Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Paddlers and boaters from around Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Peninsula and the state are invited to an inauguration of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Two ceremonies are planned for June 6:

    • Noon-2 p.m.: Seldovia ribbon-cutting;

    • 5-8 p.m.: Homer ribbon-cutting.

    The celebrations include food, fun and water activities.

  • About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • After an action-packed season, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team — with skaters from Homer Flex, Homer High, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka — begins single-elimination play at Regions competition at the Brett Ice Arena in Wasilla today.

    Up until last weekend, it was unclear if their first match-up would be against Soldotna or Kenai.

    “We have and can beat both teams,” Mariner Head Coach John Carlin had told the Homer News. 

  • The Mariner skiers, who have spent this snow-poor season improvising, are scheduled to do it again this weekend at Boroughs in yet another ad hoc race. 

    The race is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, at the K-Beach Road entrance to the Tsalteshi ski trails in Soldotna.

    Race organizers are planning a duathlon-style race, with skiers switching from skate to classic gear half way through the race. 

  • The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls basketball teams have barely left the court in the past week. In at-home games, the boys played Nanwalek Jan. 28 and both the boys and girls teams played Cook Inlet Academy Jan. 30 and Kalskag Feb. 2. On the road Tuesday, they played Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

    That should get them more than warmed up for the three-day Nenana Invitational Tournament, with participating teams from Fort Yukon, Tri-Valley, Su-Valley, Huslia, Effie Kokrine, Minto, Seldovia and Nenana.

  • The Mariners took on the last three remaining teams in their region in Anchorage last weekend with a trio of hard-fought basketball games against Grace, Anchorage Christian and Houston. The Mariner boys lost to Grace and ACS after two tight games Thursday and Friday, claiming a victory over Houston on Saturday. The girls, who pulled off three late-game comebacks to keep themselves in each competition, lost all three games by four points each.

  • More than 100 middle school wrestlers, including athletes from Chapman, Homer and Voznesenka, participated in the Rubber Chicken Classic at Skyview in Soldotna last Saturday.

    The event gets its name from the coveted awards given.

    “The winner of each weight class gets a rubber chicken instead of a medal,” said Chris Perk, wrestling coach. “The kids love it.”

    The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for wrestlers in grades 7 and 8.

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