Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 23 swimmers to compete in Kenai’s Snowball Invitational on Jan. 9. 

    Even though swimmers’ families found more ice than snow on the way to compete, they all showed and shaved seconds off of personal best times. Numerous swimmers swam personal bests and achieved new age group championship cuts and Alaska Junior Olympic championship cuts. 

  • Women’s hockey is taking over Homer this weeked for the sixth annual Winter Jamboree hockey tournament on Jan. 15-17 at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

    The event is a partnership between the Homer Hockey Association and Homer Divas Women’s Hockey and features a 15-game tournament with more than 100 women competing. Players hail from Wasilla, Healy, Soldotna, Kenai and Anchorage, as well as Homer. The games begin on Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

  • The Homer High alumni challenge basketball game the day after Christmas took the cake or, rather, provided attendees with pies, cakes and crisps to take home. 

    While the community came out to see players from both current and past boys and girls basketball teams play, with both a silent and live dessert auction, a number went home with sweet treats of their own. 

  • The key to curling success is two-fold: put more weight on the broom than the stone and, most importantly, trust the stone will not pull you across the ice like Fred Flintstone in a bowling alley. 

    That, and don’t take yourself or the game too seriously.

    Though requiring confidence and concentration, the game of curling is easy to pick up in an evening. For those in or near Homer, this athletic experience is only a trip away to the Kevin Bell Arena.

  • The timing couldn’t have been better for this year’s Ski Your Age event, which took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

    A storm blew in on Christmas Day and dumped a ton of fresh snow on the Lookout Mountain trails. By the next day, the storm had calmed down giving the groomers enough time to get the trails groomed. 

    There were 71 participants in this year’s event.

Youth Sports

  • Mariner hockey went up against the Soldotna Stars in the first game of the North Star Conference hockey tournament on Feb. 4 at Sport Center in Soldotna. The game was close in the first and second periods, but ended with a 3-2 loss for Homer.

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    Feb. 4: Hockey at Regions v. Soldotna at Sport Center, 2 p.m.

    Feb. 4: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Glennallen at Seward, 3, 4:30 p.m.

    Feb. 4: JV girls and boys basketball at Ninilchik, TBA if they win on Wednesday.
    Feb. 5: Hockey at Regions, TBA.

    Feb. 5: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Seward at Seward, 6, 7:30 p.m.

  • The Homer Glacier Kings PeeWee D took 2nd place at the Peninsula Winter Games tournament in Soldotna and Kenai on the weekend of Jan. 23. From left are Austin Ceccarelli, Keegan Strong, Jerrin Norcross, Vlase Polushkin, Larry Dunn, Sam Banks, Addison Hanshaw, Owen Pitzman, Timmy Hatfield, Elias Allen (behind Timmy) Rorey Cook and Delilah Harris. Not pictured: Bergen Knutson.

  • Lauren Kuhns swims the breaststroke in one of the six races where she represented the Kachemak Swim Club at the Alaska Senior Championships on Jan. 30-31 at Bartlett Pool in Anchorage. A total of 147 swimmers attended the meet. 

    Kuhns placed 14th individually overall and finaled in all of her events. Kuhns’ times were all personal bests in the preliminary and final swims: 

  • The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team picked up a 65-56 win over Wasilla Lake Tuesday night in Peninsula Conference play in Wasilla.

    Only four players scored for the Warriors, led by Nikit Fefelov, who poured in 26 points. Felemon Molodih chipped in 15 points, Jonah Fefelov added 13 and Neil Gordeev had 11.

    Nikolaevsk led 39-33 at halftime, then 48-44 after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Wasilla Lake 17-12.

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