Running for Pi
Four young cross country hopefuls lead the pack at Saturday’s “Race for Pi” fundraiser for Relay for Life. Runners gathered at Karen Hornaday Park at 1 p.m. to embark on a math-friendly 3.14 kilometer run.
Yacht Club bids Sharps ‘bon voyage’
Seven sail boats raced around the green can and Gull Island Saturday in the Sourdough Cup; Homer’s second race of the season. Following the race, captains and crews brought dishes of food for a potluck bon voyage party for Susanne and Michael Sharp.
The Sharps plan to sail away on their 36-foot M/V Hutton at the end of May. They said they have no particular destination in mind, and will be taking their dog with them.
The Sourdough race began at 1 p.m. under sunny skies and with a fresh northwest breeze. Some racers, apparently distracted by the favorable start conditions instead of watching the clock, got off to a bit later start.
Winds diminished as the fleet rounded Coal Point and the upwind race to the green can slowed to a drifting battle. Martha J led the pack as a favorable current took the racers around the mark and onto a beam reach to Gull Island.
Four boats traded the lead to Gull Island, but the Morning Star edged out the others to cross the finish line first. Corrected times were: Morning Star 2:28:55; Nereus 2:30:38; Arktikos 2:32:01; Arctica 2:33:15; Martha J 2:38:52; Dawg’s Life 2:41:20; Freedom 2, 2:52: 40. The course was 9.2 nautical miles.
Softball hosts final home game today
After opening with a 6-2 conference win against the Lady Bears in Kodiak on Friday, Homer dropped their next three games on the island to move their regular season record to 4-2 in the conference.
McKi Needham led the way for the Lady M’s on Friday, pitching a complete game, and going 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. On the mound, she gave up five hits and one earned run.
Maggie LaRue went 2 for 4 at the plate, logging two RBIs and two runs.
LaRue grabbed three more hits in Homer’s losing effort late Friday, and added two more in the early Saturday game. The Lady M’s held a 9-3 lead after three innings, but allowed Kodiak to score 10 unanswered runs for the 13-9 win. Needham picked up the loss on the mound, giving up 15 hits and 13 runs.
In Saturday’s late, nonconference game, Homer batters smashed an impressive 11 hits, but still lost 9-8.
The Lady Mariners host the Soldotna Starts today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. They travel to Anchorage in early June to compete in the State Softball Championships.
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