Weekly sports highlights

  • Homer’s Levi King works his way to a pin of Colony’s Simon Ganchenko at 195 pounds Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in the championship dual of the Peninsula Duals at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
  • Colony’s Caleb Hopkins controls Homer’s Tristen Cook at 182 pounds en route to a 2-1 decision Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in the championship dual of the Peninsula Duals at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
  • Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion Colony’s Eric Christy controls Homer’s Chris Cudaback at 170 pounds en route to a 11-0 major decision in the championship dual of the Peninsula Duals on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Nikiski High School in Nikiski.

Upcoming events:

Homer High School

Hockey: The Homer High School hockey team will play Wasilla at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Kevin Bell Ice Area in Homer. The team plays Colony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and plays Palmer at noon on Saturday, Dec. 2. Both of those games are also at home.

Wrestling: The wrestling team will compete in a dual against Colony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at home in the Alice Witte Gymnasium. This is also Senior Night for the wrestlers. The team will then compete in the North South

Cross-country skiing: The Nordic ski team will compete in the Mat-Su Invite on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2 at the Government Peak Recreation Area.

In Review:

Homer High School

Wrestling: The Homer boys wrestling team took fourth and the girls team took second last weekend at the Lancer Smith Memorial tournament in Wasilla. The Mariners were the first place Division II school, beating Bethel by more than 20 points, according to assistant coach Chris Perk.

Perk wrote:

“The Lancer Smith Memorial Tourney is the biggest and baddest tourney in the state of Alaska. (Fifty) teams were represented, (including) schools as big at 2,000 and as small as Voznesenka. There were three categories, Varsity, JV and girls brackets. The Mariners placed (fourth with) 160.5 points in the Varsity Boys tourney, and (second with) 87 points in the girls tourney. The girls were led by (three-time) All American McKenzie Cook at 145. She pinned Madison Ellis from South Anchorage in the third period. Alex Moseley at 120, scored four pins in route to her championship. She used multiple leg attacks and cross faces to totally dominate her opponents. Sadie Blake at 113 won her first couple of matches and placed (sixth), (while) Sierra Clark at 160, a sophomore, also earned two victories and a (fifth) place overall finish. Mina Cavasos at 120, defeated the defending State Champion Raeann Jackson from North Pole in the first round. Cavasos was able to secure another victory but fell short of placing.

In the finals, the marque match up of the night was Luciano Fasulo at 132 and Christian Alexander from Wasilla. These two scored 22 points in their last match at the Monster Mash Duals. Defense on both sides had improved and going into the third period it was 2-1 in favor of Fasulo. Alexander then lifted Fasulo high into the air and brought him down right on his back and score two near fall. Trailing 3-2, Fasulo earned a final escape to force overtime. Both wrestlers nearly scored takedowns before Fasulo snuck in a low level double leg and returned the favor by lifting Alexander up high and slammed to the mat for the sudden victory takedown. Fasulo now is 34 - 0 on the season.

Also earning a championship was senior Kyle Wells at 220. Wells won four matches and beat No. 1 Division I wrestler from Service, Kaden Calderera, 11-7. Wells continues to wrestle well and is one of the top two wrestlers in the state. Runner up Levi King at 195 lost by fall to Bradley Antesberger from North Pole, a defending Division I State champion. King beat Tuifua from Barrow for the second week in a row to claim the No. 1 ranking for Division II. Other placers were Tristen Cook at 182, third place. His only loss was to Hopkins from Colony. Chris Cudaback at 170 placed fourth, Mose Hayes at 138 was fifth, and Wayne Newman at 126, took sixth place. Alex Miller, a junior at 195, placed (sixth) in the JV bracket.

The Mariners will practice next week and get ready for the final home dual versus Colony for Senior Night. It will be at 3 p.m. on Nov. 30th.”

Hockey: The Homer High School hockey team was one of the competitors in the End of the Road Shootout tournament this past weekend at the Kevin Bell Arena. The Mariners took first overall, winning the tournament 3-0. The full results are as follows:

Friday:

Homer 5, Bartlett 2 (Bartlett 1 1 0 — 2, Homer 0 3 2 — 5)

First period — 1. Bartlett, Abrego (Mackin), 6:15.

Second period — 2. Homer, Warren (Weston), 1:17; 3. Homer, Weston (McCarron), 7:20; 4. Bartlett, Vandenbos (un.), 12:02; 5. Homer, Gilliland (Ross), 13:46. Penalties — Bartlett 2 for 15:00.

Third period — 6. Homer, Nevak (un.), 1:27; 7. Homer, Nevak (Weston, Kuzmin), 4:05.

Shots on goal — Bartlett 25; Homer 52.

Goalies — Bartlett, Beals (52 shots, 47 saves); Homer, Roderick (25 shots, 23 saves).

Stars 3, Hawks 3 (Houston 2 0 1 — 3, Soldotna 1 2 0 — 3)

First period — 1. Houston, Zweifel (Humphreys), 6:53; 2. Soldotna, Urban (A. Montague, Appelhans), 11:23; 3. Houston, Zweifel (Attungana), 11:37.

Second period — 4. Soldotna, Brantley III (A. Montague), 0:57; 5. Soldotna, A. Montague (un.), 12:32.

Third period — 6. Houston, Gillespie (Scott), 4:29.

Overtime — none.

Shots on goal — Houston 28; Soldotna 26.

Goalies — Houston, Bollinder (26 shots, 23 saves); Soldota, Wirz (28 shots, 25 saves).

Saturday:

Homer 10, Soldotna 3 (Soldotna 1 2 0 — 3, Homer 4 0 6 — 10)

First period — 1. Homer, Nevak (Gilliland, Lowe), 0:12; 2. Homer, S. Warren (Kuzmin, Blakely), 1:11; 3. Soldotna, A. Montague (Urban), 1:31; 4. Homer, Blakely (Pitzman, T. Weston), 2:41; 5. Homer, P. Weston (Blakely), 5:14.

Second period — 6. Soldotna, Brantley III (Schmelzenbach), 3:23; 7. Soldotna, A. Montague (Medcoff), 4:41.

Third period — 8. Homer, Nevak (P. Weston), 0:32; 9. Homer, Novak (Kuzmin, Lowe), 1:08; 10. Homer, Nevak (P. Weston, Kuzmin), 5:49; 11. Homer, Gilliland (Lowe, T. Weston), 6:14; 12. Homer, Gilliland (Kuzmin), 9:58; 13. Homer, Williamson (Warren), 11:07.

Shots on goal — Soldotna — 22; Homer — 51.

Goalies — Soldotna, Wirz, Powell (51 shots, 41 saves); Homer, H. Warren (22 shots, 19 saves).

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