Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Seventh-five people crossed the starting line of the 5k Homer Special Olympic Torch Run on Saturday, one part of the statewide 2014 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive.

    John Hendricksen was Homer’s torchbearer, assisted by Homer Police Officer Charles Worland.

    The event raised more than $8,000 in donations and merchandise for the event, with Eddie Escalera single -handedly bringing in cash and prizes worth $3,659.77.

  • Yes, the shorebirds showed up. So did lots of visitors for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. And there was plenty of sunshine.
    Small wonder, then, that more than 170 runners signed up for the 17th annual Migration Run, a USATF-certified 5k event that begins near the Fishing Hole and ends at the base of the Spit.

  • Paddlers and boaters from around Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Peninsula and the state are invited to an inauguration of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Two ceremonies are planned for June 6:

    • Noon-2 p.m.: Seldovia ribbon-cutting;

    • 5-8 p.m.: Homer ribbon-cutting.

    The celebrations include food, fun and water activities.

  • About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

Youth Sports

  • By Lindsay Olsen

    For the Homer News

    The Lady Mariners were crowned Region III champions on Saturday after defeating Houston, Cordova, and finally Nikiski to claim the first place title, paving their way to State for the first time in nine years. 

    The Mariner boys’ ticket to State was snatched away by two points in the final three seconds of Saturday’s game against Cordova, ending their season with a fourth place tournament finish.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings, led by KSC Swimmer of the meet, Lucas Story, raced in Soldotna Feb. 27 and March 1. Story, swimming in the 10-and-under division, blazed to six individual and two relay personal records (PRs), qualified for the Alaska Swimming Junior Olympics in the 50 back (42.87), placed in every event, and debuted an aggressive new pacing strategy in his 100 breast (1:42.12). 

  • Six wrestlers from Chapman School particpated in the Middle School State Tournament at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks last weekend. Three of them came home as first-place champions.

    Luciano Fasulo, Chapman’s 114-pounder, went undefeated this season taking gold in every tournament in which he competed. Luciano went to the tournament unseated and dominated his competition.  

  • Last week’s basketball games wrapped up the Peninsula Conference season. Almost. This weekend is the conference tournament. Next weekend is the state championship.

    Representing the southern Kenai Peninsula in the conference tournament are girls teams from Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia, and boys teams from Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia.

  • March 11, 2015: In the photo, the name of Mariner player no. 32 has been corrected; he is Jeremy Tedesco.

    In their final weekend of regular season games, the Mariners took on Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian School and Houston at home in a series of nail-biting contests that were decided in the final seconds of play. 


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