Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

Youth Sports

  • Nikolaevsk took fourth place on Saturday at the Mixed 6 Volleyball State Championship on Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

    The Warriors topped Golovin 3-0 in the fourth-place match.

    Friday, both Nikolaevsk and Seldovia fell into the fourth-place bracket with losses — Seldovia lost to Tanalian 3-2 and Nikolaevsk to Unalakleet 3-2.

    Saturday, Seldovia was eliminated from the tourney with a 3-0 loss to Golovin, while Nikolaevsk moved to the fourth-place match with a 3-1 victory over Nunamiut.

  • Homer fought hard against Soldotna in the third-place duals at this weekend’s North-South Duals wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Soldotna Prep, only to be defeated 46-36.

    Colony cruised to the North-South championship Saturday with a 52-28 dual win over Valley rival Wasilla.

  • The Homer hockey team takes a short break this week before heading to the Soldotna Sports Center on Dec. 17 to play Kenai. The Mariners had some close games at a North Star Conference tournament in town this weekend, but unfortunately didn’t win any of them.

  • Today, volleyball teams from Nikolaevsk and Seldovia head to the Mixed Six State Tournament in Anchorage. It is the third-straight state trip for the Warriors.

    On Nov. 21, teams from Seldovia, Kodiak, Nikolaesk and Fort Yukon participated in the Region 2 Denali Conference Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament in Seldovia. The Nikolaevsk Warriors came out on top, with the Seldovia Sea Otters in second place. The sportsmanship award went to the team from Kodiak.

  • Eve Black demonstrates the proper pitching stance with Homer High School Lady Mariners softball pitcher McKi Needham during a pitching clinic last Friday at Homer High School. Black is a former University of Washington pitcher and coach. Girls from throughout the Kenai Peninsula attended the clinic.

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