Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Softball Association experienced close competition at the highest level of the league last week. The Growlers, who have reigned undefeated all season, got a run for their money against Beluga Lake Lodge and co-sponsored team Kharacters and Cups.
    Beluga Lake Lodge and Kharacters recently took sixth in the C-bracket and third in the D-bracket, respectively, at the Kenai Firecracker Tournament July 5 and 6.

  • 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.

  • By Shannon Reid

    For the Homer News

    In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday. 

  • 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.

  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games. 

    Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.

Youth Sports

  • The skills the Mariner softball team has meticulously developed over the season will be put to the test Friday during the start of the softball state tournament in Anchorage. Homer advanced to state after winning a close game against Soldotna May 27.

    “It was a very good game,” Coach Bill Bell said. “The pitching was balanced, and the teams were balanced.” 

  • The Homer High School boys soccer team notched the highest ranking at the state tournament ever made by a Mariners male soccer team, tying with South Anchorage for third place. 

    Homer held its own against larger schools throughout the tournament, relying on its strong defensive line.

    “Compared to the big schools we have a smaller roster, but the boys trained hard all season and got better and better,” said Coach Warren Waldorf. “They went into the tournament determined and focused.” 

  • With the official kick off May 17 and after a week of practice, Little League season got into the swing of things this week at Karen Hornaday Park.

    “We usually have 175 registered and we’re definitely over that this year,” said Kathy Beachy, president of Homer Little League. “I think we’re pushing 200.”

    Why so many more this year? Because it’s fun, said Beachy.

  • In spite of fire-fighting aircraft working overhead and smoke from the Funny River Fire visible to the east, the Homer Mariners played the Kenai Kardinals in Kenai on Memorial Day, suffering a 6-1 loss. That brings the regular season to an end with four wins and six losses for the Mariners. Today they begin playing in the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Soldotna. 

  • Moments before their last at-home game of the season, the Homer High Mariners softball team and fans paid honor to the team’s four seniors: Brenna Evarts, Hailey Hughes, Shyanna Parr and Jordyn Haye.

    Also getting a nod of appreciation were two of the Mariners’ biggest fans, Floyd and Gert Seekins. No matter what the sport, the Seekins can more often than not be found in the bleachers.


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