Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.

    Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.

  • Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

  • The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled event at Colony High School. More changes may be ahead.

    “Looking at the weather forecast, there also is a very high probability that the Seward Invite will be canceled,” said HHS Head Coach Eric Groth of an event scheduled for Saturday.

    “The weather we’ve been having is essentially a skier’s worst nightmare come true.”

  • The Homer Women’s Hockey Jamboree Tournament was a huge success last weekend, with 90 women participating from Soldotna, Fairbanks, Juneau, Anchorage and Homer. Eight teams were divided into two divisions competing for the championship title. The final breakdown after regulation play was:

     The Diamonds and Hearts Division
    (team, wins, ties, losses):

    Enforcing Elvises: 2, 1, 0

    Bankrolling Backheckers: 2, 1, 0

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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