Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Homer Mariner Hockey hosted its annual alumni game last Friday at the Kevin Bell Arena. The alums won 4-2 as former Mariner goalie Luke Eckert saved 22 of 24 shots on his goal.

    The first period began less physical than most hockey games, with no penalties or timeouts called. Instead, the Mariners took their high-powered offense straight to the goalie, drawing first blood with just under two minutes gone by sophomore Kiril Sanarov off of a Carson Duggar assist. 

  • The Mariner Basketball Alumni game acts as Homer’s winter homecoming each year as Homer’s past meets present. This being my third consecutive year participating in the alumni game since graduating in 2010, I realize one thing: We keep getting older while the varsity team stays youthful, coached and organized.

    The alumni team at Saturday’s game consisted of about 20 Homer High graduates, including players from Homer’s 1988-1989 state championship team. 


    Skiing season heats up

    Kachemak Nordic Ski Club holds a three-Saturday adult beginner skate clinic Saturday, Jan, 5 and 12. Late registration of $25 is available for Junior Nordic, which begins Jan. 19. Friday Night Lights will be held Jan. 4 and 5, with torches lit from 6-8 p.m. Check the web for details at


    Ice arena schedule full of opportunities

  • Sunday races:

    Soldotna graduate Brent Knight led skiers with Kenai Peninsula connections at the Besh Cup 2 at Chugiak High School on Sunday.

    The races were interval freestyle. In the men’s Junior 1 and older race, which was 15 kilometers, Knight finished sixth at 41 minutes, 49 seconds. David Norris won at 40:14.

    Also from the area, Lars Arneson, a graduate of Cook Inlet Academy, took 19th in 44:11.

  • Homer’s women’s hockey team, The Divas, headed to Palmer the for the first tournament of the year to challenge three teams for the C-cup title.

    Anxious to see how they ranked against the big-town teams, they brought their best game with them. Their first game was against B. Bella from Palmer playing on their home ice. The Divas didn’t let that intimidate them, and took the lead first period and never let go. 

Youth Sports

  • By Chris Perk

    For the Homer News

    The Mariner wrestling team heads to Nikiski this weekend for Kachemak Conference Championships. The Mariners would like a top-three finish as a team and hope for many top-four finishes as individuals. 

    Top-four finishers qualify for the Small Schools State Meet the following weekend in Anchorage. After two weeks of subpar wrestling, the Mariners will have to dig deep and finish strong.

  • Not enough snow for this weekend’s Homer High School Nordic Ski Invite? No, problem. The Mariners just strap on their skis and go where there is snow.

    The event has been reorganized as the Homer Invite Mulligan Ski Race and will be held at Skyview High School Friday and Saturday

  • The crazy weekend weather of snow, ice, rain, slush and wind wasn’t enough to stop the fast-paced basketball action at Chapman School over the weekend. The Anchor Point school hosted the 2013 Small Schools Basketball Tournament, with middle school boys and girls teams from Aurora Borealis Charter, Chapman, Cook Inlet Academy, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia giving their fans reason to cheer.

    By Saturday evening and a total of 12 games played, CIA took first place in the boys competition, with ABC in second place and Nikolaevsk in third.

  • After injuring his shoulder earlier in the wrestling season, Voznesenka wrestler Gavril Kalugin was back on the mat at the Lancer Smith 2013 match in Palmer last weekend. Kalugin scored 4 team points. In the prelims, he won by a fall in 3:42 over Paxson Berry of Seward. 

    In round one of the championship, Kalugin lost in a major decision, 15-5, to Zachary Ritchie of South Anchorage. In round 1 of the consolation match, Kalugin lost to Nyeem Johnson of Service High School, with a 5-1 decision.

  • Illness and injuries dampened the Mariner wrestling team’s performance at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer last weekend. With 44 points overall, Homer tied with Cordova in 22nd place.

    Bright spots for the event were Pedro Ochoa and Calvin Johnson wrestling against opponents with stronger records. 

    “We didn’t really have a good showing up. Some of the kids are sick and we had a couple of injuries. So, it wasn’t a pretty performance,” said assistant coach Bubba Wells.