Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Southern peninsula residents may not be eager for the upcoming season of ice, but you couldn’t tell that by the skaters at the Kevin Bell Arena on Sunday. Joining in a global opportunity for girls to explore the sport of ice hockey, females of all ages, from the central to the southern Kenai Peninsula, slipped into skates and took to the ice to see what the sport is all about.

  • If the Homer Elks annual winter king salmon derby is a good way to tell the changing of seasons, it must be winter. The 18th annual Homer Elks Winter King Salmon Derby was held Oct. 4 and 5.

    The two-day event drew 128 anglers who turned in 222 salmon. The total weight of the two-day catch was 2,338.05 pounds.

    At $100 per entrant, that’s a total $12,800 raised, with prizes equaling a percentage of the total gross ticket sales:

  •  An invitationsal and open house organized by the Kachemak Skeeters at the Kachemak Gun Club range, Sterling Highway mile 160, drew attention from around the state last Saturday.

  • 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; 

Youth Sports

  • It’s not too early to think of summer sports. An assistant softball coach is needed for Homer High’s upcoming softball season. The position is responsible for implementing a coaching philosophy that promotes expectations of the school’s athletics and activities, trains athletes and prepares them for interscholastic competition and developing skills at a competitive level. 

  • Mariner senior captain Aspen Daigle led her team with a 10th place personal finish at the Region III cross-country skiing championships last weekend at the Government Peak trails in Hatcher’s Pass, near Palmer.

    The team pushed off on tracked, well-groomed trails for a 5K classic race on Friday, and again on Saturday for 5 and 7.5K free-style loops. The Mariner girls placed fifth, the boys sixth, overall. 

  • The Mariners had a weekend, after battling through nail-biting basketball games against Klawock boys and Nikiski girls and sweeping the Winter Carnival Tournament.

    The home tournament attracted teams from as far away as Southeast and Fairbanks and pitted five competitors against each other in three days of round-robin play. 

  • The Mariner Co-op Hockey Team went into the North Star Conference Championships at the Menard Arena Wasilla as the fifth-seeded team, with peninsula teams Soldotna fourth-seeded and Kenai sixth.

    In the opening day of play Feb. 5, Kenai faced Colony and fell 5-0 in the single-elimination tournament. Homer was matched with Soldotna, the SoHi team taking a one-point early lead in the first period and maintaining their lead through the second period of play.

  • Following are results, provided by wrestling coach Chris Perk, from the Homer Middle School Round Robin, with athletes from Chapman, Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle, Skyview Middle, Voznesenka, West Homer Elementary and HMS.

    Elementary School Division, Pool A: 1. Payton Drake, Chapman; 2. Nikita Kalugin, Voznesenka; 3. Saorise Cook, West Homer; 4. Soren Hoyer, Chapman.


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