Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

    A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

  • Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.

    Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave. 

    All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.

  • The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.

    The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.

    Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.

    Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:

  • A group of Popeye wrestlers traveled north to Palmer last Friday to take part in the Matsu-Matmen Tournament. 

    Popeye Wrestling’s William Roth won both of his matches in the Greco Roman Style event, earning a first place finish in the Junior 125-pound bracket. Roth hasn’t wrestled competitively in a few years but Coach Chris Perk called him “fearless” as he threw his opponents to the mat last weekend.

Youth Sports

  • Gaining momentum going into the regional tournament is what gets preached to hoops teams this time of year, but it’s not always how things play out. This was the case for the Ninilchik hoops teams last week as they went a combined 1-6, with the girl’s team getting the lone win over Seldovia on Saturday. The losses weren’t for naught, as both teams gained experience, playing time and were able to find confidence in the little things going into the tournament, which began Wednesday at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

  • For those area hoops fans despairing that both the Northern Lights Conference and Southcentral Conference tournaments are happening off the Kenai Peninsula this year, don’t despair.

    There is still basketball this weekend at the Peninsula Conference tournament at Skyview High School. A lot of basketball.

    The tournament opened with eight games Wednesday, with a total of 27 games scheduled to be played by the time the tournament wraps up Saturday.

  • Homer’s Popeye Wrestlers opened their season with a quality performance, with eighth-grader Teddy Croft being named the Tanana Champion.

    Croft, wrestling at 125 pounds, has built a solid wrestling resume, triple crown winner two years ago, two-time borough champion, and two-time Tanana place-winner.  This is all before he begins what could be an exciting high school experience.  

    Add a Tanana Championship (the unofficial state tournament for grades 6, 7 and 8) hosted at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, to the list.  

  • The Nikolaevsk Warriors took care of the Seldovia Otters in men’s and women’s basketball last Friday in true number one seed fashion. The Lady Warriors beat the Lady Otters 57-14 and the Warriors, led by Jaruby Nelson’s 35 points, beat the Otters 66-51. The Nikolaevsk men’s and women’s have taken care of business this season and hold the number one seed going into the regional tournament this week at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

  • The Homer girls basketball team completed a solid week with a 42-26 victory over host Seward on Saturday in Southcentral Conference play.

    For the week, the Mariners swept foes in the conference’s Southern Division, topping Nikiski on Monday, Skyview on Friday and Seward on Saturday.

    Homer led Seward 8-6 after the first quarter and 16-10 at the half. Homer then upped the lead to 26-16 after three quarters.


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