April 20th | Sean Pearson
Homer standouts named to ASAA 2017 Hall of Fame
Two former Homer High School athletes and one coach were named to this year's Alaska School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
Dave Cloud coached girls and boys basketball, football and track and field during his 16 years at Homer. Cloud took over a struggling varsity girls basketball program in 1986, and went on to lead his Lady Mariner team to three state championship titles from 1989-1991.
Cloud expected excellence on and off the court, and believed that coaching and mentoring his players was more than just running practices and coaching games; he cared about the lives of his players outside of sports.
The recipient of numerous "coach of the year awards," he has been — and will continue to be — a tremendously positive influence at the school and the community of Homer for generations.
According to a former coach, Beth Ladd was an "outstanding student, passionate teammate, fierce competitor and inspirational role model in the classroom, at the track and on the court."
She competed in basketball, cross-country running and track and field, earning six state championship titles during her time as a student athlete in Homer.
On the basketball court, Ladd's explosive speed and endurance made her one of the top defensive players in the state. She was chosen for the all-state team in track and field four years straight, and her qualifying times led to invitations to national track meets. Winning three individual titles at the state track meet her junior year, and two her senior year, Ladd went on to run distance events at Texas A&M University with a full scholarship.
Jody Hensen Reding has been called the "definition of a multi-sport student-athlete," competing in basketball, cross-country running, track and field and volleyball at Homer High School.
Reding earned seven state championship titles; her dedication and hard work in the classroom was equally impressive, as she was consistently on the honor roll. Her passion for basketball set her apart as a team leader both on and off the court, and she was named the Alaska Player of the Year her senior year.
Reding went on to play basketball at Northern Arizona University on a full scholarship. Following graduation, she went on to coach women's basketball at numerous universities — including the University of Alaska Anchorage.
All three Homer hall-of-famers will be inducted on May 7 at 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Hotel (formerly Millennium) in Anchorage. The public is encouraged to attend?
Another chance to help Hoxie
Kachemak Bay Running Club has jumped on the "Helping Hoxie" bandwagon with an April 23 5-kilometer fun run/walk fundraiser.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the "race" starting at the Homer High School Track at 2 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested for entry into the event, with all proceeds going to Hoxie Parks and his family.
For more information, contact Jen Booz at 299-8674.
Pitta part of winning pucksters
Homer High School's Mychaela Pitta picked up national hockey honors as her USA Girls Tier II Under-16 Hockey team won the 2017 National Championship in Troy, Mich., last week. The Anchorage North Stars beat the Vermont Shamrocks 3-1 in a defensive battle. This was the second meeting in the national tournament between the two teams, with Vermont shutting out Anchorage 1-0 in the first game of the round robin.