Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Ninilchik scramble puts spotlight
    on decline of area’s razor clams

    The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce ran its first Clam Scramble Mud and Natural Obstacle course run Saturday.

    The chamber wants to create an annual solstice event in a central location on the Kenai Peninsula for the whole family. Proceeds from the race go to Ninilchik Emergency Services.

  • Athletes at the seventh annual Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games set new field records last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. In a first for the games, Matthew Patterson of Fort Wainwright successfully threw the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 Challenge Caber. On his second try, Patterson flipped the 110-pound, 18-foot, 11-inches log, something that has never been done in the history of the challenge caber.

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club is hosting the annual Spit Run that begins at Homer High and finishes at Land’s End. The race is June 27.

    Register online at www.kachemakbayrunningclub.org. 

    Walkers start at 9 a.m.; runners at 10 a.m. Bib pickup and late registration is at 8 a.m. on race day. The Homer Spit Run is a USA Track and Field certified 10 kilometer race

    Proceeds support local youth running programs. Fees are $5 for ages 10 and under ($10 race day) and $20 for ages 11 and older ($25 race day).

  • On behalf of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and the R.E.C. Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op), I want to thank the city of Homer for its grant for general operating support. In addition, I send my thanks to the Homer Foundation for administering this important program.

    The city of Homer grant leverages resources from other funders while helping us keep our doors open to everyone in our community, regardless of ability to pay. It’s especially appreciated now, as we enter the new fiscal year anticipating reductions in state funding. 

Youth Sports

  • The regionals have proven to be a tense challenge for the Mariners. But after Beating both Wasila and Grace Christian, the boys soccer team is forging it’s own path ahead to the state championship.

     

    Thursday was the first round of the regionals in Palmer, and was a sudden death elimination. Teams that lost this first round were immediately knocked out of the bracket. The Mariners faced off against Wasilla for a challenging start to the conference.

     

  • The public is invited to a fun day of golf and lunch in support of Hospice of Homer. The sixth annual Holes “Fore” Hospice golf tournament will be Saturday, June 6, at TIPS Golf Course.  It is located at 57172 East End Road.

    Early entry fees are $ 55 per person and includes18 holes of golf, lunch and range balls. Early registration can be made at the Hospice of Homer office, 265 E. Pioneer Ave. Suite 3 or at the TIPS Golf Course. Registration on the day of the event at the course is $65 and starts at 8 a.m. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

  • The Mariners finished regular season play with a win over the Kenai Kardinals and a loss and win against the Palmer Moose. 

    Mariners win big over the Kardinals:

    The Homer Mariners travelled to Kenai May 21, routing the Kardinals 17-5.  Brandon Beachy pitched a strong game for Homer, with Greg Smith catching.  Beachy gave up six hits and minimized free passes, limiting the scoring by Kenai. JJ Sonnen came on to pitch a 1-2-3 6th inning in relief.

  • The Homer softball team defeated Kenai Central 20-0 in three innings on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action at Kenai.

    Homer is 13-3 overall and 6-0 in the NLC, qualifying the Mariners for the small-schools state tournament, which will be June 5-6 in Fairbanks.

    The Kardinals finish the season at 2-10 overall and 1-5 in the Northern Lights Conference.

  • All went according to plan for the Mariners during last weekend’s Region III Track and Field championships at the Ed Hollier Field in Kenai.

    “Things went really well,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. 

    Homer’s strong performance on both the girls and boys side means 20 Mariners will participate in this weekend’s state meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

    “We’re in seven out of eight relays,” said Steyer. 

    The girls team will participate in all four relays.

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