Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Marking the wedding anniversary for Jan and Megan Spurkland, an impressive number of runners and walkers took to the “Run to the Altar,” an uphill 13.1-mile half marathon course, Saturday. 

    According to a list of finishers and times posted on the web, the men’s fastest runner was Tim Blackmon with a time of 1:52:02, which was slightly slower than last year’s 1:46:30 finish by Connor McCarron.

  • Alaska Recreation and Parks Association has given its 2012 Outstanding Organization to the Homer Hockey Association, the ARPA announced in a press release Sept. 16.

    The award recognizes agencies, departments and organizations that make great contributions to their community and to the improvement of recreation in Alaska.

  • Homer residents Kathy Hill and Doug Dodd scored a gold medal in the mixed double Pickleball competition during the 11th annual Alaska International Senior Games Aug. 14 held in Fairbanks. 

    They stirred up quite a scene with their advanced skills in the fast-paced and oddly named game that was not only a new sport to the Senior Games but also to a few of the duo’s competitors.

    “The bar wasn’t set very high,” said Dodd. “A lot of people haven’t played much.”

  • With only one practice year under their belt, Homer Special Olympics scored big in the Special Olympics Fall Games in Anchorage over the weekend.

    “We did awesome,” said Carol Shuler of Homer, the community coordinator. “We took five teams and three teams took gold, one took bronze and one took fourth. That was an awesome showing for our first time at state.”

    Each two-person bocci team paired one Special Olympic and one non-Special Olympic athlete.

  • Anchorage athletes competing in Saturday’s triathlon in Homer said the grueling climb up East Hill Road during the bike segment was what made the Homer High School Swim Team-sponsored event so attractive.

    “It’s a unique course. That nearly three-mile uphill is a challenge,” said the 43-year-old overall winner Jens Beck, a CPA and the CFO of ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. A challenge, yes, but when Beck rounded the corner at East Hill Road and Skyline Drive well ahead of his nearest competitor he hardly looked winded.

Youth Sports

  • The Homer Mariner swim team has returned from the Seward Invitational on Saturday. Participating teams included Colony, Kenai, Soldotna, Valdez and Wasilla, in addition to Homer and Seward. 

    “Lauren Kuhns, Cheyanne Smith and Remi Nagle had strong performances,” said Head Coach Scott Smith. “(Kuhns) placed second in the 500 Free and third in the 200 IM, perhaps the most challenging races to swim.”

    Smith claimed third place in the 500 free and 100 breast. Nagle placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM.

  • Homer traveled to the Grace Tournament in Anchorage for a weekend full of action.

    On Friday, the Mariners joined the round-robin play for seeding into a double elimination tournament on Saturday. They ended Friday with a third-place 5-5 record in their group. By the end of Saturday, they were fifth of the 12 teams at the tournament, ahead of Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian, Houston and Seward schools, all from the same conference as Homer.  

  • After months of training, not to mention time spent fundraising, five local girls in the Popeye Wrestling Club will participate in the Pre-Season National War of the Roses, a girls-only wrestling tournament held in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 24-25.

    Representing the Homer area will be Jadzia Martin, 16; McKenzie Cook, 13; Allison Wells, 13; Mina Cavasos, 12; and Saoirse Cook, 6. Traveling with them are coaches Janie Martin and Todd Cook.

  • The Mariner Mat Team held scrimmage matches against wrestlers from Nikiski and Voznesenka on Saturday. Homer’s 13 wrestlers won the majority of the matches; however, they were all unofficial. 

    Timmy Woo, a sophomore 138-pounder, won both of his matches against two tough Nikiski competitors. Woo, who placed sixth at state last year as a freshman, looks to compete for a state championship. He has an amazing engine and easily out works his opponents. Woo just never stops moving. 

  • With the volume of the cheers from the blue-and-gold clad fans, it wasn’t necessary to be at Saturday’s homecoming game to know the Mariners had beat the Houston Hawks. Being there made the 17-6 victory even better, however.

    “Lots of fans in the stands always makes for a great atmosphere,” said Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley. 

    “And the team wanted to finish strong. It was important for the entire team, especially the seniors, to finish the way they did. They were happy for that.”


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