Story last updated at 2:38 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

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Sea Otters take region

Sporting an undefeated record and coming in as the Region II tournament's top seed, Seldovia's Susan B. English volleyball team kept its dominating season on track in Healy last weekend as it cruised to its third straight region title.

The Sea Otters didn't allow their opponents to win a game, as they swept all three of their matches after receiving a first-round bye.

Seldovia beat Tok 15-13, 15-5, 15-12 to seal the title. It was the second win for the Sea Otters over the Wolverines, who fell to Seldovia 15-1, 15-4, 15-13 in the semifinals.

The Sea Otters will now put their perfect season to the test at the small schools state tournament, with a first-round match against Klawock at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bartlett High in Anchorage.

KSC swimmers go south

The Kachemak Swim Club played the role of little big team, as it placed seventh overall despite only having six swimmers competing in the Alaska Age Group Championship Swim Meet at Ketchikan last weekend.

Led by 11-year-old Dakota Zellin's first-place finish overall in his age group, the KSC King Salmon earned the meet's team award for the highest points per swimmer.

Andrew Faulkner had a solid meet, posting six personal bests and earning fourth in the boys 13 division.

Eleven-year-old Grace Harrison and 14-year-old Anthony Augusto each took sixth in their respective divisions, while Brian Ritchie (12) and Lauren Bell (14) each grabbed sevenths overall.

The race of the meet for the King Salmon came on Saturday, as Bell took first place in the 50 freestyle in a very tight race. Bell out-touched the second-place swimmer by less than a tenth of a second.

KSC age group coach Susie Malone said her team was thrilled by the race.

"They said it was the most exciting race of the entire meet," she added.

Homer skaters drop 2

After a strong start, the Homer High School hockey team has hit a bit of a rough stretch, dropping a pair of games last week.

The Mariners lost 10-3 to Colony High of Palmer's junior varsity in a game Homer hosted at the Kenai rink on Friday. Homer goalie Bryan Smith faced 44 shots on the night.

On Saturday, the Mariners played the Palmer varsity tough but fell 8-5 in a game that featured 15 penalties in the third period.

The Mariners were trailing 6-2 heading into the third period, but pulled within two before the Moose scored an empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining.

Ivan Bucher tallied a hat trick for the Mariners in the losing effort.

Ninilchik wins tourney

Both the Ninilchik boys and girls teams took home titles during the Nikolaevsk middle school basketball tournament last weekend.

The Wolverine girls beat Seldovia's Susan B. English School 38-22 for the championship on Saturday, behind Krista Leman's game-high 11 points.

The Ninilchik boys bested Cook Inlet Academy 47-39 in their title game. Jesse Leman led the Wolverines with a game-high 17 points.

Chapman, Homer Christian and Nikolaevsk also participated in the tournament.