Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

  • Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.

    Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.

    For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122. 

  • The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.

    Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.

  • Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

  • The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled event at Colony High School. More changes may be ahead.

    “Looking at the weather forecast, there also is a very high probability that the Seward Invite will be canceled,” said HHS Head Coach Eric Groth of an event scheduled for Saturday.

    “The weather we’ve been having is essentially a skier’s worst nightmare come true.”

Youth Sports

  • The public is invited to Kachemak Bay Running Club’s annual membership meeting and election of officers at Beluga Lake Lodge, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

    A 2.5-mile fun run-walk begins at 5:30 p.m. It starts and ends at the lodge. The club’s new running clock, purchased with the support of a Homer Foundation grant, will be on display. Burgers and brew will be available.

    Visit the club on Facebook. For more information, contact Bill Steyer, 399-1078.    

  • The Seldovia Otters boys team worked their way through the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. 

    “It’s big,” said Seldovia coach Mark Janes. “We were third going into our region (tournament) so no one really expected a lot from us, and last year we were fifth. So they really, really improved.”

    The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

  • The Homer Pee Wee Hockey team spent the 2013-2014 season proving the meaning of the team’s motto: 111 percent 100 percent of the time because 110 percent is not enough. The team — front row from left: Lee Lowe, Ethan Pitzman, Hunter Warren, Isaiah Nevak, Tucker Weston; middle row left to right: Karl Wickstrom, Liam Colman, J.J.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With the state champs decided in basketball, hockey and skiing, it’s time for the Homer High School Mariners to move on to the sports of spring: baseball, softball, soccer and track. The next two months promise plenty of activity for the teams and offer plenty of opportunities for fans to show their
    support and even lend a hand.

  • The Homer High school Mariners girls’ soccer team is offering a clinic for youth ages 5-14, taught by Mariner coaches and players and held at the high school gym on April 5:

    • 9-10:30 a.m.: 5- to 9-year-old boys and girls;

    • 10:30 a.m.-noon: 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls.


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