Adult Sports

Ski and winter swap coming

The annual ski and winter swap will be held in the Homer High School commons from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan 23. This is an opportunity to barter, trade, sell or give away winter-fun equipment, skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and other items for enoying winter. Remember to take home whatever items aren’t exchanged. No early bird and private business sales. For more information, call the Homer Community Recreation Program at 235-6090 or email communityrecreation@cityofhomer.ak.gov.

Besh Cup ski races in Homer this weekend

The second part of the Besh Cup’s three-weekend series of races happens at Homer’s Lookout Trails near Ohlson Mountain this Saturday and Sunday.

The races attract hundreds of skiers from across the state, with the first of the series held in Anchorage in December and the final weekend of races in Fairbanks next month. A Besh Cup trophy is given to the male and female skiers earning the most Junior Olympic qualifying points. The event also helps determine the Arctic Winter Games cross country ski team. 

Weekend night lights draw crowd, boost club

Rainy weather may have dampened the originally scheduled Friday Night Lights, a Friday and Saturday evening fundraiser for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, but it didn’t dampen local skiers enthusiasm when it finally happened.

Initially set for Rogers Loop Trail on Jan. 3-4, it was rescheduled due to weather to Jan. 10-11, and moved to higher ground, the Sunset Trail, where there was a better covering of snow.

‘Warriors vs. Warriors’ at Nikolaevsk

“Welcome to the Warrior dome,” the voice of Bea Klaich, head coach of the Nikolaevsk High School girls basketball team, boomed across Nikolaevsk School gym the evening of Jan. 2. 

Full bleachers, thundering music and a strong current of excitement made it clear something big was about to happen. Indeed it was: the high school basketball teams’ battle against alumni teams.

Besh Cup returns to southern peninsula

Attracting hundreds of skiers and with a lengthy Homer history, the Besh Cup continues on Homer’s Lookout Mountain Trails Jan. 18-19.

“It’s been around for a long time,” said Jan Spurkland, president of the Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Club. “In the 1980s, it was called the Tang Cup and then in the 1990s, it got dedicated as the Besh Cup as a memorial to Tom Besh.”

Growing up in Anchorage, Spurkland skied in the Besh Cup and participated in both the Junior Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games in the early and mid-1990s.

Winter Sundays warmer with Wynn’s bonfires

Oh, what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation can make.

At sea level Sunday, it was spring-like. Green grass poked through melting layers of snow on front yards and temperatures actually reached the low 40s. Up on East Skyline Drive, the sun was shining, but there was definitely more snow and the warm bonfire at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center marked the beginning of CACS’ Sunday bonfires, a free, family-friendly event.

‘Ski Your Age’ proves valuable in reversing post-holiday slump

Some people may have awakened Dec. 26 feeling drained of energy and sluggish from too much holiday eating. Not Margit Andersson. 

The 100-year-old, with the help of her son, Ole, strapped on a set of skis and joined in the fun at “Ski Your Age,” an annual event held at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area. 

Ski Your Age in Kilometers

Ski Your Age in Kilometers

Lookout Mountain

WHEN:

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

WHAT:

This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

Ski Your Age in Kilometers

Lookout Mountain

WHEN:

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

WHAT:

This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

 

Homer Divas take second in Palmer C Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament

The Homer Divas took to the road for the first time this year, playing in the intermediate division at the Palmer C Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament.

The Divas first game was against the Healy Coal Queens, who they solidly defeated 5-0. Goals were scored by Ori “Scori” Badajos, who scored two goals, Ingrid Harrald, Karen Weston and Shelly Laukitis. Goalie Michelle Hatton ended the game with a shutout and Harrald received MVP.

Anchorage snowmaking system running at low capacity

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A long-awaited snowmaking system covering cross-country ski trails at Kincaid Park is now functioning, but at much less than its planned capacity.

The system only can support about one-third of its 17 snow guns at one time, according to Dick Mize, a board member of the nonprofit responsible for the project’s construction. And it’s still not ready to hand it off to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, which will ultimately maintain and operate the system.

Former Homer wrestler inducted into HHS hall of fame

The late Shane Scott Harrington, a 1987 graduate of Homer High School who died in 2008, was inducted into the Homer High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Harrington began wrestling for Service Junior High School in Anchorage. After his family moved to Homer, he began folkstyle and freestyle wrestling.

In addition to wrestling, he also was active in football, ju-jitsu, baseball and softball.

 

His accomplishments as a wrestler included:

Rackets up!

Betsy Webb, right, stands ready as Stephanie Sloth, left, returns a volley during a tennis match last Wednesday at the Homer High School tennis courts. Webb said she stretched her own rule of not playing tennis in temperatures below 39 degrees. There was ice on the courts last week after a morning frost. Homer’s tennis players usually don’t play after Halloween. They also played last Friday.

Coed hockey keeps action coming with league nights

Homer Hockey Association’s Coed Adult Hockey League held its second league night Saturday.

The Red Rockets and Dark Destroyers matched up first with nonstop action as Destoryer’s Chris Owen scored in the first minute of the game. Rocket’s Travis Brown answered with a break-away deke on goalie Michelle Hatton to tie the game 1-1. The score volleyed back and forth with Chris Brown scoring for the Destroyers, followed by Butch Schollenberg and Steve Rich scoring for the Rockets giving the Rocket’s a 3-2 lead.

KES, nordic ski club work together on popular Diamond Ridge trail

Ski trail or fire station? 

Going into a meeting earlier this month with the Kachemak Emergency Services Area Board, Diamond Ridge residents and skiers who use the popular Sunset Loop Trail said they worried future construction of the Diamond Ridge Fire Station would cut off part of the trail where it crosses borough land at the fire hall site. 

ReCreate Rec sees needs assessment as first step toward community center

By KATIR BRITTON

FOR THE HOMERNEWS

Finding a stable home for Homer recreation programs is the goal of ReCreate Rec, a grassroots group whose vision includes a community center. 

Still in the research and development phase of its plan, the group has divided itself into smaller working groups to determine a course of action, how to make its goals a reality, what the center will look like and how to maintain the project once it is built. 

Runners conquer half-marathon route in fifth ‘run to the altar’

Marking the wedding anniversary for Jan and Megan Spurkland, an impressive number of runners and walkers took to the “Run to the Altar,” an uphill 13.1-mile half marathon course, Saturday. 

According to a list of finishers and times posted on the web, the men’s fastest runner was Tim Blackmon with a time of 1:52:02, which was slightly slower than last year’s 1:46:30 finish by Connor McCarron.

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