Youth Sports

Homer high school swimmer signs with Assumption College

Lauren Kuhns knew she wanted to commit to swim at Assumption College within a day of stepping on campus, she said. On Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Kachemak Swim Club semi-annual membership meeting, Kuhns sat in front of her fellow swimmers and community members at a table adorned with an Assumption College pennant and signed a letter of intent, officially telling the school that she plans to attend after she graduates in spring 2017.

Community recreation schedule

Nov. 3: Weight room in Homer High School weight room, 6-7:30 a.m.

Nov. 3: Morning indoor soccer in Homer High School gym, 6-7 a.m.

Nov. 3: Weight room in HHS Weight Room, 5:30-8 p.m.

Nov. 3: Basketball at HHS gym, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Cancelled: Volleyball at Homer Middle School gym, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Adult basketball league at HHS gym, 7:35-10 p.m.

Nov. 4: Morning basketball at HHS gym, 6-7 a.m.

High school sports highlights and results

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Hockey plays at the Peninsula Challenge vs. Kenai on Nov. 3-5.

Swim and dive attend state championships in Juneau on Nov. 4-5.

Volleyball travels to the region championships in Houston on Nov. 4-5.

Girls wrestling competes in a dual meet against Edgecumbe at the ACS on Nov. 3. The entire team then attends the ACS Invitational on Nov. 4-5.

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Homer High School

Swim and dive

Weekly sports highlights and results

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Swim and dive attend regions in Kodiak on Oct. 27-29.

Volleyball travels to play Houston on Oct. 28 and Redington on Oct. 29.

Wrestling travels to the Monster Mash at South Anchorage on Oct. 28-29.

Kachemak Swim Club

Kings swim team compete at home for an intra-squad meet on Oct. 29. The annual Turkey Time meet is coming up on Nov. 18-19 as well.

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Mariner wrestlers start season winning Luke Spruill tourney

For the first time in Mariner history, Homer won the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament. The team led by nine first place finishes.

The tournament was Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Homer, the defending Class 1-2-3A state champion, scored 158.5 points, while Soldotna was second at 146.5, Kenai was third at 88.5, Nikiski was fourth at 33 and Voznesenka was fifth at 22.

“They definitely had a good start to the year,” Kenai Central coach Stan Steffensen said of the Mariners. “Their kids are fun to be around. They’re a hard-working crowd.

High school sports highlights

Upcoming events

Volleyball plays at the Dimond-Service Tournament on Oct. 21-22.

Wrestling hosts the 16th annual Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble. A night of duals from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 21 will be followed by a tournament on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Homer High School

Swim and Dive

Oct. 15: Valley Invitational:

High school sports highlights

Upcoming events

The dive team competes at the Valley Invite on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and swim team joins them on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 for the rest of the invitational meet.

Volleyball plays Houston at home for senior night on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., followed by Redington at home on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Wrestling attends the Kenai Luke Spruill Invite, their first meet of the season, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Mariner wrestlers start season in Kenai

After winning the state championship in 2015, the Homer High School wrestling team is back in action, and ready for a repeat of last season’s success.

“We’re bringing back a very experienced squad,” said Homer High School head wrestling coach and athletic director Chris Perk. “The attitude and work ethic in the mat room right now, the coaches are really pleased with.”

Glacier Girls hopes to build girls hockey presence

The Homer Hockey Association’s new Glacier Girls program is teaching girls hockey with the hope of building a strong youth girls hockey program in Homer. Currently, girls who wish to play hockey travel north to do so, said coach Chris Owen.

“When the rink first opened they had a team so hopefully we can get it back up and running again,” Owen said.

Homer running squads sweep state team titles

The sport of cross-country running is often a numbers game when it comes to team battles, so Saturday’s boys-girls championship sweep by the Homer Mariners in the Class 1-2-3A division was one to cherish.

For a town of just over 5,000 having to battle Anchorage schools like Grace and Anchorage Christian, the occasion marked the pinnacle of success for the Homer running program.

The girls won their third straight state title, matching the school’s precedent of three straight from 1988 to 1990, but for the Mariners boys, the sweet taste of victory was new.

New competitive hockey team plays at home

The Homer Glacier Kings, Homer Hockey Association’s new competitive age 16-and-under (16U) team, plays three games against the South Anchorage Mighty Moose at Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. All games are open and free to the public, said team manager Susan Larson.

Saturday starts with a game at 9 a.m. and then an exhibition game at 5 p.m. The third game takes place Sunday at 9 a.m.

Weekly high school sports highlights and results

Upcoming events

Mariner football plays Voznesenka at home on Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

Swim and dive competes at the Seward Invite on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

Varsity cross-country running goes to state championships at Bartlett on Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon.

Mariner volleyball plays three home games in a row against Grace Christian on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., ACS on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 p.m.

Mariners crush Redington in 58-12 homecoming game, gain first win

Homecoming weekend resulted in a victory in the sun for the Homer High School Mariners when the clouds cleared long enough for the football team to grab their first win against Redington High School on Saturday, Sept. 24. The game finished with a score of 58-12.

During halftime, the homecoming spirit was in the air. The cheerleaders performed a dance, which was followed by an Ancient Greece-themed Parade of the Classes. After the parade, the homecoming court was presented.

Sports Highlights and Results

Upcoming events

Swim and dive competes at the Soldotna High School Pentathlon on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.


Varsity cross-country running competes at regions at Soldotna High School on Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.


Mariner football plays their homecoming game against Redington on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.


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Homer High School


Cross-country running

Weekly sports highlights

Upcoming events

Swim and dive competes at Kenai on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. for dive and Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. for swim.

Varsity volleyball travels to Grace on Sept. 16 for a game at 6:30 p.m., followed by a game against ACS on Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Varsity cross-country running runs on the Homer Spit at 11 a.m. Sept. 17.

Mariner football travels to play Nikiski at 2 p.m. Sept. 17.

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Cross-country running

Upcoming youth sports events

Upcoming events

Swim and dive hold the Homer Invite on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10. Dive starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and swim begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Varsity volleyball travels to Kotzebue on Friday, Sept. 9.

Varsity cross-country running travels to Kodiak for a meet on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Voznesenka football plays Valdez on the Homer turf on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

Weekly high school sports highlights

Upcoming events

• Volleyball faces Nikiski at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in the Mariner gym. Wear blue and gold for “We Blled Blue and Gold Night.”

• Swim and dive hold their first event of the season, the triathlon fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Football plays Juneau on the turf at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Cross-country running goes to the Palmer Invite on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Cross-country running

Aug. 27: Homer at Bartlett Cross-Country State Preview


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