Another collegiate hoops team is getting a Warrior. Megan Hickman, a five-year starter for the Class 1A Nikolaevsk girls, put pen to paper April 13 in front of a crowd of friends and family members and signed her commitment to play college basketball at the Division II University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Hickman, a crafty point guard, became the second Nikolaevsk girls player to continue her playing career in college, joining 2014 graduate Nianiella Dorvall who moved on to play at Skagit Valley College, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
Zoey Magee and Natalie Farren perform a duet skating piece at the Kevin Bell Arena 10-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 9. The performance was just one of many figure skating pieces by those participating in the WeSkate figure skating program. The weekend before the anniversary celebration, the skaters participated in the Riverside competition in Soldotna. Six skaters competed and all came back with medals varying from first to fifth place.
Both the Popeye and Anchor Kings wrestling clubs participated in the Arctic Warriors Ultimate Challenge in Wasilla last weekend. And both clubs brought home medals.
Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Wasilla this weekend to participate in a two-day event for Arctic Warriors Ultimate Challenge.
Homer High School’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams played through the cold rain on Saturday, each earning wins against Eagle River.
Soccer games are only cancelled in the case of snow, said Homer High School Athletic Director Chris Perk. Despite the wet weather, the teams were not thrown off course.
The Kachemak Swim Club Kings attended the Southcentral Area Sprint Championship Meet in Kenai last weekend and brought home several top honors. Teams from Kenai, Soldotna and Seward also participated in the meet. It was a clean sweep for KSC’s 9-10 year old boys; Luke Nelson, Lukas Story and Nathan Overson nabbed first, second and third place high-point honors.
Carly Nelson, Luke Nelson and Madison Story placed first in all of their events. The Kings placed third overall for team points and won the spirit award trophy.
The Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Soldotna on April 2 for the Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Tournament. Popeye took 24 wrestlers who all wrestled their hearts out. Out of 24 wrestlers, Popeye brought home 14 medals: six in first place, five in second place and three in third place. Popeye placed sixth as a team out of 17 clubs.
The Homer High School boys and girls soccer teams faced their first games of the season against Kenai on Wednesday. They will play their second of the season at home on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
As with many of the other boys sports teams this year, the boys soccer team is built mostly around a core group of sophomores, said sophomore Charles Rohr. After the departures of last year’s seniors, the boys soccer team is focusing on building a strong team over their high school careers.
Popeye wrestlers earn 22 medals
Popeye Wrestlers traveled to Palmer over Easter weekend for the largest tournament leading up to the state Championships. Fifteen wrestlers competed in a two-day, three-event competition with Greco on Friday, March 25 as well as a War of the Roses Nationals Women's Tournament.
It had been 25 years since the Homer Mariners had a girls basketball team appear in a state championship game, and a semifinal win Friday changed that.
As for the state crown itself, well, that’ll have to wait another year.
The Homer girls fell 49-26 to the Barrow Whalers in a matchup of the top two seeds in the Class 3A girls state final Saturday, March 26, at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
“We forced some stuff, and it just wasn’t our day,” said Homer Head Coach Chad Felice. “We just didn’t have it.”
Popeyes score 14 wins
Popeye Wrestling Club wrestled at the Anchorage freestyle wrestling club tournament. Friday was Greco-style and the wrestlers competed freestyle on Saturday.
Popeye took 12 wrestlers to the Friday Greco tournament and brought home three first-place, two second-place and three third-place wins. Dallas Walker received his first gold medal in Greco; Damian Kerr also placed first. Nestor Kalugin, Anthony Kalugin, Ian Stovall, and Cole Bernier all battled against tough competition.
The Kachemak Bay Running Club is having its annual membership meeting March 31 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening will begin with the club’s regular Thursday night fun run at 6 p.m. Following the fun run, at 6:30 p.m. the meeting will take place in the upstairs seating area of Alice’s where attendees can partake in a burger and brew special, vote on officers and win door prizes.
The Ninilchik girls sent out their senior class with victory Saturday at the Class 1A state tournament consolation championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
The Nikolaevsk girls also went out winners Saturday, topping Shishmaref 50-45 in overtime for fourth place in the 1A tourney.
Following a heartbreaking opening day loss to Aniak, Ninilchik won three straight games to claim the consolation prize with a 42-31 victory over Newhalen.
Every one of the eight state championship basketball banners that hang in the Ninilchik School gymnasium were earned by the school’s girls squads.
Scooch over a bit, Dan Leman. Another banner is about to join you.
The Ninilchik boys claimed their first ever state crown Saturday with a thrilling 41-37 overtime win over fellow Peninsula Conference rivals Nikolaevsk in the Class 1A title game at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
Homer’s own Pee Wee Tier III hockey team picked up their third state title in three years on Monday morning at Kevin Bell Arena. The team took the 2015 Pee Wee state title and the same group won the 2014 state title when they played at the Squirt level.
“It’s really great,” said Homer team captain Casey Otis. “We worked so hard all year and then it pays off when you work so hard. It’s awesome.”
Sixteen-year-old Sadi Oswald blew past skiers to win first place for women in the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon 20-kilometer race on Saturday, March 12. Sadie, who had never skied in Homer before came down from Anchorage with her father, Peter, for the event.
“It was unexpected because I thought I was going really slow, but apparently not,” Sadie said.
With a lot of Alaska lacking snow during this warmer winter, Homer currently beats out Anchorage for quality ski conditions. Sadie said she enjoyed skiing a different terrain as well.
The Pee Wee Tier III Alaska State Hockey Tournament starts Friday at Kevin Bell Arena, hosted by the Homer Hockey Association. The following weekend of March 25 will bring the Ash Cup, a men’s hockey tournament, to the rink.
The Anchor King wrestling team had another busy weekend of wrestling at the Popeye Wrestling Tournament.
Eight Anchor Kings participated in the Friday night folkstyle tournament. Wayne Newman and Luciano Fasulo both earned first place. Kyle Wells and Blake Newman earned third place in their age divisions. Other wrestlers who participated included Carter Woodhead, CJ Burns, Russell Nyvall, and Tyler Johnson.
Homer Popeye wrestlers completed the two-day 2nd Annual Steve Wolf Memorial Popeye Wrestling Club Tournament on March 11-12, raking in a total of 72 first, second and third place wins. The team will be off to Anchorage Avalanche and Seward for greco and freestyle competitions this weekend.
With a win and a loss at the March 11 and 12 regions games under their belt, the Homer girls varsity basketball team will make their way to Anchorage for the state competition on March 24-26. The girls are the number two seed overall going into the state tournament, and are still the number one seed in their division with a 22-2 season record, according to girls varsity basketball head coach Chad Felice.
The Popeye Wrestling Club and the Anchor Kings Wrestling Club began their 2016 season by participating in the North Peninsula Tournament in Nikiski March 4-5.
On Friday, Nikiski hosted a Greco tournament. Popeye had 12 wrestlers registered and 11 of the 12 placed in the top three.