Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Lookout Mountain

    WHEN:

    9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

    WHAT:

    This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

     

  • The Homer Divas took to the road for the first time this year, playing in the intermediate division at the Palmer C Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament.

    The Divas first game was against the Healy Coal Queens, who they solidly defeated 5-0. Goals were scored by Ori “Scori” Badajos, who scored two goals, Ingrid Harrald, Karen Weston and Shelly Laukitis. Goalie Michelle Hatton ended the game with a shutout and Harrald received MVP.

  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A long-awaited snowmaking system covering cross-country ski trails at Kincaid Park is now functioning, but at much less than its planned capacity.

    The system only can support about one-third of its 17 snow guns at one time, according to Dick Mize, a board member of the nonprofit responsible for the project’s construction. And it’s still not ready to hand it off to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, which will ultimately maintain and operate the system.

  • The late Shane Scott Harrington, a 1987 graduate of Homer High School who died in 2008, was inducted into the Homer High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

    Harrington began wrestling for Service Junior High School in Anchorage. After his family moved to Homer, he began folkstyle and freestyle wrestling.

    In addition to wrestling, he also was active in football, ju-jitsu, baseball and softball.

     

    His accomplishments as a wrestler included:

  • Betsy Webb, right, stands ready as Stephanie Sloth, left, returns a volley during a tennis match last Wednesday at the Homer High School tennis courts. Webb said she stretched her own rule of not playing tennis in temperatures below 39 degrees. There was ice on the courts last week after a morning frost. Homer’s tennis players usually don’t play after Halloween. They also played last Friday.

Youth Sports

  • A small, but powerful group of Popeye wrestlers traveled to Wasilla to compete in a Greco Roman Tournament on Friday and a Folkstyle Tournament on Saturday. Sixteen wrestlers brought home a total of 16 medals.

    Leading the way was Wayne Newman, schoolboy 99 pounds. Newman won by tech fall against all his opponents on Friday and then placed third in the folkstyle on Saturday.

  • Twenty-six members of Homer High School Mariner track and field team went toe to toe with athletes from around the state last weekend at the AKFCA Big C Relay held in the Anchorage Dome. 

    “There were close to 40 teams … and I think there were close to 1,000 athletes,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “It’s the first meet for the kids to get exposure for track and field for the year, a huge meet like a state championship because of all the teams that are represented.”

    The Mariner team did itself — and Steyer — proud.

  • Things were hopping in the Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gym on Saturday. Or kicking, as the case may be, as the HHS Lady Mariners soccer program held a soccer camp for aspiring soccer stars from 5 to 14 years of age.

    “We have been a part of the soccer community for more than 20 years,” said HHS Head Coach Mickey Todd. “We feel that the best way to develop a program is to involve the community at the first opportunity and continue as the kids get older.”

  • Fifty-eight swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club participated in Spring Champs, a meet hosted by the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and held in Kenai on Saturday.

    “This is a very exciting meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “A lot of enthusiasm and high expectations came to the water at this last meet before Junior Olympics. This meet is one we look forward to very year.”

    At the end of the meet, trophies are presented for team sportsmanship, team high point; and plaques for first, second and third place in each age group.

  • Track and field kick off Homer High School’s spring sports season with the Big C Relays in Anchorage this weekend. In the wings and preparing for action are the baseball, softball and soccer teams. The coaches took time from their busy practice schedules to give a glimpse of what’s ahead.

    Baseball

    This is Mark Putney’s third year coaching the HHS baseball team and his first year as head coach. Assisting him is Steve Fuson and Rich Sonnen, with  Chris Donich helping organize parent volunteers and fundraising efforts.


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