Kodiak High School runners were at the top step of the podium after the Region III cross country championships at Skyview High School in Soldotna on Saturday.
The boys took the top three spots, with James Osowski, Cole Christiansen and Nathan Deer sweeping the meeting, and leading the Bears to a 27-point win. Jordan Fogle was seventh, Jake Salus was ninth and Caleb Nymeyer was 15th, as Kodiak beat second-place Wasilla 22 to 49. Kenai was third, followed by Palmer and Colony.
Jaymi Bethea took the girl’s title in decisive fashion, with a time of 18-minutes 57-seconds on the Tsalteshi Trails course, beating the second place runner by 19 seconds. Defending state champion Jenna Ford of Wasilla was 42 seconds behind, but enough of her teammates finished high enough for the Warriors to win, 39-to-75 over the second-place Lady Bears. Colony was third, Kenai fourth and Palmer fifth. Kodiak’s Sarah Ng was seventh over all.
The runners will compete next at the state meet at Bartlett High in Anchorage this weekend.
In football, the Kodiak Bears’ season is over. They fell, despite a stunning comeback, against the Skyview Panthers on Saturday, and combined with a Homer win, have been bounced from the field, and will not make the play offs this year.
The game Saturday was postponed two hours as the Bears needed some time to recover from a very rough ferry ride from Kodiak to the mainland Friday night.
The Bears spotted the Panthers more than four touchdowns before rallying to tie the score late in the game, but fell by a score of 40-to-34. KSRM announcer Ron Holloway has the call at the end of the game, as the Bears tried to pull off one more miracle:
— (Bears 1 49 sec "Six-point-nine seconds … and 34 for Kodiak.")
The Soldotna Stars trounced the Kenai Kardinals, and the Homer Mariners blanked the Houston Hawks in other Northern Lights Conference action over the weekend. Soldotna finishes first, followed by Kenai, Homer and Skyview. The playoffs begin next week against three teams from the Great Land Conference and the Thunder Mountain team from the Southeast Conference.