Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Broomball League is hosting the End of the Road Broomball tournament this weekend.

    With teams from as far away as Bethel and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, the weekend promises to be a competitive one.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday games begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m.

    The on-ice flash mob event is scheduled Saturday from 1-1:15 p.m.

  • The annual Ski for Free Day, which is sponsored by the Kachemak Ski Club and Homer Electric Association, was Sunday at the Ohlson Mountain rope tow. More than 100 skiers and snowboarders were there.  It was a great day of winter fun, with some of the kids lining up on the hill to spell out HEA, said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for HEA.

  • Make that a three-point win for Anchorage angler Leszek Kuligowski, top angler in Saturday’s 20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

    Kuligowski claimed a $15,372 first-place check for reeling in a 35.1-pound king salmon. He also took home $25,875 in side bets. And, fishing from his own boat, Kuligowski claimed the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for being captain of the first-place fish.

  • In the fifth ice race of the season, the youngest drivers provided plenty of exciting action Sunday on Beluga Lake.

    While Teddy Handley in car 88 and Brenden Fuson in car 23 jousted for first place lap after lap, Solstice Kraszeki in car 52 and Rhythm Beckett-Cook in car 5 had their own race going.

    “The girls have been best friends for as long as they can remember so they had a fantastic time racing each other,” writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the Homer Ice Racing association. “Rhythm was driving a stick shift for the first time and caught on really fast.”

  • The Homer Ice Racing Association is gearing up for its fifth race of the season on Sunday. Races start at noon on Beluga Lake and spectators are welcome. There is no charge.

    One of the highlights of the season has been the addition of kids' racing.

    "This last Sunday we had five kids racing," writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the association. "They have such a good time and it's a great experience for them. Sometimes one or more doesn't finish the race because they get the car stuck on the berm but they are always smiling when they get out of the car."

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • Region III Hockey Tournament kicks off today at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

    “This is a very special event that only comes around every six years,” said John Carlin, Homer High’s head hockey coach. “I told the athletes, from freshmen to seniors, that they’ll never experience this at this rink again.”

    In addition to Homer, teams will represent Colony, Kenai, Palmer, SoHi and Wasilla.


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