Youth Sports

Ninilchik girls, boys win conference title

Tired, disheveled, a bit banged up, but with joyous expressions on their faces, the Ninilchik girls basketball squad celebrated Friday night like the old days.

After seeing Cook Inlet Academy and Nikolaevsk exchange the Peninsula Conference crown the past several years, the Wolverines were beginning to wonder if they would ever see it again. The senior class had taken loss after loss in their early years, and improved squads the last two seasons fell just short of state glory.

Mariner girls Nordic ski team wins division championship

Homer High’s girls Nordic ski team blew past the competition last week to take first place overall out of two teams for 2A-3A division at the Nordic Ski State Championships in Anchorage. 

The 2A-3A division includes schools like Homer, Valdez and Grace Christian that have 450 kids or less, said assistant coach Alison O’Hara. 

Valdez girls ski team came in second in the division.

Mariners win, lose on Senior Night

Senior night for varsity basketball last Friday was a night of reflection, celebration and bittersweet tears for the players moving on to college after the season and the teammates and coaches they are leaving here in Homer. The Friday night games were the Mariners’ basketball teams last home games of the season.

The JV and varsity teams will travel to play Grace Christian School, Houston and Anchorage Christian School for three days of play that begin today.

Mariner ski team heading to state meet

Homer High’s Nordic ski team will take 12 skiers to Anchorage for the state competition today through Saturday, following up last weekend when JV and varsity teams competed at regions in Valdez on Feb. 19 and 20.

The Valdez meet gave the Homer team a taste of a trail different from the sloping Lookout Mountain trails. 

“The majority of the race was on the flats which was of course not what Homer skiers are used to,” said Homer High Nordic ski assistant coach Alison O’Hara.

Mariner girls undefeated in conference play; boys pick up first conference win

Homer High’s girls varsity basketball finished a three-game series of conference games with a 6-0 conference record and a 17-1 overall record after winning all of their games on Feb. 18-20. 

The girls team attributes their success to their strong teamwork and defensive skills.

Sport in Brief

Homer Nordic ski shines

at borough meet

The Homer High Nordic ski team competed in Borough Nordic Ski race at Lookout Mountain on Feb. 13. The race was a duathlon, which combines classic technique and skate technique into one race. At the halfway mark, the racers switch equipment, adding to the strategy and intrigue of the competition. 

Mariner girls dominate at WC tourney

The Homer girls basketball team trounced the competition in the Homer Winter Carnival tournament Feb. 11-13, winning all three of their games against the Dimond JV team and the Bristol Bay and Ninilchik varsity teams. 

The Homer boys team finished off the weekend with a 2-1 record that included a solid win against Bristol Bay on Friday evening.

Watch them play

 

Feb. 4: Hockey at Regions v. Soldotna at Sport Center, 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Glennallen at Seward, 3, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: JV girls and boys basketball at Ninilchik, TBA if they win on Wednesday.
Feb. 5: Hockey at Regions, TBA.

Feb. 5: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Seward at Seward, 6, 7:30 p.m.

Kings take second place crown

The Homer Glacier Kings PeeWee D took 2nd place at the Peninsula Winter Games tournament in Soldotna and Kenai on the weekend of Jan. 23. From left are Austin Ceccarelli, Keegan Strong, Jerrin Norcross, Vlase Polushkin, Larry Dunn, Sam Banks, Addison Hanshaw, Owen Pitzman, Timmy Hatfield, Elias Allen (behind Timmy) Rorey Cook and Delilah Harris. Not pictured: Bergen Knutson.

KSC swimmer goes solo to Anchorage meet

Lauren Kuhns swims the breaststroke in one of the six races where she represented the Kachemak Swim Club at the Alaska Senior Championships on Jan. 30-31 at Bartlett Pool in Anchorage. A total of 147 swimmers attended the meet. 

Kuhns placed 14th individually overall and finaled in all of her events. Kuhns’ times were all personal bests in the preliminary and final swims: 

Nikolaevsk boys, girls pick up wins

The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team picked up a 65-56 win over Wasilla Lake Tuesday night in Peninsula Conference play in Wasilla.

Only four players scored for the Warriors, led by Nikit Fefelov, who poured in 26 points. Felemon Molodih chipped in 15 points, Jonah Fefelov added 13 and Neil Gordeev had 11.

Nikolaevsk led 39-33 at halftime, then 48-44 after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Wasilla Lake 17-12.

Nikolaevsk cagers sweep Kalskag

The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine. Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six.

Mariner girls pick up hoops conference win

Homer’s girls varsity basketball team notched a Southcentral Conference victory against Seward on Friday, Jan. 29. Boys varsity faced Seward as well, but experienced a loss.

Both the girls and boys teams will travel back to Seward for a tournament, starting today when they face Glennallen at 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Friday game will see both teams play Seward again at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then the weekend finishes on Feb. 6 with games against Valdez at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Homer girls 59, Seward 32

Mariners victorious over Kenai, 7-2, in hockey team’s final home game

The Mariner hockey team crushed the competition on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the last home game of the season, shutting down Kenai Central High 7-2. 

Following the win, the Mariners will play in regions at the Sport Center in Soldotna beginning today. They play Soldotna High School at 4 p.m. If the Mariners defeat the Stars, they will match up against Palmer on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A win against Palmer then would mean facing off against either Kenai, Wasilla or Colony at the championship game at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. 

Ninilchik topples Nikolaevsk

The Wolverines settled for a split Tuesday evening at home against the Warriors in Peninsula Conference action.

The Ninilchik boys toppled Nikolaevsk 64-54, sending the Warriors to their first conference loss of the season. Ninilchik exploded out of the gates with 28 points, led by 13 from Austin White, en route to a 35-30 lead at halftime. White ended the night with 17 points (all in the first half), while teammate Dalton Geppert notched a game-high 19. Jonah Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 16 points.

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