Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • Following the Homer Invitational, a Homer Mariner Nordic ski team event at Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain, the public is invited to participate in a 3K community ski at 3 p.m. Dec. 6. A suggested $10 donation directly supports the HHS Nordic ski team program. For more information or to volunteer at the meet, call 299-1888.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings outswam Soldotna to win the Turkey Time Invitational 504 to 408 points during Friday-Saturday competition at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Third place was secured by the Peninsula Piranhas with 149 points. The Anchorage YMCA also participated.

    Meet highlights include the following:

    Competing in their first swim meet: Jai Badajos, Olivia Etzwiler, Kera Jones, Mattie Moyer, Jerrin Norcross;

  • Battling some of the fiercest competition in the state is just what the Mariners have been thriving on all season. The Lancer Smith Memorial wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday in Palmer was loaded with multiple state champs and placers from each division, lived up to its reputation as the “toughest tournament” in Alaska.

    With 18 schools competing in the 123A competition, Homer placed seventh with 36.0 and Voznesenka was 16th with 6.0. Kotzebue placed first with 203.0 and Nikiski was second with 97.5.

  • As a serious snow dump looms tantalizingly close on the horizon, the Mariner ski team is geared up and ready for it. The team, which practices as a co-ed group of more than 20 members, has entered their fourth week of dry-land practice, and is looking ahead to their upcoming races.

    “We’re all really sad there’s no snow,” admitted Head Coach Alan Parks. “But we have no control over the weather. We only have control over our athletes’ conditioning and having fun.”

  • In their first State competition since 2003, the Homer High Mariner volleyball team scored a fifth-place finish and received the academic achievement award for a collective 3.84 grade point average. 

    “Many of these players are in upper level courses, such as AP classes. They miss a lot of school and must work really hard to juggle school work, athletics and a social life. It is a great honor to get this award as student athletes,” Head Coach Beth Trowbridge told the Homer News.


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