For the first time this school year, four Kodiak High School sports teams will be in action — but only one will be on The Rock.
Kodiak’s cross country team entertains Grace Christian and Colony today at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. The girls race at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:45 p.m.
As the season nears an end, this is the final home meet of the year for the Bears. The season concludes with the Region III Championships (Sept. 28 at Palmer) and the state meet (Oct. 5 at Bartlett High School.
Kodiak seniors Braxton Gruner, Riley Birbilas, Jerrod Bolton, Carly Glover, Katie Parnell and Hallee Blair will all be making their final appearances at The Fort.
After scoring its first touchdown of the season in Week 5, Kodiak takes to the road for its toughest game of the season — a Northern Lights Conference tilt against the Soldotna Stars.
Soldotna has won the past seven Division II state titles and is riding a 13-game winning streak — a mark dating back to last season. The Stars are 20-0 all-time against the Bears.
Kodiak opened NLC play with 41-7 loss to Eagle River last week at Joe Floyd Track and Field. Igan Galindez scored the Bears’ first points of the season when he rushed in from 6 yards out on the opening drive. That score ended a 16-quarter scoreless drought for Kodiak — the longest stretch in program history.
Soldotna (4-0) has not played an NLC game this season. The Stars have topped West Anchorage, South Anchorage, Lathrop and Christian, California, by a combined score of 195-47.
Kodiak volleyball gets a break from the NLC this week and travels to the West Spiketacular that begins today at West Anchorage High School.
The Spiketacular features 18 Division I and Division II teams. The Bears compete in pool play today against Chugiak, Colony, East Anchorage, Grace Christian, Homer, Houston, Juneau and West Anchorage.
The other pool includes Kenai, Nikiski, Palmer, Service, Soldotna, South Anchorage, Wasilla, West junior varsity and West Valley.
Pool play determines seeding for Saturday’s double-elimination tournament.
Kodiak (0-5, 0-4 NLC) has been idle since being swept by Wasilla two weeks ago.
If it feels like the Kodiak swim team hasn’t competed much this season, it’s because they haven’t. The Bears have only been in the water against another team once this season.
That changes today when Kodiak takes part in the Soldotna Pentathlon at Soldotna High School. The Bears will then compete in the Soldotna Tri-Meet on Saturday.
The Pentathlon is a unique event that features 50 yards of each stroke, plus a 100-yard individual medley. Times are added and a winner is declared.