Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • MileSplit, which bills itself as the premier website for high school cross-country and track and field, will use the story of Kenai Central senior and running standout Allie Ostrander to launch a series of videos chronicling elite athletes.

    “On The Rise: Allie Ostrander” will be released in two episodes. The first was released late last month, while the second was released this week.

Youth Sports

  • Last week’s basketball games wrapped up the Peninsula Conference season. Almost. This weekend is the conference tournament. Next weekend is the state championship.

    Representing the southern Kenai Peninsula in the conference tournament are girls teams from Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia, and boys teams from Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia.

  • March 11, 2015: In the photo, the name of Mariner player no. 32 has been corrected; he is Jeremy Tedesco.

    In their final weekend of regular season games, the Mariners took on Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian School and Houston at home in a series of nail-biting contests that were decided in the final seconds of play. 

  • Sure there are big-time basketball games with expensive courtside seats and famous athletes. But there’s nothing like basketball in a small high school gym, with rival teams heating up the floorboards, bleachers shaking with shouting and stomping fans and a narrow lead repeatedly reversed with each basket.

    That was the scene in Ninilchik Feb. 19 when the Wolverine boys and girls teams welcomed the Nikolaevsk Warriors.

  • The Mariners defeated the Seward Seahawks on home turf last Saturday, boosting the boys to a third place conference ranking in basketball and the girls to fourth in the final countdown to Regions.


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