Youth Sports

Ice Challenge title goes to Service

After wins against Kenai and SoHi on Thursday and Friday, the Homer hockey team fell 6-0 to Service on Saturday at the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Mariners defeated Kenai Central 11-7 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

Homer took a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Kardinals came back to tie the game in the third period before Homer ran away again in a wild period that saw Homer score six times and Kenai score three times.

Mariners defeat 42 teams to win ACS Invite

This weekend, the Mariner Mat Team heads to Nikiski duals in the wake of a stunning victory at the ACS Invitational last week, showing the state of Alaska that they are the team to beat for the Small Schools Championship. 

The ACS Invitational is the biggest small-schools shakedown of the year, commonly considered a good preview for the state championship. Homer beat out 42 other teams to clinch the victory with 217.5 points to Bethel’s 203 and Kotzebue’s 192.5.

Sports in Brief

Riptide undefeated 

in city hoops league

Game 1 of the Homer City Basketball League’s third week was a stunning victory for Riptide against the Splash Bros — 63 to 34. Riptide’s Fred Dickerson was the game’s high scorer with 21 points. Game 2 was a little closer. The Timberwolves managed to pull off a win Monday night with 46 points to the Titans’ 34, 19 of them brought in by T-Wolf Nick Finley.

Mariners crown four ‘King of the Mountain’

The Mariner Mat Team followed up their 15-medal performance with an 11-medal performance at Seward’s King of the Mountain Tournament last week. 

Homer dualed six times at the tournament and won each time. Jared Brant, 132 pounds, Timmy Woo, 152, Tristen Cook, 170, and freshman Jadin Mann, 285, all went undefeated over the weekend. 

Brant and Woo will be ranked No.1 in the state after their solid weekends of wrestling. 

Warriors place first in Mixed 6 tourney

Last Friday and Saturday, Nikolaevsk School hosted this year’s Round Robin Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament. The tournament combined female and male players hailing from four different schools: Nikolaevsk, Seldovia, Kodiak ESS and Tanalian, from Port Alsworth.

The Nikolaesvk Warriors came in first with a 3-0 record, but Warriors coach Bea Klaich said it wasn’t easy, calling the weekend “terrific with excellent competition.”

Mariners finish 2nd in Rumble

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. 

Mariners, Warriors named to Peninsula All-Conference football teams

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.



FIRST TEAM 

 

Homer Mariners:

It’s about more than the score

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.”

Cross country draws record number of West Homer Elementary students

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:

Wrestling season kicks off with fundraiser; Mariner team boasts lots of sibling strength

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.  

Mariner girls run to state XC crown

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.

Homer runs to team titles at Region III cross-country event

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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.

Kodiak claims Pentathlon crowns

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.

Mariners top Seward in volleyball action

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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. 

Mariners win over Valdez, face Voz for homecoming

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

Ochoa hustles across finish line

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.

Mariners struggle on VB court; most recent loss to Nikiski

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.

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