Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer City League started a new season Monday night, with Game No. 1 between ABI and The Splash Bros earning “Game of the Week” honors.

    ABI won the game, 39-35. After ABI took a 14-point lead, The Splash Bros made a late comeback to make it close game. ABI, however, held on for the close win. ABI’s Joe Kneen was high scorer with 8 points. 

    In Game No. 2, Riptide defeated K-12, 55-36. Best Western’s Dan Miotke was high scorer with 22 points.

    In Game No. 3, the Titans defeated Smooth Ops, 70-61. 

  • Homer will host the Best Western Bidarka Round Robin Rumble this weekend. Wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Friday night with duals. Action on Saturday starts at 10:30 a.m. for an individual tourney which runs until 4:30 p.m. 

    This weekend’s action follows trips to Bethel and Kenai, where the Mariners held their own.

  • Kevin Bell Arena opens Sept. 21

    Homer’s community ice rink, the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Homer Spit, opens for its 10th season on Sept. 21 with hockey, broomball, curling and figure skating for every age. For information on how to register for programs and the event calendar, visit www.kevinbellarena.org.

     

    Basketball referees needed

  • One of Homer’s newest sports might have a funny name, but pickleball has become a great sport accessible to all ages. 

    It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a whiffle ball. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong and can be very fast and competitive. In Homer, pickleball meets in the historic gym 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and noon-2 p.m. Sundays at the Homer Education and Recreational Complex.

  • Homer’s Michael Houghton can still remember the first hole fellow Homer resident Chris Morin played at the Kenai Golf Course about 10 years ago.

    Morin’s initial swipe at the notoriously penal layout was a duck hook that ended up on the tee box of the ninth hole.

    “I thought, I’m glad I have another duffer to play with,” Houghton said. “He then clears the top of the trees, puts it on the green and two-putts for par.

Youth Sports

  • Mariner boys and girls soccer went up against Wasilla and Houston over the April 29 and 30 weekend. Both teams lost the conference game against Wasilla, putting Homer’s varsity girls at 1-3 in conference and the boys at 0-4. The game against Houston was non-conference.

  • A big third inning showing propelled the Homer Mariners softball team to a dominant 18-3 victory over Kenai Central Tuesday in Homer.

    Homer led 18-3 heading to the bottom of the third frame, and forced the game to end early with a mercy ruling after bringing home 10 runs. Overall, the Mariners out hit the Kardinals 7-3, but Kenai suffered three errors.

    Kenai dropped to 2-2 overall and in the Northern Lights Conference with the loss. Homer improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the NLC.

  • The Mariners travelled to Kodiak on April 29 and 30 for back-to-back games. Homer and Kodiak tied up the weekend, each winning one game. Homer is now 1-1 in conference.

     

     Mariner baseball’s next games are Thursday, May 5 at Soldotna High, Friday, May 6 at Houston and Saturday, May 7 at Palmer.

     

  • KENAI — The Homer baseball team got five runs from batters who had reached on walks in defeating Kenai Central 10-8 on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference action at the Kenai Little League fields.

    The Mariners move to 2-1 in the league and 2-2 overall. 

    “The freebies that scored, that’s what hurt us today,” Kenai coach John Kennedy said.

    While walks, liners and grounders would eventually decide the game, it didn’t start off that way.

  • The Homer girls track and field team took third place out of 15 teams at the Homer Invite on April 29 and 30. Soldotna High and Anchorage Christian came in first and second place. 

    Kaylee Veldstra took third place in the preliminary girls 100-meter dash, followed by teammate Angie Cardoza in sixth. Veldstra placed second in the 100-meter final event, while Cardoza placed fourth. Veldstra’s finals time was 13.04 seconds, while Cardoza’s time was 13.34 seconds.

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