Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 7:41 PM on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sports Briefs

Mariners hit spring running

The Homer High School track and field team travels to the Dome in Anchorage this weekend for the Big "C" Relays. This year it brings more than 30 teams from around the state and three Olympic athletes to the 400 meter indoor track.

All Stars second in nationals

Homer High School freshman Hannah Baird scored the first goal for her 19-Under girls Tier II team at the National Championships, held in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend. Baird, who plays with the Anchorage-based Alaska All Stars, set the tone for the team seven minutes into the first period of the first game against the Massachusetts Spitfire. The All Stars went undefeated in their first five games, facing the Alliance Bulldogs of Texas for the national title. The Bulldogs slipped the puck by the All Stars' downed goalie to win 3-2 in overtime. Baird played defense until starting with the All Stars last fall, when she moved forward, saying she felt her goal proved her value to the team.

Homer women fools for hockey

Two Homer Divas teams played in the Fools on Ice women's hockey tournament in Anchorage last weekend. Both teams took second in their divisions and their combined forces once again dominated the unofficial style competition, this year with a bridal theme. Homer's novice team, Gentleman Prefer Divas, lost 2-0 to the Eh Team from Whitehorse, Canada, in the championship game. The intermediate team, Backchecking Brides, fell 3-1 to the Kodiak Storm in the final game. Goalies Julie Hinkle and Michelle Hatton kept the Divas in the games. High scorers for Gentleman Prefer Divas were Suz Parrish, Tracey Tillion and Karyn Noyes. Backchecking Brides high scorers were Jesse Dullinger, Kris Holderied and Vicki Lowe.

Berry finishes season in Tok

Jack Berry took eighth in the Adult Unlimited Speed class at the Tok Race of Champions Sled race on March 27. His wife, Mari Hoe-Raitto, took ninth. He finished the two 16-mile heats in 1 hour, 50 minutes and 58 seconds; she ran the event in 1:52:22. This was the last of the season for sprint mushers like Berry and Hoe-Raitto, who have raced at least every other weekend through the winter. Berry and his team of young dogs took seventh in the North American Championships in Fairbanks and 14th at Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage.

Wrestlers fourth in freestyle

Thirty-eight Popeye Freestyle Wrestling Club members earned 94 points and 21 top-three medals last Saturday at the Nikiski Freestyle Tournament at Nikiski High School. Anchorage Freestyle won the 18-team tournament with 117 points, followed by Tri-Valley with 108 and Nikiski with 105. Kaitlin Rios, wrestling in Intermediate-83-86 class, came from behind in three of her four matches to win by pin.