Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • A dozen local runners tackled the epic Fourth of July Mount Marathon race.

    Race history was made with Swede Emelie Forsberg, 28, finishing the 3.1-mile race at 47 minutes, 48 seconds, smashing the women’s 1990 record of 50:30 by Nancy Pease. In the men’s race in the afternoon, Forsberg’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Spaniard and mountain-running superstar Kilian Jornet, made an equally triumphant, procession down Fourth Avenue, winning in 41:48 to lower Eric Strabel’s 2013 record of 42:55.

  • The bulls won the weekend at the Ninilchik Rodeo.

    Riders had no luck on John Wayne, Dark Town, Hizenberg and Calico as all jumped — or were thrown — before the eight-second mark.

     Just one rider, Chris Manis, managed to best a bull named Snubbin Post to win both the weekend of bull riding and $550.

    Competitors in other events had varying degrees of success besting broncos, roping calfs, racing around barrels, running poles and — for one lucky kid — grabbing the ribbon from a calf’s tail to win just over $70 in cash.

  • In the grueling Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, where contestants race unsupported through the wildest country of Alaska, just finishing can be an honor. But when you’re not only the first to finish, but the only one of 29 competitors to do so in the scheduled time, the honor gets doubled.

  • It’s no secret that Homer has a vibrant boating community. Beyond the halibut hopefuls, however, Homer draws a different type of boater a bit unexpected for the far north: the sailor.  

    Founded in 1983, the Homer Yacht Club has been sailing in Homer for about 30 years. But Erik Pullman, current commodore for the yacht club, remembers an informal organization actively sailing in Homer even before then. “We started in the late 1970s,” said Pullman, “but it wasn’t until 1983 that we became official.”  

  • Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.  

    Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened.

    “The tide definitely won over the wind this weekend,” said sailor Shawn Hansen shortly after the race.  

Youth Sports

  • Mariner cheer captains junior Emily Arno and freshman Riley Doughty bring a combination of experience and can-do spirit to the squad. The one thing they are not are stereotypical prissy cheerleaders, but rather athletes who support other athletes.

    For one, their workouts are intense, said head football cheer coach Kelly Jo Ivone. Each practice requires the girls to do cardio, a number of ab exercises from crunches to pike-ups, all of their jumps three times, and all of their kicks.

  • Upcoming events

    • Volleyball goes head to head with Seward at home at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Mariner gym.

    • Mariner football goes up against Kodiak in an away game on Saturday, Aug. 27.

    • Cross-country running goes to the Bartlett Preview on Saturday, Aug. 27.

    A week in review

    Cross-country running:

  • Homer High School graduate and former varsity volleyball player Kristie Mastre has taken on a job that no one else wanted — head coach of the volleyball team. With the beginning of fall sports falling in alignment with the end of fishing season, coaches can be hard to find. Even though Mastre is leading the team, the school is still searching for an assistant coach, said Homer High School Assistant Principal Alison “Sunny” Mall.

  • Summer training whip Mariner cross-country team into shape for first race

    Many returning cross-country team members spent their summer training for the fall 2016 season, which showed at the Nikiski Class Races where they split the team titles with the Kodiak cross-country team.

    Sixteen members of the cross-country team, including a mix of members from the boys and girls team as well as Coach Bill Steyer, attended Steens Mountain Running Camp in Eugene, Ore. over the summer. The camp prepared the team for the coming season.

  • The Ravens pounded the Mariners in a nonconference season opener Saturday afternoon in Fairbanks, finish Homer off with a 67-31 score.

    “It was pretty disappointing overall,” said Homer coach Josh Fraley.

    Teddy Croft, who racked up four touchdowns in the first half and five total, went out in the second half after a brutal hit. Fraley said he pulled Croft in order to follow concussion protocol.

    To make matters worse, cramping took hold of receiver Noah Fisk, who missed much of the second half as well.

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