Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled event at Colony High School. More changes may be ahead.

    “Looking at the weather forecast, there also is a very high probability that the Seward Invite will be canceled,” said HHS Head Coach Eric Groth of an event scheduled for Saturday.

    “The weather we’ve been having is essentially a skier’s worst nightmare come true.”

  • The Homer Women’s Hockey Jamboree Tournament was a huge success last weekend, with 90 women participating from Soldotna, Fairbanks, Juneau, Anchorage and Homer. Eight teams were divided into two divisions competing for the championship title. The final breakdown after regulation play was:

     The Diamonds and Hearts Division
    (team, wins, ties, losses):

    Enforcing Elvises: 2, 1, 0

    Bankrolling Backheckers: 2, 1, 0

  • With an eye to the sky, the Besh Cup ski races got a green light for Saturday and Sunday. The weekend weather offered a little bit of everything. Skiers and spectators dealt with a little rain, a little sunshine and a lot of snow.

    That did little to dampen enthusiasm, however. More than 200 skiers signed up for the event. Cars filled the parking lot at the Lookout Mountain Trails, with the overflow of vehicles lining Ohlson Mountain Road. 

  • Filling in while the Mariner hockey team is away this weekend, the Kenai River Brown Bears, a Junior A hockey team based in the central peninsula, will play a game at the Kevin Bell Arena on Friday and hold an open skate on Saturday. 

    The event raises awareness, funds and food for the Homer Community Food Pantry. It is being held through a cooperative effort involving the Brown Bears, Homer Hockey Association, Kevin Bell Arena, Alaska USA and Land’s End Resort.

  • The annual ski and winter swap will be held in the Homer High School commons from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan 23. This is an opportunity to barter, trade, sell or give away winter-fun equipment, skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and other items for enoying winter. Remember to take home whatever items aren’t exchanged. No early bird and private business sales. For more information, call the Homer Community Recreation Program at 235-6090 or email communityrecreation@cityofhomer.ak.gov.

Youth Sports

  • The Special Olympics Torch Run will be held May 17.

    Runners and walkers can register at the base of the Spit beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. T-shirts are available for a $25 donation.

  • Special Olympics local games, including competition in swimming and basketball, will be at the Homer High School on May 10:

    • Swimming: Doors of Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center open at 9:45 a.m., events begin at 10 a.m.

    • Basketball: Skills competition in the HHS gym begins at 1 p.m., followed by a basketball game.

    A celebration dinner and awards in the HHS commons will be held following the game.

  • Fans of the Homer High School Mariners can enjoy some at-home soccer action this weekend.

    Track and field, baseball and softball teams are traveling.

    April 25: Soccer vs. Wasilla; JV boys and girls games at 4 p.m.; varsity boys and girls games at 6 p.m.; games played on Homer High’s upper and lower fields.

    April 25-26: Track and field at Kenai (see related story, page 18).

    April 25-26: Baseball at Kodiak.

    April 25-26: Softball at Anchorage.

  • Fueled by the momentum of the Alaska Battle Cats Tournament in Anchorage on April 12, Popeye wrestler Ravi Cavasos, cadet 135, went undefeated for the second straight weekend and did not get scored upon. At a freestyle tournament in Eagle River last weekend, Cavasos pinned all four opponents in less than two minutes in each of his matches. 

    His aggressive style on his feet and powerful half nelson-cradle series is scoring him lots of points. Cavasos will be one of the Popeye hopefuls in two weeks at the State Tournament in Wasilla.

  • The Homer Invite attracted athletes from 15 schools on and off the Kenai Peninsula Friday and Saturday. In the boys’ competition, Kenai Central took first place, with Soldotna first for the girls. The Homer Mariner boys took fifth place and the Mariner girls were in sixth.

    “This was our second year hosting the invite and I’m just excited that that many teams wanted to come down,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. 


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