Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • A dozen local runners tackled the epic Fourth of July Mount Marathon race.

    Race history was made with Swede Emelie Forsberg, 28, finishing the 3.1-mile race at 47 minutes, 48 seconds, smashing the women’s 1990 record of 50:30 by Nancy Pease. In the men’s race in the afternoon, Forsberg’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Spaniard and mountain-running superstar Kilian Jornet, made an equally triumphant, procession down Fourth Avenue, winning in 41:48 to lower Eric Strabel’s 2013 record of 42:55.

  • The bulls won the weekend at the Ninilchik Rodeo.

    Riders had no luck on John Wayne, Dark Town, Hizenberg and Calico as all jumped — or were thrown — before the eight-second mark.

     Just one rider, Chris Manis, managed to best a bull named Snubbin Post to win both the weekend of bull riding and $550.

    Competitors in other events had varying degrees of success besting broncos, roping calfs, racing around barrels, running poles and — for one lucky kid — grabbing the ribbon from a calf’s tail to win just over $70 in cash.

  • In the grueling Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, where contestants race unsupported through the wildest country of Alaska, just finishing can be an honor. But when you’re not only the first to finish, but the only one of 29 competitors to do so in the scheduled time, the honor gets doubled.

  • It’s no secret that Homer has a vibrant boating community. Beyond the halibut hopefuls, however, Homer draws a different type of boater a bit unexpected for the far north: the sailor.  

    Founded in 1983, the Homer Yacht Club has been sailing in Homer for about 30 years. But Erik Pullman, current commodore for the yacht club, remembers an informal organization actively sailing in Homer even before then. “We started in the late 1970s,” said Pullman, “but it wasn’t until 1983 that we became official.”  

  • Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.  

    Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened.

    “The tide definitely won over the wind this weekend,” said sailor Shawn Hansen shortly after the race.  

Youth Sports

  • The Ninilchik girls sent out their senior class with victory Saturday at the Class 1A state tournament consolation championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

    The Nikolaevsk girls also went out winners Saturday, topping Shishmaref 50-45 in overtime for fourth place in the 1A tourney.

    Following a heartbreaking opening day loss to Aniak, Ninilchik won three straight games to claim the consolation prize with a 42-31 victory over Newhalen.

  • Every one of the eight state championship basketball banners that hang in the Ninilchik School gymnasium were earned by the school’s girls squads.

    Scooch over a bit, Dan Leman. Another banner is about to join you.

    The Ninilchik boys claimed their first ever state crown Saturday with a thrilling 41-37 overtime win over fellow Peninsula Conference rivals Nikolaevsk in the Class 1A title game at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

  • Homer’s own Pee Wee Tier III hockey team picked up their third state title in three years on Monday morning at Kevin Bell Arena. The team took the 2015 Pee Wee state title and the same group won the 2014 state title when they played at the Squirt level.

    “It’s really great,” said Homer team captain Casey Otis. “We worked so hard all year and then it pays off when you work so hard. It’s awesome.”

  • Sixteen-year-old Sadi Oswald blew past skiers to win first place for women in the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon 20-kilometer race on Saturday, March 12. Sadie, who had never skied in Homer before came down from Anchorage with her father, Peter, for the event. 

    “It was unexpected because I thought I was going really slow, but apparently not,” Sadie said.

    With a lot of Alaska lacking snow during this warmer winter, Homer currently beats out Anchorage for quality ski conditions. Sadie said she enjoyed skiing a different terrain as well.

  • The Pee Wee Tier III Alaska State Hockey Tournament starts Friday at Kevin Bell Arena, hosted by the Homer Hockey Association. The following weekend of March 25 will bring the Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, to the rink.

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