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Story last updated at 6:55 PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sports in Brief

High school soccer starts in Anchorage

Homer Mariner soccer teams kick off the season with games in Anchorage this weekend. The girls face Wasilla at the Dome in Anchorage on Friday and have their first conference game against Grace Christian on Saturday. The boys also play the Grizzlies on Saturday. The first home games will be April 28 and 30.

Kings qualify at Spring Splash

The Kachemak Kings made their last splash of the open age group swim season in Seward last Friday and Saturday. It was the last chance meet for swimmers to qualify for the Alaska Junior Olympic meet, which will be held in Anchorage at the end of the month.

Kachemak Swim Club took 26 swimmers who swam a total of about 100 races, made 25 best times and 15 or 16 JO qualifying times.

Head Coach Anna Borland-Ivy said every Homer swimmer made at least one best time or qualifying time.

"In that way it was a real success," Borland-Ivy said.

Four teams from Anchorage joined peninsula squads at the last minute to bring the number of swimmers to 168 and raise the level of competition.

JOs is a statewide meet that requires a stringent qualifying time to enter. Swimmers may compete in a maximum of seven events. It will be held April 28-May 1 at the Bartlett pool in Anchorage.

Homer swimmers with at least one qualifying time are Lauren Kuhns, with 6 qualifying times; Dana Olesch, 10; Marie Schmidt, 13; Cheyenne Smith, 6; Clayton Arndt, 3; Leo Castellani, 1; Richard Ginter, 12; Patrick Hannan, 3; Sergius Hannan, 9; Nathanael Hardy, 7; James Nagle, 6; Mark Nagle, 5; Charles Rohr, 3; Gregory Smith, 2; and Kyle Wentz, 8.

Wrestlers wrangle folk and freestyle

Popeye wrestlers faced 23 other wrestling clubs in the Arctic Warrior Ultimate Challenge at the Wasilla Middle School last Saturday. Athletes wrestled in both gyms and the cafeteria of the school. Novice to open age groups wrestled folkstyle and prebantam through intermediate age groups wrestled freestyle.

Wrestling to first place were Austin Shafford, intermediate-62-63; Evan Crump, intermediate-68-71; Jadin Mann, intermediate-120-129; Teddy Croft, novice-81-84; Wyatt Alborn, novice-128-141; and Calvin Johnson, cadet-91-95.

Second-place finishers were Ian Stovall, Intermediate-58-60; Wayne Newman's place is 2nd. Intermediate-78-82; Tristen Cook, Novice-93-95; Jamie Rios, Novice-94-98; Brendon Fenex, Novice-112-118; Cody Macy, School Boy/Girl-106-111; and Daniel Rios, School Boy/Girl-141-153. Kaitlin Rios, Intermediate-85-91; Austin McGregor, School Boy/Girl-104-106; and Collin MacCampbell, Cadet-101-105, took third.

Chris Cudaback, Ravi Cavasos, Rylie Alborn, Chris Peterson, Gavril Kalugin, Hunter Edens, Trevor Fenex, McKenzie Cook, Cole Bernier and Peyton Edens also wrestled in the meet. The last regular season meet will be held Saturday in Palmer.