Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • It was a mix of highs and lows for the Mariners varsity volleyball team last week. After winning all three at-home games to Cordova on Friday, they lost two and won two on Saturday, then fell by two points in the tie-breaking fifth game.

    Friday, the Mariners won 25-22, 25-11 and 26-24. Saturday, they lost the first two games 25-18 and 26-24; won the next two 25-11 and 25-14, and lost the fifth 17-15. 

  • The Homer High School swimmers took a week off, but Coach Harmon Hall and five Mariner divers headed to Chugiak to participate in the dive portion of the Bartlett-Chugiak Invitation swim-dive meet last Saturday.
    “It was an experience,” said Hall of the full day of competition.
    “There were 22 boys and 17 girls from all over the state. Nineteen schools were there. We saw everybody except for Fairbanks, who has one boy diver ranked in the top five.”
    Competing for Homer were Ian Hall, Ren Carroll, Spencer Warren, Daniel Wiest and Annali Metz.

  • The Homer Mariner volleyball teams are getting lots of on-court time lately. After a loss to the Nikiski Bulldogs on Sept. 23, the Mariners were back on top against the Seward Seahawks on Friday and then lost in nonconference play against the Soldotna Stars on Tuesday.  
    “The team regrouped and came out strong. … For the most part, hitting errors were kept to a minimum and except for game one, serving errors were almost non-existent,” Mariner Head Coach Beth Trowbridge said about the Friday match against the Seahawks.

  • Homer High School kicks off its homecoming celebration with a parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to participate. The parade route leaves the HHS east entrance, turns right on Pioneer Avenue and returns to the school at the west entrance. Floats are meant to inspire spirit before Saturday’s homecoming football game against Houston High School. The theme is Rio-Carnival.

  • Senior Ian Lowe gave Homer Mariners their one and only touchdown in Saturday’s 41-6 loss to the Kenai Kardinals, saving the Mariners from a complete shutout.
    “I wasn’t planning on playing him, but we had a bunch of people with injuries go down,” said Coach Josh Fraley of putting Lowe in the game. It was the senior’s first time back on the field since being injured earlier this season.
    The Mariners defense kept the Kardinals to one touchdown in the first quarter. After that, however, things started to fall apart for the Homer team.


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