Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • “Welcome to the Warrior dome,” the voice of Bea Klaich, head coach of the Nikolaevsk High School girls basketball team, boomed across Nikolaevsk School gym the evening of Jan. 2. 

    Full bleachers, thundering music and a strong current of excitement made it clear something big was about to happen. Indeed it was: the high school basketball teams’ battle against alumni teams.

  • Attracting hundreds of skiers and with a lengthy Homer history, the Besh Cup continues on Homer’s Lookout Mountain Trails Jan. 18-19.

    “It’s been around for a long time,” said Jan Spurkland, president of the Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Club. “In the 1980s, it was called the Tang Cup and then in the 1990s, it got dedicated as the Besh Cup as a memorial to Tom Besh.”

    Growing up in Anchorage, Spurkland skied in the Besh Cup and participated in both the Junior Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games in the early and mid-1990s.

  • Oh, what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation can make.

    At sea level Sunday, it was spring-like. Green grass poked through melting layers of snow on front yards and temperatures actually reached the low 40s. Up on East Skyline Drive, the sun was shining, but there was definitely more snow and the warm bonfire at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center marked the beginning of CACS’ Sunday bonfires, a free, family-friendly event.

  • Some people may have awakened Dec. 26 feeling drained of energy and sluggish from too much holiday eating. Not Margit Andersson. 

    The 100-year-old, with the help of her son, Ole, strapped on a set of skis and joined in the fun at “Ski Your Age,” an annual event held at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area. 

  • Ski Your Age in Kilometers

    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.

Youth Sports

  • Mariner boys soccer racks up three wins

  • On Thursday, the Homer Mariners boys and girls varsity soccer teams faced the Houston Hawks on Homer High‘s upper field. On Friday, the Mariners two varsity teams battled with the Colony Knights, shifting the action down to Homer’s lower field.
    Tuesday, the soccer action continued with at-home games against Nikiski. Wednesday, the Mariners were back on the field with games against SoHi.
    The boys scored a 4-0 victory over the Hawks on Thursday, then suffered a 3-0 loss to the Knights on Friday.

  • Former Ninilchik basketball coach Dan Leman and his daughter and star player, Whitney, were among 11 named to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, the Alaska School Activities Association announced last week.
    The Lemans will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 3, in Anchorage.
    The public is invited.

  • May 2-3
    Dimond High School
    HOMER BOYS INDIVIDUAL VARSITY SCORES
    800 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 2:02.91
    1600 METERS: 30. Les Crane, 5:30.88
    3200 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 9:59.66
    300 METER HURDLES, 36-INCH: 5. Connor Seay, 44.82
    4X400 RELAY: 11. Homer, 49.33
    4X200 RELAY: 11. Homer, 1.42.95
    4X400 RELAY: 12. H0mer, 4:01.28
    SHOT PUT, 12 LB: 18 Chase Crauthers, 32’09.00; 22. Ian Lowe, 29’11.00
    DISCUS, 1.6 KG: 28. Jake Richter, 72’02.00
    LONG JUMP: 8. John Shank, 18’04.00; 9. Connor Seay, 17’06.75

  • Participating in the two-day Anchorage Invite was an open door for the Homer Mariner track and field athletes to plant their feet on the site where state championships will be in a few weeks.
    More importantly, while there the team scored some “really good performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.
    Senior Pedro Ochoa finished third in the 3200 meters, with an impressive time of 9:59.
    “He broke 10 minutes in the 2-mile, which is a pretty significant barrier,” said Steyer.
    Ochoa also placed third in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:02.91.


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