Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) has organized the Reel Rock 7 Tour Saturday at the Alaska Island and Oceans Center from 6-9 p.m., with a silent auction of items donated from more than 50 local businesses.

    The evening will begin showcasing three short films made by and starring HoWL students this summer: “How to Build a Backcounty Hot Tub,” “Awesome Sauce Montage” and “How HoWL Rocks It.”

  • As Homer Community Schools City League Basketball finished its fifth week of action, the Best Western Riptide holds the only undefeated record. Nick Finley scored 21 and Dean DeVaney scored 17 in the team’s 84-44 win over the Home Run Oil Titans. 

  • The City of Homer Community Recreation Basketball League scores/standings as of Oct. 15: 

    Bullet Proof Nets defeated Educators/K12: 48-40

    Home Run Oil Titans defeated Alaska Bible Institute: 71-48

    Best Western Riptide defeated Gregoire’s Smooth Operators: 92-40



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  • The co-ed hockey league started its season off last Saturday night.  Forty-one players comprising four teams began the battle for the fall season’s coveted award  — the “golden puck bucket.”

    In the season opener, team “Orange Crush-em” battled neck and neck with team “Green Goons.” Goalie Lydia Brown made a record number of saves, and managed to keep the score tied up the entire game. 

    Goals for Orange Crush-em were made by Russ Walker, Steve Rich, Chris Russ and the game tying goal was made by Karen Weston. 

  • The Snomads, a club of snowmachine enthusiasts, holds a membership kickoff party at the Homer Elks Lodge from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

    The event is free to current and new members. It’s free to join.

    The party includes free food: hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken and all the fixings. There will be a no-host bar. 

    There also will be games for the kids, raffles and door prizes.

    For more information on Snomads, contacts and a calendar of events, visit


Youth Sports

  • Wrapping up his high school diving career, Homer High School senior Kaec Brinster swept the state dive competition in Juneau Saturday, scoring a first place.

  • It was a close game between the Homer Mariner hockey team and the Soldotna Stars Tuesday, with the Stars winning 2–1.

    Clem Tillion started the scoring off a Garrett Butcher assist in the first period. 

    “I saw my opportunity and shot it through the five hole (between the goalie’s legs),” said Tillion. “Garrett shot it and it bounced off the goalie’s pad and I put it in.” 

  • A loss to Grace Christian School in the first round placed the Lady Mariners in the loser’s bracket at regions. A second loss to Houston killed Homer’s hopes for state, but Head Coach Beth Trowbridge is pleased with the team’s performance. 

  • Voznesenka High School wrestler Gavril Kalugin earned third place in wrestling competition in Houston last weekend, scoring 13 team points.

    In round one of the action, Trevor Norris of Valdez won by an 8-2 decision over Kalugin, but that was the only match the Voznesenka athlete lost. Facing Niko Castro of Nikiski, Kalugin won by a fall in 0:54. Against Homer’s Timmy Woo, Kalugin again won by a decision, 8-1.  

  • The Mariners traveled to Houston for a two-day, 14-team tourney last week. Homer was nearly at full-strength with 17 wrestlers at the tournament. Valdez won the team title with 170 points.Homer finished second with 155 and beat out host school Houston with 146 points.

    Jared Brant, 106, defeated two wrestlers in route to a first-place finish. He dominated his weight class and looks to hold on to his sixth-place ranking in the state.