Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Attracting hundreds of skiers and with a lengthy Homer history, the Besh Cup continues on Homer’s Lookout Mountain Trails Jan. 18-19.

    “It’s been around for a long time,” said Jan Spurkland, president of the Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Club. “In the 1980s, it was called the Tang Cup and then in the 1990s, it got dedicated as the Besh Cup as a memorial to Tom Besh.”

    Growing up in Anchorage, Spurkland skied in the Besh Cup and participated in both the Junior Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games in the early and mid-1990s.

  • Oh, what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation can make.

    At sea level Sunday, it was spring-like. Green grass poked through melting layers of snow on front yards and temperatures actually reached the low 40s. Up on East Skyline Drive, the sun was shining, but there was definitely more snow and the warm bonfire at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center marked the beginning of CACS’ Sunday bonfires, a free, family-friendly event.

  • Some people may have awakened Dec. 26 feeling drained of energy and sluggish from too much holiday eating. Not Margit Andersson. 

    The 100-year-old, with the help of her son, Ole, strapped on a set of skis and joined in the fun at “Ski Your Age,” an annual event held at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area. 

  • Ski Your Age in Kilometers

    Lookout Mountain

    WHEN:

    9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

    WHAT:

    This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

  • Lookout Mountain

    WHEN:

    9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

    WHAT:

    This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

     

Youth Sports

  • The Homer Mariners placed five wrestlers in the top 6 this weekend at the ACS Invitational and Timmy Woo, 138, placed third overall out of nearly 40 wrestlers.

    Forty-five teams showed up from around the state for the Biggest Small School tourney in the state. Homer scored 123.5 points en route to a sixth-place overall finish. Kotzebue won the tournament with more than 200 points. Homer soared as high as second-place most of the first day of the tournament. 

  • There was fierce competition at the Region II swimming and diving championship meet in Soldotna last weekend. The Kodiak Bears swept the meet in both the boys and girls team competition. The Homer High Mariner girls placed seventh of nine teams and the boys tied with Valdez for fourth.

    Rising to the top, swimmers Lauren Kuhns, Remi Nagel and Greg Smith and divers Annali Metz and Ian Hall had scores high enough to qualify them for state.

  • Wrestling with other members of the hometown Popeye Wrestling Club is one thing. Going to a national meet was intimidating, but also inspiring for five Homer wrestlers.

    “We had a slow start. Our first three matches were losses. I think the girls were shell-shocked when we first got there and I was questioning if we even belonged in the same gym as these other girls. They were brutal,” said Coach Todd Cook of first reactions after arriving at the Pre-Season National War of the Roses, an all-girl wrestling tournament in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 24-25.

  • The Homer Mariner wrestlers competed for the first time this weekend at Seward’s King of the Mountain. The first four rounds were round-robin team competition. Homer finished with wins over Anchorage Christian School and Seward, but lost to Houston and Nikiski.

    The dual against Seward was important because as a team, the word “squeeze” was yelled every time wrestlers put opponents on their backs.  Homer’s goal was to “silence the squeeze” and that’s exactly what happened. Only in one match did Homer fall to their backs. The team won 58-24. 

  • The Homer High School Mariner Hockey co-op team is ramping up for its 2014-2015 season. Practice began Oct. 20, with Head Coach John Carlin and Assistant Coach Chris Brown.

    The Mariners head north for a season-opening tournament, beginning with a game against Soldotna at the Soldotna Sports Center at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The rest of the weekend, they’ll face Kenai and Eagle River. Homer and SoHi will be back on the ice for the Mariners’ first at-home game at the Kevin Bell Arena at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.


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