Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • By Shannon Reid

    For the Homer News

    In addition to playing scheduled games at the Jack Gist Park every evening Monday-Thursday, three Homer Softball Association teams — Kharacters/Cups, Spenard Builders Supply and Beluga Lake Lodge — are preparing to compete in the statewide Kenai Firecracker Tournament in Kenai this Saturday and Sunday. 

  • Eighteen-year old Pedro Ochoa, a 2014 Homer High School graduate who was on the school’s cross country and track team, ran to first place in Saturday’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run. Ochoa finished in a time of 0:36:18.13.

    Claiming first place for the women was Molly Mitchell, a Homer High junior who also ran on the school’s cross country and track team. Mitchell crossed the finish line in 0:40:51.14.

  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games. 

    Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amateur athletes.

  • It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

    Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silver in the 25-yard backstroke.

    Kuchenoff also scored an impressive personal best in the butterfly.

  • Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors.

    Edan Badajos, competitive disc golfer and board member of Jack Gist Recreation Park Association, has coordinated field trips for Fireweed Academy and Chapman Elementary School, and said kids often return with their parents to play. 

Youth Sports

  • After months of training, not to mention time spent fundraising, five local girls in the Popeye Wrestling Club will participate in the Pre-Season National War of the Roses, a girls-only wrestling tournament held in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 24-25.

    Representing the Homer area will be Jadzia Martin, 16; McKenzie Cook, 13; Allison Wells, 13; Mina Cavasos, 12; and Saoirse Cook, 6. Traveling with them are coaches Janie Martin and Todd Cook.

  • The Mariner Mat Team held scrimmage matches against wrestlers from Nikiski and Voznesenka on Saturday. Homer’s 13 wrestlers won the majority of the matches; however, they were all unofficial. 

    Timmy Woo, a sophomore 138-pounder, won both of his matches against two tough Nikiski competitors. Woo, who placed sixth at state last year as a freshman, looks to compete for a state championship. He has an amazing engine and easily out works his opponents. Woo just never stops moving. 

  • With the volume of the cheers from the blue-and-gold clad fans, it wasn’t necessary to be at Saturday’s homecoming game to know the Mariners had beat the Houston Hawks. Being there made the 17-6 victory even better, however.

    “Lots of fans in the stands always makes for a great atmosphere,” said Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley. 

    “And the team wanted to finish strong. It was important for the entire team, especially the seniors, to finish the way they did. They were happy for that.”

  • The Mariner swim and dive team claimed third place at the five-team Kenai Invitational at Kenai Central High School on Saturday.

    “Eighty percent of the races were best times for our swimmers for a total of 32.35 seconds of improvement,” said Head Coach Scott Smith.

    Soldotna had a double win, with both the girls and boys teams taking first place, Kenai’s girls and boys teams took second, Homer anchored third, Unalaska was in fourth and Seward in fifth.

  • Hats off to the Homer Mariner varsity girls cross country team who just earned the 2014 123A state championship crown at competition in Anchorage on Saturday. The boys team secured a hard-earned third-place state finish. 

    “The girls rocked it,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They had great times, great performances.” 


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