Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.”

  • Kicking off the summer with a promising start, the Soccer Association of Homer is seeing consistent development with increased game competition opportunities, participation and volunteer help. 

    For the first time, traveling U-13 and U-15 Kenai teams have committed to traveling to Homer every other week starting this month. Homer will travel to Kenai on opposite weeks, creating weekly game experience for the U-13 and U-15 teams. U-13 players are under the age of 13; U-15 players are under the age of 15.

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • Coach Bill Steyer knew the Mariner girls could do it, but was careful what he said before the cross-country regions competition in Kodiak on Saturday. He was right. The girls were crowned the Class 3A champions. In addition, athlete Megan Pitzman was named “girl athlete of the year” and Steyer received the “coach of the year” award.
    Boy athlete of the year went to Michael Todd of Anchorage Christian.


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