Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The End of the Road Broomball tournament was a huge success March 29-30. The Bethel Fighting Pikes, Bethel Beavers and Whitehorse Capital Towing were uncannily matched with Homer Broomballers, Beluga Lake Bombers and Alice’s Scoundrels. There was an unprecedented number of tied games decided in overtime or shootouts. 

  • Sea to Ski Triathlon Sunday

  • The Homer Broomball League is hosting the End of the Road Broomball tournament this weekend.

    With teams from as far away as Bethel and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, the weekend promises to be a competitive one.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday games begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m.

    The on-ice flash mob event is scheduled Saturday from 1-1:15 p.m.

  • The annual Ski for Free Day, which is sponsored by the Kachemak Ski Club and Homer Electric Association, was Sunday at the Ohlson Mountain rope tow. More than 100 skiers and snowboarders were there.  It was a great day of winter fun, with some of the kids lining up on the hill to spell out HEA, said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for HEA.

  • Make that a three-point win for Anchorage angler Leszek Kuligowski, top angler in Saturday’s 20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

    Kuligowski claimed a $15,372 first-place check for reeling in a 35.1-pound king salmon. He also took home $25,875 in side bets. And, fishing from his own boat, Kuligowski claimed the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for being captain of the first-place fish.

Youth Sports

  • Middle school teams traveled to Soldotna to participate in the legendary “Rubber Chicken Classic” last week. The winner of each weight bracket is awarded a rubber chicken, something most middle-schoolers adore, rather than another medal or ribbon.

    Teams from Palmer, Glennallen and Grace Christian School joined the usual peninsula squads, making some of the weight classes full of 16 wrestlers. Homer placed fourth overall with 80.5 points, while Chapman was sixth with 59 points and Voznesenka 10th with 24 points.

  • Beginning today, Homer is host to the three-day Homer Winter Carnival basketball tournament. It includes scrimmages of the Bruins, elementary school-aged teams organized through Homer Parks and Recreation. Following is the schedule.

    Thursday:

    2:30 p.m. Tikigaq girls vs. Grace

    4 p.m. Delta boys vs. Homer

    5:30 p.m. Bruins basketball scrimmage

    6 p.m. Delta girls vs. Homer

    7:30 p.m. Bruins basketball scrimmage

  • When there’s no snow in Homer, what do Mariner skiers do? Look for some place that has some.

    And when they find it, what do they do? Prove they know what to do when they slip into their skis.

  • The Whaler Invitational took the Mariner boys and girls varsity teams all the way to Barrow last week for three days of basketball. With the Barrow boys taking first place in the tournament, the Mariner boys took second in the event. In the girls competition, Mt. Edgecumbe took the title, with the Homer girls returning home without a win.

    Games between the Mariners and the Barrow Whalers got the tourney started on Jan. 30, with the Whalers boys team claiming a 56-47 victory. High scorers for Homer were Quinn Daugharty and Sheldon Hutt, each with 14 points.

  • The Ninilchik Invitational Championship Tournament began Wednesday and continues through Saturday, with teams from Chevak, Ninilchik, Noatak, Noorvik, Skyview and Unalakleet.

    The tournament started with games between the girls and boys teams from Chevak and Noorvik in the afternoon and Ninilchik girls and boys facing teams from Noatak in the evening. Today’s games begin at noon and pull Skyview into the action, a skills contest is at 3 p.m., and evening games commence at 5 p.m., draw ing Unalakleet into the tournament.


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