Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • It’s no secret that Homer has a vibrant boating community. Beyond the halibut hopefuls, however, Homer draws a different type of boater a bit unexpected for the far north: the sailor.  

    Founded in 1983, the Homer Yacht Club has been sailing in Homer for about 30 years. But Erik Pullman, current commodore for the yacht club, remembers an informal organization actively sailing in Homer even before then. “We started in the late 1970s,” said Pullman, “but it wasn’t until 1983 that we became official.”  

  • Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.  

    Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened.

    “The tide definitely won over the wind this weekend,” said sailor Shawn Hansen shortly after the race.  

  • A cool overcast morning made for perfect running weather on Saturday. Almost 300 people gathered at the high school for the Homer Spit Run, a 10-kilometer race to the end of the Spit. 

    Hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the annual Spit Run is a course certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for long distance running. New this year was a 10-K walk beginning ahead of the run. 

  • Ninilchik scramble puts spotlight
    on decline of area’s razor clams

    The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce ran its first Clam Scramble Mud and Natural Obstacle course run Saturday.

    The chamber wants to create an annual solstice event in a central location on the Kenai Peninsula for the whole family. Proceeds from the race go to Ninilchik Emergency Services.

  • Athletes at the seventh annual Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games set new field records last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. In a first for the games, Matthew Patterson of Fort Wainwright successfully threw the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 Challenge Caber. On his second try, Patterson flipped the 110-pound, 18-foot, 11-inches log, something that has never been done in the history of the challenge caber.

Youth Sports

  • Although this past weekend didn’t end in a victory, the Homer High School softball team held its own during the state championships in Fairbanks, placing third overall and winning two out of four games.  The Mariners lost to Sitka and Ketchikan, but had overwhelming wins against Hutchison and North Pole. 

    The Homer softball team cannot seem to crack the Southeast code, but the same can be said for most of the state.

  • The Mariners’ 2015 soccer season drew to a close Friday. The boys team had a fantastic season and reached state for the third time in Mariner history, before ending the season with a 2-1 loss against Bartlett.

    The team put up a solid defense against Bartlett, refusing to go down without a fight. Senior Kenneth Schneider scored a penalty kick against Bartlett.

    “You know it was a tough game. It ended up being our last, but the boys never stopped playing. ... We went out very well,” said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.

  • The Mariner baseball team dropped two games in regional play in Wasilla to close out the 2015 season.

    In game 1, the Mariners fell to Palmer 16-9. Kyle Johnson started on the mound with Owen Delehanty pitching the last several innings in relief. 

    The Palmer club had the bats going early, picking up five hits and four runs in the first and then six runs in the third to claim a commanding early lead.  

  • The Homer High School track and field season ended with success as the girls team secured second overall at the State Championships last weekend.

    The girls team chalked up 80 points during the meet, losing out to Anchorage Christian who scored 95.   

    “I really couldn’t be happier,” said Coach Bill Steyer. “It was a great finish to the season.” 

  • On Thursday the Girls Soccer team squared off in the first round of regionals against Colony. Colony had proven to be a challenge for the Mariners all season, and beat the girls 0-4.

     

    Unfortunately this was a first round elimination, and effectively ended the girls soccer season. 

     

    Though a disappointing ending to a difficult season, 2015 proved to be a promising year several players. Uliana Reutov, a sophomore, ended the season with the most points, scoring 7 total goals and an assist throughout the season.

     

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