Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Southern peninsula residents may not be eager for the upcoming season of ice, but you couldn’t tell that by the skaters at the Kevin Bell Arena on Sunday. Joining in a global opportunity for girls to explore the sport of ice hockey, females of all ages, from the central to the southern Kenai Peninsula, slipped into skates and took to the ice to see what the sport is all about.

  • If the Homer Elks annual winter king salmon derby is a good way to tell the changing of seasons, it must be winter. The 18th annual Homer Elks Winter King Salmon Derby was held Oct. 4 and 5.

    The two-day event drew 128 anglers who turned in 222 salmon. The total weight of the two-day catch was 2,338.05 pounds.

    At $100 per entrant, that’s a total $12,800 raised, with prizes equaling a percentage of the total gross ticket sales:

  •  An invitationsal and open house organized by the Kachemak Skeeters at the Kachemak Gun Club range, Sterling Highway mile 160, drew attention from around the state last Saturday.

  • Two hundred nineteen athletes from across the Kenai Peninsula, the state and the country took to the pavement Sunday for the Kenai River Marathon, the half marathon, relay and 5k races on Sunday. Peter Svenning of Palm City, Fla., won the marathon in a time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and two seconds. Whitney Bennett of Anchorage was the first women and second overall to finish the 26.2-mile course, crossing the finish line in 3:23.05. Each event began and ended at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in Kenai.
    Southern peninsula athletes included:

  • Special Olympic unified bocce teams and individual athletes, unified golf teams and one individual golfer brought home an array of medals from the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Fall Tournament in Anchorage on Sept. 14-15. They were among 200 athletes representing the communities of Anchorage, Ketchikan, Kodiak, the Matanuska-Susitna valley and Fairbanks, as well as Homer. Following are results for Homer athletes:

    Unified Bocce Doubles, M1 division:
    5. Homer team of Eddy Escalera and Peggy Brown; 

Youth Sports

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    Feb. 4: Hockey at Regions v. Soldotna at Sport Center, 2 p.m.

    Feb. 4: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Glennallen at Seward, 3, 4:30 p.m.

    Feb. 4: JV girls and boys basketball at Ninilchik, TBA if they win on Wednesday.
    Feb. 5: Hockey at Regions, TBA.

    Feb. 5: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Seward at Seward, 6, 7:30 p.m.

  • The Homer Glacier Kings PeeWee D took 2nd place at the Peninsula Winter Games tournament in Soldotna and Kenai on the weekend of Jan. 23. From left are Austin Ceccarelli, Keegan Strong, Jerrin Norcross, Vlase Polushkin, Larry Dunn, Sam Banks, Addison Hanshaw, Owen Pitzman, Timmy Hatfield, Elias Allen (behind Timmy) Rorey Cook and Delilah Harris. Not pictured: Bergen Knutson.

  • Lauren Kuhns swims the breaststroke in one of the six races where she represented the Kachemak Swim Club at the Alaska Senior Championships on Jan. 30-31 at Bartlett Pool in Anchorage. A total of 147 swimmers attended the meet. 

    Kuhns placed 14th individually overall and finaled in all of her events. Kuhns’ times were all personal bests in the preliminary and final swims: 

  • The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team picked up a 65-56 win over Wasilla Lake Tuesday night in Peninsula Conference play in Wasilla.

    Only four players scored for the Warriors, led by Nikit Fefelov, who poured in 26 points. Felemon Molodih chipped in 15 points, Jonah Fefelov added 13 and Neil Gordeev had 11.

    Nikolaevsk led 39-33 at halftime, then 48-44 after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Wasilla Lake 17-12.

  • The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

    The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine. Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six.

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