Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • In a weekend of fundraising events, Julie Winters, 30, from Anchorage, made her world professional wrestling debut last Friday, in the Homer High School commons. According to the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s Alaska Facebook page, the wrestlers on the event card, including Winters, brought in a cumulative $900 from two shows over the weekend.  At a similar event in Wasilla, the money went to Hope for Heroes and a fan in need. Homer-grown Power Plant Productions helped raise a $500 scholarship, for a vocational technologies student at HHS.

  • If you think March Madness is all about hoops, then you missed the Kachemak Swim Club’s 2014 March Madness at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center last weekend.

    “It was a good meet. A really good meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “(The pool) was packed.”

    In addition to Homer, there were swimmers from Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and a former Homer swimmer who came all the way down from Wasilla to participate.

  • Mathew Plant, of Power Plant Productions, is trying to give back to the community that raised him. Combining his personal love for professional wrestling and his gratitude for vocational education, Plant is teaming up with New Frontier Wrestling Alliance to create a scholarship opportunity to a graduating senior in the career technology education program at Homer High School (see info box, this page).

    “Everybody has a story about wrestling, whether they hate it or watched it growing up with a family member,” said Plant.

  • The Divas Women’s Hockey Team hosted the U18 Firebirds from Anchorage this weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The Advanced Divas won their game 3-1, and the remainder of the Diva teams played competitively, but were unable to pull off the win. This is the fifth year the Firebirds have come to play the Divas and the first time the Divas have won a game.

  • Sure the weather was uncertain, but it wasn’t enough to stop the 44 skiers, bikers and runners crossing the Homer Epic 100 starting line Saturday morning.

    The weather did open up some options, however.

    “Unique to this year because of the conditions was a 100K event and a 50K,” said Jan Spurkland, race director and president of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, sponsor of the event.

    The race began Saturday morning at McNeil Canyon and looped around a 50K course, with checkpoints along the way.

Youth Sports

  • Twenty-six members of Homer High School Mariner track and field team went toe to toe with athletes from around the state last weekend at the AKFCA Big C Relay held in the Anchorage Dome. 

    “There were close to 40 teams … and I think there were close to 1,000 athletes,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “It’s the first meet for the kids to get exposure for track and field for the year, a huge meet like a state championship because of all the teams that are represented.”

    The Mariner team did itself — and Steyer — proud.

  • Things were hopping in the Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gym on Saturday. Or kicking, as the case may be, as the HHS Lady Mariners soccer program held a soccer camp for aspiring soccer stars from 5 to 14 years of age.

    “We have been a part of the soccer community for more than 20 years,” said HHS Head Coach Mickey Todd. “We feel that the best way to develop a program is to involve the community at the first opportunity and continue as the kids get older.”

  • Fifty-eight swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club participated in Spring Champs, a meet hosted by the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and held in Kenai on Saturday.

    “This is a very exciting meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “A lot of enthusiasm and high expectations came to the water at this last meet before Junior Olympics. This meet is one we look forward to very year.”

    At the end of the meet, trophies are presented for team sportsmanship, team high point; and plaques for first, second and third place in each age group.

  • Track and field kick off Homer High School’s spring sports season with the Big C Relays in Anchorage this weekend. In the wings and preparing for action are the baseball, softball and soccer teams. The coaches took time from their busy practice schedules to give a glimpse of what’s ahead.

    Baseball

    This is Mark Putney’s third year coaching the HHS baseball team and his first year as head coach. Assisting him is Steve Fuson and Rich Sonnen, with  Chris Donich helping organize parent volunteers and fundraising efforts.

  • One of seven local athletes representing Kachemak Skeeters youth sport shooting club at the Alaska State Junior Olympics Qualifying Event for trap and international skeet, Connor Seay has earned an invitation to apply for Junior Olympic tryouts in Colorado Springs this summer.

    The event was held at Birchwood Shooting Range near Anchorage the weekend of March 22-23.

    Also participating from the Kachemak Skeeters were Sierra and Dakota Morris, Elias Graham, Andy Fetterhoff,  Zack Fraley and Kyle Johnson.


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