Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Eighty skaters and scores of fans enjoyed the annual Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, played last weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The name Ash Cup comes from the tournament’s first year,  when Mount Augustine erupted. 

    Six teams participated this year: three local teams, plus teams from Wasilla, Kenai and Anchorage.

  • Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.

    May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

    A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

  • Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.

    Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave. 

    All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.

Youth Sports

  • Stepping off the peninsula for some b-ball action, the Nikolaevsk Warriors traveled north last week for the Nenana Invitational Tournament. With the boys playing three games and the girls playing three, each team won two and lost one.

    Other teams at the tournament represented Cook Inlet Academy, Fort Yukon, Huslia, Sand Point, Su-Valley and Tri-Valley, in addition to Nenana and Nikolaevsk.

  • It was a sweep for the Unalakleet Wolfpack on the girls’ and boys’ side of the ball at the 2A Ninilchik Invitational Tournament held at Ninilchik School, Feb. 5-8. Unalakleet’s two teams handled the competition with ease and won their respective championships. They beat Skyview 39-36 on the girls’ side, and 70-48 for the boys.

    The host Ninilchik Wolverines didn’t go without a strong showing, finishing 1-2 on the boys’ side of the ball and 2-2 for the girls. 

  • With the Homer Winter Carnival in full swing, and weather bouncing from blizzard to blue skies, Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gymnasium was filled with three days of basketball action last week. Teams representing Delta Junction, Grace Christian, King Cove, Tikigaq kept the court busy beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Saturday. 

  • The bad news is that in a disappointing, but hard-fought, end of the 2013-2014 hockey season, the Homer Mariners suffered a 4-1 loss to the Kenai Kardinals in Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the Region III North Star Conference Tournament at the Kevin Bell Arena.

    The good news is that Head Coach John Carlin was named the North Star Region’s Coach of the Year, a selection made by coaches of the North Star Conference and one Carlin said he found humbling.

  • 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.


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