Youth Sports

Homer wrestlers defend Kachemak Conference title with second-year win

The Homer wrestling team kept a tight grip on the Kachemak Conference on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at Anchorage Christian Schools.

The Mariners qualified 16 boys for the state meet, which is the most in school history. Four girls from Homer also qualified for the state tournament, which will be held at the Alaska Airline Center at University of Alaska, Anchorage Dec. 16-17.

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Cross-country ski travels to the Lynx Loppett Ski Race at Kincaid Park on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.

Hockey plays at home against Chugiak on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon.

Wrestling competes at conference championships at ACS on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

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Cross-country skiing

KSC Kings gobble up the wins at Turkey Time Invitational

KSC Kings gobble up the wins at Turkey Time Invitational.

The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) hosted its annual Turkey Time Invitational meet over the past weekend and 140 swimmers from 6 teams converged upon the Kate Kuhn’s Aquatic Center for the 2-day event.

The Kings notched 39 individual 1st place finishes and 3 relay team 1st place finishes.

The meet ended with a medley relay where members from other swim teams, including some coaches and lifeguards, mixed together for a fun exhibition relay.

Homer Mariners hockey wins End of Road tournament

The Homer Mariner hockey team won its own End of the Road tournament Saturday by defeating Kenai Central 4-1.

The tournament marked Homer High’s first home games of the season.

Homer took the lead in the first period on a goal by Robby Larson, but Jakeb O’Brien tied it up for the Kards early in the second period. Lee Lowe would score for the Mariners before the period was out, then Ethan Pitzman and Garrett Butcher tacked on goals in the third.

Hunter Warren saved 27 for the Mariners, while Ryan Williams stopped 38 for the Kardinals, who are now 2-4 on the year.

Mariner hockey players make fresh start with new alum coach

Nine games and three weeks into the season, the Homer High Mariner hockey team are 5-4. Two of their three wins were achieved at home in Kevin Bell Arena at the End of the Road Shootout on Nov. 18 and 19.

The team is starting off on a different foot than last year. Last year’s team was goal shy, whereas even when the Mariners lose, they get a goal or four in for good measure. The Mariners are also under new leadership, with Homer High School alum and former Mariner hockey player Justin Adams as their head coach.

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Hockey plays at home in the End of the Road Shootout on Thursday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 19.

• Wrestling travels to Wasilla to compete in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19.

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Homer high school swimmer signs with Assumption College

Lauren Kuhns knew she wanted to commit to swim at Assumption College within a day of stepping on campus, she said. On Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Kachemak Swim Club semi-annual membership meeting, Kuhns sat in front of her fellow swimmers and community members at a table adorned with an Assumption College pennant and signed a letter of intent, officially telling the school that she plans to attend after she graduates in spring 2017.

Community recreation schedule

Nov. 3: Weight room in Homer High School weight room, 6-7:30 a.m.

Nov. 3: Morning indoor soccer in Homer High School gym, 6-7 a.m.

Nov. 3: Weight room in HHS Weight Room, 5:30-8 p.m.

Nov. 3: Basketball at HHS gym, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Cancelled: Volleyball at Homer Middle School gym, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Nov. 3: Adult basketball league at HHS gym, 7:35-10 p.m.

Nov. 4: Morning basketball at HHS gym, 6-7 a.m.

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Hockey plays at the Peninsula Challenge vs. Kenai on Nov. 3-5.

Swim and dive attend state championships in Juneau on Nov. 4-5.

Volleyball travels to the region championships in Houston on Nov. 4-5.

Girls wrestling competes in a dual meet against Edgecumbe at the ACS on Nov. 3. The entire team then attends the ACS Invitational on Nov. 4-5.

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Swim and dive

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Swim and dive attend regions in Kodiak on Oct. 27-29.

Volleyball travels to play Houston on Oct. 28 and Redington on Oct. 29.

Wrestling travels to the Monster Mash at South Anchorage on Oct. 28-29.

Kachemak Swim Club

Kings swim team compete at home for an intra-squad meet on Oct. 29. The annual Turkey Time meet is coming up on Nov. 18-19 as well.

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Mariner wrestlers start season winning Luke Spruill tourney

For the first time in Mariner history, Homer won the Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament. The team led by nine first place finishes.

The tournament was Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Homer, the defending Class 1-2-3A state champion, scored 158.5 points, while Soldotna was second at 146.5, Kenai was third at 88.5, Nikiski was fourth at 33 and Voznesenka was fifth at 22.

“They definitely had a good start to the year,” Kenai Central coach Stan Steffensen said of the Mariners. “Their kids are fun to be around. They’re a hard-working crowd.

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Volleyball plays at the Dimond-Service Tournament on Oct. 21-22.

Wrestling hosts the 16th annual Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble. A night of duals from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 21 will be followed by a tournament on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Swim and Dive

Oct. 15: Valley Invitational:

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The dive team competes at the Valley Invite on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and swim team joins them on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 for the rest of the invitational meet.

Volleyball plays Houston at home for senior night on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., followed by Redington at home on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Wrestling attends the Kenai Luke Spruill Invite, their first meet of the season, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Mariner wrestlers start season in Kenai

After winning the state championship in 2015, the Homer High School wrestling team is back in action, and ready for a repeat of last season’s success.

“We’re bringing back a very experienced squad,” said Homer High School head wrestling coach and athletic director Chris Perk. “The attitude and work ethic in the mat room right now, the coaches are really pleased with.”

Glacier Girls hopes to build girls hockey presence

The Homer Hockey Association’s new Glacier Girls program is teaching girls hockey with the hope of building a strong youth girls hockey program in Homer. Currently, girls who wish to play hockey travel north to do so, said coach Chris Owen.

“When the rink first opened they had a team so hopefully we can get it back up and running again,” Owen said.

Homer running squads sweep state team titles

The sport of cross-country running is often a numbers game when it comes to team battles, so Saturday’s boys-girls championship sweep by the Homer Mariners in the Class 1-2-3A division was one to cherish.

For a town of just over 5,000 having to battle Anchorage schools like Grace and Anchorage Christian, the occasion marked the pinnacle of success for the Homer running program.

The girls won their third straight state title, matching the school’s precedent of three straight from 1988 to 1990, but for the Mariners boys, the sweet taste of victory was new.

New competitive hockey team plays at home

The Homer Glacier Kings, Homer Hockey Association’s new competitive age 16-and-under (16U) team, plays three games against the South Anchorage Mighty Moose at Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. All games are open and free to the public, said team manager Susan Larson.

Saturday starts with a game at 9 a.m. and then an exhibition game at 5 p.m. The third game takes place Sunday at 9 a.m.

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