Mariners skate over Juneau-Douglas

The Homer hockey team skated over fellow Railbelt Conference team Juneau-Douglas over the weekend, winning 8-0 Friday and 7-0 Saturday at the Kevin Bell Arena.… Continue reading

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Out of the Office: What Makes an Alaskan?

Here’s a philosophical question for the readers out there —what qualifies someone as being “Alaskan”? Is it strictly a matter of time spent living here,… Continue reading

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Nikolaevsk volleyball takes 4th place at Mix Six state

The Nikolaevsk volleyball team took fourth place at the Mix Six state tournament Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Elizabeth Fefelov and Zachary Trail… Continue reading

Afony Reutov wrestles with Soldotna’s Zach Burns during a dual wrestling meet between Soldotna and Homer High School on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Forfeits help SoHi to wrestling victory over Homer

A handful of forfeits on the part of the Homer Mariners helped the Soldotna wrestling team to victory Wednesday during a dual meet between the… Continue reading

Afony Reutov wrestles with Soldotna’s Zach Burns during a dual wrestling meet between Soldotna and Homer High School on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A scope looks out at a wetland at Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 27 near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up In Blue: Running Through a Refuge

The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge isn’t quiet. When I ran through the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in November, the only thing I heard was crunching… Continue reading

A scope looks out at a wetland at Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 27 near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo by Kat Sorensen)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Wrestling: The Mariner wrestlers will compete Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 in the Grace Grizzly Shakedown at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage.… Continue reading

Homer’s Austin Cline attempts to pin Nikiski’s Joey Yourkowski during a dual meet between the two schools Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Cecilia Fitzpatrick)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Community: Kachemak Bay Running Club and Community Recreaction are hosting the Thanksgiving morning “Sweating Gravy Turkey Trot.” The 5K Fun Run/walk starts at… Continue reading

Homer’s Austin Cline attempts to pin Nikiski’s Joey Yourkowski during a dual meet between the two schools Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Cecilia Fitzpatrick)
The Mariners celebrate a goal during a Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 hockey game against Kenai Central High School at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hockey ties with Kenai

The Homer and Kenai hockey teams ended in a 4-4 tie last Saturday after battling their way through both regulation play and a period of… Continue reading

The Mariners celebrate a goal during a Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 hockey game against Kenai Central High School at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer hockey team celebrates a 4-3 overtime win over Soldotna, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Mariners defeat SoHi in overtime again

With the game on the line, the Homer Mariners received another dose of late magic from a familiar face Friday night at the Soldotna Regional… Continue reading

The Homer hockey team celebrates a 4-3 overtime win over Soldotna, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer beats Kenai for 1st state volleyball crown in 30 years

The Homer Mariners hadn’t won a state volleyball championship in 30 years, but that didn’t stop them from writing some lofty goals on the whiteboard… Continue reading

Homer teammate Katlyn Vogl (left) and Tonda Smude celebrate Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, after winning the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer hockey team wins End of the Road Shootout

The Homer hockey team lost eight seniors to graduation between last season and now, but you wouldn’t have known that by looking at the scoreboards… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Wrestling: The wrestling team will compete in a peninsula meet this Friday in Soldotna, against SoHi, Kenai and Nikiski. The meet starts at… Continue reading

Tangled Up in Blue: Love & Volleyball

My boyfriend won’t let me be on his volleyball team. Last summer, before we were dating and when female participation in the Seward softball league… Continue reading

Homer, Kenai punch state tickets with region volleyball semifinal wins

The Homer volleyball team swept Kenai Central in the Southcentral Conference championship game in Seward on Saturday, wrapping up the Mariners’ first conference title since… Continue reading

State swimming: Story ends 26-year title drought for Homer girls

Growing up in a swimming family, Madison Story knew her mother had a history in the sport. But it wasn’t until an offhand comment made… Continue reading

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Wrestling: The wrestling team will compete this weekend in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Wasilla Sports Complex.… Continue reading

Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: Once upon a phone call

“Why don’t ya cut out the jester routine and get down to some serious investigative reporting?”

Nick Varney

Homer girls take third at swimming regions

The Homer girls swim team raced to third place in the Northern Lights Conference regional championships last weekend at Kenai Central High School, and Homer… Continue reading

Homer’s Dakota Moonin grapples with Will Kretzschmar of Grace Christian School during a wrestling dual held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer wrestlers best Grace, take third in Top Dog tourney

Thursday The host Mariners were triumphant against wrestlers from Grace Christian School in a dual match held Thursday in the Alice Witte Gymnasium. Homer racked… Continue reading

Homer’s Dakota Moonin grapples with Will Kretzschmar of Grace Christian School during a wrestling dual held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the office: Best place on the peninsula

Tightness in the chest. Queasiness in the stomach. Physical longing tinged with antsiness. Like a sled dog left behind on a training run. It’s happened… Continue reading