Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The deadline for advance registration of the June 28 certified 10K to the Bay Spit Run is Friday for both online and mail-in. Advance registration is $30. On-site registration is $40 and will be available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the day of the race. Runners age 9 and younger are free. T-shirts are available to the first 225 registrants in order to encourage early registration. The race begins at Homer High School at 10 a.m. and ends at the end of the Spit.  

  • First-time Relay for Life of Homer event chairs Michelle Drake and Michelle Geagel definitely got their feet wet over the weekend. So did the other 185 registered relayers and weekend add-ons, thanks to heavy, wind-driven rain on Friday.

    That’s didn’t dampen Homer’s support of the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, however.

    The fundraising goal was $60,000 “and we raised a total of $65,600 and something,” said Drake. Donations will continue to be accepted through August. 

  • Summer or winter, the city of Homer Parks and Recreation offers plenty of ways to stay active. If there’s an interest in a specific activity that isn’t on the schedule, Mike Illg, the program coordinator, will do what he can to make it available.

    “I always tell people the recreation program is organic,” said Illg, whose office is located at Homer High School and carefully builds the program around the school district’s calendar.

  • The annual Homer Spit Run, a certified 10K race, will be June 28. The race begins at Homer High School and ends at the end of the Spit. Race sign-in will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.

    Entry fee is $30 online or by snailmail. Race day entry fee is $40. There is no fee for runners 9 and under. Proceeds support youth running programs.

    Online registration is at kachemakbayrunningclub.org. For more information or to volunteer, cally Billy Steyer at 399-1078.

  • Not only is Alaska represented at the Special Olympic USA Games held in New Jersey June 14-21, Homer also has a toe in the water, so to speak, with swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff and the Alaska swim team’s coach Ruhiyyih Baker.

    “I’m really proud of Myrna. Swimming has been her passion for many, many years,” said Carol Shuler, Homer community director for Special Olympics-Alaska. “She’s really dedicated herself to it and we are very pleased she was chosen to represent us at the national games.”

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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