Area Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

Volunteers needed for Chrysler golf event

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help with the seventh annual Kenai Chrysler Golf Championship. The event will be held from Aug. 4 to 7 at Kenai Golf Course. Volunteers are needed to spot balls on Aug. 6 and 7. Tee times start at 8 a.m. and help is needed all day long.

This is Alaska's largest pro-am tournament and last year was host to 25 international and local golf professionals. The charity event supports the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and Challenge Alaska, an organization dedicated to recreational therapy and activities for handicapped individuals throughout the state of Alaska.

Those wishing to volunteer can contact the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at 283-7989 or Roy Wells at 283-5646.

Homer ice rink, gym news

The Homer Ice Rink will reopen on Aug. 1 to all skating activities. For a schedule of activities, call the ice rink at 235-2647.

The Homer Hockey Association will be holding its youth hockey registration Aug. 27 at the Homer Ice Rink from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration forms can be picked up at the ice rink or at the Homer Community Schools office. Cost is $90 for Mites to Squirts and $130 for Pee Wees to Midgets.

The hockey association also is looking for people interested in coaching youth hockey, working as a skating instructor, becoming a certified hockey official or participating in adult hockey. Potential volunteers or those with youth hockey questions can contact 235-2647.

Also, Homer High School's Alice Witte Gymnasium will be closed until Aug. 25. The closure is due to floor repairs, painting and refinishing.

KPHA starts early registration

Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association registration will be offered at the soccer jamboree on Aug. 6 and 7 and Tier III tryouts on Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The annual skate/jersey swap and registration day is Sept. 10.

The first 100 new atom/mini mites to sign up will receive free registration. Players that bring "new signed up skaters" will receive $25 toward registration cost up to $100. Family discounts of 10 percent are offered.

All Tier III coaches applications must be received by the Aug. 1 deadline. All forms are available on the KPHA Web site. KPHA also is looking for community sponsors to help support teams.

For more information, go to, contact Pam Johnson at 398-3309 or e-mail her at

Hockey camp offered

Mid Island Hockey School is offering a summer ice hockey camp from Aug 8 to 12. Registration must be completed by July 31. To sign up, go to and link to the MIHS site. Or call toll free 1-877-738-8552.

Nikiski volleyball starts Aug. 8

The Nikiski high school volleyball team begins practice on Aug. 8. Bring evidence of a sports physical, court shoes and running shoes to the first practice.

Wildlife Rescue Run is Aug. 6

The Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Rescue Run will be Aug. 6. The run is five kilometers.

The Alaska SeaLife Center rescue and rehabilitation program staff work to care for stranded and injured marine birds and mammals. In 2005, the center has taken in 17 marine mammals and 40 bird patients.

Race proceeds benefit bird and mammal rescue efforts and registration is open to adults and children. Registration will be available through Aug. 5 and on the day of the race.

Participation includes entrance to the SeaLife Center and a T-shirt featuring Seavey the seal. Registration is $15 for adults ($20 race day) and $10 ($10 race day) for children and young adults ages 5 to 15. Racers will start meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 6.

For details and entry forms, call 1-800-224-2525, extentison 6399, or visit

Clinic to focus on flip turns

There will be a clinic designed to improve freestyle flip turn efficiency Aug. 8, 9 and 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skyview High School pool. The cost is $50 and includes a T-shirt.

The clinic will be directed by Joanne Wainwright. It will use drills from Richard Quick's "Championship Winning Walls" video. The drills will focus on streamlining, breakouts, underwater swimming using dolphin undulation and freestyle flip turn.

The clinic is open to swimmers ages 11 and over. Younger swimmers may be permitted with a referral from a coach.

For more information or to pre-register, call 262-5308 or call the Skyview pool at 262-3905.

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