Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • With an eye to the sky, the Besh Cup ski races got a green light for Saturday and Sunday. The weekend weather offered a little bit of everything. Skiers and spectators dealt with a little rain, a little sunshine and a lot of snow.

    That did little to dampen enthusiasm, however. More than 200 skiers signed up for the event. Cars filled the parking lot at the Lookout Mountain Trails, with the overflow of vehicles lining Ohlson Mountain Road. 

  • 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 annual ski and winter swap will be held in the Homer High School commons from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan 23. This is an opportunity to barter, trade, sell or give away winter-fun equipment, skis, snowboards, boots, clothing and other items for enoying winter. Remember to take home whatever items aren’t exchanged. No early bird and private business sales. For more information, call the Homer Community Recreation Program at 235-6090 or email communityrecreation@cityofhomer.ak.gov.

  • The second part of the Besh Cup’s three-weekend series of races happens at Homer’s Lookout Trails near Ohlson Mountain this Saturday and Sunday.

    The races attract hundreds of skiers from across the state, with the first of the series held in Anchorage in December and the final weekend of races in Fairbanks next month. A Besh Cup trophy is given to the male and female skiers earning the most Junior Olympic qualifying points. The event also helps determine the Arctic Winter Games cross country ski team. 

  • Rainy weather may have dampened the originally scheduled Friday Night Lights, a Friday and Saturday evening fundraiser for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, but it didn’t dampen local skiers enthusiasm when it finally happened.

    Initially set for Rogers Loop Trail on Jan. 3-4, it was rescheduled due to weather to Jan. 10-11, and moved to higher ground, the Sunset Trail, where there was a better covering of snow.

Youth Sports

  • The several inches of snow that fell last weekend at higher elevations above Homer were not sufficient for the Mariner Cross-Country Ski Team to host their Homer Invite as planned this Friday and Saturday. 

    “The race has been canceled in Homer as far as we know, and moved to Soldotna,” said Mariner Head Coach Alan Parks, on Tuesday. 

    The scheduled two-day event will be consolidated into one race, to be held on Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview Middle School in Soldotna.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With the End of the Road Shootout behind them, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team, comprised of high school athletes from Homer, Flex, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka, heads north for three days of play:

    Today: Palmer;

    Friday: Colony;

    Saturday: Wasilla.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With the End of the Road Shootout behind them, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team, comprised of high school athletes from Homer, Flex, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka, heads north for three days of play:

    Today: Palmer;

    Friday: Colony;

    Saturday: Wasilla.

  • Following the Homer Invitational, a Homer Mariner Nordic ski team event at Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain, the public is invited to participate in a 3K community ski at 3 p.m. Dec. 6. A suggested $10 donation directly supports the HHS Nordic ski team program. For more information or to volunteer at the meet, call 299-1888.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings outswam Soldotna to win the Turkey Time Invitational 504 to 408 points during Friday-Saturday competition at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Third place was secured by the Peninsula Piranhas with 149 points. The Anchorage YMCA also participated.

    Meet highlights include the following:

    Competing in their first swim meet: Jai Badajos, Olivia Etzwiler, Kera Jones, Mattie Moyer, Jerrin Norcross;


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