Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Making its 19th annual return Sunday is the Breast Cancer Run, a five-mile run and one-mile walk sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. Close on its heels is the 2nd annual 5K “Sole for Hospice” on Aug. 24, an untimed event benefiting Hospice of Homer.

    19th annual Breast Cancer Run

  • Homer runners Marty Everts, Elizabeth Roedl, Stacy Buckelew and Jimmy Neumayer catch their breath at the finish of Saturday’s 50-mile Resurrection Pass Ultra Race. Buckelew was the first woman to cross the finish line with Roedl grabbing second place. The weekend’s ultra trail races began with a 100-miler that started Friday near Hope and finished at the trailhead in Cooper Landing. Saturday’s 50-mile race began at the Cooper Landing trailhead, followed a detour and ended at the Resurrection Pass trailhead in Hope. Wil Roedl of Homer also participated in the event.

  • SPH sponsors physical exam clinic at Homer Medical Center

    Physical exams for high school students will be offered at the “Sports Physical Clinic” at Homer Medical Center from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3.  No appointments are offered; however, students are asked to stagger arrival according to the following schedule: 

    • 8 a.m.: Last names beginning with A-E; 

    • 9 a.m.: Last names beginning with F-J;

    • 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with K-O;

  • The search for a route from the Atlantic around the top of North America and into the Pacific consumed explorers for centuries. Within the last decade more and more sailing adventurers have been traversing the waterway.

    Last summer, the classic wooden boat The North Wind came across the Northwest Passage and moored in Homer for the winter.

Youth Sports

  • The skills the Mariner softball team has meticulously developed over the season will be put to the test Friday during the start of the softball state tournament in Anchorage. Homer advanced to state after winning a close game against Soldotna May 27.

    “It was a very good game,” Coach Bill Bell said. “The pitching was balanced, and the teams were balanced.” 

  • The Homer High School boys soccer team notched the highest ranking at the state tournament ever made by a Mariners male soccer team, tying with South Anchorage for third place. 

    Homer held its own against larger schools throughout the tournament, relying on its strong defensive line.

    “Compared to the big schools we have a smaller roster, but the boys trained hard all season and got better and better,” said Coach Warren Waldorf. “They went into the tournament determined and focused.” 

  • With the official kick off May 17 and after a week of practice, Little League season got into the swing of things this week at Karen Hornaday Park.

    “We usually have 175 registered and we’re definitely over that this year,” said Kathy Beachy, president of Homer Little League. “I think we’re pushing 200.”

    Why so many more this year? Because it’s fun, said Beachy.

  • In spite of fire-fighting aircraft working overhead and smoke from the Funny River Fire visible to the east, the Homer Mariners played the Kenai Kardinals in Kenai on Memorial Day, suffering a 6-1 loss. That brings the regular season to an end with four wins and six losses for the Mariners. Today they begin playing in the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Soldotna. 

  • Moments before their last at-home game of the season, the Homer High Mariners softball team and fans paid honor to the team’s four seniors: Brenna Evarts, Hailey Hughes, Shyanna Parr and Jordyn Haye.

    Also getting a nod of appreciation were two of the Mariners’ biggest fans, Floyd and Gert Seekins. No matter what the sport, the Seekins can more often than not be found in the bleachers.


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