Paddlers and boaters from around Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Peninsula and the state are invited to an inauguration of the Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Two ceremonies are planned for June 6:
• Noon-2 p.m.: Seldovia ribbon-cutting;
• 5-8 p.m.: Homer ribbon-cutting.
The celebrations include food, fun and water activities.
About 20 people showed up Sunday to try out the sport of curling at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, part of Kevin Bell Appreciation Day events. A Homer Curling Club is being formed, with appeals to buy a set of curling stones, about $5,000 for 16 used stones. Curling involves sliding stones toward a painted circle. “It’s like darts, but with 46-pound pieces of granite,” said Joel Vos, one of the organizers. To donate or for more information on the club, call Ted Otis at 399-7339.
The Divas, Homer’s women’s hockey league, took three teams to participate in the Fools on Ice state hockey tournament in Anchorage. Twenty teams from around the state participated including teams from Homer, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak and Palmer. The Diva teams represented Homer in three divisions: novice, intermediate, and advanced.
The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.
The Kachemak Bay Running Club unveiled its new timing clock Friday at the club’s annual membership meeting held at Beluga Lake Lodge. The clock was immediately put to use with a fun run and walk, followed by the meeting.
The club’s two biggest fundraisers — the annual Migration and Spit runs — helped pay for the new equipment.
With the clock hitting 0:55:23, Lex Treinen was the first Ironman to cross the finish line of the 2014 Sea to Ski, a combination run, bike, ski event sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and Homer Saw and Cycle on Sunday. The first Ironwoman was Hanna Young, with a finish time of 1:06:16.
In a weekend of fundraising events, Julie Winters, 30, from Anchorage, made her world professional wrestling debut last Friday, in the Homer High School commons. According to the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s Alaska Facebook page, the wrestlers on the event card, including Winters, brought in a cumulative $900 from two shows over the weekend. At a similar event in Wasilla, the money went to Hope for Heroes and a fan in need. Homer-grown Power Plant Productions helped raise a $500 scholarship, for a vocational technologies student at HHS.
If you think March Madness is all about hoops, then you missed the Kachemak Swim Club’s 2014 March Madness at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center last weekend.
“It was a good meet. A really good meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “(The pool) was packed.”
In addition to Homer, there were swimmers from Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and a former Homer swimmer who came all the way down from Wasilla to participate.
Mathew Plant, of Power Plant Productions, is trying to give back to the community that raised him. Combining his personal love for professional wrestling and his gratitude for vocational education, Plant is teaming up with New Frontier Wrestling Alliance to create a scholarship opportunity to a graduating senior in the career technology education program at Homer High School (see info box, this page).
“Everybody has a story about wrestling, whether they hate it or watched it growing up with a family member,” said Plant.
The Divas Women’s Hockey Team hosted the U18 Firebirds from Anchorage this weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The Advanced Divas won their game 3-1, and the remainder of the Diva teams played competitively, but were unable to pull off the win. This is the fifth year the Firebirds have come to play the Divas and the first time the Divas have won a game.
Sure the weather was uncertain, but it wasn’t enough to stop the 44 skiers, bikers and runners crossing the Homer Epic 100 starting line Saturday morning.
The weather did open up some options, however.
“Unique to this year because of the conditions was a 100K event and a 50K,” said Jan Spurkland, race director and president of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, sponsor of the event.
The race began Saturday morning at McNeil Canyon and looped around a 50K course, with checkpoints along the way.
The city of Homer Community Recreation co-ed volleyball league ended its season with an action-packed, double-elimination tournament over the weekend. New this year to the community recreation calendar, the co-ed league boasted seven teams that spiked, blocked and dove with varying levels of athleticism, through a 14-week season. Teams were seeded according to overall win-loss records and volleying for league champs began Friday.
The Homer Hockey Association Bantams and their families are hosting the Annual Alaska State Hockey Association's Bantam Tier III State Championship at the Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Thirty-nine Homer skiers made the trip north to participate in the Tour of Anchorage on Sunday. Due to a lack of snow, the race was shortened from its normal 50-, 40- and 25-kilomter distances to 26K and 19K. That will be the only and last community ski race of the season as the Homer Marathon recently was canceled.
Last-minute snowfalls made for good skiing for the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s Wine and Cheese and Wooden Ski Tour on Sunday.
“We were really sweating bullets,” said organizer Kevin Walker. “Thursday it was glare ice. Then there was an inch (of snow) here, an inch there, three inches Saturday morning, three more inches Sunday morning, so it turned out to be really good conditions.”
The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the club, usually bringing in around $2,000 and attracting 75-100 skiers. This year, the crowd was a bit smaller.
Local snowshoers celebrated the annual Special Olympics Winter Local Competition on Saturday. Among those participating were, front row from left, Brent Escolta and Krissy Norton, and back from from left, Nick Kvasnikoff, Coach Nalani Schroeder and Jeremey Day enjoy some fresh snow. Events included 25-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 800- and 1600-meter races.
The Homer Mariner Nordic ski team took one step closer to state competition at the Region III Nordic Ski Championships on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna last week. The Feb. 14-15 event included skiers from Colony, Grace, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Skyview, Soldotna and Wasilla.
Now that there’s some snow on the southern peninsula, Snomads, a local snowmachine club, has announced its annual Fun Run on March 8.
Registration begins at noon that day at the Homer High School parking lot and the race begins at 1 p.m. Early registration is available at All Seasons Honda, Homer Saw and Cycle, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, The Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply.
For more information, contact Steve at 399-0122.
The Homer High School Mariner ski team found some snow Friday and Saturday, as well as blasts of wind and breaks of sunshine, at the two-day Boroughs competition. Held at the Tsalteshi Trails, behind Skyview High School, skiers from Kenai, Skyview, SoHi and Homer competed. In overall team competition, the Homer girls took third place and the boys took fourth.
Friday was a 10-kilometer skate race for the boys and an eight-kilometer skate race for the girls. Saturday was a five-kilometer classic race for both boys and girls.
Five teams turned out for the Homer Winter Carnival Wiffle Ball Tournament, a fundraiser organized by Mike Illg for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.