Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Homer residents Kathy Hill and Doug Dodd scored a gold medal in the mixed double Pickleball competition during the 11th annual Alaska International Senior Games Aug. 14 held in Fairbanks. 

    They stirred up quite a scene with their advanced skills in the fast-paced and oddly named game that was not only a new sport to the Senior Games but also to a few of the duo’s competitors.

    “The bar wasn’t set very high,” said Dodd. “A lot of people haven’t played much.”

  • With only one practice year under their belt, Homer Special Olympics scored big in the Special Olympics Fall Games in Anchorage over the weekend.

    “We did awesome,” said Carol Shuler of Homer, the community coordinator. “We took five teams and three teams took gold, one took bronze and one took fourth. That was an awesome showing for our first time at state.”

    Each two-person bocci team paired one Special Olympic and one non-Special Olympic athlete.

  • Anchorage athletes competing in Saturday’s triathlon in Homer said the grueling climb up East Hill Road during the bike segment was what made the Homer High School Swim Team-sponsored event so attractive.

    “It’s a unique course. That nearly three-mile uphill is a challenge,” said the 43-year-old overall winner Jens Beck, a CPA and the CFO of ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. A challenge, yes, but when Beck rounded the corner at East Hill Road and Skyline Drive well ahead of his nearest competitor he hardly looked winded.

  • Friday’s sunny sky helped, but mostly the K-Bay 5K run was an opportunity to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s research into neurofibromatosis.

    Organized by Denise Pitzman, whose son, Leo, has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, the course began on the Homer High School track and ended at Kachemak Community Center.

  • The sunshine was a plus, but the performances of Homer runners were even better at the 24th annual Skyview Invitational held on the Tsalteshi Trails.

    “Our Homer Mariners had some pretty exciting individual and team performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of competition that drew 24 teams and “featured most, if not all, of the best runners and teams in Alaska.” 

Youth Sports

  • Rain, wind, even some snow at higher elevations didn’t stop the Mariner boys soccer team from scoring a 3-1 win over the Wasilla Warriors at Friday’s game in Homer. Following the boys’ victory, the Mariner girls lost a fierce and close battle, with a final score of Wasilla 2, Homer 1.

    “Yes the weather was nasty, but I think that was the first time the boys’ soccer team has prevailed against the Wasilla team for the last seven years,” said Homer Head Coach Warren Waldorf. “Wasilla is always a good team.”

  • The Homer High School softball team went on a shakedown cruise last week, with Head Coach Bill Bell at the helm. 

    In four nonconference games, the Mariners faced the Anchorage teams of East, West and South, as well as Chugiak.

    “We were touring the compass,” said Bell. “We lost all (of the games), all pretty much the same. We started off strong for a couple of innings and then didn’t get it going. It was a shakedown cruise and we learned a lot.”

  • First year Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney is readying a large group of ball players for the short high school baseball season. 

    “We are spending time in the gym, waiting for the field to thaw, but this also helps us break down the game into smaller sections,” said Putney.

    Nahoa Jette and Tommy Bowe are the two seniors on the team, serving as co-captains. 

  • For the past few weeks, the school day ends and there’s a group of Paul Banks Elementary School kindergarten, first- and second-graders that aren’t so eager to head home. Instead, they exchange their books for balls, bats and bases. Forming a sort-of straight line between Don Felton and Kate Crowley, the youngsters head out to the field behind the school for some “baseball basics,” a program organized by Homer Little League.

  • The Special Olympics Torch Run will be held May 17.

    Runners and walkers can register at the base of the Spit beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. T-shirts are available for a $25 donation.


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