Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Bill Steyer, four-year head coach of Homer High School’s cross country team, as well as five-year coach of the school’s track and field team, has been named Alaska’s 2014 girls cross country coach by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The announcement came in a Jan. 9 USTFCCCA press release. 

    “Wow! That’s pretty cool I didn’t even know,” said Steyer when contacted by the Homer News the morning of Jan. 9.

  • All skill levels are welcome to participate in curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Spit from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday. There is a $5 drop-in fee. No experience is necessary.

  • Drawing hundreds of athletes from around the state and sending thousands of pins flying, the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament was held at Eagle River Bowl Nov. 21-23. 

    Homer bowlers were among those participating.

  • MileSplit, which bills itself as the premier website for high school cross-country and track and field, will use the story of Kenai Central senior and running standout Allie Ostrander to launch a series of videos chronicling elite athletes.

    “On The Rise: Allie Ostrander” will be released in two episodes. The first was released late last month, while the second was released this week.

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • Staff report

    The Nikolaevsk Warriors varsity boys basketball team claimed a 52-49 victory in Friday’s game against the Wasilla Lake Christian School Rams.

    Today begins the annual three-day Warrior Rumble in Nikolaevsk’s Warrior Dome, with visiting teams from Newhalen, Tri-Valley and Fort Yukon. None of the match-ups are conference games, but with the Newhalen girls team defending 1A state champs and the Fort Yukon boys shaping up for a push at the state title, there should be plenty of exciting action.

  • In an effort to raise some much-needed cash, the Mariner basketball teams resorted to a tried-and-true combination at Saturday’s Meet the Mariners fundraising event: public humiliation and sugar. 

    “This thing is heavy,” said senior Paul Trowbridge, a large carrot cake teetering precariously in his right hand.

    “Look at it. This is the moistest carrot cake in the state.” 

  • The Mariners last at-home hockey game of the season was a bitter battle against the SoHi Stars Tuesday night.

    The Soldotna varsity team was the first onto the board, scoring two points in the first period, followed by one more in the second period. Even a penalty shot attempt by Mariner forward Garrett Butcher with less than two minutes left in the second period and the hometown fans cheering loudly wasn’t enough to get the puck past the Stars’ goaltender.

  • It was a weekend of hockey away from home last weekend as the Mariners went up against Service and Eagle River. Today begins three days of hockey action at the Kevin Bell Arena, with the Mariners playing host to Palmer, Colony and Wasilla.

  • The Nikolaevsk Warriors girls and boys basketball teams were host to the Nikiski Bulldogs “C” team on Tuesday. In the two non-conference games, the Nikolaevsk girls won their match-up, 38-16, and the boys followed suit with an even bigger margin of victory, 59-15.

    High scorers for the Warrior girls were Serafima Kalugin with 13 points and Megan Hickman with 12.

    Non-conference games like Tuesday’s “give the girls more games against a variety of schools and levels of playing,” said Head Coach Bea Klaich.


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