Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • “Welcome to the Warrior dome,” the voice of Bea Klaich, head coach of the Nikolaevsk High School girls basketball team, boomed across Nikolaevsk School gym the evening of Jan. 2. 

    Full bleachers, thundering music and a strong current of excitement made it clear something big was about to happen. Indeed it was: the high school basketball teams’ battle against alumni teams.

  • Attracting hundreds of skiers and with a lengthy Homer history, the Besh Cup continues on Homer’s Lookout Mountain Trails Jan. 18-19.

    “It’s been around for a long time,” said Jan Spurkland, president of the Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Club. “In the 1980s, it was called the Tang Cup and then in the 1990s, it got dedicated as the Besh Cup as a memorial to Tom Besh.”

    Growing up in Anchorage, Spurkland skied in the Besh Cup and participated in both the Junior Olympics and the Arctic Winter Games in the early and mid-1990s.

  • Oh, what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation can make.

    At sea level Sunday, it was spring-like. Green grass poked through melting layers of snow on front yards and temperatures actually reached the low 40s. Up on East Skyline Drive, the sun was shining, but there was definitely more snow and the warm bonfire at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center marked the beginning of CACS’ Sunday bonfires, a free, family-friendly event.

  • Some people may have awakened Dec. 26 feeling drained of energy and sluggish from too much holiday eating. Not Margit Andersson. 

    The 100-year-old, with the help of her son, Ole, strapped on a set of skis and joined in the fun at “Ski Your Age,” an annual event held at Lookout Mountain Recreation Area. 

  • Ski Your Age in Kilometers

    Lookout Mountain

    WHEN:

    9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 26

    WHAT:

    This non-competitive community event benefits the Homer High School cross country ski team. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. Participants are asked to bring leftover food and “come out and ski your age in kilometers. Eat, ski and be merry,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

Youth Sports

  • It was a clear sweep to victory for the Nikolaevsk Warriors mixed six volleyball team at conference competition in Kodiak last weekend.

    After arriving in Kodiak by ferry, the team took on Anderson, the no. 4 seed, and secured a 3-0 win Friday afternoon.

    Saturday, the Warriors were back on the court, working their way past Seldovia, the no. 3 seed, and Kodiak EES, no. 2. The Kodiak team includes athletes from Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie.

  • For the second season in a row, the Homer Mariner wrestling team will be sending 10 wrestlers to the boys state tournament. In addition, the team also will be sending two girls to the first-ever all state girls tournament.

  • The Mariner cross country ski team competed in their first race of the season last Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Last week’s discouraging wet weather caused the race, which was originally scheduled to be held above Homer at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road, to be moved farther north. As the Mariners departed early Saturday morning, the conditions still didn’t look promising.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 65 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 75 percent relay PRs at the Candy Cane Invitational in Seward on Dec. 6. Sailey Rhodes won KSC Swimmer of the Meet honors for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the girls 50 free (35.46), 100 backstroke (1:30.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:39.18), racing aggressively, and cheering on her teammates.

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  • The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was on home ice Tuesday, playing the Kenai Kardinals at the Kevin Bell Arena. The fast-paced game ended in a 2-1 win for the Kards, with the Mariners outshooting the Kardinals 29-17.

    The first period wrapped up with neither team able to make it onto the board. The action picked up in the second period, with Kenai scoring in less than two minutes. Homer’s Ulian Kuzmin, assisted by Clem Tillion, answered in short order.

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