Shannon Reid

SoHi also beats girls’ team

The Mariner Girls varsity team lost its home game against Soldotna High School Tuesday, and thanks to temperamental spring weather, also experienced all four seasons during the two 45-minute halves. The game finished with a 4-1 win for SoHi.

SoHi shut down Homer’s offensive opportunities with a strong and collected defense, but gave up an own goal from a misjudged pass back to the goalie with 12 minutes left to go in the game.

Mariners’ boys team suffers first loss of soccer season

The Mariner boys varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against Soldotna High School on Tuesday, and ended the home game with several hauntingly close scoring opportunities. 

SoHi collected the first goal in the first half, and finished the game with two more, shutting out Homer 3-0. 

Head Coach Warren Waldorf said the team, which lost a few key players in the second half, struggled to finish the chances they created in the offensive end of the field. 

Mariner girls kick off soccer season with win against Nikiski

The Mariner girls christened the newly installed turf field with a well-earned win against Nikiski on Tuesday in their first home soccer game of the season. Homer maintained the majority of the ball control in the first half, but their lead decreased during the second half after Nikiski’s offensive presence profited from a few breakaways. The Mariners tightened up and finished the game with a 4-3 win.

Girls battle Juneau weather in soccer season’s openers

Last week girls of the Homer Mariners soccer team traveled to Juneau to compete in their first three games of the season against competitive Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas High School, all while battling moody spring weather conditions.

The first game last April 9 against Thunder Mountain ended a cold and windy game in a 0-0 tie. Despite some goal scoring opportunities the Mariners couldn’t connect the ball to the back of the net. 

Mariners’ soccer season underway

Mariner girls and boys soccer teams are working hard to prepare for the first games of their short but packed season, playing outside earlier than ever thanks to the newly installed artificial turf field. 

Both teams will compete against Nikiski on Tuesday at Homer High School. These will be the first soccer games played on the turf field. 

Businesses make moves, still on Pioneer Avenue

Re/Max of Homer recently settled into its new renovated location on the street facing side of the Windjammer Suites building on Pioneer Avenue. Their old location, also on Pioneer Avenue, is now occupied by Malone Insurance Agency, which moved from a neighboring building in July.
In an interview last week, owner and broker of the Re/Max real estate franchise, Terry Yager, referred to the move as “downsizing” to a smaller space. He estimated the renovation to be 90 percent done, with mostly cosmetic touches, like adding window blinds, needing to be completed.

Homer softball season closes with Growlers on top

The eight teams of the Homer Softball Association finished off the season in a double elimination tournament at Jack Gist Park last weekend.

The rivalry peaked during the championship game between Beluga Lake Lodge and the Growlers, who took the first place trophy after winning the game 10-6. Spenard Builders Supply took third after losing to Beluga Lake Lodge 11-9.

Softball teams ready for upcoming tournament

The eight Homer Softball Association teams wind up their season with a bang next weekend during the annual Homer City Tournament at Jack Gist Park.

The two-day, double elimination tournament will be held Aug. 9-10.

Season standings will determine the tournament bracket schedule.

The schedule will be finalized after the final season game on Aug. 5. 

Following are the past week’s game scores.

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Tournament wraps up softball season

Approaching season’s end, the Homer Softball Association is preparing for the annual Homer City Tournament scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10.

Last week Alibi scored a win against Kharacters 16-15 on Monday and a 10-6 victory against Beluga Lake Lodge on Wednesday. The Growlers continued an undefeated streak and Down East left Kharacters-Cups in the dust on Wednesday with a 27-13 win.

For a schedule of the games, weekly updates on team scores and standings and information on the upcoming City Tournament, go the 2014 Homer Softball Association Facebook page.

Iconic musician Hobo Jim gains fans worldwide

Jim Varsos, better known as “ Hobo Jim,” has captured audiences all over the world with his collection of Alaskana-flavored guitar and storytelling performances.

Alaska’s iconic singer-songwriter and official state balladeer is back in Homer, playing two family-friendly shows every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse & Tavern. 

Homer shines in softball

Last weekend’s statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament offered great competition and great weather to the 27 competing teams from Kenai, Anchorage, Wasilla and Homer. Spenard Builders Supply and Kharacters, which is co-sponsored by Cups, represented Homer in the D bracket and Beluga Lake Lodge competed in the C bracket.
Out of 16 D-bracket teams, SBS took first in a dramatic revenge against the Anchorage team Yamato, and Kharacters followed close behind in third. Beluga Lake Lodge placed sixth out of the 11 C-bracket teams.

‘Reliquary’ honors spirit of bones

If you take a walk through Jo Going’s art exhibit Reliquary at the Pratt Museum, prepare for a paradigm shift.

In Reliquary, Going combines such things as animal bones, teeth, pelts and feathers with bright watercolor paper, beads, sequins and glitter, celebrating the beauty of life through items most people associate with death.

The inspiration for Going’s exhibit was sparked 30 years ago, during a moment when she came across a caribou skeleton on the tundra while living in Interior Alaska.

Highland Games: Sports with a twist happen Saturday

Kilts, bagpipes, a fake halibut toss, vendors and face paint are a few highlights to look forward to at the 2014 Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday. 

A celebration of Celtic heritage, the games invite male and female athletes and event-goers to join the fun by participating in or cheering for the traditional Scottish competitions, browsing the various food and retail vendors or by volunteering. 

Homer High runners finish first in Spit Run

Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.

Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.

Weeds may be ‘medicine at your front door’

What use does a dandelion have besides being a weed in a garden? Does devil’s club really have medicinal qualities? That and many more questions were answered by Nancy Lee-Evans during the Medicinal Plant Walk June 12 at Bishop’s Beach.

The class, part of the diverse series of Thriving Thursday wellness classes offered by Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness, attracted a large crowd in spite of the rain and gusting wind. 

Disc golf fun for families, increases activity in park

Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors.

Edan Badajos, competitive disc golfer and board member of Jack Gist Recreation Park Association, has coordinated field trips for Fireweed Academy and Chapman Elementary School, and said kids often return with their parents to play. 

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