Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Broomball League is hosting the End of the Road Broomball tournament this weekend.

    With teams from as far away as Bethel and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, the weekend promises to be a competitive one.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday games begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m.

    The on-ice flash mob event is scheduled Saturday from 1-1:15 p.m.

  • The annual Ski for Free Day, which is sponsored by the Kachemak Ski Club and Homer Electric Association, was Sunday at the Ohlson Mountain rope tow. More than 100 skiers and snowboarders were there.  It was a great day of winter fun, with some of the kids lining up on the hill to spell out HEA, said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for HEA.

  • Make that a three-point win for Anchorage angler Leszek Kuligowski, top angler in Saturday’s 20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

    Kuligowski claimed a $15,372 first-place check for reeling in a 35.1-pound king salmon. He also took home $25,875 in side bets. And, fishing from his own boat, Kuligowski claimed the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for being captain of the first-place fish.

  • In the fifth ice race of the season, the youngest drivers provided plenty of exciting action Sunday on Beluga Lake.

    While Teddy Handley in car 88 and Brenden Fuson in car 23 jousted for first place lap after lap, Solstice Kraszeki in car 52 and Rhythm Beckett-Cook in car 5 had their own race going.

    “The girls have been best friends for as long as they can remember so they had a fantastic time racing each other,” writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the Homer Ice Racing association. “Rhythm was driving a stick shift for the first time and caught on really fast.”

  • The Homer Ice Racing Association is gearing up for its fifth race of the season on Sunday. Races start at noon on Beluga Lake and spectators are welcome. There is no charge.

    One of the highlights of the season has been the addition of kids' racing.

    "This last Sunday we had five kids racing," writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the association. "They have such a good time and it's a great experience for them. Sometimes one or more doesn't finish the race because they get the car stuck on the berm but they are always smiling when they get out of the car."

Youth Sports

  • On the heels of a fourth-place finish at the Mixed 6 state championship games earlier this month, the Nikolaevsk Warriors are jumping into basketball action with both feet. At the Cook Inlet Classic, held at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna, Dec. 19-21, the girls team took first place. 

    They squeaked by the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles on Thursday with a 27-26 win. They continued their march toward victory Friday, with a 51-7 win over the Ninilchik Wolverines. Saturday, the Warriors secured the championship by defeating Yakutat 31-22.  

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Before Christmas Day is over, the Homer High School Mariner basketball teams — boys and girls — were scheduled to head to Ketchikan for the Clark Cochrane Christmas Classic, Dec. 27-29.

    “When everyone is on winter break, the varsity will be going to Ketchikan,” said Mark Casseri, head coach for the boys team. “But it’s a great tournament. The kids will get a lot of basketball in.”

  • Lack of snow for training early in the season hasn’t slowed down Homer Mariner cross country skiers Brian Rowe and Aspen Daigle. In the Candy Cane Scramble Dec. 19, with skiers from Kenai Central, Skyview, Soldotna and Homer competing, Rowe took first in the boys competition and Daigle took first in the girls race.

    “(Daigle) and (Rowe) are very hard-workers and super fit,” said Homer Head Coach Eric Groth. “They skied great, smart races.”

  • Back on the road after claiming first place in the three-day Christmas Round Robin at Big Lake last weekend, the Homer Mariners hockey team found the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears to be doing anything but hibernating.

    Playing at Juneau’s Treadwell Arena, the Crimson Bears claimed a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

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    On the heels of a fourth-place finish at the Mixed 6 state championship games earlier this month, the Nikolaevsk Warriors are jumping into basketball action with both feet. At the Cook Inlet Classic, held at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna, Dec. 19-21, the girls team took first place. 

    They squeaked by the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles on Thursday with a 27-26 win. They continued their march toward victory Friday, with a 51-7 win over the Ninilchik Wolverines. Saturday, the Warriors secured the championship by defeating Yakutat 31-22.  


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