Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Riptide still on top

  • Driving home from Soldotna last weekend, Barae Hirsch’s feeling of accomplishment filled the car. The Homer High freshman just took her second Besh Cup win in her young Nordic skiing career.

    “It is really great to see my hard work pay off and the improvements I’ve made,” said Hirsch.

    The aggressive competition of the Besh Cups qualifies racers for the Junior Olympics (JO), yet the13-year-old won’t be going to JO this year.

    “I won both sprint days in the age group J-3 [those born between 1999-2000]. Only J-2s can qualify for Junior Olympics,” said Hirsch.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point isn’t one to sit around. Strap on her cross-country skis and she’s off. Now Ledger and her skis are headed to a new destination: the 10th Special Olympics World Games taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, Jan. 29-Feb. 5. 

  • Mother Nature blanketed the Kenai Peninsula with a perfect 29 inches of snow just in time for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Fourth Anual Ski Your Age event Dec. 26 at the Lookout Mountain Trails.

    Rain quickly turned the perfect powder to slush, however. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the event brought 50 smiling faces of all ages and skill levels to Ohlson Mountain.

    The event was split into four categories: the Century Challenge, Ski-Meister Challenge, Family Challenge, and Individual.

  • It all started with Little Feet according to Homer siblings Drew and Lyndsay Brown. The two Homer High School students’ soccer talents are taking them to Hawaii and Vegas in 2013 respectively.

    Both put on their first pair of soccer cleats before entering elementary school with the help of Homer’s Little Feet program, and have stuck with the sport ever since. Nearly 10 years later, Lindsay leaves next week with fellow Homer High classmate Samantha Draves to play for the Alaska team in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Youth Sports

  • The Homer Glacier Kings Squirt C hockey team, boys and girls ages 9 and 10, took second place in the Homer Holiday Classic Tournament at the Kevin Bell Arena over the weekend. Kenai Girls 12 and under took the championship title. The Homer team is coached by Chris Owen, Travis Larson and Dave Bolin. Back row, from left: Hunter Green, Fiona Hatton, Haylee Owen, Delilah Harris, Rachel Bolin, Kazden Stineff, Dylan McBride, Casey Otis, Terry Gilliland, Micah Williamson. Front, with the trophy: goalie Keegan Strong.   

  • Meet the Homer Mariner boys and girls basketball teams today from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Homer High gym. The evening includes a $5 soup and bread dinner, Homer Middle School boys and girls scrimmages; intros and lineup of the Mariner teams and cheerleaders, drills, competitive scrimmages and dessert auctions. 

  • Voznesenka’s lone wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, 132, placed second and scored 20 team points at the Kachemak Conference Wrestling Championships in Nikiski Dec. 6-7. With a season record of 22-9, Kalugin now heads to state.

  • All week sophomore Jadzia Martin knew she was going to be ranked No. 1 at the Kachemak Conference Tournament last weekend. She finally believed it when she saw her name at the top of the bracket on Friday in Nikiski. Now, she had the unknown pressure of being the target wrestler in the weight class.  

  • Homer High School Mariners play four at-home games scheduled this month at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena against the following high school teams:

    • Dec. 5: Wasilla, 7 p.m.;

    • Dec. 6: Palmer, 7 p.m.;

    • Dec. 7: Colony, noon;

    • Dec. 10: Kenai Central, 7 p.m.

     

    Head Coach John Carlin encourages the public to come cheer for the Mariners. Remember to dress warmly.


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