Morris News Service - Alaska
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was mariners-type weather, and a Homer Mariners-type meet.
The Homer girls and boys cross-country teams swept the team title at the Kenai Peninsula Borough meet Tuesday under constant showers at a puddly and slick Tsalteshi Trails.
The Homer girls have garnered a ton of accolades recently, most notably the Class 1-2-3A state crown last season.
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.
The Colony girls and Kodiak boys picked up team titles Friday and Saturday at the Homer Invitational at Homer High School.
The Colony girls scored 83 points to win, while Kodiak was second with 69 and Soldotna was third with 68. Kenai was fifth while Homer was sixth.
The Kodiak boys scored 123 points to top runner-up Soldotna’s 75. Homer was fifth, while Kenai was sixth.
The Mariners picked themselves out of the Peninsula Conference basement with a rout of Seward on Friday night.
The Mariners won 40-6 on Seward’s home turf.
Sophomore quarterback Teddy Croft led the Homer charge with 3 for 6 passes completed for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“I knew if we didn’t take care of business, it would become a mundane season,” said Homer Coach Josh Fraley. “We had the opportunity to keep our season going, keep the dream alive.”
Megan Pitzman won the girls race Friday at the Ft. Abercrombie Invitational in Kodiak to lead the Homer girls to the team victory.
The Mariners girls had 23 points, while Kodiak had 46 and East had 71.
Pitzman ran five kilometers in 20:28 for the win, while Kodiak’s Zoe Bigley was runner-up at 20:54.
Also in the top 10 for Homer were Audrey Rosencrans at third, Alex Mosley at fourth, Aurora Waclawski at seventh, Ziza Shemet-Pitcher at eighth, Lauren Evarts at ninth and Haley Knott at 10th.
On the boys side, Keith Osowski led the Kodiak boys to victory.
After hosting the annual swim team triathlon fundraiser last Saturday, the Mariners on Friday and Saturday welcome swimmers and divers from seven other schools for the Homer Invite.
Approximately 200 athletes from Homer, Soldotna, Kenai, Seward, Palmer, Colony, Kodiak and Unalaska are expected to participate.
Meeting for the first time as conference opponents, the Nikiski football team pulled out a 50-18 victory over the Homer Mariners Saturday afternoon in Homer.
The win improves Nikiski to 2-1 overall (1-0 Peninsula Conference), while Homer is still searching for its first win at 0-3 overall (0-1 conference).
Corin Cooper led the Bulldogs charge with 138 rushing yards and five touchdowns, while Rykker Riddall added 127 yards and a pair of scoring plays. Nikiski finished with 352 team rushing yards.
The host team Homer Mariners picked up a sweep of the team titles against Soldotna in Friday’s Homer Invitational cross-country meet.
Megan Pitzman led a pack of Mariners in the girls 5-kilometer event, winning with a time of 20 minutes, 41 seconds, 21 ticks ahead of teammate Audrey Rosencrans in second. Alex Moseley, Aurora Waclawski and Ziza Shemet-Pitcher completed the top five. Hannah Pothast was the top finishing Soldotna runner in sixth, with a time of 21:39.
The dominant showing allowed the Mariners to cruise to the team win 15-44.
The defending small-schools state champion Ravens used a punishing rushing attack to turn back the host Mariners on Saturday.
The Ravens, of the Aurora Conference, had 386 rushing yards against the Mariners of the small-schools Peninsula Conference.
Kalib Dunlap led the way on the ground for Eielson with 13 rushes for 164 yards and three touchdowns, while Caleb Velez had seven carries for 89 yards and two scores. Antonio Griffith and Andrew North added rushing scores for the Ravens, who had a 33-0 lead after the first quarter.
Following a great performance at the Tsalteshi Invitational, the Mariners will host the Homer Invitational starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
Although the Tsalteshi race doesn’t feature a lot of small schools, Homer was the top 1-2-3A squad in both the girls and boys races, even beating out powerhouse Grace Christian. The girls finished sixth out of 16 participating schools; the boys seventh out of 19 participating schools.
Megan Pitzman was ninth in 19:54 in the girls race, and Homer’s top female finisher.
Before she burst out of the forest and onto the football field for her finishing kick at the Nikiski Class Races on Monday at Nikiski, Soldotna senior Olivia Hutchings actually had to run under a spectator who had strung a hammock from a tree on each side of the trail.
One would think Hutchings would remember that, but it’s an indication of how hard she ran — and how hard Nikiski’s roller-coaster course is — that the last thing she recalls in the 5-kilometer race is looking at her watch and seeing she had run 3.8 kilometers.
Although this past weekend didn’t end in a victory, the Homer High School softball team held its own during the state championships in Fairbanks, placing third overall and winning two out of four games. The Mariners lost to Sitka and Ketchikan, but had overwhelming wins against Hutchison and North Pole.
The Homer softball team cannot seem to crack the Southeast code, but the same can be said for most of the state.