Youth Sports

The finer points of pitching

Eve Black demonstrates the proper pitching stance with Homer High School Lady Mariners softball pitcher McKi Needham during a pitching clinic last Friday at Homer High School. Black is a former University of Washington pitcher and coach. Girls from throughout the Kenai Peninsula attended the clinic.

Mariners place sixth in toughest wrestling tournament in Alaska

The Homer Mariners finished sixth with 86 points among 43 wrestling teams at the annual Lancer Smith Memorial tournament Friday and Saturday at Colony High School. It’s considered the toughest tournament in Alaska.

The Mariners are taking this week off before hosting the Voznesenka Cougars in a dual at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to celebrate Senior Night. 

South won the Lancer Smith tourney with 224.5 points, while Colony finished second with 178.5.

Dimond wins End of Road tourney; Stars beat Homer

Levi Hensley scored the game-winning goal for Soldotna early in the third period against Homer and the Stars went on to beat the Mariners 5-4 Saturday at the End of the Road Shootout tournament in Homer.

Dimond’s JV won the tournament with a 3-0 record.

Hensley broke a 2-2 tie with an assist from Cameron Knowlton with 12 minutes, 21 seconds, remaining in the game, and Ethan Brown added an insurance goal just 1:51 later.

Hard work vaults Mariners into state title picture

This week, the Homer High wrestling team travels to what coach Chris Perk calls “the toughest meet in Alaska,” the Lancer Smith Memorial in Palmer. There, they’ll face nearly every team in the state, including both 4A and Small Schools. The JV team will also wrestle at the Colony Scramble. 

As the coach of a rising wrestling squad, Perk is seeing early returns on the effort to build up a successful program.

The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell

Homer Glacier King Pee Wee C’s took the title of 2015 Peninsula Power Play Tournament Champions in the annual tournament held in Kenai and Soldotna last weekend. The tournament fielded a division of six Pee Wee Tier III teams from around Southcentral Alaska. 
 

Following losses in Palmer, Homer hosts Shoot-Out

The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell Arena, following a disappointing weekend in Palmer.

The team finished 0-2-1 in the weekend Palmer Hockey Showdown, falling to Wasilla 7-1 on Friday and North Pole 5-2 on Saturday.

Friday, after a scoreless first period, Garrett Conroy, Porter Schachle and Russell Harren scored in the second before Demitry Kuzmin was able to cut it to 3-1.

Homer volleyball bows to Kotzebue at state

Stubbornness and tenacity earned the Homer volleyball team a spot at the Class 3A state tournament. Upon arrival, however, that dogged approach could only carry them so far.

A day after losing a first-round match against Valdez, it was Kotzebue that defeated Homer 3-1 in the second-chance bracket Friday at the Alaska Airlines Arena with scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-10 and 25-18, putting an end to the Mariners’ season.

Ice Challenge title goes to Service

After wins against Kenai and SoHi on Thursday and Friday, the Homer hockey team fell 6-0 to Service on Saturday at the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Mariners defeated Kenai Central 11-7 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

Homer took a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Kardinals came back to tie the game in the third period before Homer ran away again in a wild period that saw Homer score six times and Kenai score three times.

Mariners defeat 42 teams to win ACS Invite

This weekend, the Mariner Mat Team heads to Nikiski duals in the wake of a stunning victory at the ACS Invitational last week, showing the state of Alaska that they are the team to beat for the Small Schools Championship. 

The ACS Invitational is the biggest small-schools shakedown of the year, commonly considered a good preview for the state championship. Homer beat out 42 other teams to clinch the victory with 217.5 points to Bethel’s 203 and Kotzebue’s 192.5.

Sports in Brief

Riptide undefeated 

in city hoops league

Game 1 of the Homer City Basketball League’s third week was a stunning victory for Riptide against the Splash Bros — 63 to 34. Riptide’s Fred Dickerson was the game’s high scorer with 21 points. Game 2 was a little closer. The Timberwolves managed to pull off a win Monday night with 46 points to the Titans’ 34, 19 of them brought in by T-Wolf Nick Finley.

Mariners crown four ‘King of the Mountain’

The Mariner Mat Team followed up their 15-medal performance with an 11-medal performance at Seward’s King of the Mountain Tournament last week. 

Homer dualed six times at the tournament and won each time. Jared Brant, 132 pounds, Timmy Woo, 152, Tristen Cook, 170, and freshman Jadin Mann, 285, all went undefeated over the weekend. 

Brant and Woo will be ranked No.1 in the state after their solid weekends of wrestling. 

Warriors place first in Mixed 6 tourney

Last Friday and Saturday, Nikolaevsk School hosted this year’s Round Robin Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament. The tournament combined female and male players hailing from four different schools: Nikolaevsk, Seldovia, Kodiak ESS and Tanalian, from Port Alsworth.

The Nikolaesvk Warriors came in first with a 3-0 record, but Warriors coach Bea Klaich said it wasn’t easy, calling the weekend “terrific with excellent competition.”

Mariners finish 2nd in Rumble

The Mariner Wrestling team could be accused of not sharing with others last weekend after winning 15 medals en route to a solid second-place finish at the Best Western Bidarka’s Round Robin Rumble. With 178 points, the Marinersi finished  behind the top 4A team in the state: the South Anchorage Wolverines, with 267 points. Seven other teams competed in Homer. 

Mariners, Warriors named to Peninsula All-Conference football teams

The 2015 Peninsula All-Conference football teams were announced this week, and players from Homer High and Ninilchik School make up nearly the entire first team. Below are the first team players from each school. To see players named to the second time and who received honorable mentions, go to homernews.com. The All-State team will be voted on in two weeks.



FIRST TEAM 

 

Homer Mariners:

It’s about more than the score

It was a disappointing finish to a year marked by improvement for the Mariner football team.

The Eielson Ravens earned trip No. 3 to the state championship game with a 62-0 win over the Homer Mariners in a small schools state semifinal last Saturday afternoon at Buck Nystrom Field at Eielson High School on Eielson Air Force Base.

Despite the big loss, Homer Head Coach Josh Fraley could find the silver lining in what he described as a “pretty dark cloud.”

Cross country draws record number of West Homer Elementary students

West Homer Elementary School’s cross country team concluded a successful season with the Orca Fun Run on Oct. 1. This season the team had a record 56 kids registered from the third through sixth grades. Over the season, the team ran at West Homer on the school’s new Nature Trail, the Homestead trails, the Homer Middle School Trails and even ran a day at the beach. The Fun Run was roughly a 1.5-mile course around West Homer Elementary and through the Nature Trail.

Top finishers in the fun run were:

Wrestling season kicks off with fundraiser; Mariner team boasts lots of sibling strength

This season the Mariner wrestling team looks to improve upon it seventh place team finish at State last year.  Returning State place winners juniors Timmy Woo (third), Jared Brant  (fourth) and Jaime Rios (fifth) and sophomore Tristen Cook (fourth) will all be in the hunt for a state championship.  

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