Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The key to curling success is two-fold: put more weight on the broom than the stone and, most importantly, trust the stone will not pull you across the ice like Fred Flintstone in a bowling alley. 

    That, and don’t take yourself or the game too seriously.

    Though requiring confidence and concentration, the game of curling is easy to pick up in an evening. For those in or near Homer, this athletic experience is only a trip away to the Kevin Bell Arena.

  • The timing couldn’t have been better for this year’s Ski Your Age event, which took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

    A storm blew in on Christmas Day and dumped a ton of fresh snow on the Lookout Mountain trails. By the next day, the storm had calmed down giving the groomers enough time to get the trails groomed. 

    There were 71 participants in this year’s event.

  • Week 6 of the Homer City Basketball League kicked off with a bang — Game 1, between the Smooth Ops and the Slammin’ Salmon was awarded Game of the Week. The Smooth Ops led the game by 18 points with less than 10 minutes to go. A late surge by the Salmon brought the game down to the wire, but the Smooth Ops stayed cool to win 45 to 42. The high scorer was Smooth Operator Shelby Sims, with 22 points. As of Nov. 23, the Homer City Basketball League the league standings are :

    1.) Titans5-1

  • Riptide undefeated 

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    Game 1 of the Homer City Basketball League’s third week was a stunning victory for Riptide against the Splash Bros — 63 to 34. Riptide’s Fred Dickerson was the game’s high scorer with 21 points. Game 2 was a little closer. The Timberwolves managed to pull off a win Monday night with 46 points to the Titans’ 34, 19 of them brought in by T-Wolf Nick Finley.

  • For most people in Homer, cold weather suggests that it might be time to stop hanging around the Spit for the season. 

    But at the Kevin Bell Arena, winter winds this weekend meant the fun was just beginning.

    More than 50 people from all over Alaska plunged onto the frozen rink on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to participate in the Homer Hockey Association’s third annual Adult Coed Jamboree. 

Youth Sports

  • Lauren Kuhns swims the breaststroke in one of the six races where she represented the Kachemak Swim Club at the Alaska Senior Championships on Jan. 30-31 at Bartlett Pool in Anchorage. A total of 147 swimmers attended the meet. 

    Kuhns placed 14th individually overall and finaled in all of her events. Kuhns’ times were all personal bests in the preliminary and final swims: 

  • The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team picked up a 65-56 win over Wasilla Lake Tuesday night in Peninsula Conference play in Wasilla.

    Only four players scored for the Warriors, led by Nikit Fefelov, who poured in 26 points. Felemon Molodih chipped in 15 points, Jonah Fefelov added 13 and Neil Gordeev had 11.

    Nikolaevsk led 39-33 at halftime, then 48-44 after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Wasilla Lake 17-12.

  • The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

    The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine. Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six.

  • Homer’s girls varsity basketball team notched a Southcentral Conference victory against Seward on Friday, Jan. 29. Boys varsity faced Seward as well, but experienced a loss.

    Both the girls and boys teams will travel back to Seward for a tournament, starting today when they face Glennallen at 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Friday game will see both teams play Seward again at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then the weekend finishes on Feb. 6 with games against Valdez at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Homer girls 59, Seward 32

  • The Mariner hockey team crushed the competition on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the last home game of the season, shutting down Kenai Central High 7-2. 

    Following the win, the Mariners will play in regions at the Sport Center in Soldotna beginning today. They play Soldotna High School at 4 p.m. If the Mariners defeat the Stars, they will match up against Palmer on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A win against Palmer then would mean facing off against either Kenai, Wasilla or Colony at the championship game at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. 

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