Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Temperatures have been above freezing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hockey season. Just ask the 100 women from around the state participating in the Homer Winter Jamboree.

    “The Homer Hockey Association and the Homer Divas Women’s Hockey are thrilled to announce the Fifth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament scheduled to take place January 16-18 at the Kevin Bell Arena,” said a Jan. 12 press release.

  • Bill Steyer, four-year head coach of Homer High School’s cross country team, as well as five-year coach of the school’s track and field team, has been named Alaska’s 2014 girls cross country coach by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The announcement came in a Jan. 9 USTFCCCA press release. 

    “Wow! That’s pretty cool I didn’t even know,” said Steyer when contacted by the Homer News the morning of Jan. 9.

  • All skill levels are welcome to participate in curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Spit from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday. There is a $5 drop-in fee. No experience is necessary.

  • Drawing hundreds of athletes from around the state and sending thousands of pins flying, the 2014 Special Olympics Alaska Bowling Tournament was held at Eagle River Bowl Nov. 21-23. 

    Homer bowlers were among those participating.

  • MileSplit, which bills itself as the premier website for high school cross-country and track and field, will use the story of Kenai Central senior and running standout Allie Ostrander to launch a series of videos chronicling elite athletes.

    “On The Rise: Allie Ostrander” will be released in two episodes. The first was released late last month, while the second was released this week.

Youth Sports

  • The Mariners’ boys varsity soccer team put up a solid defense on Saturday against Eagle River, holding the line and ending the game with a 1-1 tie.

    Quinn Alward, a junior, scored the only goal for the Mariners, assisted by freshman Charles Rohr.

    The team brought every ounce of determination and energy they had to the game, despite still being exhausted from their match against Wasilla the night before. That game also ended in a tie with a final score of 3-3.

  • It is hard to duplicate the kind of weekend that the Kenai Central track and field team enjoyed Friday and Saturday. The Kardinals romped to a clean sweep of the boys and girls competition at the Kenai Invitational under sunny but breezy skies on their home track at Ed Hollier Field.

  • Mariner pitcher Kyle Johnson threw a four-hit complete game in the Mariners’ opening varsity baseball game, leading Homer to a 10-2 victory over Kenai on Tuesday on their home turf.

    Sound defense and a team effort on offense combined with the outstanding pitching to earn the victory.  

    “It was a great way to start the season,” said senior third baseman Wylie Donich, who picked up the first hit of the evening as well as made a fine stabbing catch of a hot line drive late in the game.

  • The Mariner Girls varsity team lost its home game against Soldotna High School Tuesday, and thanks to temperamental spring weather, also experienced all four seasons during the two 45-minute halves. The game finished with a 4-1 win for SoHi.

    SoHi shut down Homer’s offensive opportunities with a strong and collected defense, but gave up an own goal from a misjudged pass back to the goalie with 12 minutes left to go in the game.

  • The Mariner boys varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against Soldotna High School on Tuesday, and ended the home game with several hauntingly close scoring opportunities. 

    SoHi collected the first goal in the first half, and finished the game with two more, shutting out Homer 3-0. 

    Head Coach Warren Waldorf said the team, which lost a few key players in the second half, struggled to finish the chances they created in the offensive end of the field. 

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