Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Divas Women’s Hockey Team hosted the U18 Firebirds from Anchorage this weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The Advanced Divas won their game 3-1, and the remainder of the Diva teams played competitively, but were unable to pull off the win. This is the fifth year the Firebirds have come to play the Divas and the first time the Divas have won a game.

  • Sure the weather was uncertain, but it wasn’t enough to stop the 44 skiers, bikers and runners crossing the Homer Epic 100 starting line Saturday morning.

    The weather did open up some options, however.

    “Unique to this year because of the conditions was a 100K event and a 50K,” said Jan Spurkland, race director and president of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, sponsor of the event.

    The race began Saturday morning at McNeil Canyon and looped around a 50K course, with checkpoints along the way.

  • The city of Homer Community Recreation co-ed volleyball league ended its season with an action-packed, double-elimination tournament over the weekend. New this year to the community recreation calendar, the co-ed league boasted seven teams that spiked, blocked and dove with varying levels of athleticism, through a 14-week season. Teams were seeded according to overall win-loss records and volleying for league champs began Friday.

  • The Homer Hockey Association Bantams and their families are hosting the Annual Alaska State Hockey Association's Bantam Tier III State Championship at the Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

  • Thirty-nine Homer skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. That will be the only and last community ski race of the season as the Homer Marathon recently was canceled.

Youth Sports

  • Last Saturday, under clear blue skies with not a patch of snow in sight and temperatures in the mid-40s, the Mariner ski team was outside, once again, making the best of it. Instead of calling off the team’s scheduled “ski-athon” event and adding to a long list of disappointing cancellations this season, coaches Alison O’Hara and Alan Parks morphed the fundraiser into a competition as unique as this winter’s weather. 

  • The large crowd gathered in the Homer High School gym on Dec. 30was loud with school spirit and holiday cheer as they watched the Mariners face off against Kenai in the first home basketball games of the season. Both teams fought hard against the Kardinals, but despite the encouragement, failed to close out 2014 with a win. 

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Search through a list of basketball fouls and its doubtful you’ll find “hugging.” However, with a confused look, a smile and a shrug of his shoulders, that was the best description referee Mike Etzwiler could give for what was happening in the Warrior Dome as Nikolaevsk varsity teams played the alumni on Friday. 

  • Sixteen masters swimmers competed in the first annual Kachemak Swim Club Masters Sextathlon at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, Dec. 20. Events contested were the 100 free, 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free and 100 IM.

    Overall winners were determined by the lowest cumulative time for all six events. 

  • Four Mariner mat men travelled to Reno for the 20th anniversary of the Reno Tournament of Champions, titled “The Toughest Tournament in America.”

    The top three placers in each weight class earn All-American status. 

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