Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races. 

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

  • Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.

    Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.

    For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122. 

  • The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.

    Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.

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

Youth Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    A multi-school mixed-six volleyball invitational tournament at Nikolaevsk Nov. 7-8 ended with Nikolaevsk taking first place and the Kodiak EES team in second.

    “Kodiak beat us in five sets at our last tournament taking first place, so it was nice to be able to come back and beat them in three sets,” said Nikolaevsk Head Coach Bea Klaich.

  • Three Mariner swimmers — Remi Nagle, Lauren Kuhns and Greg Smith — and two divers — Ian Hall and Annali Metz — competed at State championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage last week. 

    Nagle swam two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Kuhns swam the 500 freestyle and Smith the 100 backstroke. 

  • For the 38th year, Al Aska Shriners sponsored the annual North-South Classic, an opportunity for senior football athletes from around the state to join forces in one last football game of the season. Representing the Mariners were Sheldon Hutt, Patrick Rainwater, Collin MacCampbell, Connor Seay and Ben Knisely, with Ian Lowe assisting Mariner Head Coach Josh Fraley with coaching duties.

    Hutt was named MVP of the Nov. 1 game, “so that’s pretty awesome,” said Fraley. “He played really, really well.”

  • The Homer High School wrestling team headed north to Kotzebue for the Bush Brawl last week.

    After being caught by Barrow’s Jonathan Nelson on Thursday night, Mariner Jared Brant avenged the loss, finishing first at 120 pounds. Joining him as a Bush Brawl champion was Timmy Woo, 138. Woo went 5-0 over the weekend and defeated Mathew Norton of Galena in the final 19-5. 

  • The Peninsula Ice Challenge, held at the Soldotna Regional Sports Center last week, saw hockey action between the SoHi Stars, Kenai Kardinals, Eagle River Wolves and the Homer Mariners. In Saturday’s championship battle between the Wolves and the Mariners, the Wolves prevailed 4-2.


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