Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Runners and walkers in this year’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run will not only enjoy the scenic 10K course that begins at Homer High School and continues the length of the Homer Spit, they also will benefit from the event’s new automatic timing technology, as well as other added conveniences.

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • The Mariners were met with big crowds and tough competition last weekend at the Husky Shootout basketball tournament in Kotzebue, with the girls bringing home wins against Nome and Kotzebue, and the boys defeating Point Hope. 

  • Three days of basketball, 12 teams, 22 games. That’s exactly what organizers of the Ninilchik Invitational Basketball Tournament were looking for and that’s exactly what they got. They also got an enthusiastic crowd that, by the time of the championship games on Saturday, filled the gym to standing-room-only capacity.

  • At two recent meets, one in Homer and one at Dimond High School in Anchorage, the Homer High School DDF — Drama, Debate and Forensics — team, coached by Amy Johnson, earned an impressive amount of awards.

     

    Homer meet, Jan. 23-24:

    Public forum debate, second place: Robert Hockema and Thomas Vanek

    Expository speaking, third place: Lindsey Schneider

    Expository speaking, fifth place: Nolan Bunting

    Original oratory, third place: Robert Hockema

  • WASILLA — A barrage of shots downed one team and a late tip bounced the other as a pair of central Kenai Peninsula squads watched their seasons come to an end during the first day of the North Star Conference Championships at the Menard Arena in Wasilla.

    Homer’s Kiril Sanarov tipped in a deflection off an Anton Kuzmin blast with 1 minute, 37 seconds, left in the extra period to lead Homer to a 2-1 overtime win over Soldotna late Thursday in the NSC quarterfinals. Earlier in the day, Colony blasted Kenai 5-0.

  • A banquet and registration kick off the wrestling season for the Popeye Wrestling Club. The potluck dinner, pizza and dessert meal is provided by the club and takes place at Homer Middle School’s multi-purpose room at 6 p.m. Monday.

    The wrestling program is open to boys and girls as young as five years old on the southern Kenai Peninsula. A full practice and tournament schedule will be provided in registration packets and discussed at the banquet. 

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