Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The annual Homer Spit Run, a certified 10K race, will be June 28. The race begins at Homer High School and ends at the end of the Spit. Race sign-in will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.

    Entry fee is $30 online or by snailmail. Race day entry fee is $40. There is no fee for runners 9 and under. Proceeds support youth running programs.

    Online registration is at kachemakbayrunningclub.org. For more information or to volunteer, cally Billy Steyer at 399-1078.

  • Not only is Alaska represented at the Special Olympic USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21, Homer also has a toe in the water, so to speak, with swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff and the Alaska swim team’s coach Ruhiyyih Baker.

    “I’m really proud of Myrna. Swimming has been her passion for many, many years,” said Carol Shuler, Homer community director for Special Olympics-Alaska. “She’s really dedicated herself to it and we are very pleased she was chosen to represent us at the national games.”

  • Kicking off the summer with a promising start, the Soccer Association of Homer is seeing consistent development with increased game competition opportunities, participation and volunteer help. 

    For the first time, traveling U-13 and U-15 Kenai teams have committed to traveling to Homer every other week starting this month. Homer will travel to Kenai on opposite weeks, creating weekly game experience for the U-13 and U-15 teams. U-13 players are under the age of 13; U-15 players are under the age of 15.

  • Seventh-five people crossed the starting line of the 5k Homer Special Olympic Torch Run on Saturday, one part of the statewide 2014 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive.

    John Hendricksen was Homer’s torchbearer, assisted by Homer Police Officer Charles Worland.

    The event raised more than $8,000 in donations and merchandise for the event, with Eddie Escalera single -handedly bringing in cash and prizes worth $3,659.77.

  • Yes, the shorebirds showed up. So did lots of visitors for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. And there was plenty of sunshine.
    Small wonder, then, that more than 170 runners signed up for the 17th annual Migration Run, a USATF-certified 5k event that begins near the Fishing Hole and ends at the base of the Spit.

Youth Sports

  • Homer Middle School Huskies track and field athletes focused on having fun and reaching their personal bests at the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet in Kenai May 16. Coach Kellie Bowlin says her runners don’t need to come in first to be a success, just improving and working hard as an athlete can be a winner.

  • The following Mariner athletic awards were awarded by Homer High School’s coaching staff:

     

    Male Athlete of the Year

    Pedro Ochoa, senior: cross country running, wrestling, track

  • Following Nikolaevsk School’s end-of-the-year awards assembly, the students, faculty, staff and a scattering of parents were asked to stay seated. There was one more recognition in store.

    “We are making history today,” said Bea Klaich, head coach of Nikolaevsk’s girls varsity basketball team.

    To her left sat a smiling Nianiella Dorvall, a high school senior, surrounded by her family — parents Dan and Luba Dorvall and younger sister Anastacia. 

  • May 10, Kenai Central High School

  • The Mariner boys track and field team pushed into second place at borough championships in Kenai on Saturday, tying with Skyview and with Kenai Central in first place.
    “The boys did awesome,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They collectively ran from the heart and ran extremely well. They’ve been improving all year and pulled it all together.”
    The Homer girls claimed third place, with Soldotna in first and Kenai Central in second. Steyer took advantage of the meet to focus on his training strategy.


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