Youth Sports

Lady Mariners ski to third in Regions meet

The Mariners young small team showed the competition whose home course it was at the Nordic skiing Regions meet last weekend at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Moutain.
Seven teams competed in the last meet before State meet this weekend in Anchorage. The Lady Mariners took a strong third place, less than a minute behind second place Colony. Grace Christian won the Regions title for the girls.
The Mariner boys took fifth place behind Soldotna, Kenai, Colony and Grace as a result of Friday's dissatisfying race according to some.

Husky ski team to host ski-a-thon; lessons to be offered by coaches for $25

What's a ski-a-thon? A fun-filled event used to promote skiing among youth by supporting the funding of getting to the trails, wax and assorted other costs. The Homer Middle School Husky ski team is having a "ski-a-thon" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sunset Loop. The team goal is to collectively ski 300 kilometers, or 186 miles. Husky skiers will be skiing Sunset Loop during that time period. The suggested flat pledge is $7 to $15. Those wanting to participate can pledge with a HMS skier or simply call 399-3096.

Lady Mariners ski to top honors at Boroughs

The Lady Mariner Nordic ski team smoked the competition last weekend at the Borough ski meet held at Lookout Mountain. The boys team held strong, taking third overall against Kenai, Skyview, Seward, and SoHi.
"It was a tough course and I thought the team did well. We practiced the course all week," said Head Coach Eric Groth.
With a home course advantage, the Mariners proved Saturday that they have been practicing hard on Lookout Trails' steep hills and tight turns.

Mariner ski team hosts Boroughs this weekend

In the last meet of the regular season, the Mariners Nordic ski team dominated the top 10 at the Seward Invite last weekend in the 6K skate ski race.
“It was a smaller meet this weekend with a fast and challenging course,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.
The last of the Besh Cup races also took place last weekend in Fairbanks, decreasing the number of skiers at the meet in Seward. In addition, a few Mariners skiers suffering from the seasonal flu outbreak prevented them from racing.

Sports Briefs

Huskies win three firsts during Homer Invite
The Homer Huskies hosted Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna Feb. 1 for the 2013 Homer Invite.
The 3K state ski race felt like a 5K, with a steep, hilly course on the Lookout Trails.  “It  was wicked fun, with a few spills and lots of smiles,” said Coach Tad Russell.
“These kids skied their hearts out.There were some gutsy performances out there and a couple close finishes,” said Russell.

Mariners end hockey season just one win short of State

The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was in Wasilla last weekend for the Region 3 hockey tournament held at the Menard Sports Center.
The Mariners knocked off the Kenai Kardinals in a 5-0 shutout on Thursday evening, setting them up for a 5 p.m. game on Friday against the Soldotna Stars, who had just defeated the Palmer Moose. Tommy Bowe scored three goals in the win, giving him a hat trick off of one of the nicest assists of the night by Caroline DeCreft. Goalie Alex Sanarov got his last shutout of the season in what was a solid outing from the Mariners.

Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors win Nenana tourney title

The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors took home the crown in the Nenana Invitational Tournament on Saturday, defeating the home team Lynx 53-42.
Up until the fourth quarter, the game had been very close, as the Warriors led 21-19 at halftime, and 38-37 after three quarters. But Nikolaevsk put the hammer down in the fourth, outscoring Nenana 15-5 and walking off with the victory.

Mariners end hockey season just one win short of State

The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was in Wasilla last weekend for the Region 3 hockey tournament held at the Menard Sports Center. 

The Mariners knocked off the Kenai Kardinals in a 5-0 shutout on Thursday evening, setting them up for a 5 p.m. game on Friday against the Soldotna Stars, who had just defeated the Palmer Moose. Tommy Bowe scored three goals in the win, giving him a hat trick off of one of the nicest assists of the night by Caroline DeCreft. Goalie Alex Sanarov got his last shutout of the season in what was a solid outing from the Mariners.

Mariners fall to Nikiksi

The Nikiski boys notched a 55-52 overtime win over Homer on Tuesday in Nikiski in Southcentral Conference play.

Homer controlled most of the game, leading 12-6 after one quarter, 25-16 at halftime and 37-27 after three quarters.

Seth Carstens then scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nikiski boys back. Carstens’ free throws tied the game at 48 with 51 seconds left in regulation, and neither team could score in the rest of regulation despite several chances.

Mariner skiers continue to improve

The Mariner Nordic ski team got to test-run new trails last weekend at the Colony Invite, held at the newly opened Government Peak Trail at Hatcher Pass. Homer raced against Palmer, Colony, Grace Christian, SoHi, Skyview, Seward and Valdez.

“It was a great race. We had good classical conditions with a lot of good kick which made for a lot more stride rather than double pole placements,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

Hockey team’s senior night ends in scoreless tie against Soldotna

By Norm Anderson

For the Homer News

The Homer Mariners hosted their final home game of the hockey season against the Soldotna Stars Tuesday night in what was a defensive-minded showdown from both squads. 

Although the Mariners looked to push the puck offensively in the first period, all seven shots on goal were saved by Soldotna goalie Cody Harvey. Homer’s Alex Sanarov also sent back six shots on Homer’s goal in the first period.

Skyview Invite offers lights, ice

For the Mariners Nordic ski team, the highlight of last weekend’s Skyview Invite on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna was not the good trail conditions Friday night nor getting back into racing after the long winter break.

According to Head Coach Eric Groth, his team showed the most enthusiasm for skiing under the lights.

“We had a good race Friday night before it got warm. The trails were still soft and the kids really enjoyed racing under the lights since it’s something they rarely get to do,” said Groth.

Mariner hockey team gets assist from managers

The Homer Mariner hockey team is entering the New Year with high hopes after the team ended 2012 defeating Juneau Douglas but losing to the alumni team. 

As they prepare for the second half of the season, the two senior managers of the team, Sierra Roberts and Katie Pitzman, continue to be relied upon and respected in the rink. 

“What they do for the team is very much appreciated by the coaches, players and parents. We try to acknowledge how essential they are as part of the team,” said Coach Buck Laukitis. 

Grizzly Classic bodes well for Lady Mariners

Both Homer Mariners basketball teams took part in the 2012 Grace Christian Grizzly Basketball Classic in Anchorage last weekend. The four-team tournament featured Homer, Grace, Dimond and Soldotna for the boy’s bracket.

The Mariners lost against Grace, Soldotna and Dimond to secure their last place finish while the Dimond Lynx went on to defeat the Mariners on Saturday to protect their first place winnings. 

Despite the Mariner losses, Kenneth Schneider and Drew Brown were selected for all-tournament honors for the boys. 

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