Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races. 

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

  • Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.

    Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.

    For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122. 

  • The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.

    Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.

  • Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Youth Sports

  • Setting 10 new personal records for individual performances, the Homer High School Mariners track and field team left their calling card at the Kenai Invite last Friday and Saturday. The Mariner girls took second place, with Soldotna in first and Grace Christian in third. The Mariner boys claimed sixth place, with Kenai Central in first, Anchorage Christian in second and Wasilla in third.

    “This is a fun group to coach,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer.

    “They work real hard and they get the benefits. Nice job.”

  • Rain, wind, even some snow at higher elevations didn’t stop the Mariner boys soccer team from scoring a 3-1 win over the Wasilla Warriors at Friday’s game in Homer. Following the boys’ victory, the Mariner girls lost a fierce and close battle, with a final score of Wasilla 2, Homer 1.

    “Yes the weather was nasty, but I think that was the first time the boys’ soccer team has prevailed against the Wasilla team for the last seven years,” said Homer Head Coach Warren Waldorf. “Wasilla is always a good team.”

  • The Homer High School softball team went on a shakedown cruise last week, with Head Coach Bill Bell at the helm. 

    In four nonconference games, the Mariners faced the Anchorage teams of East, West and South, as well as Chugiak.

    “We were touring the compass,” said Bell. “We lost all (of the games), all pretty much the same. We started off strong for a couple of innings and then didn’t get it going. It was a shakedown cruise and we learned a lot.”

  • First year Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney is readying a large group of ball players for the short high school baseball season. 

    “We are spending time in the gym, waiting for the field to thaw, but this also helps us break down the game into smaller sections,” said Putney.

    Nahoa Jette and Tommy Bowe are the two seniors on the team, serving as co-captains. 

  • For the past few weeks, the school day ends and there’s a group of Paul Banks Elementary School kindergarten, first- and second-graders that aren’t so eager to head home. Instead, they exchange their books for balls, bats and bases. Forming a sort-of straight line between Don Felton and Kate Crowley, the youngsters head out to the field behind the school for some “baseball basics,” a program organized by Homer Little League.


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