Homer Sports and Outdoors

Homer cyclist first in Fireweed 400

What do you get for being first across the finish line of the Fireweed 400, a grueling bicycle race that begins and ends at Sheep Mountain and has Valdez as the turn-around point?
“For participating you get a shirt and a water bottle and a few free goodies from the race sponsors. For winning you get a sore butt and applause from your crew and everybody around you,” said Martin Renner, 43, of Homer.

Birders seek to identify mysterious Spit bird

The Kachemak Bay Birders are seeking help in identifying this mystery bird photographed by visitor David Hanson on June 6 on a roof near Spit Sisters on the Homer Spit. Homer birders with knowledge of Alaska birds do not think this is a bird native to Alaska and might be an escaped caged bird. The bird has a yellow band on its right leg. Wild birds would have a metal band, said Lani Raymond of the Kachemak Bay Birders. She said birds with yellow bands may be from Peru.

Mariner hoops teams break into action

Before Christmas Day is over, the Homer High School Mariner basketball teams — boys and girls — were scheduled to head to Ketchikan for the Clark Cochrane Christmas Classic, Dec. 27-29.

“When everyone is on winter break, the varsity will be going to Ketchikan,” said Mark Casseri, head coach for the boys team. “But it’s a great tournament. The kids will get a lot of basketball in.”

Mariners sail past Hawks with 38-7 win

The sun came out for the Mariners in the 2012 homecoming game as they were able to take control of the running game early, beating the Houston Hawks 38-7. Both teams held 5-2 records before their final game of the regular season.

Homer showed off its talent in running backs early, as Tommy Bowe and Joey Cardoza shared carries on their way to an early Cardoza touchdown.  Konstantin Reutov ran in the extra point and the Mariners jumped out to an early 7-point lead.

New track requires new rules of conduct

It's been a long time coming, with the past year's extra effort including not only the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, but also support from community members, the city of Homer, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre, KPB Capital Projects Director Kevin Lyon, the KPB assembly and legislators representing the area. It also required a $1.1 million appropriation in the state's capital budget and, finally, Gov. Sean Parnell. As of Monday, Homer High School has a brand new track.

XC teams claim 2nd, 3rd at state

On Saturday afternoon, the Mariner varsity football team was sailing away with the homecoming game against the Houston Hawks when announcer Aaron Selbig interrupted his play-by-play comments with news from the 2012 Cross Country Running State Championships. Homer, a 3A school, took second place in the 1A, 2A and 3A girls' team competition and the boys took third.

The crowd broke out in a loud cheer.


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