Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Last weekend’s statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament offered great competition and great weather to the 27 competing teams from Kenai, Anchorage, Wasilla and Homer. Spenard Builders Supply and Kharacters, which is co-sponsored by Cups, represented Homer in the D bracket and Beluga Lake Lodge competed in the C bracket.
    Out of 16 D-bracket teams, SBS took first in a dramatic revenge against the Anchorage team Yamato, and Kharacters followed close behind in third. Beluga Lake Lodge placed sixth out of the 11 C-bracket teams.

  • By Shannon Reid

    For the Homer News

    In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.

    Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.

  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games. 

    Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.

  • It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

    Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silver in the 25-yard backstroke.

    Kuchenoff also scored an impressive personal best in the butterfly.

Youth Sports

  • The Mariner softball team had a rocky start to the season and found it hard to score a win. As the season progressed they found their footing as a team and pulled together in time for the Alaska School Activities Association state softball tournament last Friday and Saturday and were awarded third place.

    In an interview before the tournament, Head Coach Bill Bell said the team had made great strides since the beginning of the season.

  • The seventh annual Homer Kitefest returns 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Homer’s annual kite surfing festival, the event features clinics, personal instruction, gear swaps or sales, and product demonstrations for sponsors Ozone kiteboarding, HQ Kites, Crazyfly kites and Ocean Rodeo Kites. Instruction will be offered throughout the festival and is weather and wind dependent. For more information, visit kitesurfalaska.com.

  • The Mariner baseball team had their hopes set on competing in the state tournament in Sitka that starts today but fell short after losing the two games in the Regions tournament last week in Soldotna that would have advanced them. 

    Homer tried to gain back the upper hand against the Houston Hawks last Thursday, but luck didn’t swing their way, and they lost a close match 6-5. 

  • 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.” 


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