Sports Briefs

M’s ski the Loppett Homer’s Rachel Ellert was Homer’s highest-placing skier at the two-day Lynx Loppett last weekend at Kincaid Park. Ellert finished the 4.8-kilometer freestyle course in 15 minutes, 45 seconds on Saturday for 23rd place. Teddy bears on ice If you haven’t had a chance to check out the viral “Teddy Bear Toss” […]

Homer hockey drops 3 games against Valley teams

Returning Friday to face off against the Colony Knights, Homer again had trouble finding the back of the net, falling 1-3. Homer’s lone goal came at the hands of Dawson Roberts, assisted by Woape Huffman.
Colony’s third and final goal of the4 game was on an empty, after the Mariners pulled their goalie in the last minute of the game.
The M’s looked better in Saturday’s game against Wasilla, keeping up with the Warriors to force a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. Ultimately, Homer lost 2-3 after Wasilla scored the winning goal with 1:56 left in OT.

Mariners set a course for first conference title since 1986

The year is 1986. The Chicago Bears are Superbowl XX Champions, the New York Mets win the World Series and Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history. (Pretty sure this was before he started dining on ears.)
A little closer to home, Homer High School wrestlers celebrated a hard-won conference championship — just three years before Mariner Coach Chris Perk launched his successful high school wrestling career under the same roof.
“I was on the team from 1989-1993,” Perk explained. “We didn’t have enough wrestlers to be in the hunt for a team title.”

Skiers finish strong at Mat-Su Invite

Ask any local skier what he or she thought of last year’s snowfall, and you re liable to get a ski pole between the eyes.
This year is gonna be different.
Mariner Nordic skiers traveled to Anchorage on Saturday for the Mat-Su Valley Invitational at Government Peak Recreation Area.
This time last year, the Homer Invitational was moved to Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna because of scarce snow conditions.

Finding your inner fat bike

 Under mostly cloudy skies and balmy 20-something- degree temperatures, 23 fat bikers took to the trails at Caribou Lake on Saturday in celebration of Global Fat Bike Day. The overall general consensus of the event was that it was “perfect.” “There was no wind — apart from a little on the lake — and […]

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Warriors 4th in Mixed-6 volleyball The Nikolaevsk Warriors finished in fourth place at Saturday s Mixed 6 Volleyball State Championship at Dimond High School in Anchorage. The Warriors beat Golovin 3-0 in the fourth-place match. On Friday, Nikolaevsk,  fell into the fourth-place bracket with losses and Nikolaevsk lost to Unalakleet 3-2. and the Seldovia Seahawks […]

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Special O bowlers bring home 41 medals Team Homer competed at the 2015 Special Olympics Alaska State Bowling Tournament in Anchorage on Nov. 19-22. Bowlers competed in singles, doubles and team competitions, with the competition divided into traditional and unified divisions. Team Homer did another awesome job, bringing home 15 gold medals, 13 silver medals […]

Bring out the fat bikes and bring on the fun

Three years ago, fat bike enthusiasts from the UK came up with an idea for a grass-roots, worldwide fat-bike holiday that would bring fat-bike communities from all over the world together. In celebration of Global Fat Bike Day 2015, Homer Fatties will hit the many magnificent trails around Kachemak Bay this Saturday, Dec. 5. Local […]

Swiftness, swagger and swishes bring basketball fun to Monday nights

Monday night city league basketball games can get a bit intense at times. The competition is usually quite friendly, as many of these guys have either played together at the high school level, or battled each other on the Homer Middle School hardwood.
Make no mistake, however, these guys are fiercely serious about their basketball games. It may be a recreational league, but apparently nobody told these guys.
There’s never really anything vicious about the competition; maybe a little friendly trash talk, a bit of attitude here and there; a stray elbow or two. Pretty much anything can happen, just always count on there being copious amounts of sweat.

Mariners drop 3 games by 3 points at End of Road Shootout

The Homer Hockey team was all about threes this past weekend.
The Mariners’ End of the Road Shootout took place over three days — Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Three teams were invited: Soldotna, the Dimond JV team and the Houston Hawks. Each team would play three games.
In uncharacteristic fashion, the M’s lost all three games at their shootout — by a total of three points.

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