Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.

    The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.

    Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.

    Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:

  • A group of Popeye wrestlers traveled north to Palmer last Friday to take part in the Matsu-Matmen Tournament. 

    Popeye Wrestling’s William Roth won both of his matches in the Greco Roman Style event, earning a first place finish in the Junior 125-pound bracket. Roth hasn’t wrestled competitively in a few years but Coach Chris Perk called him “fearless” as he threw his opponents to the mat last weekend.

  • Homer’s Diva hockey took three teams to the 13th Annual Fools on Ice Tournament in Anchorage last weekend and took first in the intermediate division, second in the advanced beginner division, and third in the novice division. The teams were coached by Buck Laukitis, Dean Kildaw, Steve Nevak and Chris Owens.

    Goalies Julie Hinkle and Lydia Brown had shut-out games and goalie Michelle Hatton had an all-tournament shut-out record.

  • In a celebration of spring, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Sea to Ski Triathalon rang in the warm weather with a wet run, a muddy bike ride and a slushy ski on Sunday.

    “The weather was great for this race. The trail slowed down at the end because of the new snow, but overall it was great,” said race coordinator Mike Byerly.

  • The End of the Road Broomball tournament was a huge success March 29-30. The Bethel Fighting Pikes, Bethel Beavers and Whitehorse Capital Towing were uncannily matched with Homer Broomballers, Beluga Lake Bombers and Alice’s Scoundrels. There was an unprecedented number of tied games decided in overtime or shootouts. 

Youth Sports

  • 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 Mariner boys and girls varsity basketball teams wrapped up a heavy game schedule Tuesday with games against the SoHi Stars, played at SoHi. 

    Trailing behind the Stars from the first quarter, the Homer girls never gained the momentum necessary to stop Soldotna’s 65-25 win. Not so for the Homer boys, however. They took the lead and held it all the way to a 61-56 finish.

    Last week the Mariners kept the action in town, taking on the Skyview Panthers on Jan. 7, the Houston Hawks on Jan. 10 and the Cordova Wolverines on Jan. 11.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    The Nikolaevsk Warriors girls varsity team left home soil for the Mount St. Elias Classic tournament in Yakutat last week. In the Thursday-Saturday schedule of games, the Warriors held off the Angoon Eagles with a 57-23 score on Thursday; kept the Dimond Lynx JV team at a 59-54 distance on Friday, and ended the three-day tournament Saturday with a 55-28 victory against the Yakutat Eagles.

  • In 10 days of nearly non-stop hockey, on Tuesday the Homer Mariner hockey team faced SoHi for the second time this season, this time at the Kevin Bell Arena. And this time scoring a win.

    The first game, played in November at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, ended in a 2-1 win for the Stars. Tuesday the Mariners turned it around.

  • Returning to their home court after last week’s three-day Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, the Homer Mariners boys and girls varsity teams took on the Skyview Panthers Tuesday.

    The Homer girls suffered a one-point loss, with Skyview winning 29-28. The boys game followed, with the Mariners picking up a 52-45 victory.


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