Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled event at Colony High School. More changes may be ahead.

    “Looking at the weather forecast, there also is a very high probability that the Seward Invite will be canceled,” said HHS Head Coach Eric Groth of an event scheduled for Saturday.

    “The weather we’ve been having is essentially a skier’s worst nightmare come true.”

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • The Special Olympics Torch Run will be held May 17.

    Runners and walkers can register at the base of the Spit beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. T-shirts are available for a $25 donation.

  • Special Olympics local games, including competition in swimming and basketball, will be at the Homer High School on May 10:

    • Swimming: Doors of Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center open at 9:45 a.m., events begin at 10 a.m.

    • Basketball: Skills competition in the HHS gym begins at 1 p.m., followed by a basketball game.

    A celebration dinner and awards in the HHS commons will be held following the game.

  • Fans of the Homer High School Mariners can enjoy some at-home soccer action this weekend.

    Track and field, baseball and softball teams are traveling.

    April 25: Soccer vs. Wasilla; JV boys and girls games at 4 p.m.; varsity boys and girls games at 6 p.m.; games played on Homer High’s upper and lower fields.

    April 25-26: Track and field at Kenai (see related story, page 18).

    April 25-26: Baseball at Kodiak.

    April 25-26: Softball at Anchorage.


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