Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.

    May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

    A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

  • Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.

    Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave. 

    All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.

  • The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.

    The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.

    Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.

    Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:

Youth Sports

  • As Olympic athletes prepared for the long road to Sochi, so did basketball teams from Ninilchik as they traveled 12 hours one-way to compete in the Tok Mix-Up over the weekend at Tok High School. The Wolverines finished 2-2, as the Lady Wolverines nearly swept their opponents, going 3-1 on the weekend. Their one loss came at the hands of host school Tok, 29-28.

  • The Susan B. English Sea Otters left their home court in Seldovia for some away games last week, taking on the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles on Feb. 14 and a scrimmage with the Homer Mariner JVs on Feb. 15.

    It was a win one, lose one trip to Soldotna for the Otters, with the boys claiming a 56-53 victory against the Eagles and the girls a 57-17 loss. In Homer, the boys racked up another victory with a 62-31 win over the Mariner JVs. The girls lost their game against Homer, but narrowed the spread to 34-21.

  • Six local swimmers were in Fairbanks last week for the three-day Alaska Swimming Age Group Championship.

    Held at the Hamme Swimming Pool, organized by Northern Area Aquatics and sanctioned by USA Swimming and Alaska Swimming, the event included swimmers from Kodiak, Soldotna, Kenai, Seward, several Anchorage and Southeast teams, Chugiak, Wasilla, King Salmon and Fairbanks, in addition to Homer.

  • The Popeye Wrestling Club is beginning practices for wrestlers as young as five years old. There is a $100 registration fee.

    For more information, contact Larry Croft at 399-3144 or popeyewrestling2012@gmail.com.

    • Ages 5-9, HERC building, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

    • Ages 5, HERC building, Thursday and Friday, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

    • Ages 10: Monday and Wednesday, Homer Middle School, 5:15-7 p.m.

  • Stepping off the peninsula for some b-ball action, the Nikolaevsk Warriors traveled north last week for the Nenana Invitational Tournament. With the boys playing three games and the girls playing three, each team won two and lost one.

    Other teams at the tournament represented Cook Inlet Academy, Fort Yukon, Huslia, Sand Point, Su-Valley and Tri-Valley, in addition to Nenana and Nikolaevsk.


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