Adult Sports

Homer pickleball picks up medals

Homer pickleball players brought home precious medals after taking top spots in several categories in the Alaska Senior Games on Aug. 16-18.

Janie Leask, Holly Van Pelt, Dru and Tim Renchler, Donna and Dan Holleman, Bill Bloom and Paul Knight competed in doubles and singles categories in several different age categories in Fairbanks. The pickleball players collected nine gold, two silver and two bronze medals. For Homer pickleball, the wins affirmed the players’ skills outside of the hamlet at the end of the road.

Morin wins 3rd-straight Donald R. Morgan Memorial Club Championship

In the door-prize drawing following the two-day Donald R. Morgan Memorial Club Championship at the Kenai Golf Course on Sunday, Homer’s Chris Morin won a 3-wood.

Don’t expect to see Morin using that club much around the penal, par-72 layout though. Morin has taken to a strategy of hitting mostly 4-irons off the tees at Kenai, and it’s taken him where no golfer at the course has gone before.

Morin is in the midst of another solid summer of golf. Recently, he tied the course record of 22 at the nine-hole, par-27 Homer Golf Course.

Tiebreaking championship game ends Homer city league softball season

Fifteen minutes after Mean Machine beat Beluga Lake Lodge with a score of 9-5 in the championship game, the teams took the field to play again. In order to win, Mean Machine needed to defeat BLL again.

The Homer Softball Association’s city tournament rules require a team to lose twice before they could be declared out of the running for the championship. BLL won all of their games over the July 30-31 tournament weekend until the final game against Mean Machine.

Youth rules the day at Spit Run

Homer and Anchor Point’s speedy young adults took over the top 10 in the runners division of the 6-K Homer Spit Run on Saturday, June 25.

Pedro Ochoa, a 19-year-old Homer High School alumnus, crossed the finish line first. Ochoa was nearly two minutes ahead of the second place runner, 16-year-old Homer High School junior Jacob Davis, with a time of 35:12.58. Davis came in at 37:00.81, just a second past his goal time of 37 minutes, he said.

“It feels amazing and it hurts,” Davis said. “I was going for the big improvement this year.”

Register now for Spit Run

Registration has started for the annual 10k to the Bay Homer Spit Run. The race stars at 9:30 a.m. June 25 for walkers and 10 a.m. for runners at Homer High School and finishes at Land’s End on the Spit. A no-host party is at Land’s End Resort with a free shuttle bus back to the high school.

Mariners softball finishes season at state

Mariner softball started out on top of the Soldotna Stars during their Friday game at the state tournament in Fairbanks. However, a turning of the tides led to the end of Homer’s season.

Homer jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning, but the decisive frame would be the bottom of the third, when SoHi scored seven times for an 8-3 lead.

“We started off ahead 3-0, but they came back strong,” said Homer coach Bill Bell, who had a string of five straight top-three finishes at state snapped. “They were hitting. They outplayed us.”

Singletrack minds

The Homer Cycling Club rounded up workers to help improve the singletrack mountain bike trail in the Diamond Creek area for Trails Day on Sunday, June 5. The group has been slowly establishing a bike trail that starts about 50 yards from the top of the dirt road that leads to the trailhead of the existing Diamond Creek hiking trail.

Arktikos wins Sourdough Cup

Saturday, May 28 brought nice weather and good winds for the Homer Yacht Club’s Sourdough Cup. Captain Hal Smith captured the top place in Saturday’s race.

Seven sailboats enhanced the beauty of Kachemak Bay with fair seas and 15 knot winds, making for a fast race. Captain Hal Smith in Arktikos led the whole race, followed by Martha J and Nereus.  After race handicaps were calculated, the win went to Arktikos, with Dolphin in second and Lula B in third.

The next Homer Yacht Club race is the Cooney Cup to Seldovia on June 11.

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Golf tournament benefits Hospice of Homer

The seventh annual Hospice of Homer golf tournament fundraiser gives golfers of all skill levels the chance to play, have fun, and even win a prize or two. 

The tournament will be held at The Tips Golf Course, a par three, nine-hole course out East End Road with a breath-taking view of Kachemak Bay, on June 11 said Hospice of Homer board president Richard Kleinleder. The day starts at 9 a.m. and all proceeds benefit Hospice of Homer.

First sailing race of year attracts six boats and sunny weather

Sunny, beautiful weather with light winds welcomed in the Homer Yacht Club’s 2016 racing series Saturday, May 14 with the Cheechako Cup.  

Six boats navigated by Homerites made way from the end of the Spit around Gull Island twice and returned to the Spit to finish. Captain Carlin Rauch on the Martha J lead most of the race only to be caught near the finish by Erik Pullman on Nereus. Martha J prevailed at the finish though, edging out Nereus by only 18 seconds after the handicaps were calculated.    


Former Mariner athlete honored

Thirty years after winning his second state title as a Mariner wrestler, the Alaska School Activities Association is inducting Homer High School alumnus Ian Pitzman into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Pitzman, owner of Fortune Sea LLC and a leader in the Homer fishing community, will be the sixth Homer High athlete honored in the hall of fame. 

31 take part in Ski for Women

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club hosted the 13th annual Homer Ski for Women event Feb. 7 at the Lookout Mountain trails. The snow conditions were excellent, giving the 31 skiers who showed up in costume a pleasant trail to trek across. 

Homer’s Ski for Women acts as a benefit for South Peninsula Haven House. This year’s event brought in $715 as of Monday afternoon, said event organizer Kris Holderied. 

Divas take 2nd at national competition

Jan Rumble, Shelly Laukitis, Karyn Noyes, Ingrid Harrald, Kay Brown, Di Carbonell and Emily Hutchison from the Homer Divas Women’s Hockey Team headed to Eagle River, Wis., last weekend to play in the USA Pond Hockey National Championships. 

The attending Diva members moved up a division after winning the Championship Trophy in 2015. This year the Women’s bronze division had teams mostly from the Midwest, ranging from Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

KSC Kings compete at Snowball Invitational

Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 23 swimmers to compete in Kenai’s Snowball Invitational on Jan. 9. 

Even though swimmers’ families found more ice than snow on the way to compete, they all showed and shaved seconds off of personal best times. Numerous swimmers swam personal bests and achieved new age group championship cuts and Alaska Junior Olympic championship cuts. 

Hockey tournament, fundraising party benefit ice rink

Women’s hockey is taking over Homer this weeked for the sixth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament on Jan. 15-17 at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

The event is a partnership between the Homer Hockey Association and Homer Divas Women’s Hockey and features a 15-game tournament with more than 100 women competing. Players hail from Wasilla, Healy, Soldotna, Kenai and Anchorage, as well as Homer. The games begin on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

Dessert auction successful at alumni night

The Homer High alumni challenge basketball game the day after Christmas took the cake or, rather, provided attendees with pies, cakes and crisps to take home. 

While the community came out to see players from both current and past boys and girls basketball teams play, with both a silent and live dessert auction, a number went home with sweet treats of their own. 

Curling: Harder than it looks, but lots of fun

The key to curling success is two-fold: put more weight on the broom than the stone and, most importantly, trust the stone will not pull you across the ice like Fred Flintstone in a bowling alley. 

That, and don’t take yourself or the game too seriously.

Though requiring confidence and concentration, the game of curling is easy to pick up in an evening. For those in or near Homer, this athletic experience is only a trip away to the Kevin Bell Arena.

Snowfall arrives just in time for 2015 Ski Your Age event

The timing couldn’t have been better for this year’s Ski Your Age event, which took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

A storm blew in on Christmas Day and dumped a ton of fresh snow on the Lookout Mountain trails. By the next day, the storm had calmed down giving the groomers enough time to get the trails groomed. 

There were 71 participants in this year’s event.


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