Youth Sports

Mariner girls undefeated in conference play; boys pick up first conference win

Homer High’s girls varsity basketball finished a three-game series of conference games with a 6-0 conference record and a 17-1 overall record after winning all of their games on Feb. 18-20. 

The girls team attributes their success to their strong teamwork and defensive skills.

Sport in Brief

Homer Nordic ski shines

at borough meet

The Homer High Nordic ski team competed in Borough Nordic Ski race at Lookout Mountain on Feb. 13. The race was a duathlon, which combines classic technique and skate technique into one race. At the halfway mark, the racers switch equipment, adding to the strategy and intrigue of the competition. 

Mariner girls dominate at WC tourney

The Homer girls basketball team trounced the competition in the Homer Winter Carnival tournament Feb. 11-13, winning all three of their games against the Dimond JV team and the Bristol Bay and Ninilchik varsity teams. 

The Homer boys team finished off the weekend with a 2-1 record that included a solid win against Bristol Bay on Friday evening.

Watch them play

 

Feb. 4: Hockey at Regions v. Soldotna at Sport Center, 2 p.m.

Feb. 4: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Glennallen at Seward, 3, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 4: JV girls and boys basketball at Ninilchik, TBA if they win on Wednesday.
Feb. 5: Hockey at Regions, TBA.

Feb. 5: Varsity girls and boys basketball v. Seward at Seward, 6, 7:30 p.m.

Kings take second place crown

The Homer Glacier Kings PeeWee D took 2nd place at the Peninsula Winter Games tournament in Soldotna and Kenai on the weekend of Jan. 23. From left are Austin Ceccarelli, Keegan Strong, Jerrin Norcross, Vlase Polushkin, Larry Dunn, Sam Banks, Addison Hanshaw, Owen Pitzman, Timmy Hatfield, Elias Allen (behind Timmy) Rorey Cook and Delilah Harris. Not pictured: Bergen Knutson.

KSC swimmer goes solo to Anchorage meet

Lauren Kuhns swims the breaststroke in one of the six races where she represented the Kachemak Swim Club at the Alaska Senior Championships on Jan. 30-31 at Bartlett Pool in Anchorage. A total of 147 swimmers attended the meet. 

Kuhns placed 14th individually overall and finaled in all of her events. Kuhns’ times were all personal bests in the preliminary and final swims: 

Nikolaevsk boys, girls pick up wins

The Nikolaevsk boys basketball team picked up a 65-56 win over Wasilla Lake Tuesday night in Peninsula Conference play in Wasilla.

Only four players scored for the Warriors, led by Nikit Fefelov, who poured in 26 points. Felemon Molodih chipped in 15 points, Jonah Fefelov added 13 and Neil Gordeev had 11.

Nikolaevsk led 39-33 at halftime, then 48-44 after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth by outscoring Wasilla Lake 17-12.

Nikolaevsk cagers sweep Kalskag

The Nikolaevsk girls and boys basketball teams scored victories over visiting Kalskag on Monday in nonconference action.

The girls won 45-16. Megan Hickman paced the girls with 14 points, while Elizabeth Fefelov and Vera Fefelov each had nine. Pamela Nelson paced Kalskag with six.

Mariner girls pick up hoops conference win

Homer’s girls varsity basketball team notched a Southcentral Conference victory against Seward on Friday, Jan. 29. Boys varsity faced Seward as well, but experienced a loss.

Both the girls and boys teams will travel back to Seward for a tournament, starting today when they face Glennallen at 3 and 4:30 p.m. The Friday game will see both teams play Seward again at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and then the weekend finishes on Feb. 6 with games against Valdez at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Homer girls 59, Seward 32

Mariners victorious over Kenai, 7-2, in hockey team’s final home game

The Mariner hockey team crushed the competition on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the last home game of the season, shutting down Kenai Central High 7-2. 

Following the win, the Mariners will play in regions at the Sport Center in Soldotna beginning today. They play Soldotna High School at 4 p.m. If the Mariners defeat the Stars, they will match up against Palmer on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A win against Palmer then would mean facing off against either Kenai, Wasilla or Colony at the championship game at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. 

Ninilchik topples Nikolaevsk

The Wolverines settled for a split Tuesday evening at home against the Warriors in Peninsula Conference action.

The Ninilchik boys toppled Nikolaevsk 64-54, sending the Warriors to their first conference loss of the season. Ninilchik exploded out of the gates with 28 points, led by 13 from Austin White, en route to a 35-30 lead at halftime. White ended the night with 17 points (all in the first half), while teammate Dalton Geppert notched a game-high 19. Jonah Fefelov led Nikolaevsk with 16 points.

Mariners break even on ice against Bartlett

The Mariners came out 1-1 in a two-game series against Bartlett last weekend. Friday’s game saw a 4-3 overtime Mariner victory, which was the second game won in a row that week by the hockey team. However, luck turned on Saturday, and Bartlett defeated the Mariners with a score of 5-3.

Though Bartlett started out with the advantage in points on Friday, the Mariners rallied and took back their home turf at the end of the game.

Mariner girls defeat Nikiski at home

Though the girls varsity basketball game on Friday, Jan. 22, started off with Nikiski points, it ended with a Mariner victory. However the boys fell to their opponents, despite a strong first quarter.

Girls: Mariners 43, Bulldogs 33

The girls team finished off Nikiski with a final score of 43-33, a satisfying victory for the team. The Mariners won against Nikiski at the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament a week ago, and the pressure was on to get a home court win.

Homer hockey falls to Valley teams

Mariner hockey competed in three conference games this past weekend, facing off against Palmer on Jan. 14, Colony on Jan. 15 and Wasilla on Jan. 16. 

All three games ended in losses for Homer, but the Mariners redeemed themselves with a 3-2 win over Soldotna on Jan. 19. (See related story, page 12.)

Carlin said the Mariners had come closer than the score indicated in the losing games. 

Mariner skiers race strong in Rally in the Valley

Homer’s Nordic ski team raced in Wasilla’s Rally in the Valley race at Government Peak on Jan. 15 and 16, where the temperatures in the high-teens to mid-20s and sunny skies made for ideal conditions on the trails. 

The girls placed well in their classes, with senior Rachel Ellert taking seventh place among the varsity girls and junior varsity skier Katie Davis taking home a first place ribbon. Davis came in first, approximately a minute or more ahead of the second place skier, in both her races. 

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