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."
In the final week of Broomball League play, Alice’s Scoundrels and the Beluga Lake Bombers tied for the top score with two goals apiece against each other and one goal apiece against the Down East Grayskulls, who finished in last place.
MVP awards for the week went to Liz Villarreal of the Scoundrels, Rudy Multz of the Bombers and Theresa Tilter and Matt Creamer of the Grayskulls.
The annual Fun Run held by Snomads lived up to its name Saturday, with more than 100 adults participating and another 30 youngsters joining the fun, said Snomads President Steve Parizek.
"We even had Toras Fisk out there," said Parizek of the 90-year-old charter member of the snowmachine club. "And we had some people from Bolivia, Germany and Mexico, and Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers President Rick Northey and his entourage from the central peninsula."
Alice's wins, ties in Broomball
This week in Broomball, Alice's Scoundrels scored four goals against the Beluga Lake Bombers and one against the Down East Grayskulls. Grayskulls scored one each against the Bombers and the Scoundrels. The Bombers scored three against the Grayskulls and one against Alice's.
This week's most valuable players are Jason Herreman of the Scoundrels, Chris Gordon of the Bombers and Jesse Classen of the Grayskulls.
Ice Rink holds fundraiser
The Homer Cycling Club and fat-bikers from around the state, and even the Lower 48, are gearing up for the second annual Big Fat Bike Festival.
After a successful first run last year, the Homer Cycling Club is excited to host a winter 2013 festival that will be bigger, fatter, and "Homer-er."
The Best Western Riptide took home the City League Championship after winning all three games in last weekend's tournament.
The team defeated the Bulletproof Nets 58-49 during Monday's championship game held at the Homer Middle School to take the tourney title.
The tournament began on Saturday when the champs beat the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators by the tourney's largest deficit, 88-38. Point guard Nick Finley scored a game high 27 points for the Riptide while Smooth Ops Dave Drake led his team with 12.
The Homer Glacier Kings Peewee Tier 3 team beat Fairbanks 4-2 Sunday for its third Presidents Day Invitational Hockey Tournament championship in four years.
In round robin play, Homer beat the Eagle River Mustangs, the Palmer Pioneers, and the U14 girls team from the Anchorage Hockey Association.
The Homer team's only loss in the tournament came to Fairbanks, 0-1 on Saturday, when Fairbanks scored with 3 minutes remaining to break a 0-0 tie late in the third period.
The Best Western Riptide will head into the Community Schools City League Basketball Tournament with the best record, sitting at 14-2 after defeating the K-12 Teachers 69-43 on Monday. Mark Putney scored 20 points for the teachers while Nick Finley dropped 23 for the victors. The Home Run Oil Titans snuck out a 53-49 point win over the Alaska Bible Institute. Erik Rozeboom scored more than half of his team's points, ending up with 24 on the night. Colton Tutt put up 12 points for the Titans.
A medal-wearing Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point was surrounded by family, friends and her coach at a party in her honor Thursday afternoon. Ledger recently returned from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where she won a bronze medal in cross-country ski competition. Ledger crossed the finish line of her 50-meter event with a time of 29.65. The party was held at the Homer Senior Center, where Ledger is employed.
High school pool reopens
After managers discovered a "fecal incident" at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at Homer High School, the swimming pool was closed on Feb. 5. It reopened Monday night after the pool was cleaned and sanitized. The incident highlights the need for swimmers to not use the pool if sick with stomach flu, diarrhea, respiratory flu and other illnesses.
"Clean bodies equal clean water," said pool manager Bridget Kuhns.
Swimmers should take these precautions to help keep the pool clean:
* Wear clean bathing suits;
Homer's 10th annual Ski for Women event brought skiers of all ages clad in spandex, paper-maiche, and wigs to Ohlson Mountain's Lookout Ski Trails on Super Bowl Sunday to benefit South Peninsula Haven House.
"Ski for Women is one of those events that demonstrates how creative and fun the community of Homer is," said Event Organizer Kris Holderied.
Seventy skiers of all levels came out on the sunny day, raising $1,400 for Haven House programs.
Driving home from Soldotna last weekend, Barae Hirsch’s feeling of accomplishment filled the car. The Homer High freshman just took her second Besh Cup win in her young Nordic skiing career.
“It is really great to see my hard work pay off and the improvements I’ve made,” said Hirsch.
The aggressive competition of the Besh Cups qualifies racers for the Junior Olympics (JO), yet the13-year-old won’t be going to JO this year.
“I won both sprint days in the age group J-3 [those born between 1999-2000]. Only J-2s can qualify for Junior Olympics,” said Hirsch.
By McKibben Jackinsky
Kinna Ledger, 22, of Anchor Point isn’t one to sit around. Strap on her cross-country skis and she’s off. Now Ledger and her skis are headed to a new destination: the 10th Special Olympics World Games taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, Jan. 29-Feb. 5.
Mother Nature blanketed the Kenai Peninsula with a perfect 29 inches of snow just in time for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Fourth Anual Ski Your Age event Dec. 26 at the Lookout Mountain Trails.
Rain quickly turned the perfect powder to slush, however. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, the event brought 50 smiling faces of all ages and skill levels to Ohlson Mountain.
The event was split into four categories: the Century Challenge, Ski-Meister Challenge, Family Challenge, and Individual.
It all started with Little Feet according to Homer siblings Drew and Lyndsay Brown. The two Homer High School students’ soccer talents are taking them to Hawaii and Vegas in 2013 respectively.
Both put on their first pair of soccer cleats before entering elementary school with the help of Homer’s Little Feet program, and have stuck with the sport ever since. Nearly 10 years later, Lindsay leaves next week with fellow Homer High classmate Samantha Draves to play for the Alaska team in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Las Vegas, Nev.
Homer Mariner Hockey hosted its annual alumni game last Friday at the Kevin Bell Arena. The alums won 4-2 as former Mariner goalie Luke Eckert saved 22 of 24 shots on his goal.
The first period began less physical than most hockey games, with no penalties or timeouts called. Instead, the Mariners took their high-powered offense straight to the goalie, drawing first blood with just under two minutes gone by sophomore Kiril Sanarov off of a Carson Duggar assist.
The Mariner Basketball Alumni game acts as Homer’s winter homecoming each year as Homer’s past meets present. This being my third consecutive year participating in the alumni game since graduating in 2010, I realize one thing: We keep getting older while the varsity team stays youthful, coached and organized.
The alumni team at Saturday’s game consisted of about 20 Homer High graduates, including players from Homer’s 1988-1989 state championship team.
Skiing season heats up
Kachemak Nordic Ski Club holds a three-Saturday adult beginner skate clinic Saturday, Jan, 5 and 12. Late registration of $25 is available for Junior Nordic, which begins Jan. 19. Friday Night Lights will be held Jan. 4 and 5, with torches lit from 6-8 p.m. Check the web for details at kachemaknordicskiclub.org.
Ice arena schedule full of opportunities