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

  • 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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