The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s annual Sea to Ski Triathlon will be held this Sunday, March 31, at 1p.m. Registration will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Mariner Park gazebo.
The Sea-to-Ski course includes a 5-kilometer run from Mariner Park to West Homer Elementary; a 7K mountain bike ride from West Homer Elementary up West Hill, across Highland and Sprucewood drives to the Roger’s Loop Road trailhead; and a 5K ski from Roger’s Loop to the Baycrest DOT Sterling Highway trailhead.
Fees to enter the competition are: $15 students, $20 adult members and $30 non-members. Add $5 for late registration (after noon on Sunday). A required race meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. to go over safety rules, and an awards ceremony will follow the race, around 3 p.m. Call Mike Byerly, 235-3880, for more information.
Kachemak Bay Running Club presents its annual membership, election and fun run/walk this Thursday, March 28. The run/walk starts at 5:30 p.m., with the club meeting/elections to follow, around 6 p.m. at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Call Bill Steyer for more information at 399-1078.
Homer Broomball League is hosting the End of the Road Broomball Tournament this weekend, with teams from as far away as Bethel and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, traveling to compete.
Organizer Liz Villareal promises a weekend of fierce competition and lots of fun, beginning with tournament opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday. Games start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kevin Bell Arena, and continue through 7 p.m.
The on-ice flash mob is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We always play (broomball) to great music, thanks to player Curt Jackson,” Villareal said. “This season, many of our ties were decided by a team ‘dance off’ to songs like “Gangnam Style.” So, we thought it’d be fun to invite everyone in town to join us in shooting a Kevin Bell Arena Harlem Shake before the Broomball finals begin.”
All ages are welcome to participate, but everyone is encouraged to bring clean, indoor shoes to keep dirt and sand from damaging the ice. A helmet would also help keep your noggin safe while dancing on the ice, and fits in nicely with the whole Harlem Shake motif.
Homer Scoundrels’ team sponsor, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will host a tournament banquet, music and silent auction at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Funds raised will go toward a broomball-in-the-schools program, as well as the Homer Broomball League. The Down East Greyskulls’ sponsor, Down East Saloon, will host live music by the Holy Santos Gang on Friday night.
“Any tournament is a team effort, and we couldn’t have done this without the help of our financial sponsors: Alice’s Champagne Palace, Down East Saloon, Beluga Lake Lodge, Bulletproof Nets and the Alibi, as well as local business donations,” Villareal said. “We are so thankful for the generosity of our community.”
Homer Broomball League, Homer Hockey Association and Kevin Bell Arena are not responsible for any injuries sustained during the event. Players and dancers assume all liability.
For more information, contact Liz at 299-2657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homer Hockey teams saw a lot of action over the weekend as State Tournaments were popping up everywhere. Homer Hockey Association’s PeeWee D team had a lot of fun, despite things not going quite as well as the team had hoped.
The PeeWees picked up one win, one loss and one tie at the championships. Longtime rival AHA Coyotes qualified for the State Championship game, which came as a surprise to many of the parents and coaches. The Glacier King PeeWee beat the Coyotes every time they faced them this season.
Homer Hockey PeeWee C team also played for State bragging rights over the weekend. The team didn’t go as far as placing first, but came close with a second-place finish in their division. The team finished fourth at State.
Homer Hockey’s Squirt C team tied for second place in their conference at the Alaska State Hockey Championships over the weekend in Soldotna and Kenai. Homer beat the Fairbanks Knights 5-1 and the Anchorage Comets 2-1.
After getting tagged with a penalty late in the game against Anchorage, Homer was down a player and the Comets pulled their goalie to stack the ice. Even with six skaters against Homer’s four, the Glacier Kings kept the comets from scoring and won the game.
Phinny Weston was the team’s leading scorer with nine total goals in the four games played at the tournament. Keegan Strong also made a strong stand as the team’s goalie. The team is coached by Chris Owen and Dave Bolin.
Ice racing heats up the lake
With a little friendly cooperation from winter, Homer’s Beluga Lake Ice track continues to hold up, and ice racers competed in their fifth race of the season on Sunday.
As the winter season winds down and temperatures start warming up, there’s no telling when the season may come to a close.
Homer Racing Association scorekeeper Becky Ravin said things got a little wet toward the end of the day when a hole opened up between a couple of corners. But, if you’ve watched enough of the weekly races, you know a little bit of water adds just enough splash action to the keep the racing exciting.
There was also plenty of exciting action in the kids’ class, as Christopher Cudaback took the lead from Brenden Fuson, edging him with 119 points to Fuson’s 115. Teddy Handley isn’t giving them any room to breathe, either, as he sits in third place with 112 points.
Johnny Bice, Solstice Kraszeski and Rhythm Beckett-Cook finish out the pack of youth racers, falling in at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Bice has 43 points, Kraszeski has 28, and Beckett-Cook has 21.
Phil Celtic stayed atop the Pitman Stock front-wheel-drive standings with a total of 240 points. Cudaback sits at second with 162. Dan Ravin stands in third with 113 points, but can certainly feel Sam Clyde breathing down his neck with 112.
In Pitman Stock rear-wheel-drive, Jordan Wilson jumped to the top with 151 points. Previous leader Bob Reinhart is second with 138, while Brent Babcock has 135. Ryan Catron stands in fourth place with 120 points.
Jesse Lentz and Dean Ravin continue to battle it out in the Pitman Modified division. The two were previously tied for first, until Ravin jumped ahead by 10 points on Sunday. Ravin now leads 217-207. Mike Brooks is third and Faith Celtic is fourth.
Faith Celtic also continues to sit atop the Stock Powderpuff division, now with a six-point lead over Mandy Clyde. Celtic has 167 points to Clyde’s 161. Staci Murphy sits in third with 146 points, and Becky Ravin is fifth with 132.
Celtic also leads in the Modified Powderpuff, edging Sarah Appelhanz by four points with a 140-136 lead. Becky Ravin is third with 70 points, and Tandi Wallace is fourth with 35.
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