Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Best Western Riptide will head into the Community Schools City League Basketball Tournament with the best record, sitting at 14-2 after defeating the K-12 Teachers 69-43 on Monday. Mark Putney scored 20 points for the teachers while Nick Finley dropped 23 for the victors. The Home Run Oil Titans snuck out a 53-49 point win over the Alaska Bible Institute. Erik Rozeboom scored more than half of his team's points, ending up with 24 on the night. Colton Tutt put up 12 points for the Titans.

  • A medal-wearing Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point was surrounded by family, friends and her coach at a party in her honor Thursday afternoon. Ledger recently returned from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where she won a bronze medal in cross-country ski competition. Ledger crossed the finish line of her 50-meter event with a time of 29.65. The party was held at the Homer Senior Center, where Ledger is employed.

  • High school pool reopens
    After managers discovered a "fecal incident" at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at Homer High School, the swimming pool was closed on Feb. 5. It reopened Monday night after the pool was cleaned and sanitized. The incident highlights the need for swimmers to not use the pool if sick with stomach flu, diarrhea, respiratory flu and other illnesses.
    "Clean bodies equal clean water," said pool manager Bridget Kuhns.
    Swimmers should take these precautions to help keep the pool clean:
    * Wear clean bathing suits;

  • Homer's 10th annual Ski for Women event brought skiers of all ages clad in spandex, paper-maiche, and wigs to Ohlson Mountain's Lookout Ski Trails on Super Bowl Sunday to benefit South Peninsula Haven House.
    "Ski for Women is one of those events that demonstrates how creative and fun the community of Homer is," said Event Organizer Kris Holderied.
    Seventy skiers of all levels came out on the sunny day, raising $1,400 for Haven House programs.

  • Riptide still on top

Youth Sports

  • Wrestlers from Chapman, Homer, Ninilchik, Seldovia and Voznesenka gathered at Homer Middle School Friday for the Husky Open. With 50-60 participants, it was “a strong little tournament,” said Coach Dan Rios. 

    Pool B

    1st place: Tyson Overson, Chapman;

    2nd place: Stephen Shwartz, Homer;

  • The Nikolaevsk Warriors took on the Newhalen Malemutes last weekend, with the boys traveling to Newhalen and the girls team playing at the Warrior Dome.

    “Newhalen is a very good team,” said Bea Klaich, head coach for the Nikolaevsk girls team.

    The Nikolaevsk girls claimed a 46-42 victory on Friday and came back to the court Saturday for 43-31 win over Newhalen. 

  • The Mariner boys walked off with the Nikiski Tip Off Tournament title after winning three basketball games in three days.  

    Quinn Daugharty was named the boys tournament MVP, with Shelton Hutt and Kenneth Schneider named to the boys All-Tournament team.

    The Mariner girls team won one of their three games. Tayla Cabana and Madison Akers were named to the girls All-Tournament team. 

  • The Mariners put in three days of hockey last week, playing the Wasilla Warriors on Jan. 16, the Palmer Moose on Jan. 17 and the Colony Knights on Jan. 18.

    The game against the Warriors ended in a 6-1 loss for Homer. Tommy Bowe gave the Mariners a lead early in the game, but Palmer tied it up before the end of the period, moved ahead by one in the second period and went on to a five-point victory by the end of the game. Markian Polushkin made 35 saves. 

  • Filling in while the Mariner hockey team is away this weekend, the Kenai River Brown Bears, a Junior A hockey team based in the central peninsula, will play a game at the Kevin Bell Arena on Friday and hold an open skate on Saturday. 

    The event raises awareness, funds and food for the Homer Community Food Pantry. It is being held through a cooperative effort involving the Brown Bears, Homer Hockey Association, Kevin Bell Arena, Alaska USA and Land’s End Resort.


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