Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.  

    Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened.

    “The tide definitely won over the wind this weekend,” said sailor Shawn Hansen shortly after the race.  

  • A cool overcast morning made for perfect running weather on Saturday. Almost 300 people gathered at the high school for the Homer Spit Run, a 10-kilometer race to the end of the Spit. 

    Hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the annual Spit Run is a course certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for long distance running. New this year was a 10-K walk beginning ahead of the run. 

  • Ninilchik scramble puts spotlight
    on decline of area’s razor clams

    The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce ran its first Clam Scramble Mud and Natural Obstacle course run Saturday.

    The chamber wants to create an annual solstice event in a central location on the Kenai Peninsula for the whole family. Proceeds from the race go to Ninilchik Emergency Services.

  • Athletes at the seventh annual Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games set new field records last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. In a first for the games, Matthew Patterson of Fort Wainwright successfully threw the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 Challenge Caber. On his second try, Patterson flipped the 110-pound, 18-foot, 11-inches log, something that has never been done in the history of the challenge caber.

Youth Sports

  • The Homer softball team earned a split on Saturday, the final day of the Blue and Gold Battle tournament in Anchorage. 

    The Mariners split a pair of Friday matchups, besting Colony in a close 9-8 win but falling to reigning large-schools state champion East Anchorage 8-0. Saturday morning, the Mariners beat Bartlett 9-2 before suffering a 6-2 loss to Hutchison.

    The Mariners followed up their weekend with a win against SoHi on Tuesday, May 10.

  • Following three losses in a row in games against Palmer and Soldotna High, Mariner baseball will play home games against Wasilla and Colony on May 13 and 14. Varsity plays at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

    SoHi 1, Homer 0

    Soldotna pitchers Caleb Spence and Mathew Daugherty combined on a no-hitter Tuesday in a 1-0 Southcentral Conference victory over host Homer.

  • The 2016 season of wrestling for the Anchor Kings with the three-day state tournament in Wasilla, Alaska from April 28-30. Altogether the Anchor King wrestler brought home 26 state medals.


  • Popeye Wrestling Club finished off an amazing season at the 2016 Alaska State Wrestling Tournament – a three-day, four-tournaments event.


     Popeye took 28 wrestlers and brought home 28 total medals. For the second time ever, Popeye Wrestling has brought home a team award. Popeye took third place in the division two freestyle tournament for Cadet – open with 42 team points.


  • Mariner boys and girls soccer went up against Wasilla and Houston over the April 29 and 30 weekend. Both teams lost the conference game against Wasilla, putting Homer’s varsity girls at 1-3 in conference and the boys at 0-4. The game against Houston was non-conference.


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