Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Having won a gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games in June, Homer swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff will be back in the pool on Saturday. This time, she will compete as part of a three-member unified Special Olympics team participating in the 14th annual Homer Ironman Triathlon, a fundraiser for the Homer High School Mariner swim and dive team.

  • The eight teams of the Homer Softball Association finished off the season in a double elimination tournament at Jack Gist Park last weekend.

    The rivalry peaked during the championship game between Beluga Lake Lodge and the Growlers, who took the first place trophy after winning the game 10-6. Spenard Builders Supply took third after losing to Beluga Lake Lodge 11-9.

  • Sixty-two runners and walkers and one lone biker took part on Sunday’s 20th annual Breast Cancer Run-Walk-Bike. In addition to helping raise breast cancer awareness, the 5-mile and 1-mile event also raised more than $9,500 for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other services the clinic provides at no cost.

  • Eight softball teams are “tightening up” as the Homer city tournament approaches, says commissioner of the Homer Softball Association Jessica Marx.

    The local double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 with teams seeded based on season performance.

     

    Saturday’s game lineup:

    9 a.m.: Beluga vs. Alibi

    10:15 a.m.: SBS vs. Wraptors

  • In the Homer Yacht Club’s Converse Cup, held Aug. 2 on Kachemak Bay, Nereus sailed into first place. The race began at the Deepwater Dock, under clear skies and with a light day breeze of five to seven knots. Five boats competed, with Nereus first across the starting line, followed by Winter Hawk. 

Youth Sports

  • Bundle up against the keep-the-ice-frozen temps of the Kevin Bell Arena and prepare for some “hot hockey action” this weekend as the Homer Mariners take on teams from Houston, Bartlett and SoHi in the three-day End of the Road Shootout. 

    “These teams represent different areas — Anchorage, the valley and the peninsula — so it’s a collective group and will be exciting to see where we stand,” said Mariner Head Coach John Carlin.

  • The Bruins Basketball, for first- and second-grade boys and girls, began this week, and continues through Dec. 1. It meets at the Paul Banks Elementary School gym at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 24 and Dec. 1 and 2. For more information, call Merlin Cordes, 299-0303.

  • Mother Nature pulled a fast one on Tuesday’s scheduled volleyball games in Seldovia. With the ferry unable to dock in Homer, the Nikolaevsk Warrior’s mixed six volleyball team, both junior varsity and varsity, was unable to travel to the south side of Kachemak Bay to play the Seldovia Otters. Next on Nikolaevsk’s schedule is a 6 p.m. community scrimmage on Monday, followed by junior varsity and varsity games against Ninilchik at Nikolaevsk on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

  • Homer Hockey Association Bantam C team, coached by Steve Nevak, were the champions of the Fall Frost Tournament in Palmer last weekend. They beat the Wasilla Jr. Avalanche 5-2 in championship play on Sunday. 

  • Danny Rios has wrestled for the Mariners the past three years. This season the senior had second thoughts.  Getting a job and focusing on his academics began to be a priority. However, the Homer High School wrestling team needed a 220-pounder and with Danny Rios’ brother, Jaime Rios, being the captain, it was just a matter of time before Danny joined the team.


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