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.
The Mariners played host to Palmer, Colony and Wasilla in an action-packed weekend at Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena.
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.
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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and Klas Stolpe
The Homer Mariners took their talent to the road last weekend as they traveled to the Treadwell Arena in Juneau to take on the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears in non-conference hockey action.
By Norm Anderson
for the Homer News
Mariner JV Coach Doug Waclawski led his Lady Mariners to a second place finish at last weekend’s Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament at Soldotna. The Mariners showed double digit victories against the Wasilla Warriors and the Dimond Lynx before falling short to the Seward Seahawks in Saturday’s championship game of the eight-team tournament.
The Homer basketball season is underway with the Mariners JV team traveling to Anchorage to take part in the Lumen Christi Classic. The Mariners were able to win all three games on their way to being crowned tournament champions.
After defeating the Wasilla Warrior C team the previous night, the Mariners were set to face the West Anchorage Eagles JV squad. In spite of the quickness given up by Homer, they made up for it in talent, tying the game up by halftime.
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The Nikolaevsk and Skyview basketball teams split Monday night in Nikolaevsk, with the Warriors girls and Panthers boys notching nonconference victories.
The Nikolaevsk girls used solid defense to top Skyview 28-17. Nikolaevsk led 14-12 at halftime, but then allowed just five points in the second half.
Kilina Klaich and Sophia Kalugin had seven points apiece for the Warriors, while Makinna Halverson and Samantha Reynolds led Skyview with four points each.
Volunteers flocked to the Ohlson Mountain Lookout Trails last weekend to prep the ski trails for the Homer Invitational ski meet, hosting 13 teams from the Valley to Valdez. Race organizers were optimistic that the races would go on, despite poor snow conditions.
The Soldotna boys and Grace Christian girls won team the team titles.
The Soldotna boys won at 1 hour, 29 minutes, 48 seconds. Grace was second and Kenai was third. On the girls side, Grace finished at 1:47:46, while SoHi was second and Homer was third.
By Norm Anderson
For the Homer News
The Homer Mariner Mat team sent seven qualifying wrestlers to the State Tournament at Nikiski High School last weekend and qualified one state finalist, which came in the form of senior Mark McGregor, who lost a 5-1 decision to Trevour Chavez of Bethel.
Junior Calvin Johnson, wrestling at 106 pounds, was seeded second heading into the tournament. Johnson took fifth-place honors, beating TJ Cox of Nikiski in an 18-2 technical fall.
There’s nothing quite like a tie in sports.
The final horn sounds and nobody raises their arms. Nobody lowers their heads. Players head to the locker rooms wearing poker faces and fans file to the exits, not sure how to react.
Such was the case Tuesday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, when the Soldotna and Homer hockey teams tied 2-2 in North Star Conference action. Neither team scored in the sudden-death, five-minute extra period, and there is no shootout in high school hockey.
The gym was rocking at Nikolaevsk Saturday as the second day of action in the 2012 Southwest Conference Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament narrowed down to a championship battle between defending champs Glacier View Wolverines and the Nikolaevsk Warriors.
Last year's state wrestling finalist Mark McGregor has wrestled all season at 170 pounds but decided to drop to 160 in time for last weekend's Kachemak Conference Championship hosted by Grace Christian School. McGregor pinned all four of his opponents in the first period, earning himself a No. 3 rank heading into the State Championships. Mariner Coach Chris Perk says that he now has a solid front headlock to go along with some leg riding technique that he will use to try and earn himself a state championship title.
Lack of snow on the trails didn't deter the Mariner Nordic ski team from competing in the first meet of the season at Headquarters Lake in Soldotna. The Flat-Out Flight Races was an unofficial meet attended by SoHi, Skyview, Kenai and Homer.
Skiers were split into three different flights based on their experience and skill level.
Mariner freshman Barae Hirsch dusted the competition and came in second place in Flight 1.
Nikolaevsk High School student Blake Klaich has been named one of two students in the state to be awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Begun in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee, has recognized more than 250,000 of the country’s “most esteemed high school seniors,” according to information provided on the program website. The award winners are well-rounded young men and women who excel in learning performing and leading in the classroom, on the field and in their communities.
The Mariners took on three Kenai Peninsula opponents last week in Soldotna, Kenai and Skyview. The Mariners went to Kenai Nov. 20 to dual both Kenai and Soldotna.
Due to eligibility check and preparation for regions, the Mariners were down a few wrestlers in matchups where they had been victorious the prior week. The Mariners forfeited seven weight classes for a total of 42 points.
The Homer Mariners traveled to Wasilla last weekend where they took fourth place in the Curtis C. Menard II Memorial Tournament. The Mariners started the tourney with another win against the Houston Hawks, 4-1, but ran into some trouble on the bench as Alex, Dennis and Karil Sonarov were absent from the team due to vacation.
Coach Buck Laukitis noted that depth is key for the Mariners, especially in tough tournaments like these. Senior Connor McCarron served up three assists while Konstantin Reutov, Carson Duggar and Clem Tillion provided the offense.
By INGRID HARRALD
It was a busy weekend at the Kevin Bell ice rink. With the high cchool hockey team up the road for a tournament, the Homer Adult League took advantage of the ice.
Homer High joined 36 other wrestling teams last weekend at the Palmer Invitational. The Mariners placed 18th overall with fifth place showings by junior Calvin Johnson and senior Mark McGregor.
Johnson, who was ranked No. 3 in small schools, defeated No. 2 ranked Gabe Hoffman from Bethel 12-10.
“Both wrestlers were being aggressive and wrestling without fear,” said Mariner Coach Chris Perk.