Youth Sports

Woo, Cook earn triple crowns

Two Popeye wrestlers brought home triple crowns last weekend after participating in the Alaska State Wrestling Championships. Timmy Woo and Tristen Cook, wrestling in the cadet division, each placed first in their weight categories in three events: Greco, Folkstyle and Freestyle. Woo wrestles at 160 pounds; Cook at 170 pounds.

Personal bests, hospitality mark meet

The Homer High School track was abuzz last weekend with teams from around the state as the Mariners track and field team hosted their first and only home meet of the season. Twelve schools from around the state participated in the Homer Invitational. 

With ideal weather conditions, the Kenai Central girls won a second-straight team title with 130 total points, 31 better than runner-up Soldotna. The Kardinals won their home invite last week as well. Kenai rode the strength of four event victories to the team win.

Mariners chalk up win against SoHi

The Homer Mariners varsity baseball team defeated the Soldotna Stars 8-0 on Monday night at Mariner field in Homer. 

Kyle Johnson pitched a complete game shutout for the win, with three strikeouts and only two walks. 

The Mariners were solid defensively all night. Third baseman Wylie Donich, second baseman Brandon Beachy and first baseman Sheldon Hutt turned a nifty 5-4-3 double play, and center fielder Owen Delehanty made a fine diving catch on a sinking line drive to help preserve the shutout. 

Mariner softball team rolls over opposition

During their first week of games, the Mariner softball team sent a clear message to conference competition: beware.

In their opening game April 28, the Mariners stomped out Kenai 21-0. This past weekend they fought off tough competition from Chugiak, splitting Saturday’s double header, and coming away with Homer’s first win over the Anchorage team in recent history. And Monday night, the Mariners’ early success solidified into a pattern when they mowed down Soldotna, 19-1.

Young Kevin Bell Arena figure skaters participate in Soldotna competition

Eight skaters from the Kevin Bell Arena’s We Skate program participated in the Riverskate competition in Soldotna April 10-12. The young figure skaters brought home the Homer rink’s first figure skating trophy. The Homer skaters won several awards, including:

• Ireland Styvar received first places in dramatic spotlight, light entertainment, interpretive and rhythmic ribbon; and two third places in her qualifying level, Beta, and in stroking;

Trend is ties for Mariners’ boys soccer team

The Mariners’ boys varsity soccer team put up a solid defense on Saturday against Eagle River, holding the line and ending the game with a 1-1 tie.

Quinn Alward, a junior, scored the only goal for the Mariners, assisted by freshman Charles Rohr.

The team brought every ounce of determination and energy they had to the game, despite still being exhausted from their match against Wasilla the night before. That game also ended in a tie with a final score of 3-3.

Kards clean up at home invite

It is hard to duplicate the kind of weekend that the Kenai Central track and field team enjoyed Friday and Saturday. The Kardinals romped to a clean sweep of the boys and girls competition at the Kenai Invitational under sunny but breezy skies on their home track at Ed Hollier Field.

Mariners defeat Kardinals in opening game of season

Mariner pitcher Kyle Johnson threw a four-hit complete game in the Mariners’ opening varsity baseball game, leading Homer to a 10-2 victory over Kenai on Tuesday on their home turf.

Sound defense and a team effort on offense combined with the outstanding pitching to earn the victory.  

“It was a great way to start the season,” said senior third baseman Wylie Donich, who picked up the first hit of the evening as well as made a fine stabbing catch of a hot line drive late in the game.

SoHi also beats girls’ team

The Mariner Girls varsity team lost its home game against Soldotna High School Tuesday, and thanks to temperamental spring weather, also experienced all four seasons during the two 45-minute halves. The game finished with a 4-1 win for SoHi.

SoHi shut down Homer’s offensive opportunities with a strong and collected defense, but gave up an own goal from a misjudged pass back to the goalie with 12 minutes left to go in the game.

Mariners’ boys team suffers first loss of soccer season

The Mariner boys varsity soccer team suffered its first loss of the season against Soldotna High School on Tuesday, and ended the home game with several hauntingly close scoring opportunities. 

SoHi collected the first goal in the first half, and finished the game with two more, shutting out Homer 3-0. 

Head Coach Warren Waldorf said the team, which lost a few key players in the second half, struggled to finish the chances they created in the offensive end of the field. 

Experience, focus on successful finish mark start of Mariner baseball season

With nine returning seniors, the Mariner baseball team will take to the field Tuesday in their opening game against Kenai with strength, speed and experience.

Rich Sonnen, the Mariners’ head coach and father of senior co-captain J.J. Sonnen, has coached many of the players through Little League since they were 4-years-old. He says the skill and drive his experienced players bring to the field bodes well for the team’s success this season. 

“This is our best shot we’ve had in a while,” he said.

Mariner girls kick off soccer season with win against Nikiski

The Mariner girls christened the newly installed turf field with a well-earned win against Nikiski on Tuesday in their first home soccer game of the season. Homer maintained the majority of the ball control in the first half, but their lead decreased during the second half after Nikiski’s offensive presence profited from a few breakaways. The Mariners tightened up and finished the game with a 4-3 win.

Mariner boys defeat Nikiski, 6-2

Mariner fans were bundled up in the bleachers but the Homer boys brought the heat against Nikiski for their first home soccer game of the season. The Mariners dominated for the duration of the game, giving away only a couple goals to Nikiski in the second half. Homer won with a final score of 6-2.

 

Softball players find inspiration in training trip

Despite recent wintry weather, the Mariner softball team has launched into spring. The team kicks off its season on Tuesday with a conference game against SoHi in Soldotna. 

Last week the players could be found on the east corner of the Homer High School turf field, practicing fielding around a makeshift diamond. As the neon ball flew from one base to the next, words of encouragement followed close behind. 

Positivity, the players explained, is integral to the team’s ethos and strategy. 

4 area basketball athletes compete in all-star games

Four southern Kenai Peninsula athletes and others from schools around the state were back on the basketball court Saturday to compete in the annual Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches’ Senior All-Star Games at Dimond High School in Anchorage. 

On the 1A/2A girls’ roster was Kilina Klaich of Nikolaevsk, on the 1A/2A boys’ roster was Seldovia’s Seth O’Leary and on the 3A/4A boys’ roster were Sheldon Hutt and Jaruby Nelson of Homer. The games also featured a three-point competition and a dunk contest.  

Mariners have strong performance during Big C Relays in Anchorage

It was a busy but rewarding weekend in Anchorage for the Homer High School track and field team as they competed in the Big C Relays meet. With 27 athletes each competing in two to three events, there was plenty of opportunity for new athletes to get their feet wet and experienced athletes to improve.  

“It’s a great first meet of the season for exposure for all of the athletes to track and field at large,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “I was very pleased in general with everyone this weekend. They all showed real improvement from the last two weeks of training.”  

Girls battle Juneau weather in soccer season’s openers

Last week girls of the Homer Mariners soccer team traveled to Juneau to compete in their first three games of the season against competitive Thunder Mountain High School and Juneau-Douglas High School, all while battling moody spring weather conditions.

The first game last April 9 against Thunder Mountain ended a cold and windy game in a 0-0 tie. Despite some goal scoring opportunities the Mariners couldn’t connect the ball to the back of the net. 

Mariners’ soccer season underway

Mariner girls and boys soccer teams are working hard to prepare for the first games of their short but packed season, playing outside earlier than ever thanks to the newly installed artificial turf field. 

Both teams will compete against Nikiski on Tuesday at Homer High School. These will be the first soccer games played on the turf field. 

Huskies learn traditions

Extend your reach. Hang on tight. Jump high. Those all could be skills any athlete would want to develop for traditional sports, but crawl like a seal? In a demonstration of Native Youth Olympics last Thursday at Homer Middle Schools by Sam Strange and David Thomas of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, students tried out some of the events of the traditional games.

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