Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • ANCHORAGE (AP) — A long-awaited snowmaking system covering cross-country ski trails at Kincaid Park is now functioning, but at much less than its planned capacity.

    The system only can support about one-third of its 17 snow guns at one time, according to Dick Mize, a board member of the nonprofit responsible for the project’s construction. And it’s still not ready to hand it off to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, which will ultimately maintain and operate the system.

  • The late Shane Scott Harrington, a 1987 graduate of Homer High School who died in 2008, was inducted into the Homer High School Wrestling Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

    Harrington began wrestling for Service Junior High School in Anchorage. After his family moved to Homer, he began folkstyle and freestyle wrestling.

    In addition to wrestling, he also was active in football, ju-jitsu, baseball and softball.

     

    His accomplishments as a wrestler included:

  • Betsy Webb, right, stands ready as Stephanie Sloth, left, returns a volley during a tennis match last Wednesday at the Homer High School tennis courts. Webb said she stretched her own rule of not playing tennis in temperatures below 39 degrees. There was ice on the courts last week after a morning frost. Homer’s tennis players usually don’t play after Halloween. They also played last Friday.

  • Top 3 Finishers

    GIRLS: (1) Alison McCarron, 24:40.8;  (2) Alisa Cole, 26:19.3;  (3) Lauren Cardwell, 26:48.3

    BOYS:  (1) Denver (no last name given), 26:03.2; (2) Vasilian Fefelov, 28:45.3; (3) Andrean Fefelov, 28:45.6

    WOMEN: (1) Heather Albright, 23:48.8; (2) Baily Lowny, 24:24; ( 3) Megan Spurkland, 24:31.5

  • Homer Hockey Association’s Coed Adult Hockey League held its second league night Saturday.

    The Red Rockets and Dark Destroyers matched up first with nonstop action as Destoryer’s Chris Owen scored in the first minute of the game. Rocket’s Travis Brown answered with a break-away deke on goalie Michelle Hatton to tie the game 1-1. The score volleyed back and forth with Chris Brown scoring for the Destroyers, followed by Butch Schollenberg and Steve Rich scoring for the Rockets giving the Rocket’s a 3-2 lead.

Youth Sports

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    With the End of the Road Shootout behind them, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team, comprised of high school athletes from Homer, Flex, Kachemak Selo and Voznesenka, heads north for three days of play:

    Today: Palmer;

    Friday: Colony;

    Saturday: Wasilla.

  • Following the Homer Invitational, a Homer Mariner Nordic ski team event at Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain, the public is invited to participate in a 3K community ski at 3 p.m. Dec. 6. A suggested $10 donation directly supports the HHS Nordic ski team program. For more information or to volunteer at the meet, call 299-1888.

  • The Kachemak Swim Club Kings outswam Soldotna to win the Turkey Time Invitational 504 to 408 points during Friday-Saturday competition at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Third place was secured by the Peninsula Piranhas with 149 points. The Anchorage YMCA also participated.

    Meet highlights include the following:

    Competing in their first swim meet: Jai Badajos, Olivia Etzwiler, Kera Jones, Mattie Moyer, Jerrin Norcross;

  • Battling some of the fiercest competition in the state is just what the Mariners have been thriving on all season. The Lancer Smith Memorial wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday in Palmer was loaded with multiple state champs and placers from each division, lived up to its reputation as the “toughest tournament” in Alaska.

    With 18 schools competing in the 123A competition, Homer placed seventh with 36.0 and Voznesenka was 16th with 6.0. Kotzebue placed first with 203.0 and Nikiski was second with 97.5.

  • As a serious snow dump looms tantalizingly close on the horizon, the Mariner ski team is geared up and ready for it. The team, which practices as a co-ed group of more than 20 members, has entered their fourth week of dry-land practice, and is looking ahead to their upcoming races.

    “We’re all really sad there’s no snow,” admitted Head Coach Alan Parks. “But we have no control over the weather. We only have control over our athletes’ conditioning and having fun.”

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