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 is hard to duplicate the kind of weekend that the Kenai Central track and field team enjoyed Friday and Saturday. The Kardinals romped to a clean sweep of the boys and girls competition at the Kenai Invitational under sunny but breezy skies on their home track at Ed Hollier Field.

  • Mariner pitcher Kyle Johnson threw a four-hit complete game in the Mariners’ opening varsity baseball game, leading Homer to a 10-2 victory over Kenai on Tuesday on their home turf.

    Sound defense and a team effort on offense combined with the outstanding pitching to earn the victory.  

    “It was a great way to start the season,” said senior third baseman Wylie Donich, who picked up the first hit of the evening as well as made a fine stabbing catch of a hot line drive late in the game.

  • The Mariner Girls varsity team lost its home game against Soldotna High School Tuesday, and thanks to temperamental spring weather, also experienced all four seasons during the two 45-minute halves. The game finished with a 4-1 win for SoHi.

    SoHi shut down Homer’s offensive opportunities with a strong and collected defense, but gave up an own goal from a misjudged pass back to the goalie with 12 minutes left to go in the game.

  • The Mariner boys varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against Soldotna High School on Tuesday, and ended the home game with several hauntingly close scoring opportunities. 

    SoHi collected the first goal in the first half, and finished the game with two more, shutting out Homer 3-0. 

    Head Coach Warren Waldorf said the team, which lost a few key players in the second half, struggled to finish the chances they created in the offensive end of the field. 

  • 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.