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Story last updated at 9:54 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sports Briefs

Events mark end of broomball season

With only one night of regular season play left, team Alice's Champagne Palace leads the Homer Broomball league, Alice's has 19 points for the season, 7 wins, 2 losses and 5 ties. The Down East Saloon has a 4-6-4 record with 12 points and the Otter Room is at 3- 6- 5 with 11.

Brandon Grochow leads the league with 6 goals, 4 assists and 10 points. Other high scorers include Jedd Fonkert with 8, 1 and 9; Cody Fonkert with 7, 1 and 8; and Rudy Multz with 6, 1 and 7. Donna Boss is the league's leading lady scorer, with 4 goals, 1 assist and 5 points. Jenn Bando is next with 2, 3 and 5.

On the other side of the game, Catriona Lowe allowed only 5 goals in 4 games for a goals-against ratio of 1.25. Brandon Grochow's record is 4 in 3 for 1.33; Pat Keenan 5 in 3 for 1.67; and Jessie Cashman 7 in 4 for 1.75.

Homer Broomball League championship games begin at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the Kevin Bell Arena. Homer hosts state playoffs on April 2 and 3. The third annual Alpaca Dung Pile Challenge fundraiser will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Down East Saloon. For more information, contact homerbroomball@gmail.com.

Sea to Ski approaching

Runners, bikers and skiers will have the opportunity to indulge their bipedal pursuits at the Sea to Ski Triathlon on March 27. Registration will be held 10 a.m.-noon at the Mariner Park Gazebo. A required race meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and the race will start at 1.

The course will consist of a 5-kilometer run from Mariner Park to Homer Middle School; a 7-km bike ride from Homer Middle School up West Hill, across Highland and Sprucewood Drives to the Roger's Loop trail head; and a 5-km ski route which will depend upon the snow conditions.

The event is open to individuals or three-member teams. An individual can not also be on a team. Categories include: grades 7 and 8; grades 9-12; adults to age 29; adults 30-49; adults over 50; and open for same gender-mixed age group or mixed gender teams.

Full race rules and categories may be found by clicking "Sea to Ski" on www.kachemaknordicskiclub.org. For more information, call Mike at 235-3880 or e-mail kachemaknordicskiclub@gmail.com.

Dance classes offered

Singles and couples can learn waltz, swing, cha-cha and two-step at upcoming partner dance classes. Instructor Jo Going teaches both a basic and a level II class through Community Recreation. Both classes are Fridays, April 1-22 in the Homer High School green room. Basics are taught 6-7:30 p.m. and level II is 7:30-9 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $135 per couple.

A minimum of 10 participants must be registered by March 30 for the classes to be held. For more information or to register, call 235-6090.

Popeye wrestlers place in big Anchorage meet

Homer's Popeye Wrestling Club claimed 15 medals last weekend at the Anchorage Freestyle Tournament. The club brought 27 wrestlers to the event, which featured 650 wrestlers from around the state. The finalists from Homer are: Rorey Cook, second, bantam 54-55; Ian Stovall, third, intermediate 57-59; Cole Bernier, third, intermediate 79-83; Jadin Mann, first, intermediate 124-133; Teddy Croft, second, novice 83-85; Tristen Cook, third, novice A-88-94; Jamie Rios, second, novice A-98-102; Wyatt Alborn, first, novice A-122-131; Cody Macy, second, school boy/girl 104-106; Daniel Rios, first, school boy/girl 145-156; Calvin Johnson, first, cadet 88-94; Chris Peterson, third, cadet 134-143; Mark McGregor, first, junior 148-157; Mitch Wyatt, first, junior 173-183; and Ben Hawkenson, second, junior 208-239.

Compete race results

Homer skiers compete in international Nordic races

Three Homer skiers are back from a week of racing at Sparkling Hill Masters World Cup in Vernon, British Columbia. The international week of racing doubled as the U.S. National Masters Championship, and tripled as a chance to socialize with more than 1,100 other skiers from 21 other countries.

Homer's Kathy Sarns and Judy Steyer skied three races and Jan Spurkland skied four during the nine-day event. The three were joined by Spurkland's wife, Megan, and two racers and another supporter from Anchorage.

The women each raced a total of 55-60 kilometers while the men put in 95. With the starting stadium at 5,400 feet elevation, racers had to adjust their tactics to accommodate for the reduced oxygen.

Sarns and Steyer finished the final 30-km race in 18th and 20th place. Their times, both well under two hours, on the two 15-km lap course were near perfect doubles of their 15-km race times, testifying to their endurance.

Jan Spurkland was in second place for the U.S. M01 division after three races. He came in fourth in the final, 45-km classic race, which was the qualifying event for the National Master's Team. He skied one of his best races but nearly missed a place on the team.

While the Masters World Cup draws elite skiers from around the world, it is one of the most inclusive events, as it is open to any skier over 30.

"The World Masters Cup is a rarity in that most people go more for the camraderie than for the competition. People race against each other and then want to know everything about each other at the finish line, and end up going skiing on their days off, exploring different trails," said Megan Spurkland.

Days numbered for ice

Homer Hockey Association teams have finished up their season and the ice at the Kevin Bell Arena will be frozen for just a few more weeks, but groups are planning to make the most of the time. Besides the broomball playoffs, a men's hockey tournament is scheduled for March 25-27, the Divas are practicing for Fools on Ice in Anchorage April 2, and the rink celebrates Kevin Bell Day on April 9 with more than 15 games against youth teams from Barrow. The arena will be "summerized" starting April 11, and will be the site of the Chamber of Commerce Mixer on April 21.