Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • This week’s schedule of sports events for Homer High School includes:

    Sept. 19-20: Valdez Volleyball Invite;

    Sept. 19: Pentathlon swim, Soldotna High School, 2 p.m.;

    Sept. 20: JV football vs. Soldotna, 11 a.m.; varsity football vs. Soldotna, 2 p.m., at Homer;

    Sept. 20: XC 5K time trial, from the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon to the base of the Spit, noon.

  • Junior high basketball season begins in October and officiating is a great way to work into refereeing. Anyone intersted is asked to contact Merlin Cordes at 299-0303 or Russ Radliff at 399-0297. A meeting for those interested will be held at Homer High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

  • Homer High School might not have a tennis team, but they do have tennis courts and that’s exactly what the 19-member Kodiak High School Bears tennis team was looking for when it paid a visit to the area Aug. 30-31.
    “This is like the fourth or fifth time they’ve come here,” Will Files of the Homer Tennis Association said of the Bears’ annual visit to Homer. “There’s no tennis team at Homer High, so they played with some of us adults. That gave them a little challenge to see a different pace on the ball.”

  • The Homer Mariners volleyball team served up a fourth-place finish at the North-South Tournament in Houston last week, playing against teams from Anchorage Christian School, Bethel, Delta, Houston, Hutchison, Monroe, Seward, Sitka and Valdez.
    Homer’s Kyla Pitzman led the team with 40 kills for the tournament, averaging six per game.
    “Her hard hitting and aggressive play earned her ‘All Tournament’ team honors,” said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge.

  • With 66 individuals competing in the girls varsity cross-country competition at Saturday’s Palmer Invitational, the Mariner girls ran their way into first place in the 1, 2 and 3A competition.
    On the boys side there were 89 individual runners and Homer’s varsity runners took second place overall, with Grace Christian in first place.
    “They’re awesome,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of the Mariners’ performance.


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