Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Eighty skaters and scores of fans enjoyed the annual Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, played last weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The name Ash Cup comes from the tournament’s first year,  when Mount Augustine erupted. 

    Six teams participated this year: three local teams, plus teams from Wasilla, Kenai and Anchorage.

  • Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.

    May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.

    A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.

  • Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.

  • The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.

    Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave. 

    All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.

Youth Sports

  • The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.

    In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.

    Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

  • In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

    On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.

    On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.

  • In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

    On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.

    On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.

  • The Popeye Wrestling Club took 24 wrestlers to the Anchorage Freestyle Wrestling Club’s two-day event last weekend.

    This weekend they are the hosts, with as many as 400 wrestlers representing 20 different teams from around the state heading to the Alice Witte Gym at Homer High School.

    The Anchorage tournament on Friday featured a Greco-Roman Tournament that only allows wrestlers to attack from the waist up. Intermediate, 9-10, Lucas Barnard, 54 pounds, finished first by pinning Noah Romesburg of AFWC.

  • Mathew Plant, of Power Plant Productions, is trying to give back to the community that raised him. Combining his personal love for professional wrestling and his gratitude for vocational education, Plant is teaming up with New Frontier Wrestling Alliance to create a scholarship opportunity to a graduating senior in the career technology education program at Homer High School (see info box, this page).

    “Everybody has a story about wrestling, whether they hate it or watched it growing up with a family member,” said Plant.


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