Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • In the door-prize drawing following the two-day Donald R. Morgan Memorial Club Championship at the Kenai Golf Course on Sunday, Homer’s Chris Morin won a 3-wood.

    Don’t expect to see Morin using that club much around the penal, par-72 layout though. Morin has taken to a strategy of hitting mostly 4-irons off the tees at Kenai, and it’s taken him where no golfer at the course has gone before.

    Morin is in the midst of another solid summer of golf. Recently, he tied the course record of 22 at the nine-hole, par-27 Homer Golf Course.

  • Fifteen minutes after Mean Machine beat Beluga Lake Lodge with a score of 9-5 in the championship game, the teams took the field to play again. In order to win, Mean Machine needed to defeat BLL again.

    The Homer Softball Association’s city tournament rules require a team to lose twice before they could be declared out of the running for the championship. BLL won all of their games over the July 30-31 tournament weekend until the final game against Mean Machine.

  • Homer and Anchor Point’s speedy young adults took over the top 10 in the runners division of the 6-K Homer Spit Run on Saturday, June 25.

    Pedro Ochoa, a 19-year-old Homer High School alumnus, crossed the finish line first. Ochoa was nearly two minutes ahead of the second place runner, 16-year-old Homer High School junior Jacob Davis, with a time of 35:12.58. Davis came in at 37:00.81, just a second past his goal time of 37 minutes, he said.

    “It feels amazing and it hurts,” Davis said. “I was going for the big improvement this year.”

  • The 10K Homer Spit Run is a magnet for local and visiting athletes. Some dash to the front of the pack. Others resolutely put one foot in front of the other for the pride of finishing. Among the hundreds of participants are stories that inspire, bring a tear and recall a memory.

  • Registration has started for the annual 10k to the Bay Homer Spit Run. The race stars at 9:30 a.m. June 25 for walkers and 10 a.m. for runners at Homer High School and finishes at Land’s End on the Spit. A no-host party is at Land’s End Resort with a free shuttle bus back to the high school.

Youth Sports

  • Summer training whip Mariner cross-country team into shape for first race

    Many returning cross-country team members spent their summer training for the fall 2016 season, which showed at the Nikiski Class Races where they split the team titles with the Kodiak cross-country team.

    Sixteen members of the cross-country team, including a mix of members from the boys and girls team as well as Coach Bill Steyer, attended Steens Mountain Running Camp in Eugene, Ore. over the summer. The camp prepared the team for the coming season.

  • The Ravens pounded the Mariners in a nonconference season opener Saturday afternoon in Fairbanks, finish Homer off with a 67-31 score.

    “It was pretty disappointing overall,” said Homer coach Josh Fraley.

    Teddy Croft, who racked up four touchdowns in the first half and five total, went out in the second half after a brutal hit. Fraley said he pulled Croft in order to follow concussion protocol.

    To make matters worse, cramping took hold of receiver Noah Fisk, who missed much of the second half as well.

  • After being named as a player on the All Conference Team for Northern Lights Softball and recognized by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association for her academic achievements, Mariner softball player McKi Needham is going to college to play ball.

    The 2016 Homer High School graduate signed a scholarship offer to play on the McCook College softball team in McCook, Neb., for the next two years. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, except room and board, Needham said. She heads down to Nebraska with her family to settle into school in mid-August.

  • BY ANNA FROST

    STAFF WRITER

    Homer kids and adults spent an afternoon wading in the mud on July 17, finding relief from temperatures that reached the high 60s. The 2016 Mud Wallow at Cottonwood Park honored the late-Carmen Field, who helped found Nature Rocks.

    The muddy Homerites gathered at the wallow stayed in the mud past 3 p.m., when the event was supposed to end.

    Field facilitated the Mud Wallow along with Homer resident Lisa Matlock as a way to get kids outdoors instead of on a couch or in front of a screen.

  • Two years ago, Nianiella Dorvall left her hometown of Nikolaevsk to attend Skagit Valley College in the state of Washington, making her Nikolaevsk School’s first female to play basketball at the college level. This June, Dorvall graduated with an associate degree in biology, a 3.97 grade point average, an award as a top scholar-athlete, and a full-ride scholarship to the public Washington university of her choice.

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