Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club unveiled its new timing clock Friday at the club’s annual membership meeting held at Beluga Lake Lodge. The clock was immediately put to use with a fun run and walk, followed by the meeting.

    The club’s two biggest fundraisers — the annual Migration and Spit runs  — helped pay for the new equipment. 

  • With the clock hitting 0:55:23, Lex Treinen was the first Ironman to cross the finish line of the 2014 Sea to Ski, a combination run, bike, ski event sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and Homer Saw and Cycle on Sunday. The first Ironwoman was Hanna Young, with a finish time of 1:06:16.

  • In a weekend of fundraising events, Julie Winters, 30, from Anchorage, made her world professional wrestling debut last Friday, in the Homer High School commons. According to the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s Alaska Facebook page, the wrestlers on the event card, including Winters, brought in a cumulative $900 from two shows over the weekend.  At a similar event in Wasilla, the money went to Hope for Heroes and a fan in need. Homer-grown Power Plant Productions helped raise a $500 scholarship, for a vocational technologies student at HHS.

  • If you think March Madness is all about hoops, then you missed the Kachemak Swim Club’s 2014 March Madness at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center last weekend.

    “It was a good meet. A really good meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “(The pool) was packed.”

    In addition to Homer, there were swimmers from Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and a former Homer swimmer who came all the way down from Wasilla to participate.

Youth Sports

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 65 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 75 percent relay PRs at the Candy Cane Invitational in Seward on Dec. 6. Sailey Rhodes won KSC Swimmer of the Meet honors for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the girls 50 free (35.46), 100 backstroke (1:30.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:39.18), racing aggressively, and cheering on her teammates.

    Some additional highlights:

  • The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was on home ice Tuesday, playing the Kenai Kardinals at the Kevin Bell Arena. The fast-paced game ended in a 2-1 win for the Kards, with the Mariners outshooting the Kardinals 29-17.

    The first period wrapped up with neither team able to make it onto the board. The action picked up in the second period, with Kenai scoring in less than two minutes. Homer’s Ulian Kuzmin, assisted by Clem Tillion, answered in short order.

  • As their second week of practice wraps up today, the Homer High School Mariner basketball teams are anxious to kick off the competitive season with games in Cordova on Friday and Saturday. Although practice officially started Dec. 1, both the boys and girls teams have been training at informal open gym sessions throughout the fall. Now that competition is just around the corner, the intensity of practices has amped up to match the conditioning and ball skills needed to score results. 

  • The Mariners wrestling team traveled to Kenai for the Luke Spruill Memorial Tourney on Nov. 25. Nikiski, Soldotna and host team Kenai were present. 

    Homer finished fourth with 68 points; Kenai won with 97.

    Mariner Sean Blaine beat Austin Ozburn of Nikiski to earn a championship at 98 pounds. A first-year wrestler, Blaine is looking to vie for a conference championship this weekend at Houston. The top four in each weight class qualify for the state meet the following weekend. Blaine should be seeded first or second.

  • The several inches of snow that fell last weekend at higher elevations above Homer were not sufficient for the Mariner Cross-Country Ski Team to host their Homer Invite as planned this Friday and Saturday. 

    “The race has been canceled in Homer as far as we know, and moved to Soldotna,” said Mariner Head Coach Alan Parks, on Tuesday. 

    The scheduled two-day event will be consolidated into one race, to be held on Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview Middle School in Soldotna.


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