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Homer earns 1st region wrestling title in 29 years

The Homer Mariners brought home the hardware Saturday at the Kachemak Conference wrestling championships, although they did not have to go very far to put it in the school display case.

Riding on the strength of seven individual champions (including girls), the Mariners were crowned region champs for the first time since 1986, rolling up a total of 239 points. Houston finished second with 197 and Nikiski was third with 193.5.

Ski season begins with Lynx Loppet

The Homer Mariners ski team raced on a fast course of artificial snow over the weekend at the annual Lynx Loppet tournament at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Friday they had a classic race and Saturday was skate skiing. Both days were 2 two-kilometer loops for a total of 4 kilometers of racing. It took 800,000 gallons of water to produce enough snow for the race.  Senior Rachel Ellert had an outstanding skate race, coming in 23rd out of 204 competitors.

Teddy Bear Toss part of hockey match-up with alumni Tuesday

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Mariner co-op hockey team meets alumni on the ice at Kevin Bell Arena for their annual match-up.

But it’s not just your average game.

This year, Mariners past and present will join hockey teams around the country in a hockey Christmas tradition: the Teddy Bear Toss. When the game’s first goal is scored, spectators are invited to throw stuffed animals onto the ice. The players then gather up the toys to deliver to children in need.

Alumni event to open Mariners’ hoops season

Post-Christmas and pre-New Year’s, a “Meet the Mariners” event hosted by the Homer High basketball teams gives alumni a chance to celebrate their days in letterman jackets — and the kids who wear the Mariner uniform today. Starting in the high school gym at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, the season-opening event promises food, basketball, and fun for all.

The night kicks off with an alumni basketball game in honor of former Homer coaches Rob Gribble and Alice Witte.

Nikolaevsk takes 4th at Mixed 6 Volleyball State Championship

Nikolaevsk took fourth place on Saturday at the Mixed 6 Volleyball State Championship on Saturday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

The Warriors topped Golovin 3-0 in the fourth-place match.

Friday, both Nikolaevsk and Seldovia fell into the fourth-place bracket with losses — Seldovia lost to Tanalian 3-2 and Nikolaevsk to Unalakleet 3-2.

Saturday, Seldovia was eliminated from the tourney with a 3-0 loss to Golovin, while Nikolaevsk moved to the fourth-place match with a 3-1 victory over Nunamiut.

Nikolaevsk netters win Denali volleyball crown

Today, volleyball teams from Nikolaevsk and Seldovia head to the Mixed Six State Tournament in Anchorage. It is the third-straight state trip for the Warriors.

On Nov. 21, teams from Seldovia, Kodiak, Nikolaesk and Fort Yukon participated in the Region 2 Denali Conference Mixed 6 Volleyball Tournament in Seldovia. The Nikolaevsk Warriors came out on top, with the Seldovia Sea Otters in second place. The sportsmanship award went to the team from Kodiak.

The finer points of pitching

Eve Black demonstrates the proper pitching stance with Homer High School Lady Mariners softball pitcher McKi Needham during a pitching clinic last Friday at Homer High School. Black is a former University of Washington pitcher and coach. Girls from throughout the Kenai Peninsula attended the clinic.

Mariners place sixth in toughest wrestling tournament in Alaska

The Homer Mariners finished sixth with 86 points among 43 wrestling teams at the annual Lancer Smith Memorial tournament Friday and Saturday at Colony High School. It’s considered the toughest tournament in Alaska.

The Mariners are taking this week off before hosting the Voznesenka Cougars in a dual at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to celebrate Senior Night. 

South won the Lancer Smith tourney with 224.5 points, while Colony finished second with 178.5.

Dimond wins End of Road tourney; Stars beat Homer

Levi Hensley scored the game-winning goal for Soldotna early in the third period against Homer and the Stars went on to beat the Mariners 5-4 Saturday at the End of the Road Shootout tournament in Homer.

Dimond’s JV won the tournament with a 3-0 record.

Hensley broke a 2-2 tie with an assist from Cameron Knowlton with 12 minutes, 21 seconds, remaining in the game, and Ethan Brown added an insurance goal just 1:51 later.

Hard work vaults Mariners into state title picture

This week, the Homer High wrestling team travels to what coach Chris Perk calls “the toughest meet in Alaska,” the Lancer Smith Memorial in Palmer. There, they’ll face nearly every team in the state, including both 4A and Small Schools. The JV team will also wrestle at the Colony Scramble. 

As the coach of a rising wrestling squad, Perk is seeing early returns on the effort to build up a successful program.

The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell

Homer Glacier King Pee Wee C’s took the title of 2015 Peninsula Power Play Tournament Champions in the annual tournament held in Kenai and Soldotna last weekend. The tournament fielded a division of six Pee Wee Tier III teams from around Southcentral Alaska. 
 

Following losses in Palmer, Homer hosts Shoot-Out

The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell Arena, following a disappointing weekend in Palmer.

The team finished 0-2-1 in the weekend Palmer Hockey Showdown, falling to Wasilla 7-1 on Friday and North Pole 5-2 on Saturday.

Friday, after a scoreless first period, Garrett Conroy, Porter Schachle and Russell Harren scored in the second before Demitry Kuzmin was able to cut it to 3-1.

Homer volleyball bows to Kotzebue at state

Stubbornness and tenacity earned the Homer volleyball team a spot at the Class 3A state tournament. Upon arrival, however, that dogged approach could only carry them so far.

A day after losing a first-round match against Valdez, it was Kotzebue that defeated Homer 3-1 in the second-chance bracket Friday at the Alaska Airlines Arena with scores of 25-19, 20-25, 25-10 and 25-18, putting an end to the Mariners’ season.

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.

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