Sports and Outdoors Highlights

Adult Sports

  • The Homer Hockey Association Bantams and their families are hosting the Annual Alaska State Hockey Association's Bantam Tier III State Championship at the Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

  • Thirty-nine Homer skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. That will be the only and last community ski race of the season as the Homer Marathon recently was canceled.

  • Last-minute snowfalls made for good skiing for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Wine and Cheese and Wooden Ski Tour on Sunday.

    “We were really sweating bullets,” said organizer Kevin Walker. “Thursday it was glare ice. Then there was an inch (of snow) here, an inch there, three inches Saturday morning, three more inches Sunday morning, so it turned out to be really good conditions.”

    The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the club, usually bringing in around $2,000 and attracting 75-100 skiers. This year, the crowd was a bit smaller.

  • Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races. 

  • The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.

Youth Sports

  • Fired up after three days of grueling competition at the Invitational Round-Robin in Juneau last Thursday-Saturday, the Mariner softball team bounced back Monday with an impressive 17-0 victory over Kenai Central in three innings of play.
    “That was kind of my plan, that we would score a lot of tough games before we got into conference play,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Bell.
    “It would have been nice to win some of those (Juneau games), but those weren’t critical.”

  • Forty of more than 1,200 wrestlers this weekend were represented by the Popeye Wrestling Club at the Alaska USA Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle State Tournaments last weekend hosted at the Wasilla Sports Complex. More than 20 represented areas came from as far away as Kotzebue, Bethel and Juneau. Some of the wrestlers were challenged 18 times over a period of three days.

  • If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of Alaska’s students, consider applying for a coaching opportunity during the 2014-2015 school year at Homer High School:

    Assistant swim coach, season begins Aug. 11 and ends Nov. 8; 

    Assistant volleyball coach, season begins Aug, 11 and ends Nov. 15;

    Head Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21;

    Assistant Nordic ski coach, season begins Nov. 3 and ends Feb. 21.

  • Nine swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club traveled to Anchorage for the Junior Olympics on April 24-27. The four days of intense swimming competition is the culminating championships meet in Alaska. 

    “These athletes swam fiercely and accomplished astonishing best times in most of their events,” said Coach Rebecca Hardy.

    To qualify for the JO is a remarkable feat, according to Jamie Roth, an age group coach for KSC.

  • A ferry ride to Kodiak can be an adventure in itself. As it turned out, however, the Homer High School Mariner baseball team’s ride from Homer to Kodiak last week wasn’t that bad.

    It was after the team arrived in Kodiak that the weather kicked in.

    “Growing up on Kodiak, it was the worst weather I’d ever played in,” said Mariner Head Coach Mark Putney, a former Kodiak resident.

    On Friday, temperatures were in the 30s and winds were hitting the island at 30 miles per hour.


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