Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • A group of Popeye wrestlers traveled north to Palmer last Friday to take part in the Matsu-Matmen Tournament. 

    Popeye Wrestling’s William Roth won both of his matches in the Greco Roman Style event, earning a first place finish in the Junior 125-pound bracket. Roth hasn’t wrestled competitively in a few years but Coach Chris Perk called him “fearless” as he threw his opponents to the mat last weekend.

  • Homer’s Diva hockey took three teams to the 13th Annual Fools on Ice Tournament in Anchorage last weekend and took first in the intermediate division, second in the advanced beginner division, and third in the novice division. The teams were coached by Buck Laukitis, Dean Kildaw, Steve Nevak and Chris Owens.

    Goalies Julie Hinkle and Lydia Brown had shut-out games and goalie Michelle Hatton had an all-tournament shut-out record.

  • In a celebration of spring, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Sea to Ski Triathalon rang in the warm weather with a wet run, a muddy bike ride and a slushy ski on Sunday.

    “The weather was great for this race. The trail slowed down at the end because of the new snow, but overall it was great,” said race coordinator Mike Byerly.

  • 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

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • Wrapping up a storm of nearly non-stop basketball, the Nikolaevsk Warriors played the Ninilchik Wolverines at the Warrior Dome on Jan. 28. The Nikolaevsk girls claimed a 55-17 win and the boys a 53-24 victory. 

    The following day, Lumen Christi teams were guests of Nikolaevsk, with the Warriors claiming another double victory. The Warrior girls team won 60-14 and the boys team won 69-33.

    On Jan. 30, the Nanwalek boys team traveled to Nikolaevsk, with Nikolaevsk scoring 70 and Nanwalek 44.

  • Region III Hockey Tournament kicks off today at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

    “This is a very special event that only comes around every six years,” said John Carlin, Homer High’s head hockey coach. “I told the athletes, from freshmen to seniors, that they’ll never experience this at this rink again.”

    In addition to Homer, teams will represent Colony, Kenai, Palmer, SoHi and Wasilla.

  • Even with spring-like weather, it’s isn’t spring-like enough to move from Homer Community Recreation’s indoor soccer program to an outdoor setting. Unless you’re one of the handful of Homer hockey players intent on developing what they’ve learned about the sport at home.

    That’s exactly what Maggie Koplin and Samantha Draves, students at Homer High School, and Oliver Beck, Simon Dye and Charlie Rohr, Homer Middle School students, are doing. 

  • The 2014 Ninilchik Invitational Championship Tournament will be held Feb. 5-8 and features boys and girls teams from Skyview, Unalakleet, Chevak, Noorvik, Noatak and Ninilchik.

    The four days of play begin Feb. 5 with:

    Game 1: Chevak girls vs. Noorvik, 2 p.m.

    Game 2: Chevak boys vs. Noorvik, 3:30 p.m.

    Game 3: Noatak girls vs. Ninilchik, 5 p.m.


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