Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Sixty-two runners and walkers and one lone biker took part on Sunday’s 20th annual Breast Cancer Run-Walk-Bike. In addition to helping raise breast cancer awareness, the 5-mile and 1-mile event also raised more than $9,500 for Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other services the clinic provides at no cost.

Youth Sports

  • Two Popeye wrestlers brought home triple crowns last weekend after participating in the Alaska State Wrestling Championships. Timmy Woo and Tristen Cook, wrestling in the cadet division, each placed first in their weight categories in three events: Greco, Folkstyle and Freestyle. Woo wrestles at 160 pounds; Cook at 170 pounds.

  • The Homer High School track was abuzz last weekend with teams from around the state as the Mariners track and field team hosted their first and only home meet of the season. Twelve schools from around the state participated in the Homer Invitational. 

    With ideal weather conditions, the Kenai Central girls won a second-straight team title with 130 total points, 31 better than runner-up Soldotna. The Kardinals won their home invite last week as well. Kenai rode the strength of four event victories to the team win.

  • The Homer Mariners varsity baseball team defeated the Soldotna Stars 8-0 on Monday night at Mariner field in Homer. 

    Kyle Johnson pitched a complete game shutout for the win, with three strikeouts and only two walks. 

    The Mariners were solid defensively all night. Third baseman Wylie Donich, second baseman Brandon Beachy and first baseman Sheldon Hutt turned a nifty 5-4-3 double play, and center fielder Owen Delehanty made a fine diving catch on a sinking line drive to help preserve the shutout. 

  • During their first week of games, the Mariner softball team sent a clear message to conference competition: beware.

    In their opening game April 28, the Mariners stomped out Kenai 21-0. This past weekend they fought off tough competition from Chugiak, splitting Saturday’s double header, and coming away with Homer’s first win over the Anchorage team in recent history. And Monday night, the Mariners’ early success solidified into a pattern when they mowed down Soldotna, 19-1.

  • Eight skaters from the Kevin Bell Arena’s We Skate program participated in the Riverskate competition in Soldotna April 10-12. The young figure skaters brought home the Homer rink’s first figure skating trophy. The Homer skaters won several awards, including:

    • Ireland Styvar received first places in dramatic spotlight, light entertainment, interpretive and rhythmic ribbon; and two third places in her qualifying level, Beta, and in stroking;


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