Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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:

Youth Sports

  • It was a busy but rewarding weekend in Anchorage for the Homer High School track and field team as they competed in the Big C Relays meet. With 27 athletes each competing in two to three events, there was plenty of opportunity for new athletes to get their feet wet and experienced athletes to improve.  

    “It’s a great first meet of the season for exposure for all of the athletes to track and field at large,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “I was very pleased in general with everyone this weekend. They all showed real improvement from the last two weeks of training.”  

  • Last week girls of the Homer Mariners soccer team traveled to Juneau to compete in their first three games of the season against competitive Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas High School, all while battling moody spring weather conditions.

    The first game last April 9 against Thunder Mountain ended a cold and windy game in a 0-0 tie. Despite some goal scoring opportunities the Mariners couldn’t connect the ball to the back of the net. 

  • Mariner girls and boys soccer teams are working hard to prepare for the first games of their short but packed season, playing outside earlier than ever thanks to the newly installed artificial turf field. 

    Both teams will compete against Nikiski on Tuesday at Homer High School. These will be the first soccer games played on the turf field. 

  • Extend your reach. Hang on tight. Jump high. Those all could be skills any athlete would want to develop for traditional sports, but crawl like a seal? In a demonstration of Native Youth Olympics last Thursday at Homer Middle Schools by Sam Strange and David Thomas of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, students tried out some of the events of the traditional games.

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