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

  • The Mariner swim and dive team claimed third place at the five-team Kenai Invitational at Kenai Central High School on Saturday.

    “Eighty percent of the races were best times for our swimmers for a total of 32.35 seconds of improvement,” said Head Coach Scott Smith.

    Soldotna had a double win, with both the girls and boys teams taking first place, Kenai’s girls and boys teams took second, Homer anchored third, Unalaska was in fourth and Seward in fifth.

  • Hats off to the Homer Mariner varsity girls cross country team who just earned the 2014 123A state championship crown at competition in Anchorage on Saturday. The boys team secured a hard-earned third-place state finish. 

    “The girls rocked it,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They had great times, great performances.” 

  • It was a mix of highs and lows for the Mariners varsity volleyball team last week. After winning all three at-home games to Cordova on Friday, they lost two and won two on Saturday, then fell by two points in the tie-breaking fifth game.

    Friday, the Mariners won 25-22, 25-11 and 26-24. Saturday, they lost the first two games 25-18 and 26-24; won the next two 25-11 and 25-14, and lost the fifth 17-15. 

  • The Homer High School swimmers took a week off, but Coach Harmon Hall and five Mariner divers headed to Chugiak to participate in the dive portion of the Bartlett-Chugiak Invitation swim-dive meet last Saturday.
    “It was an experience,” said Hall of the full day of competition.
    “There were 22 boys and 17 girls from all over the state. Nineteen schools were there. We saw everybody except for Fairbanks, who has one boy diver ranked in the top five.”
    Competing for Homer were Ian Hall, Ren Carroll, Spencer Warren, Daniel Wiest and Annali Metz.

  • The Homer Mariner volleyball teams are getting lots of on-court time lately. After a loss to the Nikiski Bulldogs on Sept. 23, the Mariners were back on top against the Seward Seahawks on Friday and then lost in nonconference play against the Soldotna Stars on Tuesday.  
    “The team regrouped and came out strong. … For the most part, hitting errors were kept to a minimum and except for game one, serving errors were almost non-existent,” Mariner Head Coach Beth Trowbridge said about the Friday match against the Seahawks.


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