Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • More than 30 runners, walkers, cyclists and a few stroller-riding toddlers participated in the “Soles for Hospice” on Saturday, Hospice of Homer’s second annual 5K fun run. Beginning at the Hospice of Homer offices on East End Road, the non-timed activity ended with a reception at the Bear Creek Winery’s finish line. 

    More than $650 was raised at the event, including the fun-run’s registration fee and tickets for an art raffle won by Shirley Forquer.

  • The 19th annual Breast Cancer Run was a brilliant field of pink, the color of breast cancer awareness, from the two- and four-legged athletes to the marimba band, Shamwari, to the patches of fireweed along the course.

    “We were delighted to have a total of 83 participants in the 2013 Breast Cancer 5-mile run and 1-mile walk,” said Heather O’Connor, executive director of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, sponsor of the event.

  • This past weekend local athletes traveled from Homer to Anchorage to participate in a “3v3,” three versus three, soccer tournament.

    Homer was represented by three teams:

    • The womens team was comprised of Heidi Johnson, Karen Weston, Claudia Haines and Amy Russell;

    • Henry Russell, Seamus Sholz, and Tucker Weston competed together;

    • The remaining team was comprised of Owen Glasman, Ethan Anderson, Parker Sorenson, Elijah Johnson and Phin Weston.

  • There are two running and walking fundraisers planned for this weekend:

    The K-Bay 5K Run for Leo, a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s research into neurofibromatosis, will be at 5 p.m. Friday. The course begins at Homer High School and ends at Kachemak City Community Center.

    T-shirts are free, as long as they last, for donations of $25 or more. Early entry is online at leosheroes.org.

Youth Sports

  • With the Kenai Mountains as a backdrop and Kachemak Bay to their left and right, high school cross-country runners from Kachemak Selo, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk, Soldotna and Homer took to the Spit Trail on Saturday in a 5K Homer invitational. 

    Homer’s varsity girls claimed a first-place team finish. A first-place tie on the boys side, which takes into consideration the finishing times of the top five runners of each team, was decided by the finishing time of the sixth-place runner and that boosted Kenai into the lead, with Homer taking second.

  • A warm sun made for good picnic weather Saturday, but it was no picnic on the Homer High School football field as the Mariners took on the Ketchikan Kings. The Kings returned to Southeast with 23-22 victory.

    The loss for Homer comes after two consecutive victories, a 30-12 win over the Barrow Whalers and a 55-0 shutout of the Valdez Buccaneers. 

  • The Homer Mariners traveled to Kodiak for a two-school, two-day dive-swim meet last week. Among Homer’s strong finishers, Lauren Kuhns scored a first in the 50 freestyle on Friday and Ian Hall scored a first-place in 1-meter diving on Friday and Saturday. 

    In spite of the Mariners’ dive and swim efforts, the Kodiak boys and girls teams took first place on both days of the meet.

  • Traveling to Nikiski for the boroughs cross-country competition on Tuesday, the Mariners varsity girls and boys each claimed a second-place finish in competition that saw Soldotna first in the girls competition and the Kenai boys in first. 

    “It was awesome,” was Head Coach Bill Steyer’s one-word wrap-up of the event. “The girls came in second in a really, really close race against very evenly matched teams and our boys did exceptionally. They had a really good race.”

  • It was a long hard, weekend of play for the Mariners varsity volleyball team. They lost to Grace Christian on Thursday, won against Houston on Friday and lost again Saturday to Anchorage Christian School. 

    All was not lost, however. Playing younger, newer players, as well as team veterans, the Mariners were able to work on their teamwork and communication. They also took a step out of their comfortable playing positions.


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