Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Homer pickleball players brought home precious medals after taking top spots in several categories in the Alaska Senior Games on Aug. 16-18.

    Janie Leask, Holly Van Pelt, Dru and Tim Renchler, Donna and Dan Holleman, Bill Bloom and Paul Knight competed in doubles and singles categories in several different age categories in Fairbanks. The pickleball players collected nine gold, two silver and two bronze medals. For Homer pickleball, the wins affirmed the players’ skills outside of the hamlet at the end of the road.

  • In the door-prize drawing following the two-day Donald R. Morgan Memorial Club Championship at the Kenai Golf Course on Sunday, Homer’s Chris Morin won a 3-wood.

    Don’t expect to see Morin using that club much around the penal, par-72 layout though. Morin has taken to a strategy of hitting mostly 4-irons off the tees at Kenai, and it’s taken him where no golfer at the course has gone before.

    Morin is in the midst of another solid summer of golf. Recently, he tied the course record of 22 at the nine-hole, par-27 Homer Golf Course.

  • Fifteen minutes after Mean Machine beat Beluga Lake Lodge with a score of 9-5 in the championship game, the teams took the field to play again. In order to win, Mean Machine needed to defeat BLL again.

    The Homer Softball Association’s city tournament rules require a team to lose twice before they could be declared out of the running for the championship. BLL won all of their games over the July 30-31 tournament weekend until the final game against Mean Machine.

  • Homer and Anchor Point’s speedy young adults took over the top 10 in the runners division of the 6-K Homer Spit Run on Saturday, June 25.

    Pedro Ochoa, a 19-year-old Homer High School alumnus, crossed the finish line first. Ochoa was nearly two minutes ahead of the second place runner, 16-year-old Homer High School junior Jacob Davis, with a time of 35:12.58. Davis came in at 37:00.81, just a second past his goal time of 37 minutes, he said.

    “It feels amazing and it hurts,” Davis said. “I was going for the big improvement this year.”

  • The 10K Homer Spit Run is a magnet for local and visiting athletes. Some dash to the front of the pack. Others resolutely put one foot in front of the other for the pride of finishing. Among the hundreds of participants are stories that inspire, bring a tear and recall a memory.

Youth Sports

  • Upcoming events

    Homer High School

    Swim and dive attend regions in Kodiak on Oct. 27-29.

    Volleyball travels to play Houston on Oct. 28 and Redington on Oct. 29.

    Wrestling travels to the Monster Mash at South Anchorage on Oct. 28-29.

    Kachemak Swim Club

    Kings swim team compete at home for an intra-squad meet on Oct. 29. The annual Turkey Time meet is coming up on Nov. 18-19 as well.

    In review

    Homer High School

  • One dessert auction, raffle and golf tournament at a time, the Homer Hockey Association has been slowly, steadily, working toward a more stable financial future for the southern Kenai Peninsula’s beloved Kevin Bell Ice Arena.

  • For the first time in Mariner history, Homer won the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament. The team led by nine first place finishes.

    The tournament was Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

    Homer, the defending Class 1-2-3A state champion, scored 158.5 points, while Soldotna was second at 146.5, Kenai was third at 88.5, Nikiski was fourth at 33 and Voznesenka was fifth at 22.

    “They definitely had a good start to the year,” Kenai Central coach Stan Steffensen said of the Mariners. “Their kids are fun to be around. They’re a hard-working crowd.

  • Upcoming events

    Volleyball plays at the Dimond-Service Tournament on Oct. 21-22.

    Wrestling hosts the 16th annual Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble. A night of duals from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 21 will be followed by a tournament on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    In review

    Homer High School

    Swim and Dive

    Oct. 15: Valley Invitational:

  • Upcoming events

    The dive team competes at the Valley Invite on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and swim team joins them on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 for the rest of the invitational meet.

    Volleyball plays Houston at home for senior night on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., followed by Redington at home on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

    Wrestling attends the Kenai Luke Spruill Invite, their first meet of the season, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.


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