Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • More than 100 middle school wrestlers, including athletes from Chapman, Homer and Voznesenka, participated in the Rubber Chicken Classic at Skyview in Soldotna last Saturday.

    The event gets its name from the coveted awards given.

    “The winner of each weight class gets a rubber chicken instead of a medal,” said Chris Perk, wrestling coach. “The kids love it.”

    The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for wrestlers in grades 7 and 8.

  • Following on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 loss to the SoHi Stars played before hometown fans Jan. 20, the Homer Mariner Co-Op hockey team powered onto the Soldotna Sports Center ice two days later and claimed a 7-1 victory over the Kenai Kardinals. Senior forward Kiril Sanarov made four of the seven goals. 

  • In nonconference play, the Ninilchik Wolverines girls and boys basketball teams took on the Homer Mariner JV teams in Homer on Saturday. The Wolverines returned home after claiming a double victory:

    Girls: Ninilchik 49, Homer JV 18

    Boys: Ninilchik 57, Homer JV 46

  • The Mariners matched up against Seward last Friday for the second time this season, the boys taking home their second victory over the Seahawks and the girls losing another close, hard-fought game. To the coaches and the crowds, however, both contests showed significant improvement in cohesive team play for the Mariners over the past month. 

    The Mariner boys, who beat Seward by only one point in late December, led Friday’s game from the first quarter to finish with a significant 59-42 victory. 

  • In the annual, three-day Warrior Rumble at Nikolaevsk School, the Fort Yukon Eagles boys team and the Newhalen Malamutes girls team took first place in basketball action. The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls teams took second and the Newhalen Malamutes boys and Fort Yukon Eagles girls were third. The boys and girls teams from the fourth school to participate in the tournament, the Tri-Valley Viking Warriors, were presented with sportsmanship awards.


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