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

  • The Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center was packed with athletes, coaches and fans representing a total of 11 different schools for the Homer Invitational last week. The pool’s blue water was churned into froth, while shouted cheers and applause kept the 232 competitors pushing for excellence.
    The Kodiak girls and boys teams each took first place, giving them a combined first-place team score of 232. The Mariner girls tied with Seward for seventh place and the boys placed fourth. The resulting combined team score put Homer High in seventh place with a score of 31.

  • In two days of back-to-back play, the Homer High Mariners varsity volleyball team won three matches against Seward on Friday. On Saturday, they were back on the court, taking Anchorage Christian School in three out of four sets.

    Scores in the Friday games were 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13, Homer’s favor.

    “Jane Rohr had 12 kills and a 38 percent kill efficiency, meaning she had very few errors,” said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge. “Kyla Pitzman was next in kills with seven.”

  • A high school dive meet in Kenai on Friday was a bit unbalanced with only one Kenai diver and five Homer divers. Still, it was a good opportunity to test the water — or the board — so to speak.

    “There was only one other girl (from Kenai) that dove in the meet besides us,” said Mariner Head Coach Harmon Hall.

  • Eight schools, 115 runners and a bright sun and blue sky overhead. A great combination for the Homer Invitational on Friday, a cross-country meet with boys and girls varsity and junior varsity competitions.

    Homer Mariner girls and SoHi Star boys took first place in team points. In second place, the results flipped with Homer boys and SoHi girls in second.

    “They did good, really good,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of the Mariners’ performance.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    After a 1 a.m. departure Saturday morning, followed by a nine-hour ferry ride to Kodiak and a welcome to Alaska’s emerald island that consisted of chilly sheets of sideways-moving rain, the Homer Mariner football team took on the Kodiak Bears on Saturday.

    The Bears managed a 22-20 win. That placed Kodiak 1-0 in Northern Lights Conference play, and Homer at 0-1 in the league and 0-2 overall.


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