Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Best Western Riptide will head into the Community Schools City League Basketball Tournament with the best record, sitting at 14-2 after defeating the K-12 Teachers 69-43 on Monday. Mark Putney scored 20 points for the teachers while Nick Finley dropped 23 for the victors. The Home Run Oil Titans snuck out a 53-49 point win over the Alaska Bible Institute. Erik Rozeboom scored more than half of his team's points, ending up with 24 on the night. Colton Tutt put up 12 points for the Titans.

  • A medal-wearing Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point was surrounded by family, friends and her coach at a party in her honor Thursday afternoon. Ledger recently returned from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where she won a bronze medal in cross-country ski competition. Ledger crossed the finish line of her 50-meter event with a time of 29.65. The party was held at the Homer Senior Center, where Ledger is employed.

  • High school pool reopens
    After managers discovered a "fecal incident" at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at Homer High School, the swimming pool was closed on Feb. 5. It reopened Monday night after the pool was cleaned and sanitized. The incident highlights the need for swimmers to not use the pool if sick with stomach flu, diarrhea, respiratory flu and other illnesses.
    "Clean bodies equal clean water," said pool manager Bridget Kuhns.
    Swimmers should take these precautions to help keep the pool clean:
    * Wear clean bathing suits;

  • Homer's 10th annual Ski for Women event brought skiers of all ages clad in spandex, paper-maiche, and wigs to Ohlson Mountain's Lookout Ski Trails on Super Bowl Sunday to benefit South Peninsula Haven House.
    "Ski for Women is one of those events that demonstrates how creative and fun the community of Homer is," said Event Organizer Kris Holderied.
    Seventy skiers of all levels came out on the sunny day, raising $1,400 for Haven House programs.

  • Riptide still on top

Youth Sports

  • The Mariner hockey team blazed through three games in the last week, with a 7-1 loss to Wasilla on Friday, a 3-3 tie in action with Palmer on Saturday, both games played in Homer, and, in a rematch against the Kenai Kardinals on Tuesday, a 5-3 loss.

  • Claiming first place in the Region II Denali Conference Tournament held in Nikolaevsk last weekend, the Nikolaevsk Mixed 6 team finds itself in new territory.

    “The Nikolaevsk kids never lost a set throughout their three tournament matches and they are on their way to their first Mixed 6 state appearance,” said Coach Bea Klaich.

  • The Homer Glacier Kings Squirt C hockey team, boys and girls ages 9 and 10, took second place in the Homer Holiday Classic Tournament at the Kevin Bell Arena over the weekend. Kenai Girls 12 and under took the championship title. The Homer team is coached by Chris Owen, Travis Larson and Dave Bolin. Back row, from left: Hunter Green, Fiona Hatton, Haylee Owen, Delilah Harris, Rachel Bolin, Kazden Stineff, Dylan McBride, Casey Otis, Terry Gilliland, Micah Williamson. Front, with the trophy: goalie Keegan Strong.   

  • Meet the Homer Mariner boys and girls basketball teams today from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Homer High gym. The evening includes a $5 soup and bread dinner, Homer Middle School boys and girls scrimmages; intros and lineup of the Mariner teams and cheerleaders, drills, competitive scrimmages and dessert auctions. 

  • Voznesenka’s lone wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, 132, placed second and scored 20 team points at the Kachemak Conference Wrestling Championships in Nikiski Dec. 6-7. With a season record of 22-9, Kalugin now heads to state.


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