Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • Runners and walkers in this year’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run will not only enjoy the scenic 10K course that begins at Homer High School and continues the length of the Homer Spit, they also will benefit from the event’s new automatic timing technology, as well as other added conveniences.

  • Celebrating clean water, healthy salmon and healthy people, 67 runners and bikers from Anchorage to Soldotna to Homer turned out June 14 for the first Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride. 

    Participants ran, fat biked or mountain biked 10 miles from the mouth of the Kenai River to the mouth of the Kasilof River along the beach at low tide. The event was sponsored by local nonprofits Cook Inletkeeper, Kenai Watershed Forum and Tsalteshi Trails Association and proceeds went to supporting clean water and healthy salmon in the Cook Inlet Watershed. 

  • As the bustle of Homer’s summer activities arrives, the Homer Softball Association also winds up. The skilled and the amateur, the young and the young at heart all make up the eight different teams in the Homer Softball Association. Athletes 18 years and older gather at Jack Gist Park Monday-Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to play ball. 

    It’s a family event, according to Homer Softball Association Commissioner Jessica Marx, and many of the supporting spectators include kids and dogs.

Youth Sports

  • A high school dive meet in Kenai on Friday was a bit unbalanced with only one Kenai diver and five Homer divers. Still, it was a good opportunity to test the water — or the board — so to speak.

    “There was only one other girl (from Kenai) that dove in the meet besides us,” said Mariner Head Coach Harmon Hall.

  • Eight schools, 115 runners and a bright sun and blue sky overhead. A great combination for the Homer Invitational on Friday, a cross-country meet with boys and girls varsity and junior varsity competitions.

    Homer Mariner girls and SoHi Star boys took first place in team points. In second place, the results flipped with Homer boys and SoHi girls in second.

    “They did good, really good,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of the Mariners’ performance.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    After a 1 a.m. departure Saturday morning, followed by a nine-hour ferry ride to Kodiak and a welcome to Alaska’s emerald island that consisted of chilly sheets of sideways-moving rain, the Homer Mariner football team took on the Kodiak Bears on Saturday.

    The Bears managed a 22-20 win. That placed Kodiak 1-0 in Northern Lights Conference play, and Homer at 0-1 in the league and 0-2 overall.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    At the Tsalteshi Invitational in Soldotna Saturday — the biggest cross-country event of the season, second only to state competition — the Homer High School Mariner varsity girls raced to an impressive third place team finish and the boys claimed a solid 10th place.

    “They did pretty good,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “Both teams are strong.”

    The runners’ finish times gave Steyer plenty of reason to brag.

  • Kenai, SoHi and Nikiski were in town Saturday for the Homer High School Volleyball Jamboree, a “great beginning to the season,” according to Mariner Head Coach Beth Trowbridge. 

    “It’s exciting to see the teams in the gym and to give the girls the opportunity to get on the court and get a feel for where they are at and work out some kinks,” said Trowbridge. “It is an energetic, dynamic atmosphere so it is exciting to parents, players and coaches and really gets things off to a good start.”


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