Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Last-minute snowfalls made for good skiing for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Wine and Cheese and Wooden Ski Tour on Sunday.

    “We were really sweating bullets,” said organizer Kevin Walker. “Thursday it was glare ice. Then there was an inch (of snow) here, an inch there, three inches Saturday morning, three more inches Sunday morning, so it turned out to be really good conditions.”

    The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the club, usually bringing in around $2,000 and attracting 75-100 skiers. This year, the crowd was a bit smaller.

Youth Sports

  • The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

  • A small, but powerful group of Popeye wrestlers traveled to Wasilla to compete in a Greco Roman Tournament on Friday and a Folkstyle Tournament on Saturday. Sixteen wrestlers brought home a total of 16 medals.

    Leading the way was Wayne Newman, schoolboy 99 pounds. Newman won by tech fall against all his opponents on Friday and then placed third in the folkstyle on Saturday.

  • Twenty-six members of Homer High School Mariner track and field team went toe to toe with athletes from around the state last weekend at the AKFCA Big C Relay held in the Anchorage Dome. 

    “There were close to 40 teams … and I think there were close to 1,000 athletes,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “It’s the first meet for the kids to get exposure for track and field for the year, a huge meet like a state championship because of all the teams that are represented.”

    The Mariner team did itself — and Steyer — proud.

  • Things were hopping in the Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gym on Saturday. Or kicking, as the case may be, as the HHS Lady Mariners soccer program held a soccer camp for aspiring soccer stars from 5 to 14 years of age.

    “We have been a part of the soccer community for more than 20 years,” said HHS Head Coach Mickey Todd. “We feel that the best way to develop a program is to involve the community at the first opportunity and continue as the kids get older.”

  • Fifty-eight swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club participated in Spring Champs, a meet hosted by the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and held in Kenai on Saturday.

    “This is a very exciting meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “A lot of enthusiasm and high expectations came to the water at this last meet before Junior Olympics. This meet is one we look forward to very year.”

    At the end of the meet, trophies are presented for team sportsmanship, team high point; and plaques for first, second and third place in each age group.


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