Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Yes, the shorebirds showed up. So did lots of visitors for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. And there was plenty of sunshine.
    Small wonder, then, that more than 170 runners signed up for the 17th annual Migration Run, a USATF-certified 5k event that begins near the Fishing Hole and ends at the base of the Spit.

  • Paddlers and boaters from around Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Peninsula and the state are invited to an inauguration of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Two ceremonies are planned for June 6:

    • Noon-2 p.m.: Seldovia ribbon-cutting;

    • 5-8 p.m.: Homer ribbon-cutting.

    The celebrations include food, fun and water activities.

  • About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

  • The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

Youth Sports

  • With the Kenai Mountains as a backdrop and Kachemak Bay to their left and right, high school cross-country runners from Kachemak Selo, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk, Soldotna and Homer took to the Spit Trail on Saturday in a 5K Homer invitational. 

    Homer’s varsity girls claimed a first-place team finish. A first-place tie on the boys side, which takes into consideration the finishing times of the top five runners of each team, was decided by the finishing time of the sixth-place runner and that boosted Kenai into the lead, with Homer taking second.

  • A warm sun made for good picnic weather Saturday, but it was no picnic on the Homer High School football field as the Mariners took on the Ketchikan Kings. The Kings returned to Southeast with 23-22 victory.

    The loss for Homer comes after two consecutive victories, a 30-12 win over the Barrow Whalers and a 55-0 shutout of the Valdez Buccaneers. 

  • The Homer Mariners traveled to Kodiak for a two-school, two-day dive-swim meet last week. Among Homer’s strong finishers, Lauren Kuhns scored a first in the 50 freestyle on Friday and Ian Hall scored a first-place in 1-meter diving on Friday and Saturday. 

    In spite of the Mariners’ dive and swim efforts, the Kodiak boys and girls teams took first place on both days of the meet.

  • Traveling to Nikiski for the boroughs cross-country competition on Tuesday, the Mariners varsity girls and boys each claimed a second-place finish in competition that saw Soldotna first in the girls competition and the Kenai boys in first. 

    “It was awesome,” was Head Coach Bill Steyer’s one-word wrap-up of the event. “The girls came in second in a really, really close race against very evenly matched teams and our boys did exceptionally. They had a really good race.”

  • It was a long hard, weekend of play for the Mariners varsity volleyball team. They lost to Grace Christian on Thursday, won against Houston on Friday and lost again Saturday to Anchorage Christian School. 

    All was not lost, however. Playing younger, newer players, as well as team veterans, the Mariners were able to work on their teamwork and communication. They also took a step out of their comfortable playing positions.


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