Youth Sports

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.

Sports In Brief

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.

Volleyball team scores win over Houston

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.

Thunder Mountain inches past Homer in football

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.

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