Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Zumba music drowned out the sounds of Super Bowl in Alice’s Champagne Palace loft Sunday afternoon, as Liz Villareal led a Zumba warm-up for the 12th annual Ski For Women.

    The energy level and enthusiasm were high for the South Peninsula Haven House fundraiser, with everyone — including the mother-daughter duo of Beka and Brightly Thoning dressed as the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, accompanied by Lucas Thoning wearing his Mr. Homer regalia — ready to get outside and enjoy the sun. 

Youth Sports

  • It has been a roller coaster sea- son for the Mariners girls soccer team. Though the team faced formi- dable challenges this past week go- ing up against both Kenai and Grace Christian School, the team pulled it together on Saturday for a 5-0 win against Nikiski.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 16 athletes to the Splash Into Spring Invitational Swim Meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, May 8-9. The meet drew 300 athletes from eight teams. The Kings swam to an outstanding 75 percent individual and relay personal re- cords (PRs).

  • After a series of losses, the Mariners boys’ soccer team proved they were still a force to be reckoned with as the boys scored a 4-0 win against Kodiak on Tuesday.

    Freshmen Charles Rohr hit the ground running scoring a goal in the first half with an assist from Ren Carroll, a junior. The mo- mentum Rohr began in the first half only grew in the second.

  • An intense and exciting game played out last Friday as the Mariners boys’ soccer team squared off against Palmer. The game was neck and neck for the first half, with Palmer stealing away with a single goal keeping the Mariners at bay. 

    Thanks to fleet-footed freshman Charles Rohr, the Mariners took away the match in the second half for a 3-1 one win.

    “Yeah it was exciting because we had to come from behind,” Coach Warren Waldorf said.  “The boys really played well this game, they worked well together.”

  • The Mariner girls soccer team had a successful weekend, bringing home two wins against Palmer and Colony teams.

    On Friday the varsity team defeated Palmer 3-1. While Palmer played well and made for a formidable challenge, the Mariners’ resilience and leadership shone through. 

    Sophomore Desiree Cleary out maneuvered the completion and scored twice, with Rachell Ellert, a junior, and Aspen Daigle, a senior, assisting. 

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