Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • By Shannon Reid

    For the Homer News

    In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.

    Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.

  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games. 

    Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.

  • It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

    Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silver in the 25-yard backstroke.

    Kuchenoff also scored an impressive personal best in the butterfly.

  • Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors.

    Edan Badajos, competitive disc golfer and board member of Jack Gist Recreation Park Association, has coordinated field trips for Fireweed Academy and Chapman Elementary School, and said kids often return with their parents to play. 

Youth Sports

  • The Mariners had a weekend, after battling through nail-biting basketball games against Klawock boys and Nikiski girls and sweeping the Winter Carnival Tournament.

    The home tournament attracted teams from as far away as Southeast and Fairbanks and pitted five competitors against each other in three days of round-robin play. 

  • The Mariner Co-op Hockey Team went into the North Star Conference Championships at the Menard Arena Wasilla as the fifth-seeded team, with peninsula teams Soldotna fourth-seeded and Kenai sixth.

    In the opening day of play Feb. 5, Kenai faced Colony and fell 5-0 in the single-elimination tournament. Homer was matched with Soldotna, the SoHi team taking a one-point early lead in the first period and maintaining their lead through the second period of play.

  • Following are results, provided by wrestling coach Chris Perk, from the Homer Middle School Round Robin, with athletes from Chapman, Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle, Skyview Middle, Voznesenka, West Homer Elementary and HMS.

    Elementary School Division, Pool A: 1. Payton Drake, Chapman; 2. Nikita Kalugin, Voznesenka; 3. Saorise Cook, West Homer; 4. Soren Hoyer, Chapman.

  • In a display of their on-land abilities, the Seldovia Sea Otter boys basketball team claimed first place in the eight-team Nenana Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday, winning 62-59 against Effie Kokrine. On the girls’ side of the action, the Nikolaevsk Warriors took second place to home team Nenana in a 40-36 game.

    The Nikolaevsk boys placed sixth in the tournament, losing to Nenana, with a game score of 55-31. The Seldovia girls placed seventh to Tri-Valley in a 60-49 match-up.  

  • After a season of improvising, the Mariners demonstrated their skiing prowess at Boroughs competition in Soldotna Feb. 5, with top-10 finishes for both boys and girls and a third-place team finish over all. 

    The skies were clear and the temperatures in the mid-teens as the skiers lined up for an afternoon mass start. Coaches and volunteers arrived earlier to assess the course and wax the Mariners’ skis to match the dry, granular snow with conditions better than expected.

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