Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.  

  • First-time Relay for Life of Homer event chairs Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel definitely got their feet wet over the weekend. So did the other 185 registered relayers and weekend add-ons, thanks to heavy, wind-driven rain on Friday.

    That’s didn’t dampen Homer’s support of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, however.

    The fundraising goal was $60,000 “and we raised a total of $65,600 and something,” said Drake. Donations will continue to be accepted through August. 

Youth Sports

  • Homer Mariner girls came in fourth place out of 10 teams competing at the Region III Northern Lights Conference Soccer Tournament last week in Wasilla, nixing their chances at advancing to the State Championships.

    Coach Mickey Todd said one of the team’s main goals was getting past the first round of single elimination on May 15. 

    Like a replay from last year, Homer was once again matched against Grace Christian for the first round. 

    “We played Grace two weeks ago in Anchorage and they beat us 6-0,” said Todd.

  • The following awards were presented by Coach Bea Klaich to Nikolaevsk students for athletic achievements during the 2013-2014 school year:

    Mixed 6 volleyball

    First-time letter: Jaruby Nelson, Serafima Kalugin, Greg Trail, Megan Hickman, Jonah Fefelov

    Service bars: Nianiella Dorvall, Anthony Yakunin, Kilina Klaich

    Captains: Nianiella Dorvall Anthony Yakunin

    Most improved: Megan Hickman

  • The Mariners brought some nice jewelry home from the 2014 State Track and Field Championships in Anchorage over the weekend. There are two first-place medals, four seconds, five thirds, and two fourths. The girls took third place overall and, for the second year in a row, received the Academic Achievement Award for having an average grade-point-average of 3.77. 

    “We had a terrific meet. Really excellent performances when you want them, at state,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.

  • Homer boys battled and won third place during the Region III Northern Lights Conference Soccer Tournament in Wasilla last week, and have advanced to the State Championships that start today.

    Coach Warren Waldorf foresees a close competition in the Mariners’ future.

    “The best guestimates conclude that the 2014 Homer High School Mariner Boys soccer team is within one goal of any team in the state,” he said.

  • There’s no question that 12-year-old hockey athletes Clark Bolin and Ethan Pitzman know a thing or two about hockey. Bolin has been playing since he was four; Pitzman since he was five. It took more than on-ice know-how to land a spot on an AK Selects hockey team, however, and represent the state, as well as their hometown.


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