Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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.

  • Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races. 

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

  • Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.

    Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.

    For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122. 

Youth Sports

  • The Nikolaevsk Warriors boys and girls basketball teams have barely left the court in the past week. In at-home games, the boys played Nanwalek Jan. 28 and both the boys and girls teams played Cook Inlet Academy Jan. 30 and Kalskag Feb. 2. On the road Tuesday, they played Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

    That should get them more than warmed up for the three-day Nenana Invitational Tournament, with participating teams from Fort Yukon, Tri-Valley, Su-Valley, Huslia, Effie Kokrine, Minto, Seldovia and Nenana.

  • The Mariners took on the last three remaining teams in their region in Anchorage last weekend with a trio of hard-fought basketball games against Grace, Anchorage Christian and Houston. The Mariner boys lost to Grace and ACS after two tight games Thursday and Friday, claiming a victory over Houston on Saturday. The girls, who pulled off three late-game comebacks to keep themselves in each competition, lost all three games by four points each.

  • More than 100 middle school wrestlers, including athletes from Chapman, Homer and Voznesenka, participated in the Rubber Chicken Classic at Skyview in Soldotna last Saturday.

    The event gets its name from the coveted awards given.

    “The winner of each weight class gets a rubber chicken instead of a medal,” said Chris Perk, wrestling coach. “The kids love it.”

    The event is sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for wrestlers in grades 7 and 8.

  • Following on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 loss to the SoHi Stars played before hometown fans Jan. 20, the Homer Mariner Co-Op hockey team powered onto the Soldotna Sports Center ice two days later and claimed a 7-1 victory over the Kenai Kardinals. Senior forward Kiril Sanarov made four of the seven goals. 

  • In nonconference play, the Ninilchik Wolverines girls and boys basketball teams took on the Homer Mariner JV teams in Homer on Saturday. The Wolverines returned home after claiming a double victory:

    Girls: Ninilchik 49, Homer JV 18

    Boys: Ninilchik 57, Homer JV 46