Just call him ‘Coach’
Homer coach, teacher, author and wrestling legend Steve Wolfe passed away Jan. 5, 2014 at the age of 64, following complications related to Atypical Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
As a teacher at Homer High, Wolfe led his team to three state titles in the 80s, and was named the National Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1986. After coaching several years at the high school level, Wolfe fostered youth wrestling in the Homer community through the Popeye wrestling club, and started both the wrestling and football programs at Voznesenka school.
Wolfe also penned several books about his coaching experiences, including, “Call Me Coach,” “Call Us Champions” and “Call Us Olympians.”
He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.
Because of his recent ongoing medical problems, Wolfe’s lifetime maximum insurance ran out Oct. 22, and all medical expenses now will be out-of-pocket.
“Our father has no life insurance. He was the sole bread winner for our family for the last 40 years and we are not sure how we will cover his now overwhelming medical costs, let alone a funeral and burial,” the family wrote.
A memorial fund for Steve’s widow, Nina, was created to ask for donations to help with medical and other expenses. The fundraising effort can be found at www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/steven-wolfe-fund/122788.
Bear-viewing apps due March 1
Online applications for lottery permits to visit Alaska’s premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary must be submitted by midnight, March 1, or mailed and received by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by March 1.
Online applications and printable application forms are available at www.mcneilriver.adfg.alaska.gov through the “Permits” tab and “Viewing Permits” link.
A nonrefundable application fee of $25 per person is required, and up to three people may apply together as a group. Applications are entered into a lottery and if drawn, Alaska residents must pay a $150 permit fee and nonresidents $350.
More information about visiting McNeil River is available on the website or by calling (907) 267-2257.
Warrior alums split at Nikolaevsk
Twelve alumni men and eight alumni ladies showed up last Thursday to square off against their younger counterparts in the Nikolaevsk Warriors’ Alumni Basketball games.
The Lady Warrior high schoolers showed little respect for their elders, as they hammered the alumni team 46-23. Alumni Nikki Melkomukov scored 10 points, while Cassie Kalugin picked up seven. Lady Warrior Sophia Kalugin topped all scorers with 16 points. Junior Nianiella Dorvall added 10.
In the men’s game, the alumni team outlasted the Warriors in a fast-paced 88-62 scorefest. Alumni Chris Kalugin scored 17 points, as did Andre Tipikin. Stephan Nikitenko added 12.
For the high-schoolers, Jaruby Nelson put on a scoring clinic, picking up 24 points. Felemon Molodih had 13.
“We had a great fan turnout, with most of the fans cheering for the ‘old folks,’” said Lady Warrior Coach Bea Klaich. “It was great to see both sides showing such great sportsmanship.”
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