Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.

    May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

    A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

  • Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.

    Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave. 

    All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.

  • The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.

    The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.

    Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.

    Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:

Youth Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    The Nikolaevsk Warriors girls varsity team left home soil for the Mount St. Elias Classic tournament in Yakutat last week. In the Thursday-Saturday schedule of games, the Warriors held off the Angoon Eagles with a 57-23 score on Thursday; kept the Dimond Lynx JV team at a 59-54 distance on Friday, and ended the three-day tournament Saturday with a 55-28 victory against the Yakutat Eagles.

  • In 10 days of nearly non-stop hockey, on Tuesday the Homer Mariner hockey team faced SoHi for the second time this season, this time at the Kevin Bell Arena. And this time scoring a win.

    The first game, played in November at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, ended in a 2-1 win for the Stars. Tuesday the Mariners turned it around.

  • Returning to their home court after last week’s three-day Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, the Homer Mariners boys and girls varsity teams took on the Skyview Panthers Tuesday.

    The Homer girls suffered a one-point loss, with Skyview winning 29-28. The boys game followed, with the Mariners picking up a 52-45 victory.

  • “Welcome to the Warrior dome,” the voice of Bea Klaich, head coach of the Nikolaevsk High School girls basketball team, boomed across Nikolaevsk School gym the evening of Jan. 2. 

    Full bleachers, thundering music and a strong current of excitement made it clear something big was about to happen. Indeed it was: the high school basketball teams’ battle against alumni teams.

  • Even with a few players out of town for the holidays and sidelined for poor health, the Homer High School Mariner hockey team wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to take on alumni players at the Kevin Bell Arena on Friday. Forced to pull from the alumni roster to fill in for missing players, the Mariners claimed an 8-2 victory.

    “You can say the varsity beat the alumni, but that’s not entirely true. We had some alumni on our team,” said Brad Roberts, manager of the HHS team. “But it went well and it was fun.”


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