Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.    

  • When you face a team called the “Whalers” that plays football in some of Alaska’s toughest weather, you know you’re up against a formidable foe. The Mariners are not a team to back away from a challenge, however. On Saturday, they came away with their first win of the season and a score of 30-12.

    “Yeah, we are pretty happy. It was a fun game,” Coach Josh Fraley said by phone from Barrow on Saturday night. 

    In the first quarter, the Mariners got the ball and scored a touchdown on a Josh Fisk run, followed by a two-point conversion.

  • Twenty-eight individual competitors and six teams competed in the annual Homer Ironman Triathlon Saturday. 

    Greg Smith, 16, was the first-place finisher with a time of 1:44.55. Hanna Young, 25, took first place for the women with a final time of 1:52.47.

  • Having won a gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games in June, Homer swimmer Myrna Kuchenoff will be back in the pool on Saturday. This time, she will compete as part of a three-member unified Special Olympics team participating in the 14th annual Homer Ironman Triathlon, a fundraiser for the Homer High School Mariner swim and dive team.

  • The eight teams of the Homer Softball Association finished off the season in a double elimination tournament at Jack Gist Park last weekend.

    The rivalry peaked during the championship game between Beluga Lake Lodge and the Growlers, who took the first place trophy after winning the game 10-6. Spenard Builders Supply took third after losing to Beluga Lake Lodge 11-9.

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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