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 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

  • 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

  • It has been a roller coaster sea- son for the Mariners girls soccer team. Though the team faced formi- dable challenges this past week go- ing up against both Kenai and Grace Christian School, the team pulled it together on Saturday for a 5-0 win against Nikiski.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 16 athletes to the Splash Into Spring Invitational Swim Meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, May 8-9. The meet drew 300 athletes from eight teams. The Kings swam to an outstanding 75 percent individual and relay personal re- cords (PRs).

  • After a series of losses, the Mariners boys’ soccer team proved they were still a force to be reckoned with as the boys scored a 4-0 win against Kodiak on Tuesday.

    Freshmen Charles Rohr hit the ground running scoring a goal in the first half with an assist from Ren Carroll, a junior. The mo- mentum Rohr began in the first half only grew in the second.

  • An intense and exciting game played out last Friday as the Mariners boys’ soccer team squared off against Palmer. The game was neck and neck for the first half, with Palmer stealing away with a single goal keeping the Mariners at bay. 

    Thanks to fleet-footed freshman Charles Rohr, the Mariners took away the match in the second half for a 3-1 one win.

    “Yeah it was exciting because we had to come from behind,” Coach Warren Waldorf said.  “The boys really played well this game, they worked well together.”

  • The Mariner girls soccer team had a successful weekend, bringing home two wins against Palmer and Colony teams.

    On Friday the varsity team defeated Palmer 3-1. While Palmer played well and made for a formidable challenge, the Mariners’ resilience and leadership shone through. 

    Sophomore Desiree Cleary out maneuvered the completion and scored twice, with Rachell Ellert, a junior, and Aspen Daigle, a senior, assisting. 


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