Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • One of Homer’s newest sports might have a funny name, but pickleball has become a great sport accessible to all ages. 

    It’s played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court with an oversized ping pong paddle and a whiffle ball. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong and can be very fast and competitive. In Homer, pickleball meets in the historic gym 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and noon-2 p.m. Sundays at the Homer Education and Recreational Complex.

  • Homer’s Michael Houghton can still remember the first hole fellow Homer resident Chris Morin played at the Kenai Golf Course about 10 years ago.

    Morin’s initial swipe at the notoriously penal layout was a duck hook that ended up on the tee box of the ninth hole.

    “I thought, I’m glad I have another duffer to play with,” Houghton said. “He then clears the top of the trees, puts it on the green and two-putts for par.

  • The pool echoes with excitement as soon as families hustle in for American Red Cross morning lessons. It is a busy place. There are three groups each morning and just as one session finishs up and a new one rushes in and huddles in a line on the bench at the shallow end of the pool.

  • Down East Saloon and Homer Events sponsor the second-annual Alaska Open Human Foosball Competition on Aug. 29 at Down East. Last year’s champions from the Maverick Bar will defend their title. 

    “Homer Events is famous for making weird things happen at their events, so teams are encouraged to make a big showy entrance, dress strange, sing their theme song, wear matching T-shirts, have cheerleaders, bring a poster to trot around the outdoor venue, whatever,” said Homer Events coordinator Dax Radtke.

  • Rounds for the Rink, the annual 18-hole best ball scramble, is 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tips Golf Course. The scramble benefits the Homer Hockey Association and the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. The player fee is $60. Teams can have four to five players per team, with nine teams maximum. Pre-register at Tips Golf Course or call 399-1728.

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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