Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Forty-four disc golfers from around the state congregated at Jack Gist Park in Homer May 9 for the second annual Shorebird Showdown disc golf tourna- ment. Golfers competed in five different divisions in- cluding the open professional division where competi- tors play for prize money. The four amateur divisions included were advanced, intermediate, recreational and advanced women.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club, KSC, Kings took 18 athletes to the Alaska Junior Olympics (JO) Swim meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, April 23-26; the meet drew 500 of the fastest swimmers from the 33 teams in the state with the Kings finishing 15th with 286 points. 

    Winning the meet was the Aurora Swim Team of Anchorage with 4,559 points, followed by Glacier Swim Club of Juneau (2,859 points) and Northern Lights Swim Club of Anchorage (2,729) points. 

  • Wondering what to have for lunch May 8? Wonder no more. The Homer athletes of Special Olympics Alaska have cooked up a solution: a boxed lunch prepared “bento” style, bento being a packed lunch of Japanese origin.

    The Homer version features a choice of salmon, a chicken thigh or tofu, served with rice and topped with teriyaki sauce, and accompanied by steamed broccoli and fruit. Tessa Drais will be doing the cooking with help from volunteers.

  • Last year more than 170 entrants took to the Spit Trail for the Migration Run, a 5K USATF-certified event. This year, organizers are hoping to attract 200 participants to the May 10 event that not only occurs during Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, but also takes place on Mother’s Day.

    And here’s the thing: You don’t have to be a runner to take part. Reflecting KBRC’s philosophy, walkers and stroller-pushing entrants are welcome.

  • Two women with strong ties to Freeman were prominently featured as the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inducted 20 people last weekend.

    Neysa Villa and Jane Wipf Wiebe were honored at the organization’s 2015 inductee banquet at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Saturday evening, April 11.

Youth Sports

  • Nearly 60 people participated in Sunday’s Halibut Hustle, a 5-K race that started at Land’s End. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the race was part of the weekend’s first Homer Halibut Festival.

    First-place finisher was Pedro Ochoa, 20, who completed the race with a time of 17:08.72. The first woman to cross the finish line was Michelle Mitchell, with a time of 21:47.95.

  • The host Nikiski volleyball team saved a match point in picking up a five-set victory over Homer on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference play.

    The Bulldogs won 23-25, 25-23, 25-7, 18-25 and 16-14 to move to 3-1 in the league and 3-2 overall. Homer drops to 1-3 in the league.

    Nikiski had to dig out of an 11-6 hole to take the final game, but an attack led by junior middle hitter Ayla Pitt, who finished with eight kills and five blocks, was up to the task.

  • Homer defeats Redington, 66-0

    The host Homer football team rolled to a 66-0 victory over Redington Sr. junior varsity Friday night in nonconference play.

    This is the first year that Redington Sr. is open, and the school only enrolls underclassmen thus far, so the mismatch that was possible ended up happening as the Mariners improved to 2-4 overall.

    Homer ended any suspense early by taking a 37-0 lead after one quarter and a 51-0 lead at halftime.

  • The Mariner volleyball team travels to Kodiak for games this weekend. The action follows a win and a loss this past weekend. The Mariners dropped a Southcentral Conference matchup to Grace Christian on Friday night in Homer. The Grizzlies notched the three-game sweep with scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-10. The Mariners came back to tally  a Southcentral Conference victory over Houston on Saturday, twice rallying from behind with scores of 20-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-13.

  • It was mariners-type weather, and a Homer Mariners-type meet.

    The Homer girls and boys cross-country teams swept the team title at the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet Tuesday under constant showers at a puddly and slick Tsalteshi Trails.

    The Homer girls have garnered a ton of accolades recently, most notably the Class 1-2-3A state crown last season.


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