The Homer Husky girls at the starting line during a Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 ski meet near Homer, Alaska. Left to right: Leah Dunn, Lawson Alexson-Walls, Sidney Flora, Hannah Stonorov, Bryce Glidden, Elsa Otis, Alana Houlihan, Eryn Field, Elena Badajos, Frida Renner and Ireland Styvar. Homer High School skier and the sweeper for the race, Katia Holmes, is in the background. (Photo courtesy Mike Gracz)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The boy’s basketball team will play Grace Christian School at 8 p.m. at home on Friday. The girls will play Grace at… Continue reading

The Homer Husky girls at the starting line during a Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 ski meet near Homer, Alaska. Left to right: Leah Dunn, Lawson Alexson-Walls, Sidney Flora, Hannah Stonorov, Bryce Glidden, Elsa Otis, Alana Houlihan, Eryn Field, Elena Badajos, Frida Renner and Ireland Styvar. Homer High School skier and the sweeper for the race, Katia Holmes, is in the background. (Photo courtesy Mike Gracz)
Galena’s Kevin Bergman looks for a way around Homer’s Seth Adkins on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The girls’ team will compete in the Grace Hardwood Classic this weekend starting today and continuing Friday and Saturday. The boys will… Continue reading

Galena’s Kevin Bergman looks for a way around Homer’s Seth Adkins on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Fat Freddie’s 3: Caribou Hills never fail to tire, inspire

Fat bike racers hard at work in the third annual Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble. Snowmachiners whirring up and down the trails. Even a… Continue reading

Palmer girls, Colony boys take Region III ski meet

The 19-year streak of at least one peninsula team winning a Region III nordic ski championship was broken Saturday when the Palmer girls and Colony… Continue reading

Homer’s Autumn Daigle skis to the finish line of the varsity girls’ classic race just ahead of Kenai’s Maria Salzetti on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. Daigle took first place. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer girls win ski invite at Lookout Mountain Trails

The Homer’s girs skiers swept both events at their own invitational meet over the weekend, while Soldotna scored the team win for the boys. The… Continue reading

Homer’s Autumn Daigle skis to the finish line of the varsity girls’ classic race just ahead of Kenai’s Maria Salzetti on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. Daigle took first place. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ski for Women puts fun above fast

There are no points for speed, only for creativity. This, perhaps not surprisingly, is the mantra of Homer’s Ski for Women. While events that take… Continue reading

Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: Both high school basketball teams will participate in the Homer Winter Carnival basketball tournament this weekend, starting today. Homer varsity girls play… Continue reading

Homer’s Isaiah Nevak celebrates a late game-tying goal on Palmer goalie Tiernan O’Rourke Saturday night at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Palmer defeats Homer in state hockey final

Hockey can be a cruel sport. The Homer Mariners learned that Saturday night. A wild three minutes of frantic hockey punctuated the end of Saturday… Continue reading

Homer’s Isaiah Nevak celebrates a late game-tying goal on Palmer goalie Tiernan O’Rourke Saturday night at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer hockey reaches state final

One word defined the Homer Mariners’ state semifinal win over Juneau-Douglas on Friday. Redemption. Having lost two tough road games to Juneau earlier in the… Continue reading

Homer seniors have victorious last weekend of home hockey

It would have been hard for Homer seniors on the hockey team to have a better last weekend of games played on their home ice.… Continue reading

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The Lady Mariners will play in away games against Mt. Edgecumbe High School today, and Sitka High School on Friday and Saturday.… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Dave Turner claims first T200 win

After chasing other top mushers for three years, Dave Turner has finally proven himself a winner by snagging first place in the Tustumena 200 Sled… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Juneau-Douglas’ Kyler Alderfer, right, moves the puck in front of Homer’s Casey Otis at Treadwell Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. JDHS won 4-3 in overtime. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Juneau hockey prevails in overtime against Homer

Juneau-Douglas High School senior Cully Corrigan wisely held off celebrating what appeared to be a game-winning goal on Friday night at Treadwell Arena. Standing six… Continue reading

Juneau-Douglas’ Kyler Alderfer, right, moves the puck in front of Homer’s Casey Otis at Treadwell Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. JDHS won 4-3 in overtime. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The girls’ basketball team hosts Nikiski in the Alice Witte Gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The boys’ team hosts Nikiski at… Continue reading

The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Power of the Culture of the North

First, a few confessions. On Nov. 10, 2018, I marked the first snowfall of the season by getting off work and immediately bolting to the… Continue reading

The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: What are men to rocks and mountains?

I’ve met a lot of addicts since moving to Alaska. Not the kind you think, though. My friends are constantly searching for their next fix… Continue reading

Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A curling stone is swept across the ice during a Learn to Curl clinic Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer, Alaska. The clinic was a fundraiser for the Homer Curling Club. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Former Olympic curler helps supports Homer club

A year after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, when the U.S. men’s curling team scored an unexpected victory over Sweden to earn a gold… Continue reading

A curling stone is swept across the ice during a Learn to Curl clinic Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer, Alaska. The clinic was a fundraiser for the Homer Curling Club. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Resurrect Art Coffee House in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in blue: Squeaky boards

There are a few squeaky floorboards in Resurrect Art Coffee House. The old church was built in 1916, though, so it’s to be expected. It’s… Continue reading

Resurrect Art Coffee House in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Peninsula Clarion file photo.

Homer hockey tops SoHi in tight contest

The loss of eight key Homer seniors coupled with the returning cast of rising Soldotna skaters left the debate of who would stand as the… Continue reading

Peninsula Clarion file photo.
Homer’s Hannah Hatfield wins a loose ball from Soldotna High School’s Morgan Bouschor during a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Mariner basketball roundup

Homer’s basketball teams found mixed success at home and on the road over the last week, ultimately both falling to Soldotna High School in Southcentral… Continue reading

Homer’s Hannah Hatfield wins a loose ball from Soldotna High School’s Morgan Bouschor during a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)