Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Yes, the shorebirds showed up. So did lots of visitors for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. And there was plenty of sunshine.
    Small wonder, then, that more than 170 runners signed up for the 17th annual Migration Run, a USATF-certified 5k event that begins near the Fishing Hole and ends at the base of the Spit.

  • Paddlers and boaters from around Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Peninsula and the state are invited to an inauguration of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Two ceremonies are planned for June 6:

    • Noon-2 p.m.: Seldovia ribbon-cutting;

    • 5-8 p.m.: Homer ribbon-cutting.

    The celebrations include food, fun and water activities.

Youth Sports

  • Kevin Bell Arena filled up with 83 women from Healy, Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Wasilla and Soldotna, ready to play hockey. This year’s winter jamboree tournament theme, Villains and Heroes, saw team names such as “Wrap-A-Round Witches” while players warmed up in superhero capes. 

    The Goal Scoring Goodfellas won the jamboree.

  • Saturday, the Soldotna hockey team defeated Colony 6-2 to knock the Knights out of a first-place tie in the North Star Conference.

    Tuesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, the Stars lost 3-2 in overtime to Homer, which entered the game 0-8 in NSC play.

    It could be a doozy of a conference hockey tournament at the sports complex from Feb. 4 to 6.

    “We’re going to line up against somebody in the region tournament and play our hearts out,” Homer Coach John Carlin said. “Tonight was just what we needed.

  • Mariners hockey travelled to play Chugiak and Eagle River in non-conference games on Jan. 8 and 9. Though both games were losses, Coach John Carlin and the players agreed both games were growing experiences for the team.

     

    “We got everybody off the beach because I wanted every kid to be hot and sweaty and the end of it,” Carlin said.

     

  • The Homer High School wrestling team closed the season with a banquet at the Best Western Bidarka Inn on Jan. 9, celebrating their players and the team’s state championship win. Head wrestling coach and athletic director Chris Perk congratulated his players on sticking to their team motto of “embrace the grind,” which he attributed to their success.

  • This weekend’s weather brought the Homer Nordic Ski Invitational to an abrupt finish when the rain forced coaches to cancel the second day. Though Friday went smoothly, Saturday’s conditions could not be salvaged for a day of racing.

    Friday’s weather was unexpectedly excellent, wrote assistant coach Alison O’Hara in an email.

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