Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Best Western Riptide took home the City League Championship after winning all three games in last weekend's tournament.
    The team defeated the Bulletproof Nets 58-49 during Monday's championship game held at the Homer Middle School to take the tourney title.
    The tournament began on Saturday when the champs beat the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators by the tourney's largest deficit, 88-38. Point guard Nick Finley scored a game high 27 points for the Riptide while Smooth Ops Dave Drake led his team with 12.

  • The Homer Glacier Kings Peewee Tier 3 team beat Fairbanks 4-2 Sunday for its third Presidents Day Invitational Hockey Tournament championship in four years.

    In round robin play, Homer beat the Eagle River Mustangs, the Palmer Pioneers, and the U14 girls team from the Anchorage Hockey Association.

    The Homer team's only loss in the tournament came to Fairbanks, 0-1 on Saturday, when Fairbanks scored with 3 minutes remaining to break a 0-0 tie late in the third period.

  • 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;

Youth Sports

  • 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.  

  • The Mariner girls and boys JV basketball teams took first place in the Lumen Christi basketball tournament in Anchorage last week.

    “It was absolutely wonderful,” said Mark Casseri, head coach of the boys team. 

    Willow Cabe, assistant coach for the girls team, filled in for Head Coach Connie Akers, who was ill, but keeping a close eye on the results.

    “(Cabe) wrote that the girls played really well, she was happy with their teamwork and their defense was very intense,” said Akers.

  • The public had an opportunity to “Meet the Mariners” last week, with introductions of both the boys and girls basketball teams, drill demonstrations, a $5 soup-and-bread dinner and a silent and call-out dessert auction benefiting the boys team. According to Head Coach Mark Casseri of the boys team, more than $2,500 was made in the one-night event.

    The Mariner girls were on the court Monday afternoon, facing the Ninilchik Wolverine girls team. Not an official game, the scrimmage ended with an unofficial score of 46 Mariners, 19 Wolverines.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With a first-place finish in the 2013 Denali Conference Mixed 6 Tournament Dec. 5-6, the Nikolaevsk Warriors got their first shot at the state title at the championships Dec. 12-14. They did themselves and Coach Bea Klaich proud at the games played at Dimond High in Anchorage, coming home with fourth place, the title of “best sportsmanship” team and with two players named to the all-tournament team.


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