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 24 and Dec. 1 and 2. For more information, call Merlin Cordes, 299-0303.

  • Mother Nature pulled a fast one on Tuesday’s scheduled volleyball games in Seldovia. With the ferry unable to dock in Homer, the Nikolaevsk Warrior’s mixed six volleyball team, both junior varsity and varsity, was unable to travel to the south side of Kachemak Bay to play the Seldovia Otters. Next on Nikolaevsk’s schedule is a 6 p.m. community scrimmage on Monday, followed by junior varsity and varsity games against Ninilchik at Nikolaevsk on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

  • Homer Hockey Association Bantam C team, coached by Steve Nevak, were the champions of the Fall Frost Tournament in Palmer last weekend. They beat the Wasilla Jr. Avalanche 5-2 in championship play on Sunday. 

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