Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Celebrating clean water, healthy salmon and healthy people, 67 runners and bikers from Anchorage to Soldotna to Homer turned out June 14 for the first Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride. 

    Participants ran, fat biked or mountain biked 10 miles from the mouth of the Kenai River to the mouth of the Kasilof River along the beach at low tide. The event was sponsored by local nonprofits Cook Inletkeeper, Kenai Watershed Forum and Tsalteshi Trails Association and proceeds went to supporting clean water and healthy salmon in the Cook Inlet Watershed. 

  • As the bustle of Homer’s summer activities arrives, the Homer Softball Association also winds up. The skilled and the amateur, the young and the young at heart all make up the eight different teams in the Homer Softball Association. Athletes 18 years and older gather at Jack Gist Park Monday-Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to play ball. 

    It’s a family event, according to Homer Softball Association Commissioner Jessica Marx, and many of the supporting spectators include kids and dogs.

  • The deadline for advance registration of the June 28 certified 10K to the Bay Spit Run is Friday for both online and mail-in. Advance registration is $30. On-site registration is $40 and will be available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the day of the race. Runners age 9 and younger are free. T-shirts are available to the first 225 registrants in order to encourage early registration. The race begins at Homer High School at 10 a.m. and ends at the end of the Spit.  

  • First-time Relay for Life of Homer event chairs Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel definitely got their feet wet over the weekend. So did the other 185 registered relayers and weekend add-ons, thanks to heavy, wind-driven rain on Friday.

    That’s didn’t dampen Homer’s support of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, however.

    The fundraising goal was $60,000 “and we raised a total of $65,600 and something,” said Drake. Donations will continue to be accepted through August. 

  • Summer or winter, the city of Homer Parks and Recreation offers plenty of ways to stay active. If there’s an interest in a specific activity that isn’t on the schedule, Mike Illg, the program coordinator, will do what he can to make it available.

    “I always tell people the recreation program is organic,” said Illg, whose office is located at Homer High School and carefully builds the program around the school district’s calendar.

Youth Sports

  • It was a clear sweep to victory for the Nikolaevsk Warriors mixed six volleyball team at conference competition in Kodiak last weekend.

    After arriving in Kodiak by ferry, the team took on Anderson, the no. 4 seed, and secured a 3-0 win Friday afternoon.

    Saturday, the Warriors were back on the court, working their way past Seldovia, the no. 3 seed, and Kodiak EES, no. 2. The Kodiak team includes athletes from Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie.

  • For the second season in a row, the Homer Mariner wrestling team will be sending 10 wrestlers to the boys state tournament. In addition, the team also will be sending two girls to the first-ever all state girls tournament.

  • The Mariner cross country ski team competed in their first race of the season last Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Last week’s discouraging wet weather caused the race, which was originally scheduled to be held above Homer at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road, to be moved farther north. As the Mariners departed early Saturday morning, the conditions still didn’t look promising.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 65 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 75 percent relay PRs at the Candy Cane Invitational in Seward on Dec. 6. Sailey Rhodes won KSC Swimmer of the Meet honors for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the girls 50 free (35.46), 100 backstroke (1:30.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:39.18), racing aggressively, and cheering on her teammates.

    Some additional highlights:

  • The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was on home ice Tuesday, playing the Kenai Kardinals at the Kevin Bell Arena. The fast-paced game ended in a 2-1 win for the Kards, with the Mariners outshooting the Kardinals 29-17.

    The first period wrapped up with neither team able to make it onto the board. The action picked up in the second period, with Kenai scoring in less than two minutes. Homer’s Ulian Kuzmin, assisted by Clem Tillion, answered in short order.


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