Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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.  

Youth Sports

  • In honor of the late Steve Wolfe, founder of the club, Popeye Wrestling will be holding three tournaments Friday and Saturday at Homer High School. 

    Action gets under way at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

     Friday’s competition will include a folkstyle tournament as well as War of the Roses, a girls-only tournament. On Saturday, there will be a freestyle tourney. There is no fee for admission and anyone who wants to see great wrestling is encouraged to attend. 

  • Spring is in the air and excitement is building for Homer High School’s 2015 track and field season. Although both the girls and boys track teams are young, Coach Bill Steyer is optimistic. 

    “We’ve got really good numbers this year, with forty kids on the roster, and it’s building every year” he said. 

    With only two practices to judge this year’s team by, Steyer doesn’t have firm goals for the season yet, but he’s certainly looking for personal improvements in all events. 

  • While the Kachemak Swim Club Kings were leading going into the 13-and-over relays on Saturday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, the Soldotna Silver Salmon used their depth in the older age groups to overtake the Kings for the team victory, finishing with 449 points to the Kings’ 442.5. 

    Third place went to the Kodiak Kingfishers with 393.

    The meet drew 220 competitors and also included teams from Seward and Kenai. Many of these athletes also competed in Friday Night Time Trials, featuring longer events. 

  • The Lady Mariners’ end-of-season winning streak stalled out at the state championships in Anchorage last weekend, with losses to Hutchison and ACS bringing the Region III Champions’ eventful season to a close. 

    “They were crushed,” said the Mariners’ head coach, Chad Felice, of his players after their first loss to Hutchison on Thursday night, which sent Homer into the consolation bracket to fight for fourth place. “But that was from the high expectations we put on ourselves, to win the tournament,” he said.

  • You can call them the Seldovia Sea Otters boys basketball team and you’d be correct. Better yet, and equally correct, they also can be called the 1A State basketball champions.

    In a final tournament game against the Scammon Bay Eagles at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on March 18, the Otters scored a 62-34 victory, proving themselves worthy of the crown they’ve worked for years to earn.


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