Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • The annual ski and winter swap will be held in the Homer High School commons from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan 23. This is an opportunity to barter, trade, sell or give away winter-fun equipment, skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and other items for enoying winter. Remember to take home whatever items aren’t exchanged. No early bird and private business sales. For more information, call the Homer Community Recreation Program at 235-6090 or email communityrecreation@cityofhomer.ak.gov.

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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