Homer’s city league summer softballers are at that point in the season that everyone has been gunning for: The Homer Series.
Not unlike the World Series, the Homer version features outstanding softball action from some pretty impressive athletes, and comes with a lot of decent people to hang out with, as well.
There are, however, no multi-million-dollar contracts getting in the way of Homer’s season-ending tournament.
Post-season play gets underway Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and league organizer Jessica Marx promises a full day of cutthroat competition.
After facing off against each other all day on Saturday, games start up again Sunday morning at 9.
“We tweaked the bracket slightly this year because we only have seven teams,” Marx explained. “This new bracket will allow some of the bottom teams three chances, instead of just two, to fight out of the losers’ bracket.”
Marx said umpires from Anchorage should keep the games honest.
In recent games, Kharacters beat Downeast 22-12 last Wednesday, while the Riptide fought off Spenard Builders’ Supply 12-5.
Thursday games saw the Alibi beat SBS 17-7, and the Growlers surprised the previously first-place Riptide 9-2.
SBS continued to struggle on Monday, with the last-place Downeasters slamming them 21-1. Beluga Lake Lodge then bested the Alibi 11-8 in the later game.
The final regular-season game happens tonight at 6:30. Standings and game times for the city tourney will then be calculated and announced.
1. Growlers (14-2)
2. Riptide (12-5)
3. BLL: (12-6)
4. SBS: (8-10)
5. Kharacters: (6-11)
6. Alibi: (6-11)
7. Downeast: (2-15)
Sports physicals offered to students
Physical exams will be offered to high school students at the “Sports Physical Clinic” on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Homer Medical Center.
No appointments are offered, however students are asked to stagger their arrival times according to the following schedule:
• Last names beginning in A-E: 8 a.m.
• Last names beginning in F-J: 9 a.m.
• Last names beginning in K-O: 10 a.m.
• Last names beginning in P-T: 11 a.m.
• Last names beginning in U-Z: noon
A physical screening is required by the Alaska School Activities Association for high school students participating in sports and activities.
Health care providers in this community are volunteering their time to provide the exams, which also acts as a fundraiser for the school’s booster club. Therefore, a $10 donation is requested. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
In an effort to speed the process along, parents are asked to please complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic. This will save time and improve service at the event.
The form can be found at www.sphosp.org or by calling 235-0397 to have a form faxed or mailed. All students must bring or wear loose-fitting shorts.
These screenings were started to look for signs or symptoms of certain risks that students might be facing in their participation in certain activities. The purpose is to screen the students and refer them for any additional evaluation prior to participating in that activity.
The event is coordinated by South Peninsula Hospital, Homer Medical Center, Homer High School and local health care providers. If you have any questions, please contact Derotha Ferraro at South Peninsula Hospital at 235-0397.
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