Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Women’s hockey is taking over Homer this weeked for the sixth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament on Jan. 15-17 at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

    The event is a partnership between the Homer Hockey Association and Homer Divas Women’s Hockey and features a 15-game tournament with more than 100 women competing. Players hail from Wasilla, Healy, Soldotna, Kenai and Anchorage, as well as Homer. The games begin on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

  • The Homer High alumni challenge basketball game the day after Christmas took the cake or, rather, provided attendees with pies, cakes and crisps to take home. 

    While the community came out to see players from both current and past boys and girls basketball teams play, with both a silent and live dessert auction, a number went home with sweet treats of their own. 

  • 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

Youth Sports

  • The Homer girls led Kenai Peninsula schools at the Colony Invitational on Friday and Saturday by finishing second in the team standings.

    Colony won the girls meet with 144 points, while Homer was second with 87. Also from the peninsula, Kenai was sixth and Nikiski was 12th. On the boys side, Kodiak won with 140 points while Colony was second with 131 points. The Kenai boys were sixth, while Homer was eighth and Nikiski was ninth.

  • The Homer softball team earned a split on Saturday, the final day of the Blue and Gold Battle tournament in Anchorage. 

    The Mariners split a pair of Friday matchups, besting Colony in a close 9-8 win but falling to reigning large-schools state champion East Anchorage 8-0. Saturday morning, the Mariners beat Bartlett 9-2 before suffering a 6-2 loss to Hutchison.

    The Mariners followed up their weekend with a win against SoHi on Tuesday, May 10.

  • Following three losses in a row in games against Palmer and Soldotna High, Mariner baseball will play home games against Wasilla and Colony on May 13 and 14. Varsity plays at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

    SoHi 1, Homer 0

    Soldotna pitchers Caleb Spence and Mathew Daugherty combined on a no-hitter Tuesday in a 1-0 Southcentral Conference victory over host Homer.

  • The 2016 season of wrestling for the Anchor Kings with the three-day state tournament in Wasilla, Alaska from April 28-30. Altogether the Anchor King wrestler brought home 26 state medals.

     

  • Popeye Wrestling Club finished off an amazing season at the 2016 Alaska State Wrestling Tournament – a three-day, four-tournaments event.

     

     Popeye took 28 wrestlers and brought home 28 total medals. For the second time ever, Popeye Wrestling has brought home a team award. Popeye took third place in the division two freestyle tournament for Cadet – open with 42 team points.

     

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