Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.

  • The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.

  • The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

  • The Kachemak Bay Running Club unveiled its new timing clock Friday at the club’s annual membership meeting held at Beluga Lake Lodge. The clock was immediately put to use with a fun run and walk, followed by the meeting.

    The club’s two biggest fundraisers — the annual Migration and Spit runs  — helped pay for the new equipment. 

  • With the clock hitting 0:55:23, Lex Treinen was the first Ironman to cross the finish line of the 2014 Sea to Ski, a combination run, bike, ski event sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and Homer Saw and Cycle on Sunday. The first Ironwoman was Hanna Young, with a finish time of 1:06:16.

Youth Sports

  • Mariner boys soccer racks up three wins

  • On Thursday, the Homer Mariners boys and girls varsity soccer teams faced the Houston Hawks on Homer High‘s upper field. On Friday, the Mariners two varsity teams battled with the Colony Knights, shifting the action down to Homer’s lower field.
    Tuesday, the soccer action continued with at-home games against Nikiski. Wednesday, the Mariners were back on the field with games against SoHi.
    The boys scored a 4-0 victory over the Hawks on Thursday, then suffered a 3-0 loss to the Knights on Friday.

  • Former Ninilchik basketball coach Dan Leman and his daughter and star player, Whitney, were among 11 named to the Alaska High School Hall of Fame, the Alaska School Activities Association announced last week.
    The Lemans will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 3, in Anchorage.
    The public is invited.

  • May 2-3
    Dimond High School
    HOMER BOYS INDIVIDUAL VARSITY SCORES
    800 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 2:02.91
    1600 METERS: 30. Les Crane, 5:30.88
    3200 METERS: 3. Pedro Ochoa, 9:59.66
    300 METER HURDLES, 36-INCH: 5. Connor Seay, 44.82
    4X400 RELAY: 11. Homer, 49.33
    4X200 RELAY: 11. Homer, 1.42.95
    4X400 RELAY: 12. H0mer, 4:01.28
    SHOT PUT, 12 LB: 18 Chase Crauthers, 32’09.00; 22. Ian Lowe, 29’11.00
    DISCUS, 1.6 KG: 28. Jake Richter, 72’02.00
    LONG JUMP: 8. John Shank, 18’04.00; 9. Connor Seay, 17’06.75

  • Participating in the two-day Anchorage Invite was an open door for the Homer Mariner track and field athletes to plant their feet on the site where state championships will be in a few weeks.
    More importantly, while there the team scored some “really good performances,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.
    Senior Pedro Ochoa finished third in the 3200 meters, with an impressive time of 9:59.
    “He broke 10 minutes in the 2-mile, which is a pretty significant barrier,” said Steyer.
    Ochoa also placed third in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2:02.91.


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