Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Riptide still on top

  • Driving home from Soldotna last weekend, Barae Hirsch’s feeling of accomplishment filled the car. The Homer High freshman just took her second Besh Cup win in her young Nordic skiing career.

    “It is really great to see my hard work pay off and the improvements I’ve made,” said Hirsch.

    The aggressive competition of the Besh Cups qualifies racers for the Junior Olympics (JO), yet the13-year-old won’t be going to JO this year.

    “I won both sprint days in the age group J-3 [those born between 1999-2000]. Only J-2s can qualify for Junior Olympics,” said Hirsch.

  • By McKibben Jackinsky

    Staff writer

    Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point isn’t one to sit around. Strap on her cross-country skis and she’s off. Now Ledger and her skis are headed to a new destination: the 10th Special Olympics World Games taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, Jan. 29-Feb. 5. 

  • Mother Nature blanketed the Kenai Peninsula with a perfect 29 inches of snow just in time for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Fourth Anual Ski Your Age event Dec. 26 at the Lookout Mountain Trails.

    Rain quickly turned the perfect powder to slush, however. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the event brought 50 smiling faces of all ages and skill levels to Ohlson Mountain.

    The event was split into four categories: the Century Challenge, Ski-Meister Challenge, Family Challenge, and Individual.

  • It all started with Little Feet according to Homer siblings Drew and Lyndsay Brown. The two Homer High School students’ soccer talents are taking them to Hawaii and Vegas in 2013 respectively.

    Both put on their first pair of soccer cleats before entering elementary school with the help of Homer’s Little Feet program, and have stuck with the sport ever since. Nearly 10 years later, Lindsay leaves next week with fellow Homer High classmate Samantha Draves to play for the Alaska team in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Youth Sports

  • 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.

  • The Mariner boys and girls varsity basketball teams wrapped up a heavy game schedule Tuesday with games against the SoHi Stars, played at SoHi. 

    Trailing behind the Stars from the first quarter, the Homer girls never gained the momentum necessary to stop Soldotna’s 65-25 win. Not so for the Homer boys, however. They took the lead and held it all the way to a 61-56 finish.

    Last week the Mariners kept the action in town, taking on the Skyview Panthers on Jan. 7, the Houston Hawks on Jan. 10 and the Cordova Wolverines on Jan. 11.


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