Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Last place Teachers beat Riptide

  • The Bulletproof Nets had a chance to tie the Homer Community Schools City League Basketball standings for first place Monday, but Best Western Riptide had other plans, winning by a lopsided score of 101-52. Austin McAvoy and Dean DeVaney both had 24, while Nick Finley pitched in 20 points for the victors. Norm Anderson scored 15 points with help from Dyllan Day’s 14 for the Nets. The Home-Run Oil Titans beat the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators 60-50. Mark and Keith Edens combined for 35 points for the Titans while Heath Johnson led the Smooth Ops with 19.

  • The Homer Rope Tow is getting a new face this season with a new braided eight-strand rope to replace the previous twisted three-strand rope.

    “There had always been an issue with twisting with the old rope. It was hard to hold on to,” said honorary Kachemak Ski Club board member Doug Reid.

    Reid and official KSC board member, Doug Malone, have put in the work to find and install the new braided eight-strand rope on top of the Ohlson Mountain ski hill.

  • The Best Western Riptide remain undefeated as they crushed the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators (74-38) in Homer Community Schools City League Basketball action.


    Returning Monday from the 2012 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament in Anchorage, and showing off their trophy, are Homer athletes, bottom row from left: Tonya McGee and Amber Loop; middle from left: Brent Guarin Escolta, Krissy Norton, Ivan Meganack, Shaunti Johnson, Celton Chambers, Barbara Smallwood and Mark Smallwood; top from left: Larry Bonfiglio, Jeremey Day, Nick Gordeev, Justin Smith and Josh Delie. Not pictured: Kaylee Alward, Eddie Escalera, Byron Morris, Kinna Ledger, Denny Daily, Robby Reeves and Head Coach Mary Gerrety. 

Youth Sports

  • By Wendy Wayne

    For the Homer News

    In spite of schedule-changing weather, hockey teams from Houston, Hutchison and Juneau were in Homer Nov. 21-23 for the Homer Mariner hockey team’s End of the Road Shootout.

    Eighteen inches of snow blanketing Southeast Alaska caused Juneau’s late arrival and a reshuffling of games, with the Homer-Juneau game planned for Thursday rescheduled for Saturday.

  • It was a very exciting weekend of hockey at the Power Play Tournament in the Kenai and Soldotna ice rinks. Homer Squirt C, Pee Wee C, as well as Bantams all made it to the championship games. The Bantam and Squirt games each went into overtime, were still tied after overtime and winning was decided by a shoot-out. It was edge-of-your-seat competition. The Squirts pulled off the win, but Bantams were denied. The Pee Wee team beat the AHA Comets 3-1 for their title.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    The End of the Road Shootout at the Kevin Bell Arena begins today and continues through Saturday. It promises exciting hockey action and an opportunity for the community to cheer for the Homer Mariners as they take on Houston, Hutchison and Juneau.

    Defensemen JJ Sonnen, Dawson Roberts and Anton Kuzmin have been practicing plays this week, spending hours on the ice sharpening their moves to keep the visiting schools away from the net.

  • The Homer High School Mariner wrestling team traveled to Nikiski last weekend to partake in seven duels. By the end of the final dual, coaches Chris Perk and Bubba Wells had no voices left to say much. Luckily, the HHS wrestlers’ actions spoke for themselves all weekend.

  • Middle school boys and girls teams representing six Kenai Peninsula schools begin today the three-day 2013 Small Schools Basketball Tournament at Chapman School in Anchor Point.

    Playing are the Aurora Borealis Polar Bears, Chapman Eagles, Cook Inlet Academy Eagles, Nikolaevsk Warriors, Ninilchik Wolverines and Seldovia Sea Otters.

    The Chapman Eagles will be easy to spot in new uniforms purchased with help from the school’s parent group, Angela McKinney and Pat Ligenza of Blackwater Bend Espresso.