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.
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.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, Homer hockey fans are in for a treat.
Members of the Kenai River Brown Bears team are coming to the Kevin Bell Arena on the Spit for a meet and greet.
The players will be available to sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free of charge.
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.”
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:
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.
On Friday night, Homer High School students braved wet weather to gather around a homecoming bonfire in the school parking lot. In the air, smoke mingled with raindrops and prayers for a win in Saturday’s football game against Voznesenka.
Homer gave the Kenai Peninsula a sweep of the girls cross-country team titles by repeating last season’s Class 1-2-3A triumph Saturday afternoon at the wet and muddy Bartlett High trails in Anchorage.
For the larger schools, the Kenai Kardinals captured their first cross-country team championship in school history, placing three runners in the Class 4A girls top six to edge the West Valley girls 60 points to 65. Chugiak took third with 68 points.
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The Kenai Peninsula claimed three of the four team titles and three of the four individual crowns Saturday at the Region III Cross-Country Championships at Colony High School.
At the Class 3A level, Homer swept the team titles and Seward, behind Ruby Lindquist and Hunter Kratz, swept the individual titles.
At the Class 4A level, the Kenai girls won their first region crown since 2001. The Kardinals were led by individual champ Riana Boonstra, a sophomore.
Last Friday afternoon’s 34th Annual SoHi Pentathlon at Soldotna High School meet featured a little bit of new and a little bit of old.
The new was Kodiak sophomore Marina Cummisky snapping a four-year streak of Lindquists owning the girls Pentathlon challenge, as Jori and Tahna Lindquist combined to win every year since 2011. Both Lindquist sisters are now graduated.
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The visiting Homer volleyball conference notched a 3-1 victory over Seward on Saturday in Southcentral Conference volleyball play.
The Mariners move to 2-3 in league play with the 25-11, 23-25, 25-13 and 25-19 victory.
Coach Pam Rugloski said this was the first varsity match back for Mary Hana Bowe after an ankle injury, and she responded with some kills.
The Homer Mariners notched a 48-18 nonconfence road win over the Valdez Buccaneers Saturday in Valdez.
Homer boosted its overall record to 3-4, while Valdez dropped to an identical 3-4.
Homer running back Josh Fisk led the Mariners offense with 151 yards on eight carries and a touchdown, while Mariners quarterback Teddy Croft added 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Croft also tossed a pair of touchdowns with 97 passing yards and one interception. Alex Stephens added two rushing touchdowns
Nearly 60 people participated in Sunday’s Halibut Hustle, a 5-K race that started at Land’s End. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the race was part of the weekend’s first Homer Halibut Festival.
First-place finisher was Pedro Ochoa, 20, who completed the race with a time of 17:08.72. The first woman to cross the finish line was Michelle Mitchell, with a time of 21:47.95.
The host Nikiski volleyball team saved a match point in picking up a five-set victory over Homer on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference play.
The Bulldogs won 23-25, 25-23, 25-7, 18-25 and 16-14 to move to 3-1 in the league and 3-2 overall. Homer drops to 1-3 in the league.
Nikiski had to dig out of an 11-6 hole to take the final game, but an attack led by junior middle hitter Ayla Pitt, who finished with eight kills and five blocks, was up to the task.
Homer defeats Redington, 66-0
The host Homer football team rolled to a 66-0 victory over Redington Sr. junior varsity Friday night in nonconference play.
This is the first year that Redington Sr. is open, and the school only enrolls underclassmen thus far, so the mismatch that was possible ended up happening as the Mariners improved to 2-4 overall.
Homer ended any suspense early by taking a 37-0 lead after one quarter and a 51-0 lead at halftime.
The Mariner volleyball team travels to Kodiak for games this weekend. The action follows a win and a loss this past weekend. The Mariners dropped a Southcentral Conference matchup to Grace Christian on Friday night in Homer. The Grizzlies notched the three-game sweep with scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-10. The Mariners came back to tally a Southcentral Conference victory over Houston on Saturday, twice rallying from behind with scores of 20-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21 and 15-13.
It was mariners-type weather, and a Homer Mariners-type meet.
The Homer girls and boys cross-country teams swept the team title at the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet Tuesday under constant showers at a puddly and slick Tsalteshi Trails.
The Homer girls have garnered a ton of accolades recently, most notably the Class 1-2-3A state crown last season.
The small school Homer Mariners struggled to contain medium school Thunder Mountain High School Falcons running back Q’on Bear-Clark, who scored four times and racked up 316 rushing yards on 39 carries.
A back-and-forth battle on Saturday saw Homer take the lead with just over 11 minutes remaining on a 45-yard completion from quarterback Teddy Croft to Justin Sumption, which put the Mariners ahead 24-20.
The Colony girls and Kodiak boys picked up team titles Friday and Saturday at the Homer Invitational at Homer High School.
The Colony girls scored 83 points to win, while Kodiak was second with 69 and Soldotna was third with 68. Kenai was fifth while Homer was sixth.
The Kodiak boys scored 123 points to top runner-up Soldotna’s 75. Homer was fifth, while Kenai was sixth.
The Mariners picked themselves out of the Peninsula Conference basement with a rout of Seward on Friday night.
The Mariners won 40-6 on Seward’s home turf.
Sophomore quarterback Teddy Croft led the Homer charge with 3 for 6 passes completed for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“I knew if we didn’t take care of business, it would become a mundane season,” said Homer Coach Josh Fraley. “We had the opportunity to keep our season going, keep the dream alive.”