Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Homer City and Parks basketball league offers lots of opportunities to get on the court for ages 14 and older. Multiple courts are available if needed.

    Games are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Homer High School gym. 

    Games are pick-up and called by the players. Good sportsmanship is a must. Please do not bring children.

    The fee for adults is 10 punches for $30 or 20 punches for $60; youth are $1 each visit. Fee is payable to Homer Community Recreation.

  • The Kenai River Marathon and half marathon, relay race and 5K family fun run are Sept. 28.

    The full marathon begins at 9 a.m.; the half marathon at 10 a.m., and the 5K family run and walk begin at 10:15 a.m.

    Registration is open until midnight Saturday for the full marathon. Register online at kenairivermarathon.org or stop at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center by Saturday.

    A kick-off spaghetti feed will be held at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • As summer activities on the Homer Spit wind down, winter activities are heating up at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. Ice is being laid down and the rink is scheduled to open the end of September. Coaches and instructors are preparing for another year, offering programs for every age and skill set.

  • Taking advantage of a light northeast breeze, Nereus, with Capt. Erik Pullman at the helm, took first palce in the Homer Yacht Club’s Kachemk Cup race. Other finishers included:
    Second: Martha J with Capt. Paul Rauch, 2:11:49;
    Third: Morning Star with Capt. Ron Downing, 2:15:06;
    Fourth: Freedom 2 with Capt. Chris Young, 2:43:12;
    Fifth: Dawg’s Life with Capt. Beau Burgess, 2:46:23;
    Sixth: Pegasus with Capt. Johann Willrich, 2:59:46.
    For more about the Homer Yacht Club, visit homeryachtclub.org.

  • Jackson Hobbs of Franklin, Idaho, has a lot on his mind. The 16-year-old’s high school soccer team is having a great season, beating teams it wasn’t expected to beat. Today, they take on their biggest rival.
    That isn’t the main focus of Jackson’s attention right now, however. The 335.0-pound halibut he caught Aug. 19 while fishing with Capt. Travis Larson of Alaska Premier Sportfishing remains the biggest fish caught in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. The four-month-long derby began May 15 and ends Monday.    

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • This week’s schedule of sports events for Homer High School includes:

    Sept. 19-20: Valdez Volleyball Invite;

    Sept. 19: Pentathlon swim, Soldotna High School, 2 p.m.;

    Sept. 20: JV football vs. Soldotna, 11 a.m.; varsity football vs. Soldotna, 2 p.m., at Homer;

    Sept. 20: XC 5K time trial, from the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon to the base of the Spit, noon.


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