Youth Sports

Soccer season gets rolling

The Homer High School boys and girls soccer teams faced their first games of the season against Kenai on Wednesday. They will play their second of the season at home on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Boys team

As with many of the other boys sports teams this year, the boys soccer team is built mostly around a core group of sophomores, said sophomore Charles Rohr. After the departures of last year’s seniors, the boys soccer team is focusing on building a strong team over their high school careers. 

Mariner girls don’t win state crown; still it was great year

It had been 25 years since the Homer Mariners had a girls basketball team appear in a state championship game, and a semifinal win Friday changed that.

As for the state crown itself, well, that’ll have to wait another year.

The Homer girls fell 49-26 to the Barrow Whalers in a matchup of the top two seeds in the Class 3A girls state final Saturday, March 26, at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

“We forced some stuff, and it just wasn’t our day,” said Homer Head Coach Chad Felice. “We just didn’t have it.”

Wrestlers travel to Anchorage

Popeyes score 14 wins 

Popeye Wrestling Club wrestled at the Anchorage freestyle wrestling club tournament. Friday was Greco-style and the wrestlers competed freestyle on Saturday.

 Popeye took 12 wrestlers to the Friday Greco tournament and brought home three first-place, two second-place and three third-place wins. Dallas Walker received his first gold medal in Greco; Damian Kerr also placed first. Nestor Kalugin, Anthony Kalugin, Ian Stovall, and Cole Bernier all battled against tough competition. 

Running Club to hold membership meeting

The Kachemak Bay Running Club is having its annual membership meeting March 31 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening will begin with the club’s regular Thursday night fun run at 6 p.m. Following the fun run, at 6:30 p.m. the meeting will take place in the upstairs seating area of Alice’s where attendees can partake in a burger and brew special, vote on officers and win door prizes. 

Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik girls finish with wins

The Ninilchik girls sent out their senior class with victory Saturday at the Class 1A state tournament consolation championship at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

The Nikolaevsk girls also went out winners Saturday, topping Shishmaref 50-45 in overtime for fourth place in the 1A tourney.

Following a heartbreaking opening day loss to Aniak, Ninilchik won three straight games to claim the consolation prize with a 42-31 victory over Newhalen.

Ninilchik boys top Nikolaevsk for state title

Every one of the eight state championship basketball banners that hang in the Ninilchik School gymnasium were earned by the school’s girls squads.

Scooch over a bit, Dan Leman. Another banner is about to join you.

The Ninilchik boys claimed their first ever state crown Saturday with a thrilling 41-37 overtime win over fellow Peninsula Conference rivals Nikolaevsk in the Class 1A title game at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Homer Pee Wee hockey team wins state title

Homer’s own Pee Wee Tier III hockey team picked up their third state title in three years on Monday morning at Kevin Bell Arena. The team took the 2015 Pee Wee state title and the same group won the 2014 state title when they played at the Squirt level.

“It’s really great,” said Homer team captain Casey Otis. “We worked so hard all year and then it pays off when you work so hard. It’s awesome.”

Snow makes for fun, successful Nordic ski marathon Saturday

Sixteen-year-old Sadi Oswald blew past skiers to win first place for women in the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon 20-kilometer race on Saturday, March 12. Sadie, who had never skied in Homer before came down from Anchorage with her father, Peter, for the event. 

“It was unexpected because I thought I was going really slow, but apparently not,” Sadie said.

With a lot of Alaska lacking snow during this warmer winter, Homer currently beats out Anchorage for quality ski conditions. Sadie said she enjoyed skiing a different terrain as well.

Anchor Kings bring home tournament victories

The Anchor King wrestling team had another busy weekend of wrestling at the Popeye Wrestling Tournament. 

Eight Anchor Kings participated in the Friday night folkstyle tournament. Wayne Newman and Luciano Fasulo both earned first place. Kyle Wells and Blake Newman earned third place in their age divisions. Other wrestlers who participated included Carter Woodhead, CJ Burns, Russell Nyvall, and Tyler Johnson. 

Popeye wrestlers place 70+ times

Homer Popeye wrestlers completed the two-day 2nd Annual Steve Wolf Memorial Popeye Wrestling Club Tournament on March 11-12, raking in a total of 72 first, second and third place wins. The team will be off to Anchorage Avalanche and Seward for greco and freestyle competitions this weekend.

Mariner girls to vie for state title

With a win and a loss at the March 11 and 12 regions games under their belt, the Homer girls varsity basketball team will make their way to Anchorage for the state competition on March 24-26. The girls are the number two seed overall going into the state tournament, and are still the number one seed in their division with a 22-2 season record, according to girls varsity basketball head coach Chad Felice. 

Wrestling season under way

The Popeye Wrestling Club and the Anchor Kings Wrestling Club began their 2016 season by participating in the North Peninsula Tournament in Nikiski March 4-5.

Popeye results

On Friday, Nikiski hosted a Greco tournament. Popeye had 12 wrestlers registered and 11 of the 12 placed in the top three. 

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.

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