Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Youth Sports

  • On Thursday the Girls Soccer team squared off in the first round of regionals against Colony. Colony had proven to be a challenge for the Mariners all season, and beat the girls 0-4.

     

    Unfortunately this was a first round elimination, and effectively ended the girls soccer season. 

     

    Though a disappointing ending to a difficult season, 2015 proved to be a promising year several players. Uliana Reutov, a sophomore, ended the season with the most points, scoring 7 total goals and an assist throughout the season.

     

  • The regionals have proven to be a tense challenge for the Mariners. But after Beating both Wasila and Grace Christian, the boys soccer team is forging it’s own path ahead to the state championship.

     

    Thursday was the first round of the regionals in Palmer, and was a sudden death elimination. Teams that lost this first round were immediately knocked out of the bracket. The Mariners faced off against Wasilla for a challenging start to the conference.

     

  • The public is invited to a fun day of golf and lunch in support of Hospice of Homer. The sixth annual Holes “Fore” Hospice golf tournament will be Saturday, June 6, at TIPS Golf Course.  It is located at 57172 East End Road.

    Early entry fees are $ 55 per person and includes18 holes of golf, lunch and range balls. Early registration can be made at the Hospice of Homer office, 265 E. Pioneer Ave. Suite 3 or at the TIPS Golf Course. Registration on the day of the event at the course is $65 and starts at 8 a.m. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

  • The Mariners finished regular season play with a win over the Kenai Kardinals and a loss and win against the Palmer Moose. 

    Mariners win big over the Kardinals:

    The Homer Mariners travelled to Kenai May 21, routing the Kardinals 17-5.  Brandon Beachy pitched a strong game for Homer, with Greg Smith catching.  Beachy gave up six hits and minimized free passes, limiting the scoring by Kenai. JJ Sonnen came on to pitch a 1-2-3 6th inning in relief.

  • The Homer softball team defeated Kenai Central 20-0 in three innings on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action at Kenai.

    Homer is 13-3 overall and 6-0 in the NLC, qualifying the Mariners for the small-schools state tournament, which will be June 5-6 in Fairbanks.

    The Kardinals finish the season at 2-10 overall and 1-5 in the Northern Lights Conference.

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