Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Eight softball teams are “tightening up” as the Homer city tournament approaches, says commissioner of the Homer Softball Association Jessica Marx.

    The local double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 with teams seeded based on season performance.

     

    Saturday’s game lineup:

    9 a.m.: Beluga vs. Alibi

    10:15 a.m.: SBS vs. Wraptors

  • In the Homer Yacht Club’s Converse Cup, held Aug. 2 on Kachemak Bay, Nereus sailed into first place. The race began at the Deepwater Dock, under clear skies and with a light day breeze of five to seven knots. Five boats competed, with Nereus first across the starting line, followed by Winter Hawk. 

  • With Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance crews making unexpected repairs at Homer High School, the gym, mat room, weight room and locker rooms will be closed from Aug. 4-15. Regularly scheduled activities, such as basketball, volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling, gymnastics are canceled unless otherwise noted.

    Dance classes in the green room will not be canceled and will be moved to the commons. 

    For more information, call 235-6090.

  • Light pink flags. Dark pink flags. Big flags flying from businesses. Small flags flying from vehicles. No matter the shade or shape, they carry the same message: It’s time for the annual Homer Breast Cancer Run and Ride.

    Begun in 1994, the event is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. This year’s run and ride is Sunday, with registration at 8 a.m. and the race start at 9 a.m. at Mariner Park.

    “We’re thrilled that this is the 20th anniversary of the Homer Breast Cancer Run,” said Heather O’Connor, KBFPC director.

  • The Kenai Peninsula CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, program is staging the Superhero 5-kilometer run-walk in Kenai at 11 a.m. Aug. 16. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Awards are planned for the best costumed heroes. 

    The course begins at the Kenai park strip and winds through downtown Kenai. Register for the race online at active.com, search for Superhero 5k, or visit the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s office at 150 N. Willow St. in Kenai for a printed entry form. 

Youth Sports

  • The Mariners took on the last three remaining teams in their region in Anchorage last weekend with a trio of hard-fought basketball games against Grace, Anchorage Christian and Houston. The Mariner boys lost to Grace and ACS after two tight games Thursday and Friday, claiming a victory over Houston on Saturday. The girls, who pulled off three late-game comebacks to keep themselves in each competition, lost all three games by four points each.

  • More than 100 middle school wrestlers, including athletes from Chapman, Homer and Voznesenka, participated in the Rubber Chicken Classic at Skyview in Soldotna last Saturday.

    The event gets its name from the coveted awards given.

    “The winner of each weight class gets a rubber chicken instead of a medal,” said Chris Perk, wrestling coach. “The kids love it.”

    The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for wrestlers in grades 7 and 8.

  • Following on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 loss to the SoHi Stars played before hometown fans Jan. 20, the Homer Mariner Co-Op hockey team powered onto the Soldotna Sports Center ice two days later and claimed a 7-1 victory over the Kenai Kardinals. Senior forward Kiril Sanarov made four of the seven goals. 

  • In nonconference play, the Ninilchik Wolverines girls and boys basketball teams took on the Homer Mariner JV teams in Homer on Saturday. The Wolverines returned home after claiming a double victory:

    Girls: Ninilchik 49, Homer JV 18

    Boys: Ninilchik 57, Homer JV 46

  • The Mariners matched up against Seward last Friday for the second time this season, the boys taking home their second victory over the Seahawks and the girls losing another close, hard-fought game. To the coaches and the crowds, however, both contests showed significant improvement in cohesive team play for the Mariners over the past month. 

    The Mariner boys, who beat Seward by only one point in late December, led Friday’s game from the first quarter to finish with a significant 59-42 victory. 


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