The Homer High School hockey team went into Saturday's game against the Nikiski varsity more than a little shorthanded but managed to pull off a 5-4 win at the Kenai rink.
Team captain Ivan Bucher said the win was big considering the Mariners only dressed eight skaters for the nonconference tilt because many of the team's skaters are on vacation. That gave Homer one full line and three players to rotate in off the bench.
Travis Brown scored the game-winner with 4:51 remaining in the third period. Brown also tallied a pair of assists.
Scott Owen scored twice, and Ivan Bucher and Alex Trieweiler each had a goal and an assist.
Bryan Smith stopped 33 shots in goal to preserve the win for the Mariners.
The understaffed Mariners lost 3-1 to Skyview junior varsity on Thursday.
HHS wrestlers 'dual' region
The Homer High School wrestling team made the most of its first competition in almost two weeks last weekend, getting in dual meets against all seven Region III foes at the Colony Duals in Palmer.
With wrestlers squaring off with three teams on Friday and four on Saturday, the Mariners compiled a 30-19 record on the weekend, though there were 14 forfeits for, and three against, Homer.
Camron Hagen continued his stellar season at 103 pounds, pulling off a pair of big come-from-behind wins. Hagen was trailing Wasilla's Bo Kittley 6-2 going into the third period but got a takedown and a near fall to grab a 7-6 win. Hagen also escaped from a 11-2 third period deficit to take a 14-11 win over Steven Gauna of Kodiak
Louden Greiner, a 119-pounder, also had a good weekend, wrestling to a 3-0 record, including a 6-3 double-overtime win over Gunnar Brannon of Kodiak.
"It was a great battle," head coach Chris Perk said. "Louden locked (the hold) up and put him on his back."
Heavyweight Jared Weaver finished the weekend with a 4-4 record that featured a couple of important wins for region tournament seeding, Perk said.
Monte Garroutte, who was 4-1 on the weekend, took a tough 10-9 loss to Palmer's Zach Tomco, a wrestler who has put himself into position to vie for the top seed at the Region III tournament. Garroutte is currently No. 1.
HHS skiers pursue Loppet
Coming in 43rd place, Mike Farrens posted the top finish for the Homer High School cross-country ski team during Saturday's finish at the Lynxloppet Pursuit held at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
The two-day pursuit featured a field of more than 300 skiers from around the state.
Farrens posted a combined time -- Friday featured a 3.6-kilometer classical race and Saturday's event was a 5.3-K freestyle -- of 33 minutes, 21 seconds.
Morgan Jones finished 51st (34:39).
Ron Gribble game Friday
The Homer High School boys basketball team will take on a squad of Mariner alumni at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer High gym in the annual Ron Gribble Memorial Game.
New Year's fun run slated
A local running group known as the Homer Unofficial Running Team (HURT) will hold a New Year's Day fun run (or walk) starting at 11 a.m. from Mariner Park at the base of the Homer Spit.
The informal 5- or 10-kilometer jaunts can be the first unofficial fun run/walk of the year, weather permitting. Call Paul Andrews at 235-5324 for more information.