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

  • Homer High School’s varsity soccer teams played home games against Nikiski and Soldotna High School, with the boys and girls each earning a win and a loss. 

    Both teams rose up against Nikiski on April 14 and kicked off the weekend with victories. Girls won 4-0, while boys won 4-1. However, the April 19 games against Soldotna ended with a 3-0 loss for Homer girls and a 2-1 loss for Homer boys.

  • Homer High’s track and field team brought home some personal best records along with their medals from the Pro Whit meet at the Dome in Anchorage over the April 15 weekend. The team will attend the Kenai Invite meet this weekend.

  • Anchor Kings headed north to the Friday Tri-Valley Greco tournament in Palmer and spent Saturday at Service High for the Alaska Battle Cats Freestyle tournament. 

    Blake Newman took first place in Friday’s Greco and Wayne Newman took second place. Blake started the Greco tournament with a significant win by technical fall over a wrestler who has beaten him previously. His two other matches were both wins by pin. 

  • Another collegiate hoops team is getting a Warrior. Megan Hickman, a five-year starter for the Class 1A Nikolaevsk girls, put pen to paper April 13 in front of a crowd of friends and family members and signed her commitment to play college basketball at the Division II University of Alaska Fairbanks.

    Hickman, a crafty point guard, became the second Nikolaevsk girls player to continue her playing career in college, joining 2014 graduate Nianiella Dorvall who moved on to play at Skagit Valley College, in Mount Vernon, Wash.

  • Zoey Magee and Natalie Farren perform a duet skating piece at the Kevin Bell Arena 10-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 9. The performance was just one of many figure skating  pieces by those participating in the WeSkate figure skating program. The weekend before the anniversary celebration, the skaters participated in the Riverside competition in Soldotna. Six skaters competed and all came back with medals varying from first to fifth place.


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