Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Summer or winter, the city of Homer Parks and Recreation offers plenty of ways to stay active. If there’s an interest in a specific activity that isn’t on the schedule, Mike Illg, the program coordinator, will do what he can to make it available.

    “I always tell people the recreation program is organic,” said Illg, whose office is located at Homer High School and carefully builds the program around the school district’s calendar.

  • The annual Homer Spit Run, a certified 10K race, will be June 28. The race begins at Homer High School and ends at the end of the Spit. Race sign-in will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.

    Entry fee is $30 online or by snailmail. Race day entry fee is $40. There is no fee for runners 9 and under. Proceeds support youth running programs.

    Online registration is at kachemakbayrunningclub.org. For more information or to volunteer, cally Billy Steyer at 399-1078.

  • Not only is Alaska represented at the Special Olympic USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21, Homer also has a toe in the water, so to speak, with swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff and the Alaska swim team’s coach Ruhiyyih Baker.

    “I’m really proud of Myrna. Swimming has been her passion for many, many years,” said Carol Shuler, Homer community director for Special Olympics-Alaska. “She’s really dedicated herself to it and we are very pleased she was chosen to represent us at the national games.”

  • Kicking off the summer with a promising start, the Soccer Association of Homer is seeing consistent development with increased game competition opportunities, participation and volunteer help. 

    For the first time, traveling U-13 and U-15 Kenai teams have committed to traveling to Homer every other week starting this month. Homer will travel to Kenai on opposite weeks, creating weekly game experience for the U-13 and U-15 teams. U-13 players are under the age of 13; U-15 players are under the age of 15.

  • Seventh-five people crossed the starting line of the 5k Homer Special Olympic Torch Run on Saturday, one part of the statewide 2014 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive.

    John Hendricksen was Homer’s torchbearer, assisted by Homer Police Officer Charles Worland.

    The event raised more than $8,000 in donations and merchandise for the event, with Eddie Escalera single -handedly bringing in cash and prizes worth $3,659.77.

Youth Sports

  • The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

    The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine. Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six.

  • Homer’s girls varsity basketball team notched a Southcentral Conference victory against Seward on Friday, Jan. 29. Boys varsity faced Seward as well, but experienced a loss.

    Both the girls and boys teams will travel back to Seward for a tournament, starting today when they face Glennallen at 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Friday game will see both teams play Seward again at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then the weekend finishes on Feb. 6 with games against Valdez at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Homer girls 59, Seward 32

  • The Mariner hockey team crushed the competition on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the last home game of the season, shutting down Kenai Central High 7-2. 

    Following the win, the Mariners will play in regions at the Sport Center in Soldotna beginning today. They play Soldotna High School at 4 p.m. If the Mariners defeat the Stars, they will match up against Palmer on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A win against Palmer then would mean facing off against either Kenai, Wasilla or Colony at the championship game at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. 

  • The Wolverines settled for a split Tuesday evening at home against the Warriors in Peninsula Conference action.

    The Ninilchik boys toppled Nikolaevsk 64-54, sending the Warriors to their first conference loss of the season. Ninilchik exploded out of the gates with 28 points, led by 13 from Austin White, en route to a 35-30 lead at halftime. White ended the night with 17 points (all in the first half), while teammate Dalton Geppert notched a game-high 19. Jonah Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 16 points.

  • The Mariners came out 1-1 in a two-game series against Bartlett last weekend. Friday’s game saw a 4-3 overtime Mariner victory, which was the second game won in a row that week by the hockey team. However, luck turned on Saturday, and Bartlett defeated the Mariners with a score of 5-3.

    Though Bartlett started out with the advantage in points on Friday, the Mariners rallied and took back their home turf at the end of the game.

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