Story last updated at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2002

Sports News
Homer spikers take second

The Soldotna High School volleyball team walked off with first place after last weekend's Mariner-sponsored Jamboree after defeating Colony 3-2 to cap off Saturday's pool play.

With a 2-1 win over Wasilla, Homer took second in pool A, which grouped the teams that placed first or second following Friday's round-robin competition.

Skyview defeated Kenai to take first place in pool B, which featured teams that placed third or fourth after Friday's action.

The two-day tournament is officially considered preseason competition, but 12 Region III and smaller peninsula teams showed up and took to the court to get some match competition under their belts.

Community volleyball on tap

The Homer High School volleyball team will be holding the fund-raising "Play Like Crazy" Volleyball Tournament on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Alice Witte Challenge, which brings together a team of Mariner alumni and others to take on the Homer varsity squad, will follow the community tourney.

Teams for the community event should submit a team roster before play begins Saturday. The cost is $10 a player and each team is required to have at least 6 players. As an alternative to having each player pay, teams may instead get a $50 sponsorship. Sponsorships should be filed by 7 p.m. today at the athletic director's office in the high school.

Teams of adults, junior high and high school students, coed and all men or all women are welcome. Call 235-4376 for more details.

Cross Country race Friday

The Homer High School cross country team will host its annual Homer Invitational on Friday, starting with the girls race at 4:45 p.m. and the boys race at 5:30.

The team is still seeking volunteers to handle trail posts and finish-line duties. Call Daryl Farrens at 235-6090 for details.

Triathletes cue up

The Homer Mariner Triathlon gears into action Saturday with athletes taking to the water starting at 8 a.m. Approximately 65 competitors are set to race.

Day-of-race registration begins at 7 a.m. After the 1,000-yard swim, competitors will tackle a 15-mile bike ride and a 5-mile run. The event is a fund-raiser for the Homer High School swim team.

Half marathon Sunday

The Homer Half Marathon kicks off at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Homer High School track. The 13.1-mile race, which benefits the Homer Foundation, will take runners out to the end of the Spit and then back to the high school.

There is a $25 registration fee that earns competitors a bag of party favors and a T-shirt. Prizes for the fastest male and female runners will be a round-trip ticket to Anchorage courtesy of Era Aviation.

There will also be a 1-mile fun run following the start of the half marathon.

Swimmers sign-up Tuesday

The Kachemak Swim Club will hold registration for the 2002-2003 season on Tuesday at the Homer High School pool from 6-8 p.m.

Dolphins will have sign-up and an open swim from 6-6:30 and novice through senior swimmers will register and swim from 6:30-8.

For more information, call 235-2709.

Boys and Girls Club activities

The Homer Boys and Girls Club will be expanding its athletic programs this school year, offering additional basketball sessions for first- through eighth-graders. There will also be a new afternoon physical education program for middle school-aged kids. Call 235-6827 for more information.