Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.

    Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.

  • Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

  • The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled event at Colony High School. More changes may be ahead.

    “Looking at the weather forecast, there also is a very high probability that the Seward Invite will be canceled,” said HHS Head Coach Eric Groth of an event scheduled for Saturday.

    “The weather we’ve been having is essentially a skier’s worst nightmare come true.”

  • The Homer Women’s Hockey Jamboree Tournament was a huge success last weekend, with 90 women participating from Soldotna, Fairbanks, Juneau, Anchorage and Homer. Eight teams were divided into two divisions competing for the championship title. The final breakdown after regulation play was:

     The Diamonds and Hearts Division
    (team, wins, ties, losses):

    Enforcing Elvises: 2, 1, 0

    Bankrolling Backheckers: 2, 1, 0

  • With an eye to the sky, the Besh Cup ski races got a green light for Saturday and Sunday. The weekend weather offered a little bit of everything. Skiers and spectators dealt with a little rain, a little sunshine and a lot of snow.

    That did little to dampen enthusiasm, however. More than 200 skiers signed up for the event. Cars filled the parking lot at the Lookout Mountain Trails, with the overflow of vehicles lining Ohlson Mountain Road. 

Youth Sports

  • Nearly 60 people participated in Sunday’s Halibut Hustle, a 5-K race that started at Land’s End. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the race was part of the weekend’s first Homer Halibut Festival.

    First-place finisher was Pedro Ochoa, 20, who completed the race with a time of 17:08.72. The first woman to cross the finish line was Michelle Mitchell, with a time of 21:47.95.

  • The host Nikiski volleyball team saved a match point in picking up a five-set victory over Homer on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference play.

    The Bulldogs won 23-25, 25-23, 25-7, 18-25 and 16-14 to move to 3-1 in the league and 3-2 overall. Homer drops to 1-3 in the league.

    Nikiski had to dig out of an 11-6 hole to take the final game, but an attack led by junior middle hitter Ayla Pitt, who finished with eight kills and five blocks, was up to the task.

  • Homer defeats Redington, 66-0

    The host Homer football team rolled to a 66-0 victory over Redington Sr. junior varsity Friday night in nonconference play.

    This is the first year that Redington Sr. is open, and the school only enrolls underclassmen thus far, so the mismatch that was possible ended up happening as the Mariners improved to 2-4 overall.

    Homer ended any suspense early by taking a 37-0 lead after one quarter and a 51-0 lead at halftime.

  • The Mariner volleyball team travels to Kodiak for games this weekend. The action follows a win and a loss this past weekend. The Mariners dropped a Southcentral Conference matchup to Grace Christian on Friday night in Homer. The Grizzlies notched the three-game sweep with scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-10. The Mariners came back to tally  a Southcentral Conference victory over Houston on Saturday, twice rallying from behind with scores of 20-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-13.

  • It was mariners-type weather, and a Homer Mariners-type meet.

    The Homer girls and boys cross-country teams swept the team title at the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet Tuesday under constant showers at a puddly and slick Tsalteshi Trails.

    The Homer girls have garnered a ton of accolades recently, most notably the Class 1-2-3A state crown last season.

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