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

  • Extend your reach. Hang on tight. Jump high. Those all could be skills any athlete would want to develop for traditional sports, but crawl like a seal? In a demonstration of Native Youth Olympics last Thursday at Homer Middle Schools by Sam Strange and David Thomas of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, students tried out some of the events of the traditional games.

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  • In honor of the late Steve Wolfe, founder of the club, Popeye Wrestling will be holding three tournaments Friday and Saturday at Homer High School. 

    Action gets under way at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

     Friday’s competition will include a folkstyle tournament as well as War of the Roses, a girls-only tournament. On Saturday, there will be a freestyle tourney. There is no fee for admission and anyone who wants to see great wrestling is encouraged to attend. 

  • Spring is in the air and excitement is building for Homer High School’s 2015 track and field season. Although both the girls and boys track teams are young, Coach Bill Steyer is optimistic. 

    “We’ve got really good numbers this year, with forty kids on the roster, and it’s building every year” he said. 

    With only two practices to judge this year’s team by, Steyer doesn’t have firm goals for the season yet, but he’s certainly looking for personal improvements in all events. 

  • While the Kachemak Swim Club Kings were leading going into the 13-and-over relays on Saturday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, the Soldotna Silver Salmon used their depth in the older age groups to overtake the Kings for the team victory, finishing with 449 points to the Kings’ 442.5. 

    Third place went to the Kodiak Kingfishers with 393.

    The meet drew 220 competitors and also included teams from Seward and Kenai. Many of these athletes also competed in Friday Night Time Trials, featuring longer events. 


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