ASAA Hall of Fame inductees honored

Story, Cordes and Harry were recognized for their years of excellence.

Anita Harry, Merlin Cordes and Corise Story were inducted into the Alaska School Activities Association Hall of Fame Friday night during the Sons of the American Legion Homer Winter Carnival basketball tournament.

Story graduated from Homer High School in 1994 and competed as a varsity swimmer all four years of high school before continuing her swimming career at the University of San Diego. She set numerous records during her high school career and was the Region III Girls Swimmer of the Year in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, she was also named the Alaska Female High School Swimmer of the Year. Story is now the Kindergarten teacher at McNeil Canyon Elementary.

Cordes has coached, refereed and taught on the lower Kenai Peninsula for 30 years. He refereed basketball and volleyball games from Unalaska to Cordova from 1991-2020, including several state tournaments in both 1A and 2A divisions. In addition to being a referee, Cordes coached basketball, facilitated community basketball programs and substituted at numerous Kenai Peninsula Borough schools.

Harry was actually inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame class, but her recognition was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harry has volunteered with Homer schools for 50 years in numerous activities. She served as the activities and transportation administrator for Homer junior and senior high schools since 1972, as well as with the Homer Booster Club since 1985. She has coordinated countless tournaments and events, and volunteered as a bus driver, a scorer and timer for track and field, volleyball, basketball, swimming, football, wrestling, soccer and softball. She has also coached track, volleyball and swimming. According to Homer High School Athletic Director Chris Perk, Harry has been “the glue that held Homer High activities together.”

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