Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Runners and walkers in this year’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run will not only enjoy the scenic 10K course that begins at Homer High School and continues the length of the Homer Spit, they also will benefit from the event’s new automatic timing technology, as well as other added conveniences.

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • Homer Hockey Association Bantam C team, coached by Steve Nevak, were the champions of the Fall Frost Tournament in Palmer last weekend. They beat the Wasilla Jr. Avalanche 5-2 in championship play on Sunday. 

  • Danny Rios has wrestled for the Mariners the past three years. This season the senior had second thoughts.  Getting a job and focusing on his academics began to be a priority. However, the Homer High School wrestling team needed a 220-pounder and with Danny Rios’ brother, Jaime Rios, being the captain, it was just a matter of time before Danny joined the team.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    A multi-school mixed-six volleyball invitational tournament at Nikolaevsk Nov. 7-8 ended with Nikolaevsk taking first place and the Kodiak EES team in second.

    “Kodiak beat us in five sets at our last tournament taking first place, so it was nice to be able to come back and beat them in three sets,” said Nikolaevsk Head Coach Bea Klaich.

  • Three Mariner swimmers — Remi Nagle, Lauren Kuhns and Greg Smith — and two divers — Ian Hall and Annali Metz — competed at State championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage last week. 

    Nagle swam two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Kuhns swam the 500 freestyle and Smith the 100 backstroke. 

  • For the 38th year, Al Aska Shriners sponsored the annual North-South Classic, an opportunity for senior football athletes from around the state to join forces in one last football game of the season. Representing the Mariners were Sheldon Hutt, Patrick Rainwater, Collin MacCampbell, Connor Seay and Ben Knisely, with Ian Lowe assisting Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley with coaching duties.

    Hutt was named MVP of the Nov. 1 game, “so that’s pretty awesome,” said Fraley. “He played really, really well.”


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