Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Thirty-nine Homer skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. That will be the only and last community ski race of the season as the Homer Marathon recently was canceled.

  • Last-minute snowfalls made for good skiing for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Wine and Cheese and Wooden Ski Tour on Sunday.

    “We were really sweating bullets,” said organizer Kevin Walker. “Thursday it was glare ice. Then there was an inch (of snow) here, an inch there, three inches Saturday morning, three more inches Sunday morning, so it turned out to be really good conditions.”

    The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the club, usually bringing in around $2,000 and attracting 75-100 skiers. This year, the crowd was a bit smaller.

  • Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races. 

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

  • Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.

    Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.

    For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122. 

Youth Sports

  • May 2-3
    Dimond High School
    HOMER BOYS INDIVIDUAL VARSITY SCORES
    800 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 2:02.91
    1600 METERS: 30. Les Crane, 5:30.88
    3200 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 9:59.66
    300 METER HURDLES, 36-INCH: 5. Connor Seay, 44.82
    4X400 RELAY: 11. Homer, 49.33
    4X200 RELAY: 11. Homer, 1.42.95
    4X400 RELAY: 12. H0mer, 4:01.28
    SHOT PUT, 12 LB: 18 Chase Crauthers, 32’09.00; 22. Ian Lowe, 29’11.00
    DISCUS, 1.6 KG: 28. Jake Richter, 72’02.00
    LONG JUMP: 8. John Shank, 18’04.00; 9. Connor Seay, 17’06.75

  • Participating in the two-day Anchorage Invite was an open door for the Homer Mariner track and field athletes to plant their feet on the site where state championships will be in a few weeks.
    More importantly, while there the team scored some “really good performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.
    Senior Pedro Ochoa finished third in the 3200 meters, with an impressive time of 9:59.
    “He broke 10 minutes in the 2-mile, which is a pretty significant barrier,” said Steyer.
    Ochoa also placed third in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:02.91.

  • Homer weather was perfect for baseball last Friday and Saturday. The sun was shining, the day breeze was mild and there was a a table of picnic food set up at the edge of the field.
    It was a marked difference from the wind and rain the Mariner baseball team faced in Kodiak last month.
    Last weekend’s real storm was on the baseball diamond with the Mariners losing both its Friday and Saturday games to the Colony Knights.

  • Fired up after three days of grueling competition at the Invitational Round-Robin in Juneau last Thursday-Saturday, the Mariner softball team bounced back Monday with an impressive 17-0 victory over Kenai Central in three innings of play.
    “That was kind of my plan, that we would score a lot of tough games before we got into conference play,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Bell.
    “It would have been nice to win some of those (Juneau games), but those weren’t critical.”

  • Forty of more than 1,200 wrestlers this weekend were represented by the Popeye Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle State Tournaments last weekend hosted at the Wasilla Sports Complex. More than 20 represented areas came from as far away as Kotzebue, Bethel and Juneau. Some of the wrestlers were challenged 18 times over a period of three days.


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