Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Thirty-nine Homer skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. That will be the only and last community ski race of the season as the Homer Marathon recently was canceled.

Youth Sports

  • Staff report

    When the Homer High School Mariner wrestling team invited the community to Saturday’s “Fiesta Night,” the community showed up. Held at the Elks Lodge, the fundraiser featured a Mexican menu with all-you-can-eat tacos and a full assortment of desserts served by — and some of them made by — members of the wrestling team.

    “The community came out strong and we are very grateful for the support,” said Head Coach Chris Perk.

  • Staff report

    When the Homer High School Mariner wrestling team invited the community to Saturday’s “Fiesta Night,” the community showed up. Held at the Elks Lodge, the fundraiser featured a Mexican menu with all-you-can-eat tacos and a full assortment of desserts served by — and some of them made by — members of the wrestling team.

    “The community came out strong and we are very grateful for the support,” said Head Coach Chris Perk.

  • This weekend’s match, won in three, showed Mariner volleyball is not slowing down as the season draws to a close. 

    With four of six total serving errors in the first game, the Mariners regrouped and took control over play at Kenai Central High School.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff Writer

    The Mariners swim and dive team moved a step closer to Regions competition with last weekend’s 2014 Valley Invite.

    In team score in Palmer, the Kodiak Bears boys and girls teams led the competition. Of 12 girls teams competing, the Mariners placed 10th with 7.5 points. The Mariner boys came in fourth out of 11 teams, with 17 points. 

  • The Homer Mariner swim team has returned from the Seward Invitational on Saturday. Participating teams included Colony, Kenai, Soldotna, Valdez and Wasilla, in addition to Homer and Seward. 

    “Lauren Kuhns, Cheyanne Smith and Remi Nagle had strong performances,” said Head Coach Scott Smith. “(Kuhns) placed second in the 500 Free and third in the 200 IM, perhaps the most challenging races to swim.”

    Smith claimed third place in the 500 free and 100 breast. Nagle placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM.


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