Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • The city of Homer Community Recreation co-ed volleyball league ended its season with an action-packed, double-elimination tournament over the weekend. New this year to the community recreation calendar, the co-ed league boasted seven teams that spiked, blocked and dove with varying levels of athleticism, through a 14-week season. Teams were seeded according to overall win-loss records and volleying for league champs began Friday.

  • The Homer Hockey Association Bantams and their families are hosting the Annual Alaska State Hockey Association's Bantam Tier III State Championship at the Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Youth Sports

  • Junior high basketball season begins in October and officiating is a great way to work into refereeing. Anyone intersted is asked to contact Merlin Cordes at 299-0303 or Russ Radliff at 399-0297. A meeting for those interested will be held at Homer High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

  • Homer High School might not have a tennis team, but they do have tennis courts and that’s exactly what the 19-member Kodiak High School Bears tennis team was looking for when it paid a visit to the area Aug. 30-31.
    “This is like the fourth or fifth time they’ve come here,” Will Files of the Homer Tennis Association said of the Bears’ annual visit to Homer. “There’s no tennis team at Homer High, so they played with some of us adults. That gave them a little challenge to see a different pace on the ball.”

  • The Homer Mariners volleyball team served up a fourth-place finish at the North-South Tournament in Houston last week, playing against teams from Anchorage Christian School, Bethel, Delta, Houston, Hutchison, Monroe, Seward, Sitka and Valdez.
    Homer’s Kyla Pitzman led the team with 40 kills for the tournament, averaging six per game.
    “Her hard hitting and aggressive play earned her ‘All Tournament’ team honors,” said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge.

  • With 66 individuals competing in the girls varsity cross-country competition at Saturday’s Palmer Invitational, the Mariner girls ran their way into first place in the 1, 2 and 3A competition.
    On the boys side there were 89 individual runners and Homer’s varsity runners took second place overall, with Grace Christian in first place.
    “They’re awesome,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer of the Mariners’ performance.

  • It was a 55-0 victory for the Homer Mariners football team Saturday as they took on the Buccaneers in Valdez.
    “They played great,” Homer Head Coach Josh Fraley said of the Mariner team. “We were able to get everybody in and played a lot of the JV guys, so it was good.”
    So good, in fact, — 40-0 at halftime — that the JVs were able to play about half of the game.
    “We played awesome,” said Fraley.


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