Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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; 

  • Homer City and Parks basketball league offers lots of opportunities to get on the court for ages 14 and older. Multiple courts are available if needed.

    Games are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Homer High School gym. 

    Games are pick-up and called by the players. Good sportsmanship is a must. Please do not bring children.

    The fee for adults is 10 punches for $30 or 20 punches for $60; youth are $1 each visit. Fee is payable to Homer Community Recreation.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • It may be the holiday season, but both the Soldotna and Homer hockey teams were not in a giving mood Friday in Northstar Conference action at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

    The two squads, who had played three times previously this season with SoHi winning twice, played to a scoreless draw. The Stars enter the holiday break at 5-6-2 and 0-3-1 in the conference, while the Mariners are 7-5-1 and 1-3-1.

  • With a season record of 5-1, the Lady Mariners, who brought home two more wins last Thursday and Friday against Kenai and SoHi, are undoubtedly on a roll. The Mariners have squashed doubts about their small stature and new coaching staff as they continue to rebound from adversity with composure and grit.

    “We just played great team basketball,” said Head Coach Chad Felice. “Everyone from one to 10 helped out. These girls just don’t quit.”

  • The Homer Mariners headed north once again for games Dec. 11-13 in the Big Lake Lions Classic Hockey Tournament. Stepping it up, the Mariners won two out of three games.

    “We had a rough start,” said Hunter Tillion.  “But we had a strong start in game two and got the fire burning and just destroyed Hutchison (in the third game.)”

  • The Mariners kicked off their basketball season last weekend with games Friday and Saturday in Cordova. The Lady Mariners defeated the Wolverines both days, finishing ahead in a 44-42 game on Friday, and taking home a decisive 50-33 win on Saturday. The boys team split the weekend with two close games, resulting in a 48-45 win on Friday and a 43-52 loss on Saturday. 

    Friday, the Lady Mariners were neck and neck with the Wolverines.

    “Our first game was really close,” said the girls’ head coach, Chad Felice.  

  • Top team in their conference, the Nikolaevsk Warriors wound up the mixed six volleyball season not only with a trip to state competition in Anchorage last week, but with the second place crown.

    Coming back-to-back with conference play in Kodiak the weekend before, the Warriors already were tired by the time they got to Anchorage Dec. 11.


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