Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.    

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • The Homer High School boys and girls soccer teams faced their first games of the season against Kenai on Wednesday. They will play their second of the season at home on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Boys team

    As with many of the other boys sports teams this year, the boys soccer team is built mostly around a core group of sophomores, said sophomore Charles Rohr. After the departures of last year’s seniors, the boys soccer team is focusing on building a strong team over their high school careers. 

  • Popeye wrestlers earn 22 medals

    Popeye Wrestlers traveled to Palmer over Easter weekend for the largest tournament leading up to the state Championships. Fifteen wrestlers competed in a two-day, three-event competition with Greco on Friday, March 25 as well as a War of the Roses Nationals Women's Tournament.

  • It had been 25 years since the Homer Mariners had a girls basketball team appear in a state championship game, and a semifinal win Friday changed that.

    As for the state crown itself, well, that’ll have to wait another year.

    The Homer girls fell 49-26 to the Barrow Whalers in a matchup of the top two seeds in the Class 3A girls state final Saturday, March 26, at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

    “We forced some stuff, and it just wasn’t our day,” said Homer Head Coach Chad Felice. “We just didn’t have it.”

  • Popeyes score 14 wins 

    Popeye Wrestling Club wrestled at the Anchorage freestyle wrestling club tournament. Friday was Greco-style and the wrestlers competed freestyle on Saturday.

     Popeye took 12 wrestlers to the Friday Greco tournament and brought home three first-place, two second-place and three third-place wins. Dallas Walker received his first gold medal in Greco; Damian Kerr also placed first. Nestor Kalugin, Anthony Kalugin, Ian Stovall, and Cole Bernier all battled against tough competition. 

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club is having its annual membership meeting March 31 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening will begin with the club’s regular Thursday night fun run at 6 p.m. Following the fun run, at 6:30 p.m. the meeting will take place in the upstairs seating area of Alice’s where attendees can partake in a burger and brew special, vote on officers and win door prizes. 

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