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Story last updated at 8:48 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sports Briefs

Men's hockey tourney here

The third annual Ash Cup Men's Hockey Tournament begins tomorrow at the Kevin Bell Arena. The 12 game event features six teams, two each from Homer and Anchorage and one each from Soldotna and Kodiak. Organizer Travis Larson describes it as at Tier 1 1/2 tournament, with rules to limit scoring by high-powered players.

"There are so many players from all levels and abilities we try not to exclude anybody," Larson said.

Games will be held at 5:15, 8 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow; 9 and 10:30 a.m., 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 and 10:30 a.m., 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. There will also be a skills competition and barbecue at the rink on Saturday.

Kachemak Swim Club holds fundraiser, invitational meet

It's the time of year when kindergarten through high school age swimmers can be found carrying pledge packets around town and turning out laps in preparation of the annual Swim-a-Thon, to be held April 1. At the swim-a-thon, swimmers have two hours to swim up to 200 lengths of the pool at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.

They'll earn money based on the number of lengths they complete and the pledges they've collected. Donors can pledge an amount per length or a flat rate. Part of the funds raised goes to the swim club for equipment and pool rental fees and part goes into an account for each swimmer, which they can use for travel expenses incurred on away meets. Organizer Corise Story said the fundraiser is great in that it helps the club as well as the swimmers directly.

"It's an exciting event because not only are we raising money for the team but the kids are getting a chance to challenge themselves," Story said.

Swimmers may be found at Safeway and Ulmer's on Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Business can contact storycorise@gmail.com if they wish to donate.

See the swimmers in action at the March Madness home meet tomorrow starting at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

Multisport adventure opportunities this weekend

Mofox on Saturday and Sea to Ski on Sunday offer outdoor enthusiasts premium chances to enjoy the season. See calendar for details.

Kayak classes begin

Alaska Kayak School and Homer Community Recreation offer one more session of pool training courses before summer paddling season. Kayak Basics will be held Tuesdays March 29-April 19. Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue is Wednesdays March 30-April 20. Rolling and Bracing runs Thursdays March 31-April 21. A special one-day kayak basics class will be held 9 a.m.-noon on April 2. Cost is $70, tax included, and teens, families and kids welcome. All courses are held at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Register in advance at https://nitro.secsrv.net/~alaskaka/instruction/registration.htm or call 235-2090 or 299-0061.

Warm weather wets races

Water on the Beluga Lake ice track tested the skills of drivers and mechanics at the Homer Racing Association races last Sunday.

"Some cars had a little trouble with it, but overall it was a good day," said timekeeper Becky Ravin.

She said weather this week will determine whether or not the races go on again Sunday.

Car no. 24 continues to lead the stock division, though a big day by no. 88 brought it within 20 points. IN the modified division, car no. 10 leads. Mike Brooks leads in pitman stock with 344 points. Second place Cordell Celtic earned 50 points for the day for 325 total. Following the leaders, five pitman stock drivers are within the 120-160 point range.

In pitman mod, Dean Ravin leads with 325 points and Phil Celtic is close behind with 312. Three drivers follow with 255-268 points. Faith Schade reclaimed the lead in the stock powderpuff division with a 50 point day for 268 total. She accelerated past second-place Sienna Rucker, who scored 14 for the day to come to 259 total. The next four places are held by drivers with 110-190 points. Michelle Drake leads the powderpuff mods with 322 points. Sienna Rucker is second with 299 and Marina Brooks is third with 211.

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Popeye wrestles at Chugiak

A group of 29 Homer wrestlers traveled to Chugiak High School last weekend for the Chugach Invitational Freestyle Tournament. The Popeye wrestling club claimed six first-place, six second-place and three third place spots. Homer's Wayne Newman, Intermediate-74-76; Jadin Mann, Intermediate-121-129; Teddy Croft, Novice-83-84; Tyler Johnson, Novice A-93-96; Wyatt Alborn, Novice A-125-130; and Daniel Rios, School Boy/Girl-145-156, took first place. Rorey Cook, Bantam-54-56; Tristen Cook, Novice A-91-93; Brendon Fenex, Novice A-118-122; Calvin Johnson, Cadet-90-100; Mark McGregor, Junior-148-151; and Ben Hawkenson, Junior-211-256, took second. McKenzie Cook, Intermediate-62-65; Austin McGregor, School Boy/Girl-102-104; and Dylan Williams, Junior-211-256, took third.

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