Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.

    The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.

    Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.

    Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:

  • 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. 

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.


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