Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club unveiled its new timing clock Friday at the club’s annual membership meeting held at Beluga Lake Lodge. The clock was immediately put to use with a fun run and walk, followed by the meeting.

    The club’s two biggest fundraisers — the annual Migration and Spit runs  — helped pay for the new equipment. 

  • With the clock hitting 0:55:23, Lex Treinen was the first Ironman to cross the finish line of the 2014 Sea to Ski, a combination run, bike, ski event sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and Homer Saw and Cycle on Sunday. The first Ironwoman was Hanna Young, with a finish time of 1:06:16.

  • In a weekend of fundraising events, Julie Winters, 30, from Anchorage, made her world professional wrestling debut last Friday, in the Homer High School commons. According to the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s Alaska Facebook page, the wrestlers on the event card, including Winters, brought in a cumulative $900 from two shows over the weekend.  At a similar event in Wasilla, the money went to Hope for Heroes and a fan in need. Homer-grown Power Plant Productions helped raise a $500 scholarship, for a vocational technologies student at HHS.

  • If you think March Madness is all about hoops, then you missed the Kachemak Swim Club’s 2014 March Madness at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center last weekend.

    “It was a good meet. A really good meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “(The pool) was packed.”

    In addition to Homer, there were swimmers from Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and a former Homer swimmer who came all the way down from Wasilla to participate.

Youth Sports

  • Homer Glacier King Pee Wee C’s took the title of 2015 Peninsula Power Play Tournament Champions in the annual tournament held in Kenai and Soldotna last weekend. The tournament fielded a division of six Pee Wee Tier III teams from around Southcentral Alaska. 
     

  • The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell Arena, following a disappointing weekend in Palmer.

    The team finished 0-2-1 in the weekend Palmer Hockey Showdown, falling to Wasilla 7-1 on Friday and North Pole 5-2 on Saturday.

    Friday, after a scoreless first period, Garrett Conroy, Porter Schachle and Russell Harren scored in the second before Demitry Kuzmin was able to cut it to 3-1.

  • Stubbornness and tenacity earned the Homer volleyball team a spot at the Class 3A state tournament. Upon arrival, however, that dogged approach could only carry them so far.

    A day after losing a first-round match against Valdez, it was Kotzebue that defeated Homer 3-1 in the second-chance bracket Friday at the Alaska Airlines Arena with scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-10 and 25-18, putting an end to the Mariners’ season.

  • After wins against Kenai and SoHi on Thursday and Friday, the Homer hockey team fell 6-0 to Service on Saturday at the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

    The Mariners defeated Kenai Central 11-7 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

    Homer took a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Kardinals came back to tie the game in the third period before Homer ran away again in a wild period that saw Homer score six times and Kenai score three times.

  • Today at 1:30 p.m, Homer High’s volleyball team takes on Valdez in the state championships. 

    The Mariners earned their trip to the champonships by defeating Seward 25-16, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-12 in the third-place match of the Southcentral Conference tournament Saturday at Nikiski High School.

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