Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

    The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

    Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

    Josh Blom, Tanalian;

  • A four-school mixed-six volleyball tournament kept the Nikolaevsk Warriors gym ringing last Friday and Saturday as the Tanalian Lynx, Kodiak ESS Ravens and Seldovia Sea Otters traveled into Warrior territory.

    The Ravens — a co-op team representing Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie — earned the tournament’s first-place crown, with second-place going to the Warriors. The all-tournament team included:

    Rainy Bircher, Kodiak;

    Josh Blom, Tanalian;

  • Staff report

    Eight teams took to Ninilchik School’s volleyball courts over the weekend for the school’s annual Spikefest. 

    Birchwood won the tournament, with Su Valley in second. Sand Point returned home with the sportsmanship trophy, “But I told the crowd that I was impressed by the play and sportsmanship of all the girls,” said Jeff Ambrosier, principal of Ninilchik School. “(These were the) best behaving athletes in the four years that we’ve been doing the tournament.”

  • Staff report

    When the Homer High School Mariner wrestling team invited the community to Saturday’s “Fiesta Night,” the community showed up. Held at the Elks Lodge, the fundraiser featured a Mexican menu with all-you-can-eat tacos and a full assortment of desserts served by — and some of them made by — members of the wrestling team.

    “The community came out strong and we are very grateful for the support,” said Head Coach Chris Perk.

  • Staff report

    When the Homer High School Mariner wrestling team invited the community to Saturday’s “Fiesta Night,” the community showed up. Held at the Elks Lodge, the fundraiser featured a Mexican menu with all-you-can-eat tacos and a full assortment of desserts served by — and some of them made by — members of the wrestling team.

    “The community came out strong and we are very grateful for the support,” said Head Coach Chris Perk.


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