Sports Briefs - Jan. 12
January 12th | Staff Report
KNSC to offer skate-ski clinics
Beginning and intermediate skate-ski clinics will be offered at the Lookout Mountain Ski Area on Jan. 22. The beginner clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, and will be led by Kachemak Nordic Ski Club coaches. This clinic is for individuals who have no ski or limited ski experience, or are looking for more instruction on the basics. The fee for the clinic is $25.
KNSC coaches will also provide an intermediate clinic from 1-3 p.m. on the same day. This clinic is for individuals who have mastered the beginner skate-ski movement, and are looking to refine their technique and increase efficiency on varied terrain. This clinic fee is also $25.
Girls on the Run seeks coaches
Girls on the Run in Homer is seeking coaches for the Spring 2017 season, running from late February to mid-May at West Homer/Fireweed Academy and McNeil Canyon Elementary. Coaches commit one to two times a week to lead practice with a group of 7-15 girls in third-fifth grades. The 10-week season ends with a celebratory 5k.
For more information about coaching visit: http://www.gotrgreateralaska.org/get-involved/coach
HHA and Diva Hockey host seventh-annual Winter Jamboree
Kevin Bell Arena will be busy this weekend, as women hockey players from around the state meet to create a spectacular display of hockey talent.
The Homer Hockey Association and Homer Divas Women's Hockey announced Tuesday that the seventh-annual Winter Jamboree Hockey Tournament kicks off at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 15 at the ice rink.
More than 90 women from all over the state will show off their hockey skills and sportsmanship as they compete in this 16-game tournament. The competition has grown enormously over the past three years, doubling the amount of players coming from Palmer, Wasilla, Fairbanks, Soldotna, Kenai and Anchorage to play in Homer.
In addition to an exciting three days of competition, the tournament also acts as a major fundraising opportunity for the rink and the Divas' hockey team. A fundraising party is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Beluga Lake Lodge. Teams and their supporters are welcome to the event, which will include a silent auction and Homer's best DJCJ. All proceeds go back into the rink to help lower costs for ice time.
The tournament is sponsored by Beluga Lake Lodge, while teams are sponsored by Homer's Jeans, Fritz Creek, Grace Ridge Brewery and the Salty Dawg. More information can be found on the Homer Hockey Association website at www.kevinbellarena.org
Skiers host chili cook-off
Homer Women's Nordic and Grace Ridge Brewing are teaming up to raise funds for Kachemak Nordic Ski Club with a chili cook-off this Saturday (Jan. 14) from 5-7 p.m.
The event takes place at Grace Ridge Brewing, and chili entries are welcome, but must be a full crockpot amount. Tickets are $10 per person, and all ages are welcome. Beer tasting is included in the event for those 21 years and older. To sign up to enter your chili in the contest, please contact Sheri at 399-5200 or Jasmine at 299-6975. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and all proceeds will go to support KNSC programs and trails.
Ski and Winter Gear Swap — Take 2
If you happened to miss out on the first ski and winter gear swap, you're still in luck. The second edition of the Homer Community Recreation Ski Swap takes place on Jan. 19 in the high school commons, and runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Winter clothing, winter gear, skates, snowboards — and of course skis — are all welcome. There is no charge to sell or swap items, but participants are asked to be responsible for displaying, pricing and removing their unsold items?
Burning up the trails
So it may be a bit early still, but Friday Night Lights are headed to a trail near you. Lit by more than 100 Tiki torches, the trail is a unique ski experience for all ages and abilities.
Torches are lit Friday nights, starting Jan. 20, and again on Saturday nights if conditions permit.
There will be a warming fire and hot chocolate. Stay after skiing to enjoy a warming fire, hot chocolate and stellar company. Snowshoes are also encouraged, and head-lamps are recommended to help on dark nights.
The event usually takes place on the Raven's Way Loop, starting at the Baycrest-DOT Trailhead. However, if conditions are too warm, the event may be moved to Sunset Loop Trailhead on Diamond Ridge. Check the KNSC Facebook page for the updated location.