Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Two women with strong ties to Freeman were prominently featured as the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame inducted 20 people last weekend.

    Neysa Villa and Jane Wipf Wiebe were honored at the organization’s 2015 inductee banquet at the Sioux Falls Convention Center Saturday evening, April 11.

  • There will be plenty of action at the Kevin Bell Arena as 10 teams and about 120 skaters take to the ice this weekend in the annual Ash Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament.

    Teams from Homer, Anchorage, Kenai and Soldotna will compete for the Ash Cup, so named after Augustine erupted one year during the tourney and the trophy cup was filled with ash.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club will have its last home meet of the season on Saturday. 

    The South Central Area Sprint Champs will feature teams from Kodiak, Soldotna, Kenai and Seward as well as the Kachemak Swim Club. 

    About 225 athletes are expected for the competition that will run from 10:15 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.

  • The Homer Hockey Association has been awarded a grant from the National Hockey League’s Golden Dreams Program to provide 20 new sets of gear for HHA’s “Ice Breakers” program, formerly known as “Hockey For the Fun Of It,” for boys and girls 8-13 years of age.

    “We’re excited to have the gear available to kids,” said Emilie Otis, HHA spokesperson. 

    The equipment will include helmets, under- and outerwear, skates and sticks. 

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey team, sent a team for the first time to the National Pond Hockey Tournament in Eagle River, Wis. The team was among more than 300 teams in 14 divisions from around the United States. Playing in five games, the Divas went undefeated to win the National Pond Hockey Championship Trophy in the women’s beginner division. They played teams from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and San Francisco. MVPs of regulations play included Lindsay Layland, Karyn Noyes and Marianne Aplin.

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • The Mariner girls christened the newly installed turf field with a well-earned win against Nikiski on Tuesday in their first home soccer game of the season. Homer maintained the majority of the ball control in the first half, but their lead decreased during the second half after Nikiski’s offensive presence profited from a few breakaways. The Mariners tightened up and finished the game with a 4-3 win.

  • Mariner fans were bundled up in the bleachers but the Homer boys brought the heat against Nikiski for their first home soccer game of the season. The Mariners dominated for the duration of the game, giving away only a couple goals to Nikiski in the second half. Homer won with a final score of 6-2.

     


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