Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult 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 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.

  • “Welcome to the Warrior dome,” the voice of Bea Klaich, head coach of the Nikolaevsk High School girls basketball team, boomed across Nikolaevsk School gym the evening of Jan. 2. 

    Full bleachers, thundering music and a strong current of excitement made it clear something big was about to happen. Indeed it was: the high school basketball teams’ battle against alumni teams.

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Mariners volleyball team is headed to State competition. The team secured its place by taking first at Regions on Saturday. 

  • The Mariners’ volleyball season of regular play came to a close last weekend, but with the varsity team going into regions competition this weekend, it was as much about what’s ahead as it was the overall season. Homer honored their seniors on Thursday, but ended the night with a loss to Grace Christian School. The Mariners came back on Friday to win a three-game sweep against Houston. 


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