Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The eight Homer Softball Association teams wind up their season with a bang next weekend during the annual Homer City Tournament at Jack Gist Park.

    The two-day, double elimination tournament will be held Aug. 9-10.

    Season standings will determine the tournament bracket schedule.

    The schedule will be finalized after the final season game on Aug. 5. 

    Following are the past week’s game scores.

    July 21:

  • Approaching season’s end, the Homer Softball Association is preparing for the annual Homer City Tournament scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10.

    Last week Alibi scored a win against Kharacters 16-15 on Monday and a 10-6 victory against Beluga Lake Lodge on Wednesday. The Growlers continued an undefeated streak and Down East left Kharacters-Cups in the dust on Wednesday with a 27-13 win.

    For a schedule of the games, weekly updates on team scores and standings and information on the upcoming City Tournament, go the 2014 Homer Softball Association Facebook page.

  • Alaska Arctic Heat Softball will hold tryouts this Saturday and Sunday for its fast-pitch softball travel teams. The tryouts will be held at Albrecht Fields, 4781 Elmore Road, Anchorage. For more information, call Michele Waters, team manager, 907-947-4035.

    Saturday: The 14U team will have tryouts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for pitchers and catchers; 1:30-4 p.m. for everything including pitchers and catchers. 

    Sunday: The 18U team will have tryouts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for pitchers and catchers and 1:30-4 p.m. for everyone including pitchers and catchers.

     

  • Olympic swimmers Karalyn Joyce, Kleat Keller and Robert Margalis visit Homer for the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour, 1-4 p.m. July 23 and 24 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, sponsored by the Kachemak Swim Club. Swimmers of all ages can attend the clinic and learn how to improve strokes, starts, turns and finishes, see demonstrations and learn out-of-pool exercises. The two-day clinic is $156, with discounts available. Sign up by visiting fitterandfaster.com/swim-clinics/homer-ak. For more information, call Mo Wilkinson at 299-3573.

  • The Homer Softball Association experienced close competition at the highest level of the league last week. The Growlers, who have reigned undefeated all season, got a run for their money against Beluga Lake Lodge and co-sponsored team Kharacters and Cups.
    Beluga Lake Lodge and Kharacters recently took sixth in the C-bracket and third in the D-bracket, respectively, at the Kenai Firecracker Tournament July 5 and 6.

Youth Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    At the Tsalteshi Invitational in Soldotna Saturday — the biggest cross-country event of the season, second only to state competition — the Homer High School Mariner varsity girls raced to an impressive third place team finish and the boys claimed a solid 10th place.

    “They did pretty good,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “Both teams are strong.”

    The runners’ finish times gave Steyer plenty of reason to brag.

  • Kenai, SoHi and Nikiski were in town Saturday for the Homer High School Volleyball Jamboree, a “great beginning to the season,” according to Mariner Head Coach Beth Trowbridge. 

    “It’s exciting to see the teams in the gym and to give the girls the opportunity to get on the court and get a feel for where they are at and work out some kinks,” said Trowbridge. “It is an energetic, dynamic atmosphere so it is exciting to parents, players and coaches and really gets things off to a good start.”

  • The public is invited to come check out Homer High School’s newly redone lower field. The muddy, well-worn, uneven grass is gone. In its place is beautiful to look at, beautiful to play on turf.

    “This is great,” said Doug Waclawski, HHS principal, adding that the turf’s design probably means an additional month of use, as well. “We just want people to use it.”

  • For the first time in three years, Homer Little League sent a Majors team to the All-Stars.

    “The boys practiced together for two weeks and made great progress in defensive plays, hitting, pitching, and teamwork,” said Kathy Beachy, president of Homer Little League. 

    Coached by Mike Hayes and John Rummery, the 12-member Homer team were scheduled for a total of seven games. They celebrated one win, sat out one game because of rain and suffered five losses.

  • School is out and area youngsters are looking for activities to enjoy during these long summer days. Little League offers that and then some.

    Take Mose Hayes, 12, and Annalynn Brown, 11. Involvement in Little League feeds a passion for these young athletes that they plan to follow in the future.

    Mose’s interest in baseball began when he was a toddler.


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