Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 54 individual individual PRs, personal records, and 50 percent relay PRs at the Snowball Invitational in Kenai on Jan. 10.

    Nine-year-old Luke Nelson won KSC Swimmer of the Meet for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the 100 IM, 1:35.81, and in leading off the victorious 9-10 200 free relay, 37.05, and a new Junior Olympic Championship qualifying time in the boys open 100 back, 1:30.23. Nelson also won the boys 9-10 100 free and placed second in two other events.

  • Temperatures have been above freezing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hockey season. Just ask the 100 women from around the state participating in the Homer Winter Jamboree.

    “The Homer Hockey Association and the Homer Divas Women’s Hockey are thrilled to announce the Fifth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament scheduled to take place January 16-18 at the Kevin Bell Arena,” said a Jan. 12 press release.

  • Bill Steyer, four-year head coach of Homer High School’s cross country team, as well as five-year coach of the school’s track and field team, has been named Alaska’s 2014 girls cross country coach by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The announcement came in a Jan. 9 USTFCCCA press release. 

    “Wow! That’s pretty cool I didn’t even know,” said Steyer when contacted by the Homer News the morning of Jan. 9.

  • All skill levels are welcome to participate in curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Spit from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday. There is a $5 drop-in fee. No experience is necessary.

  • Drawing hundreds of athletes from around the state and sending thousands of pins flying, the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament was held at Eagle River Bowl Nov. 21-23. 

    Homer bowlers were among those participating.

Youth Sports

  • Senior night for varsity basketball last Friday was a night of reflection, celebration and bittersweet tears for the players moving on to college after the season and the teammates and coaches they are leaving here in Homer. The Friday night games were the Mariners’ basketball teams last home games of the season.

    The JV and varsity teams will travel to play Grace Christian School, Houston and Anchorage Christian School for three days of play that begin today.

  • Homer High’s Nordic ski team will take 12 skiers to Anchorage for the state competition today through Saturday, following up last weekend when JV and varsity teams competed at regions in Valdez on Feb. 19 and 20.

    The Valdez meet gave the Homer team a taste of a trail different from the sloping Lookout Mountain trails. 

    “The majority of the race was on the flats which was of course not what Homer skiers are used to,” said Homer High Nordic ski assistant coach Alison O’Hara.

  • Homer High’s girls varsity basketball finished a three-game series of conference games with a 6-0 conference record and a 17-1 overall record after winning all of their games on Feb. 18-20. 

    The girls team attributes their success to their strong teamwork and defensive skills.

  • Homer Nordic ski shines

    at borough meet

    The Homer High Nordic ski team competed in Borough Nordic Ski race at Lookout Mountain on Feb. 13. The race was a duathlon, which combines classic technique and skate technique into one race. At the halfway mark, the racers switch equipment, adding to the strategy and intrigue of the competition. 

  • The Homer Glacier Kings Peewee C team participated in the President’s Day Tournament in Anchorage on Feb. 12-14. With a total of four regulation games and an already small team, they had their work cut out for them. 

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