Story last updated at 11:22 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Sports News
Kharacters end skid

The July 1 battle of the Homer Adult Softball cellar dwellers proved that if you're going to wait more than a month to score your first win, you better make that victory a memorable one.

Kharacters did exactly that by pulling out a 26-25 win over AC/DC, scoring three runs in its last at-bat to earn its first win in 11 tries during the 2002 campaign.

During the first five innings, both teams bludgeoned opposing pitchers with 28 runs scored. Kharacters then appeared to put the game out of reach when they pushed across seven runs in the last half of the sixth to take a 23-12 lead.

With Hollyn Smith on the mound trying to seal the victory, Kharacters quickly grabbed two outs. The wheels came off before Kharacters could record the final out, as AC/DC rallied for 13 runs to grab a 25-23 lead.

But ultimately there was joy in K-ville, as Kharacters staged a rally of their own, scoring three runs in their final at-bat to earn the win.

Barefootin' into the wild

The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will host a bike, hike, horseback or four-wheel tour on Saturday to the 160-acre Krishna Venta Conservation Area at the head of Kachemak Bay.

The six-mile jaunt to the site of former "Barefooter" community begins at 10 a.m. from the top of the switchback at the end of East End Road, where officials will collect the requested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. Carpooling is recommended because limited parking is available.

For $50, horses may be booked through Trails' End Horse Adventures at 235-6393.

Triathlon looms large

With space limited to the first 200 entrants, it is not too early to sign up for the Homer Mariner Triathlon.

The Aug. 31 race will pit competitors against each other and the clock in the traditional swim-bike-run ironman format. Because no teams are allowed, racers face a 1,000-yard swim in the Homer High School pool, a 15-mile bike from the high school to the ridge top to the Spit and a five-mile run back to the high school.

Race entry is $25 with proceeds to benefit the Homer High School Swim team. Entries must be filed by Aug. 26. For details call Bridget Kuhns at 235-7416 or stop by the Homer High School pool for a registration form.

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