Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Twenty-eight individual competitors and six teams competed in the annual Homer Ironman Triathlon Saturday. 

    Greg Smith, 16, was the first-place finisher with a time of 1:44.55. Hanna Young, 25, took first place for the women with a final time of 1:52.47.

  • Having won a gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games in June, Homer swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff will be back in the pool on Saturday. This time, she will compete as part of a three-member unified Special Olympics team participating in the 14th annual Homer Ironman Triathlon, a fundraiser for the Homer High School Mariner swim and dive team.

  • The eight teams of the Homer Softball Association finished off the season in a double elimination tournament at Jack Gist Park last weekend.

    The rivalry peaked during the championship game between Beluga Lake Lodge and the Growlers, who took the first place trophy after winning the game 10-6. Spenard Builders Supply took third after losing to Beluga Lake Lodge 11-9.

  • Sixty-two runners and walkers and one lone biker took part on Sunday’s 20th annual Breast Cancer Run-Walk-Bike. In addition to helping raise breast cancer awareness, the 5-mile and 1-mile event also raised more than $9,500 for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other services the clinic provides at no cost.

  • Eight softball teams are “tightening up” as the Homer city tournament approaches, says commissioner of the Homer Softball Association Jessica Marx.

    The local double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 with teams seeded based on season performance.

     

    Saturday’s game lineup:

    9 a.m.: Beluga vs. Alibi

    10:15 a.m.: SBS vs. Wraptors

Youth Sports

  • The Mariners came out 1-1 in a two-game series against Bartlett last weekend. Friday’s game saw a 4-3 overtime Mariner victory, which was the second game won in a row that week by the hockey team. However, luck turned on Saturday, and Bartlett defeated the Mariners with a score of 5-3.

    Though Bartlett started out with the advantage in points on Friday, the Mariners rallied and took back their home turf at the end of the game.

  • Though the girls varsity basketball game on Friday, Jan. 22, started off with Nikiski points, it ended with a Mariner victory. However the boys fell to their opponents, despite a strong first quarter.

    Girls: Mariners 43, Bulldogs 33

    The girls team finished off Nikiski with a final score of 43-33, a satisfying victory for the team. The Mariners won against Nikiski at the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament a week ago, and the pressure was on to get a home court win.

  • Homer High School’s Nordic ski team had skiers in the mix at the Besh Cup last weekend, representing Kachemak Nordic Race Development Team.

    Conditions on the slopes made for good racing, according to two of Homer’s skiers, sophomores Sarah Wolf and Jacob Davis.

  • Mariner hockey competed in three conference games this past weekend, facing off against Palmer on Jan. 14, Colony on Jan. 15 and Wasilla on Jan. 16. 

    All three games ended in losses for Homer, but the Mariners redeemed themselves with a 3-2 win over Soldotna on Jan. 19. (See related story, page 12.)

    Carlin said the Mariners had come closer than the score indicated in the losing games. 

  • Homer’s Nordic ski team raced in Wasilla’s Rally in the Valley race at Government Peak on Jan. 15 and 16, where the temperatures in the high-teens to mid-20s and sunny skies made for ideal conditions on the trails. 

    The girls placed well in their classes, with senior Rachel Ellert taking seventh place among the varsity girls and junior varsity skier Katie Davis taking home a first place ribbon. Davis came in first, approximately a minute or more ahead of the second place skier, in both her races. 

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