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

  • More than 100 middle school wrestlers, including athletes from Chapman, Homer and Voznesenka, participated in the Rubber Chicken Classic at Skyview in Soldotna last Saturday.

    The event gets its name from the coveted awards given.

    “The winner of each weight class gets a rubber chicken instead of a medal,” said Chris Perk, wrestling coach. “The kids love it.”

    The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for wrestlers in grades 7 and 8.

  • Following on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 loss to the SoHi Stars played before hometown fans Jan. 20, the Homer Mariner Co-Op hockey team powered onto the Soldotna Sports Center ice two days later and claimed a 7-1 victory over the Kenai Kardinals. Senior forward Kiril Sanarov made four of the seven goals. 

  • In nonconference play, the Ninilchik Wolverines girls and boys basketball teams took on the Homer Mariner JV teams in Homer on Saturday. The Wolverines returned home after claiming a double victory:

    Girls: Ninilchik 49, Homer JV 18

    Boys: Ninilchik 57, Homer JV 46

  • The Mariners matched up against Seward last Friday for the second time this season, the boys taking home their second victory over the Seahawks and the girls losing another close, hard-fought game. To the coaches and the crowds, however, both contests showed significant improvement in cohesive team play for the Mariners over the past month. 

    The Mariner boys, who beat Seward by only one point in late December, led Friday’s game from the first quarter to finish with a significant 59-42 victory. 

  • In the annual, three-day Warrior Rumble at Nikolaevsk School, the Fort Yukon Eagles boys team and the Newhalen Malamutes girls team took first place in basketball action. The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls teams took second and the Newhalen Malamutes boys and Fort Yukon Eagles girls were third. The boys and girls teams from the fourth school to participate in the tournament, the Tri-Valley Viking Warriors, were presented with sportsmanship awards.

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