Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • A Zumbathon will be held at the Bay Club from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

    This is a charity event. A $10 donation benefits the Susan G. Koman Fund for the Cure.

    Take advantage of the nine guest Zumba instructors that will be on hand. 

    Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that combines international music and easy-to-learn steps. Since it hit the fitness scene in 2001, it has been taught in more than 140,000 locations in more than 150 countries to more than 14 million people. 

  • Saturday’s Run to the Altar — an uphill, 13.1-mile event — marks the third wedding anniversary for Jan and Megan Spurkland. The annual repeat of running the half-marathon distance makes this the fourth time the race has occurred.

    Connor McCarron led the men in a time of 1:46:30, a slim one minute, 17 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Max Kaufman. Among the women, Jane Wiebe finished in 2:05:17, followed by Elizabeth Roedl and Annie Ridgely in 2:06:06. 

    “It was a great turnout, considering the weather we’ve had,” said Jan Spurkland. 

Youth Sports

  • In the first hockey match of the season, the Homer Mariners traveled to Kenai on Tuesday to take on the Kenai Kardinals. A final score of 5-2 in Kenai’s favor gives the Homer team its marching orders for the season ahead.

    “It’s going to be a little bit of work this season, but it’s within reach,” said Mariner Head Coach John Carlin. “I think the team is a little frustrated overall. We talked about it and understand that we progressively played better. We were flat-footed that first period and progressively played better.”

  • In spite of having injured a shoulder while wrestling in the Seward Invitational on Oct. 25-26, Voznesenka’s sole wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, was back in the action at the Anchorage Christian School Invitational in Anchorage Nov. 1-2.

    “His shoulder is doing better,” said Head Coach Justin Zank. “It was sore, but he wrestled through it. He placed fifth.”

    In round one, Kalugin won by a fall over Zach Hamberger of Cordova in 1:31. Kalugin won the second round over Martin Gardiner of Dillingham by a decision, 8-5.

  • After a successful weekend in Seward where the Homer High School Mariners wrestled multiple duels, the team hit the road to Anchorage for the small schools’ largest tourney of the season.

    Forty-two teams meet at Anchrorage Christian School, which also will be the site of the state tourney in mid December. Homer scored 98 points and tied for seventh place with Mount Edgecumbe. Three-time defending state champion Bethel won the tournament.

  • Homer Mariner swimmers and divers made a good showing at regional competition in Kenai this past weekend. So good, in fact, that athletes from each team are headed to state competition in Juneau this week.

    The five Mariners divers headed to Southeast are seniors Kaec Brinster, Brian Rowe and Katherine Dolma; junior Jasmine Lewis; and sophomore Ian Hall.

    Brinster and Rowe came in fifth and third at regions. Hall came in fourth. Lewis led the women with a first place score and Dolma was not far behind. 

  • By Chris Perk

    For the Homer News

    The Mariner Mat Team traveled to Seward over the weekend for two long days of competition with Homer dueling eight times.

    The team won six of the duels and dropped two. Losses came against Kotzebue, 45-36, and Skyview, 53-29. Both teams are ranked in the top five in the state. 

    Jordan Reynolds, wrestling for the first weekend at 220, won all his matches and brought home a gold medal as he was crowned King of the Mountain.