Ten swimmers from Homer traveled to Anchorage last week for the Alaska Junior Olympic Championships. In the 11- to 12-year-old boy’s division, Clayton Arndt swam to an overall third place finish with 127 points. In that same division, Griffin Downey, also of the Kachemak Seim Club, placed 13th with 61 points.
Following are the results of the Homer swimmers who attended the meet:
Alaska Junior Olympics Championship
April 25-28 at Bartlett High School
The Divas women’s hockey team headed to Anchorage last weekend to play in the USA Hockey Alaska State Tournament. This is their seventh year playing in the tournament, but their first year to come home with the championship banner in the novice division.
Six teams from around the state competed in the novice division and Homer had a tough schedule facing teams they had never played before from Nome, Anchorage and the Valley.
The Soccer Association of Homer invites parents to register their children ages 3-16 for summer soccer programs, which begin May 28 and run through Aug. 9.
The program includes Little Feet for ages 3-6, recreational soccer for ages 6-12 and competitive teams. The competitive teams include U16 Girls, U17 Boys, U14 Boys and U12 Coed.
For more information and to sign up go to homersoccer.com.
For other information or for answers to your questions:
• Call Lisa at 399-9133;
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five members of the Kachemak Skeeters placed during the latest Trap Invitational Shoot in Wasilla on March 30. The scores are out of 100 targets.
In the Senior Varsity Division, Andy Fetterhoff placed second with a score of 90 and Connor Seay placed third with a score of 87.
In the Junior Varsity Division, Elias Graham placed first with a score of 90 and Alex Clark placed third with a score of 76.
In the Intermedicate Division, Bryce Donich placed third with a score of 67.
Eighty skaters and scores of fans enjoyed the annual Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, played last weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The name Ash Cup comes from the tournament’s first year, when Mount Augustine erupted.
Six teams participated this year: three local teams, plus teams from Wasilla, Kenai and Anchorage.
Through April: Friday Night Fives, a noncompetitive 5k, begins at Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave., 5:30 p.m., free.
May 18: Special Olympics Torch Run, a 5k event that begins at the base of the Homer Spit; free or minimum $25 donation to get a T-shirt; 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start time; barbecue following the race.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Shock from the bombings at the end of Monday’s Boston Marathon has swept around the world. Homer is no exception.
A 26.2-minute run-walk, one minute for each mile of the marathon, will be held at Homer High School at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign of support for the victims, families, spectators and volunteers impacted by the tragedy. Participants are encouraged to wear shirts or medals from events in which they have participated.
Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. There will be a free public skate from 2-3:30 p.m.
The Friday Night Fives began last Friday, with more than a dozen walkers and runners, and a few canine companions, braving the chilly evening temperatures and a few muddy spots along the 5K course.
Throughout April, the Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors the outing, a 5K fun run or walk through town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. The start and finish is Two Sisters Bakery, 233 E. Bunnell Ave.
All ages and levels of runners and walkers are invited to this non-competitive event.
The Homer Climbing Competition will be Saturday at the Bay Club. It is open to all ages.
The annual event is hosted by HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders. Pre-registration before Saturday is $30; participants can go to the HoWL website at howlalaska.org to register.
Competitors from throughout Alaska will participate in multiple categories of competition in this USA Climbing local event.
Competitors must arrive a half hour before their competition category begins:
A group of Popeye wrestlers traveled north to Palmer last Friday to take part in the Matsu-Matmen Tournament.
Popeye Wrestling’s William Roth won both of his matches in the Greco Roman Style event, earning a first place finish in the Junior 125-pound bracket. Roth hasn’t wrestled competitively in a few years but Coach Chris Perk called him “fearless” as he threw his opponents to the mat last weekend.
Homer’s Diva hockey took three teams to the 13th Annual Fools on Ice Tournament in Anchorage last weekend and took first in the intermediate division, second in the advanced beginner division, and third in the novice division. The teams were coached by Buck Laukitis, Dean Kildaw, Steve Nevak and Chris Owens.
Goalies Julie Hinkle and Lydia Brown had shut-out games and goalie Michelle Hatton had an all-tournament shut-out record.
In a celebration of spring, the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Sea to Ski Triathalon rang in the warm weather with a wet run, a muddy bike ride and a slushy ski on Sunday.
“The weather was great for this race. The trail slowed down at the end because of the new snow, but overall it was great,” said race coordinator Mike Byerly.
The End of the Road Broomball tournament was a huge success March 29-30. The Bethel Fighting Pikes, Bethel Beavers and Whitehorse Capital Towing were uncannily matched with Homer Broomballers, Beluga Lake Bombers and Alice’s Scoundrels. There was an unprecedented number of tied games decided in overtime or shootouts.
Sea to Ski Triathlon Sunday
The 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, the weekend promises to be a competitive one.
Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday games begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m.
The on-ice flash mob event is scheduled Saturday from 1-1:15 p.m.
The annual Ski for Free Day, which is sponsored by the Kachemak Ski Club and Homer Electric Association, was Sunday at the Ohlson Mountain rope tow. More than 100 skiers and snowboarders were there. It was a great day of winter fun, with some of the kids lining up on the hill to spell out HEA, said Joe Gallagher, public relations coordinator for HEA.
Make that a three-point win for Anchorage angler Leszek Kuligowski, top angler in Saturday’s 20th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.
Kuligowski claimed a $15,372 first-place check for reeling in a 35.1-pound king salmon. He also took home $25,875 in side bets. And, fishing from his own boat, Kuligowski claimed the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for being captain of the first-place fish.
In the fifth ice race of the season, the youngest drivers provided plenty of exciting action Sunday on Beluga Lake.
While Teddy Handley in car 88 and Brenden Fuson in car 23 jousted for first place lap after lap, Solstice Kraszeki in car 52 and Rhythm Beckett-Cook in car 5 had their own race going.
“The girls have been best friends for as long as they can remember so they had a fantastic time racing each other,” writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the Homer Ice Racing association. “Rhythm was driving a stick shift for the first time and caught on really fast.”
The Homer Ice Racing Association is gearing up for its fifth race of the season on Sunday. Races start at noon on Beluga Lake and spectators are welcome. There is no charge.
One of the highlights of the season has been the addition of kids' racing.
"This last Sunday we had five kids racing," writes Becky Ravin, scorekeeper for the association. "They have such a good time and it's a great experience for them. Sometimes one or more doesn't finish the race because they get the car stuck on the berm but they are always smiling when they get out of the car."