Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Four teams and six games kept the Kevin Bell Arena hopping with hockey action for the End of the Road Shootout, Nov. 20-22. Homer was host to the Soldotna Stars, Bartlett Golden Bears and Houston Hawks.

    The undefeated Stars went home with the tournament trophy, while Homer held second place with one loss, Houston was third and Bartlett fourth. 

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings bested the Soldotna Silver Salmon in a dual meet at Homer High’s Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center on Oct. 25.

    The Kings notched 55 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 52 percent relay PRs to best the Silver Salmon 429 to 286 points.

    Below are some highlights:

    Competing in their first KSC meet: Gabriel Bales, Adeline Berry, Eleanor Sweeney;

  • The second annual Homer Coed Adult Hockey Jamboree was held Oct. 24-26, at the Kevin Bell Arena, with 44 players from Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna and Homer participating.

    Using the jamboree format, players registered with no idea with whom they would be playing. Organizers created teams that provided for a fun and competitive atmosphere for all involved. Skill levels ranged from beginners to highly skilled, with ages ranged from 23 to 60. 

  • They rode in strollers, biked, walked and ran. Some had their parents at their sides. Some had running buddies. Some set their own pace. Mostly, the enthusiastic crowd of girls at Saturday’s Girls on the Run 5k were smiling.

  • The Homer Middle School gym was rocking Saturday. Rhythm of fast-paced Latin and World music and an enthusiastic crowd of about 60 shook the floorboards for the “Party in Pink” Zumbathon breast cancer prevention fundraiser. 

Youth Sports

  • With nine returning seniors, the Mariner baseball team will take to the field Tuesday in their opening game against Kenai with strength, speed and experience.

    Rich Sonnen, the Mariners’ head coach and father of senior co-captain J.J. Sonnen, has coached many of the players through Little League since they were 4-years-old. He says the skill and drive his experienced players bring to the field bodes well for the team’s success this season. 

    “This is our best shot we’ve had in a while,” he said.

  • The Mariner girls christened the newly installed turf field with a well-earned win against Nikiski on Tuesday in their first home soccer game of the season. Homer maintained the majority of the ball control in the first half, but their lead decreased during the second half after Nikiski’s offensive presence profited from a few breakaways. The Mariners tightened up and finished the game with a 4-3 win.

  • Mariner fans were bundled up in the bleachers but the Homer boys brought the heat against Nikiski for their first home soccer game of the season. The Mariners dominated for the duration of the game, giving away only a couple goals to Nikiski in the second half. Homer won with a final score of 6-2.

     

  • Despite recent wintry weather, the Mariner softball team has launched into spring. The team kicks off its season on Tuesday with a conference game against SoHi in Soldotna. 

    Last week the players could be found on the east corner of the Homer High School turf field, practicing fielding around a makeshift diamond. As the neon ball flew from one base to the next, words of encouragement followed close behind. 

    Positivity, the players explained, is integral to the team’s ethos and strategy. 

  • Four southern Kenai Peninsula athletes and others from schools around the state were back on the basketball court Saturday to compete in the annual Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches’ Senior All-Star Games at Dimond High School in Anchorage. 

    On the 1A/2A girls’ roster was Kilina Klaich of Nikolaevsk, on the 1A/2A boys’ roster was Seldovia’s Seth O’Leary and on the 3A/4A boys’ roster were Sheldon Hutt and Jaruby Nelson of Homer. The games also featured a three-point competition and a dunk contest.  

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