The Homer Hockey Association invites the public to a showing of “Miracle,” the 2004 docudrama about the U.S. men’s hockey team and its battle for gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The movie is rated PG, features Kurt Russell in the role of Coach Herb Brooks and shows at the Homer Theatre, 6:30 p.m., today. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, with proceeds supporting HHA’s “Don’t Let Our Rink Sink!” campaign benefiting the Kevin Bell Arena.
The Mariner ski team took to the snow at the Colony Invite at Government Peak ski trails in Palmer last weekend, racing at their first competitive event in six weeks. The team, which has been forced to muster grit, resilience and an unrelenting positive attitude this season in order to combat the measly snow fall, was elated to be back competing in their sport.
“Their morale is unquenchable,” said Gus Beck, the Mariners’ assistant coach.
The rink was abustle last weekend as 95 women from around the state took to the ice for the annual Homer Winter Jamboree. The tournament was hosted by the Divas, Homer’s adult women’s hockey league, and featured a mixed team design, shuffling players of all abilities from Homer, Anchorage, Kenai, Juneau, and Talkeetna onto eight teams of roughly equal skill level. Each team played three preliminary games on Friday and Saturday, and based on their win-loss record faced off against a fourth opponent to place on Sunday morning.
The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 54 individual individual PRs, personal records, and 50 percent relay PRs at the Snowball Invitational in Kenai on Jan. 10.
Nine-year-old Luke Nelson won KSC Swimmer of the Meet for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the 100 IM, 1:35.81, and in leading off the victorious 9-10 200 free relay, 37.05, and a new Junior Olympic Championship qualifying time in the boys open 100 back, 1:30.23. Nelson also won the boys 9-10 100 free and placed second in two other events.
Temperatures have been above freezing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hockey season. Just ask the 100 women from around the state participating in the Homer Winter Jamboree.
“The Homer Hockey Association and the Homer Divas Women’s Hockey are thrilled to announce the Fifth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament scheduled to take place January 16-18 at the Kevin Bell Arena,” said a Jan. 12 press release.
Bill Steyer, four-year head coach of Homer High School’s cross country team, as well as five-year coach of the school’s track and field team, has been named Alaska’s 2014 girls cross country coach by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The announcement came in a Jan. 9 USTFCCCA press release.
“Wow! That’s pretty cool I didn’t even know,” said Steyer when contacted by the Homer News the morning of Jan. 9.
All skill levels are welcome to participate in curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Spit from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday. There is a $5 drop-in fee. No experience is necessary.
Drawing hundreds of athletes from around the state and sending thousands of pins flying, the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament was held at Eagle River Bowl Nov. 21-23.
Homer bowlers were among those participating.
MileSplit, which bills itself as the premier website for high school cross-country and track and field, will use the story of Kenai Central senior and running standout Allie Ostrander to launch a series of videos chronicling elite athletes.
“On The Rise: Allie Ostrander” will be released in two episodes. The first was released late last month, while the second was released this week.
Four teams and six games kept the Kevin Bell Arena hopping with hockey action for the End of the Road Shootout, Nov. 20-22. Homer was host to the Soldotna Stars, Bartlett Golden Bears and Houston Hawks.
The undefeated Stars went home with the tournament trophy, while Homer held second place with one loss, Houston was third and Bartlett fourth.
The Kachemak Swim Club Kings bested the Soldotna Silver Salmon in a dual meet at Homer High’s Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center on Oct. 25.
The Kings notched 55 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 52 percent relay PRs to best the Silver Salmon 429 to 286 points.
Below are some highlights:
Competing in their first KSC meet: Gabriel Bales, Adeline Berry, Eleanor Sweeney;
The second annual Homer Coed Adult Hockey Jamboree was held Oct. 24-26, at the Kevin Bell Arena, with 44 players from Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna and Homer participating.
Using the jamboree format, players registered with no idea with whom they would be playing. Organizers created teams that provided for a fun and competitive atmosphere for all involved. Skill levels ranged from beginners to highly skilled, with ages ranged from 23 to 60.
They rode in strollers, biked, walked and ran. Some had their parents at their sides. Some had running buddies. Some set their own pace. Mostly, the enthusiastic crowd of girls at Saturday’s Girls on the Run 5k were smiling.
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:
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;
Homer City and Parks basketball league offers lots of opportunities to get on the court for ages 14 and older. Multiple courts are available if needed.
Games are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Homer High School gym.
Games are pick-up and called by the players. Good sportsmanship is a must. Please do not bring children.
The fee for adults is 10 punches for $30 or 20 punches for $60; youth are $1 each visit. Fee is payable to Homer Community Recreation.