Story last updated at 3:03 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2002

Husky girls win hoops title

The Homer Middle School basketball team exacted a little revenge, beating Kenai 43-41 in Saturday's title game of the Kenai Peninsula Borough middle school basketball championship.

The Homer Middle School boys finished fourth in the boys tournament.

Homer girls coach Tim Daugharty said that Kenai had beaten the Huskies by 28 points just a week earlier. The Huskies recovered with tournament wins over two different Soldotna teams to earn the right to play Kenai in the championship.

"They play rougher than we do, and our girls really fought back (on Saturday)," Daugharty said of the title game.

Daugharty highlighted that the hard work of his bench, particularly Amy Fell, Hannah Gates and Reba Temple, helped wear down Kenai.

Clare Siekaniec, Rachel Bornheimer and Molly Mahan had excellent games as well, Daugharty said.

"All of them played exceptionally well," he added. "It really was a gutsy win."

The girls were rewarded with a chance to take a razor to their coach's head.

"I lost my hair to a Mohawk," Daugharty said. "They say I look like Mr. T."

Skiers like snow

The Homer High School cross-country ski team now has two meets in the bag and, more importantly, it has snow on its own trails as groomers began to pack trails at Lookout Mountain on Tuesday.

Aleta Phelps continued to look strong for the Mariners, placing fourth both days at the Mat-Su Invitational at Hatcher Pass.

"She did real well considering we had three more schools up there (than the previous meet)," said Homer coach Daryl Farrens.

Phelps skied to a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds in Friday's classic and posted a 15:30 in Saturday's skate.

Lauren Migdal was 28th (19:46), on Friday.

On the boys side, Mike Farrens was 32nd on Friday with a time of 16:10, and he finished 27th (14:47) on Saturday. Morgan Jones placed 35th (16:21) on Friday and 38th (16:04) on Saturday.

Skaters blank SoHi

Giuseppe Ricciardi scored a hat trick to lead the Homer High School hockey team to a 4-0 win over Soldotna in junior varsity action on Saturday at the Kenai rink. Scott Owens also scored for the Mariners.

HHS hoops gears up

The Mariner girls kick things off at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with the Alice Witte Challenge game against the Homer alumni team.