Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • School is out and area youngsters are looking for activities to enjoy during these long summer days. Little League offers that and then some.

    Take Mose Hayes, 12, and Annalynn Brown, 11. Involvement in Little League feeds a passion for these young athletes that they plan to follow in the future.

    Mose’s interest in baseball began when he was a toddler.

  • The Mariner softball team had a rocky start to the season and found it hard to score a win. As the season progressed they found their footing as a team and pulled together in time for the Alaska School Activities Association state softball tournament last Friday and Saturday and were awarded third place.

    In an interview before the tournament, Head Coach Bill Bell said the team had made great strides since the beginning of the season.

  • The seventh annual Homer Kitefest returns 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Homer’s annual kite surfing festival, the event features clinics, personal instruction, gear swaps or sales, and product demonstrations for sponsors Ozone kiteboarding, HQ Kites, Crazyfly kites and Ocean Rodeo Kites. Instruction will be offered throughout the festival and is weather and wind dependent. For more information, visit kitesurfalaska.com.

  • The Mariner baseball team had their hopes set on competing in the state tournament in Sitka that starts today but fell short after losing the two games in the Regions tournament last week in Soldotna that would have advanced them. 

    Homer tried to gain back the upper hand against the Houston Hawks last Thursday, but luck didn’t swing their way, and they lost a close match 6-5. 

  • The skills the Mariner softball team has meticulously developed over the season will be put to the test Friday during the start of the softball state tournament in Anchorage. Homer advanced to state after winning a close game against Soldotna May 27.

    “It was a very good game,” Coach Bill Bell said. “The pitching was balanced, and the teams were balanced.” 


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