Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Kachemak Swim Club, KSC, Kings took 18 athletes to the Alaska Junior Olympics (JO) Swim meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, April 23-26; the meet drew 500 of the fastest swimmers from the 33 teams in the state with the Kings finishing 15th with 286 points. 

    Winning the meet was the Aurora Swim Team of Anchorage with 4,559 points, followed by Glacier Swim Club of Juneau (2,859 points) and Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage (2,729) points. 

  • Wondering what to have for lunch May 8? Wonder no more. The Homer athletes of Special Olympics Alaska have cooked up a solution: a boxed lunch prepared “bento” style, bento being a packed lunch of Japanese origin.

    The Homer version features a choice of salmon, a chicken thigh or tofu, served with rice and topped with teriyaki sauce, and accompanied by steamed broccoli and fruit. Tessa Drais will be doing the cooking with help from volunteers.

  • Last year more than 170 entrants took to the Spit Trail for the Migration Run, a 5K USATF-certified event. This year, organizers are hoping to attract 200 participants to the May 10 event that not only occurs during Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, but also takes place on Mother’s Day.

    And here’s the thing: You don’t have to be a runner to take part. Reflecting KBRC’s philosophy, walkers and stroller-pushing entrants are welcome.

  • Two women with strong ties to Freeman were prominently featured as the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inducted 20 people last weekend.

    Neysa Villa and Jane Wipf Wiebe were honored at the organization’s 2015 inductee banquet at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Saturday evening, April 11.

  • There will be plenty of action at the Kevin Bell Arena as 10 teams and about 120 skaters take to the ice this weekend in the annual Ash Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament.

    Teams from Homer, Anchorage, Kenai and Soldotna will compete for the Ash Cup, so named after Augustine erupted one year during the tourney and the trophy cup was filled with ash.

Youth Sports

  • Popeye wrestlers earn 22 medals

    Popeye Wrestlers traveled to Palmer over Easter weekend for the largest tournament leading up to the state Championships. Fifteen wrestlers competed in a two-day, three-event competition with Greco on Friday, March 25 as well as a War of the Roses Nationals Women's Tournament.

  • It had been 25 years since the Homer Mariners had a girls basketball team appear in a state championship game, and a semifinal win Friday changed that.

    As for the state crown itself, well, that’ll have to wait another year.

    The Homer girls fell 49-26 to the Barrow Whalers in a matchup of the top two seeds in the Class 3A girls state final Saturday, March 26, at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

    “We forced some stuff, and it just wasn’t our day,” said Homer Head Coach Chad Felice. “We just didn’t have it.”

  • Popeyes score 14 wins 

    Popeye Wrestling Club wrestled at the Anchorage freestyle wrestling club tournament. Friday was Greco-style and the wrestlers competed freestyle on Saturday.

     Popeye took 12 wrestlers to the Friday Greco tournament and brought home three first-place, two second-place and three third-place wins. Dallas Walker received his first gold medal in Greco; Damian Kerr also placed first. Nestor Kalugin, Anthony Kalugin, Ian Stovall, and Cole Bernier all battled against tough competition. 

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club is having its annual membership meeting March 31 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening will begin with the club’s regular Thursday night fun run at 6 p.m. Following the fun run, at 6:30 p.m. the meeting will take place in the upstairs seating area of Alice’s where attendees can partake in a burger and brew special, vote on officers and win door prizes. 

  • The Ninilchik girls sent out their senior class with victory Saturday at the Class 1A state tournament consolation championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

    The Nikolaevsk girls also went out winners Saturday, topping Shishmaref 50-45 in overtime for fourth place in the 1A tourney.

    Following a heartbreaking opening day loss to Aniak, Ninilchik won three straight games to claim the consolation prize with a 42-31 victory over Newhalen.

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