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Story last updated at 7:41 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sports in Brief

Arndt, Rockefeller mush 30 miles in three-day Anchorage event

Two Homer mushers enjoyed three days of sun and fine temperatures at the Raven Electric Ten Dog Championship at the Tozier Track in Anchorage last weekend. Tory Rockefeller and a pack of Jack Berry's yearlings finished the three 10-mile runs in 14th place. Rockefeller and 10 dogs ran Friday's race in 35 minutes, 49 seconds. On Saturday, the same crew ran a different route in 31:28. She and nine dogs finished Sunday's race in 31:22, for a combined time of 98:39.

Jim Arndt finished in 16th place with a three-day combined time of 122:09. He missed the start on the first day, and finished in 60:07 with 10 dogs; he ran a 30:19 with 9 dogs on Saturday; and a 31:43 with 7 dogs on Sunday.

Local mushers head back to the Tozier track this weekend for the 2-day Exxon Open Sled Dog Race, an annual event which includes five different race categories.


Photo by Leonard Ball

Homer Glacier Kings Mites players and coaches pose with the Peninsula Games Tournament they won at the Soldotna Sports Center last Friday.

Mites win peninsula championship

The Homer Hockey Association Mites D team won the 8-team mites championship at the annual Peninsula Winter Games Tournament, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Jan. 28-30. The team of 6- to 8-year-olds went undefeated in their games at the Soldotna Sports Center. In their first game on Friday, Homer tied the Eagle River Mustangs. Homer beat Kenai team 1 on Friday and Kenai team 3 on Saturday.

They topped Wasilla Wild in the playoff game on Sunday and conquered the Mighty Moose of South Anchorage for the championship game.

Fast Sunday for ice racers

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The Homer Racing Association was out in force on Super Bowl Sunday, putting in laps on a super fast track.

Stock car No. 5 was the day's winner, despite not scoring in the 10-lap race. The car had 38 points for the day to end with 150. No. 24 racked up 62 points for the day for a total of 148.

Modified car No. 72 remains in the lead with 146 points. Nos. 4 and 32 are tied for second with 134 points.

Cordell Celtic is the leader of the Pitman stock division with a total of 125 points. Mike Brooks is second with 115 and Brent Babcock is third with 100.

Sienna Rucker leads the Powderpuff stock division with 106 points.

Dean Ravin leads the Pitman mod division with 125 points. Jesse Lentz is second with 107 points.

Michelle Drake is the Powederpuff mod leader, with 50 points total. Sienna Rucker is second with 42 and Mariana Brooks has 8. LayLa completed her first race of the year, the 7-lap, for 8 points total.

Huskies to host sprint race Friday

Homer Middle School Huskies will sport new uniforms and skis at an invitational sprint race on Friday. Five peninsula middle school ski teams will compete in 1-kilometer events, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Lookout Mountain ski trails. The Huskies host the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Nordic Ski Championships on Feb. 25 and 26.

Girls hockey tourney this weekend

The Homer Glacier Girls host the fifth annual Winter Carnival Girl's Hockey Tournament Feb. 11-13 at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. The tournament brings together Alaska's Under-19 girls teams, including the Eagle River Lady Mustangs, the Anchorage Firebirds and the Anchorage Comets. Homer's women's hockey team, the Divas, also will play.


6:45-8 p.m. Firebirds vs. Divas

8:15-9:30 p.m. Comets vs. Mustangs


9:30-10:45 a.m. Glacier Girls vs. Firebirds

3-4:15 p.m. Divas vs. Mustangs

5:45-7 p.m. Glacier Girls vs. Comets

7:15-8:30 p.m. Mustangs vs. Firebirds

8:45-10 p.m. Comets vs. Divas


9:30-10:45 a.m. Glacier Girls vs. Mustangs

11a.m.-12:15 p.m. Comets vs. Firebirds

1:45-3 p.m. Glacier Girls vs. Divas

Homer downhill welcomes boarders

Learn to snowboard for the price of a day pass at the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow ($5 students, $10 adults) with Homer High School senior volunteer Bjorn Klaar. For the next four weeks, snow conditions permitting, Klarr offers group lessons to kids and teens/adults who are interested in snowboarding. Lessons are noon-1 p.m. for people more than 13 years old and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Bring your own equipment, including a helmet. For more information, call Klaar at 235-5530.

Carnival activities scheduled

Snowshoe softball, bike races on ice and skiing for wine are among the many sporting activities happening around the town this weekend. See pages 14-15 and 17 for details.