Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

     

  • The Homer Divas took to the road for the first time this year, playing in the intermediate division at the Palmer C Cup Women’s Hockey Tournament.

    The Divas first game was against the Healy Coal Queens, who they solidly defeated 5-0. Goals were scored by Ori “Scori” Badajos, who scored two goals, Ingrid Harrald, Karen Weston and Shelly Laukitis. Goalie Michelle Hatton ended the game with a shutout and Harrald received MVP.

  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A long-awaited snowmaking system covering cross-country ski trails at Kincaid Park is now functioning, but at much less than its planned capacity.

    The system only can support about one-third of its 17 snow guns at one time, according to Dick Mize, a board member of the nonprofit responsible for the project’s construction. And it’s still not ready to hand it off to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, which will ultimately maintain and operate the system.

  • The late Shane Scott Harrington, a 1987 graduate of Homer High School who died in 2008, was inducted into the Homer High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

    Harrington began wrestling for Service Junior High School in Anchorage. After his family moved to Homer, he began folkstyle and freestyle wrestling.

    In addition to wrestling, he also was active in football, ju-jitsu, baseball and softball.

     

    His accomplishments as a wrestler included:

  • Betsy Webb, right, stands ready as Stephanie Sloth, left, returns a volley during a tennis match last Wednesday at the Homer High School tennis courts. Webb said she stretched her own rule of not playing tennis in temperatures below 39 degrees. There was ice on the courts last week after a morning frost. Homer’s tennis players usually don’t play after Halloween. They also played last Friday.

Youth Sports

  • Homer weather was perfect for baseball last Friday and Saturday. The sun was shining, the day breeze was mild and there was a a table of picnic food set up at the edge of the field.
    It was a marked difference from the wind and rain the Mariner baseball team faced in Kodiak last month.
    Last weekend’s real storm was on the baseball diamond with the Mariners losing both its Friday and Saturday games to the Colony Knights.

  • Fired up after three days of grueling competition at the Invitational Round-Robin in Juneau last Thursday-Saturday, the Mariner softball team bounced back Monday with an impressive 17-0 victory over Kenai Central in three innings of play.
    “That was kind of my plan, that we would score a lot of tough games before we got into conference play,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Bell.
    “It would have been nice to win some of those (Juneau games), but those weren’t critical.”

  • Forty of more than 1,200 wrestlers this weekend were represented by the Popeye Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle State Tournaments last weekend hosted at the Wasilla Sports Complex. More than 20 represented areas came from as far away as Kotzebue, Bethel and Juneau. Some of the wrestlers were challenged 18 times over a period of three days.

  • If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s students, consider applying for a coaching opportunity during the 2014-2015 school year at Homer High School:

    Assistant swim coach, season begins Aug. 11 and ends Nov. 8; 

    Assistant volleyball coach, season begins Aug, 11 and ends Nov. 15;

    Head Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21;

    Assistant Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21.

  • Nine swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Anchorage for the Junior Olympics on April 24-27. The four days of intense swimming competition is the culminating championships meet in Alaska. 

    “These athletes swam fiercely and accomplished astonishing best times in most of their events,” said Coach Rebecca Hardy.

    To qualify for the JO is a remarkable feat, according to Jamie Roth, an age group coach for KSC.


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