Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The 10K Homer Spit Run is a magnet for local and visiting athletes. Some dash to the front of the pack. Others resolutely put one foot in front of the other for the pride of finishing. Among the hundreds of participants are stories that inspire, bring a tear and recall a memory.

  • Registration has started for the annual 10k to the Bay Homer Spit Run. The race stars at 9:30 a.m. June 25 for walkers and 10 a.m. for runners at Homer High School and finishes at Land’s End on the Spit. A no-host party is at Land’s End Resort with a free shuttle bus back to the high school.

  • Mariner softball started out on top of the Soldotna Stars during their Friday game at the state tournament in Fairbanks. However, a turning of the tides led to the end of Homer’s season.

    Homer jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning, but the decisive frame would be the bottom of the third, when SoHi scored seven times for an 8-3 lead.

    “We started off ahead 3-0, but they came back strong,” said Homer coach Bill Bell, who had a string of five straight top-three finishes at state snapped. “They were hitting. They outplayed us.”

  • The Homer Cycling Club rounded up workers to help improve the singletrack mountain bike trail in the Diamond Creek area for Trails Day on Sunday, June 5. The group has been slowly establishing a bike trail that starts about 50 yards from the top of the dirt road that leads to the trailhead of the existing Diamond Creek hiking trail.

  • Saturday, May 28 brought nice weather and good winds for the Homer Yacht Club’s Sourdough Cup. Captain Hal Smith captured the top place in Saturday’s race.

    Seven sailboats enhanced the beauty of Kachemak Bay with fair seas and 15 knot winds, making for a fast race. Captain Hal Smith in Arktikos led the whole race, followed by Martha J and Nereus.  After race handicaps were calculated, the win went to Arktikos, with Dolphin in second and Lula B in third.

    The next Homer Yacht Club race is the Cooney Cup to Seldovia on June 11.

Youth Sports

  • Two years ago, Nianiella Dorvall left her hometown of Nikolaevsk to attend Skagit Valley College in the state of Washington, making her Nikolaevsk School’s first female to play basketball at the college level. This June, Dorvall graduated with an associate degree in biology, a 3.97 grade point average, an award as a top scholar-athlete, and a full-ride scholarship to the public Washington university of her choice.

  • Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) is offering six expeditions across Kachemak Bay, six day-long trips hiking and stand-up paddle boarding, and eight Discounted Rates for Boys and Girls (DiRtBaG) Service Corps days during June and July. 

    “Even if you have done one of these trips with HoWL before, new staff and altered curriculum makes it a whole new experience,” wrote interim programs director Leah Lamdin in a press release.

  • Mariner baseball won one game and lost two while at the regional tournament on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27. Homer’s varsity team made it to the third round – battling Kenai in the second-place quarterfinals on Friday afternoon – but the loss to the Kardinals by one run spelled the end of the Mariner’s season. 

    Homer 5, Palmer 4, 10 inn.

  • The Kenai Peninsula showed up in droves to take on the state’s fastest, strongest and most agile athletes Friday and Saturday at the state track and field championships at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage.

    In the end, three event victories went to peninsula entrants in the Class 4A meet and eight event wins went to peninsula entrants at the Class 1-2-3A level.

  • Both boys and girls teams for the Homer High Mariners lost to Colony on Thursday, May 19, ending the Mariner’s soccer season before reaching states. While the girls lost in a shutout with six points on them, the boys gave Colony a run for the win.

     

    Colony boys 1, Homer 0

     

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