Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • By Shannon Reid

    For the Homer News

    In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.

    Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.

  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games. 

    Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.

  • It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

    Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silver in the 25-yard backstroke.

    Kuchenoff also scored an impressive personal best in the butterfly.

  • Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors.

    Edan Badajos, competitive disc golfer and board member of Jack Gist Recreation Park Association, has coordinated field trips for Fireweed Academy and Chapman Elementary School, and said kids often return with their parents to play. 

Youth Sports

  • Homer Nordic ski shines

    at borough meet

    The Homer High Nordic ski team competed in Borough Nordic Ski race at Lookout Mountain on Feb. 13. The race was a duathlon, which combines classic technique and skate technique into one race. At the halfway mark, the racers switch equipment, adding to the strategy and intrigue of the competition. 

  • The Homer Glacier Kings Peewee C team participated in the President’s Day Tournament in Anchorage on Feb. 12-14. With a total of four regulation games and an already small team, they had their work cut out for them. 

  • The Homer girls basketball team trounced the competition in the Homer Winter Carnival tournament Feb. 11-13, winning all three of their games against the Dimond JV team and the Bristol Bay and Ninilchik varsity teams. 

    The Homer boys team finished off the weekend with a 2-1 record that included a solid win against Bristol Bay on Friday evening.

  • Mariner hockey went up against the Soldotna Stars in the first game of the North Star Conference hockey tournament on Feb. 4 at Sport Center in Soldotna. The game was close in the first and second periods, but ended with a 3-2 loss for Homer.

  • The Homer girls took the round-robin Seahawk Classic in Seward with a 3-0 record over the weekend in the round robin tournament. The Homer boys held a 1-2 record at the tournament, thanks to a close win against Glennallen.

    Homer Winter Carnival fast approaches

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