Youth Sports

Mariner girls bring home wins, boys split Cordova weekend

The Mariners kicked off their basketball season last weekend with games Friday and Saturday in Cordova. The Lady Mariners defeated the Wolverines both days, finishing ahead in a 44-42 game on Friday, and taking home a decisive 50-33 win on Saturday. The boys team split the weekend with two close games, resulting in a 48-45 win on Friday and a 43-52 loss on Saturday. 

Friday, the Lady Mariners were neck and neck with the Wolverines.

“Our first game was really close,” said the girls’ head coach, Chad Felice.  

Nikolaevsk mixed 6 region champs, head to state

It was a clear sweep to victory for the Nikolaevsk Warriors mixed six volleyball team at conference competition in Kodiak last weekend.

After arriving in Kodiak by ferry, the team took on Anderson, the no. 4 seed, and secured a 3-0 win Friday afternoon.

Saturday, the Warriors were back on the court, working their way past Seldovia, the no. 3 seed, and Kodiak EES, no. 2. The Kodiak team includes athletes from Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Ouzinkie.

Freshmen skiers lead Mariners at Tsalteshi

The Mariner cross country ski team competed in their first race of the season last Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Last week’s discouraging wet weather caused the race, which was originally scheduled to be held above Homer at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road, to be moved farther north. As the Mariners departed early Saturday morning, the conditions still didn’t look promising.

KSC shines at Seward

The Kachemak Swim Club Kings notched 65 percent individual PRs, personal records, and 75 percent relay PRs at the Candy Cane Invitational in Seward on Dec. 6. Sailey Rhodes won KSC Swimmer of the Meet honors for racing to 100 percent individual and relay PRs, earning new Age Group Championship qualifying times in the girls 50 free (35.46), 100 backstroke (1:30.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:39.18), racing aggressively, and cheering on her teammates.

Some additional highlights:

Mariners lose battle to Kards, 2-1

The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was on home ice Tuesday, playing the Kenai Kardinals at the Kevin Bell Arena. The fast-paced game ended in a 2-1 win for the Kards, with the Mariners outshooting the Kardinals 29-17.

The first period wrapped up with neither team able to make it onto the board. The action picked up in the second period, with Kenai scoring in less than two minutes. Homer’s Ulian Kuzmin, assisted by Clem Tillion, answered in short order.

Mariners kick off hoops season in Cordova

As their second week of practice wraps up today, the Homer High School Mariner basketball teams are anxious to kick off the competitive season with games in Cordova on Friday and Saturday. Although practice officially started Dec. 1, both the boys and girls teams have been training at informal open gym sessions throughout the fall. Now that competition is just around the corner, the intensity of practices has amped up to match the conditioning and ball skills needed to score results. 

Wrestlers end regular season at Kenai

The Mariners wrestling team traveled to Kenai for the Luke Spruill Memorial Tourney on Nov. 25. Nikiski, Soldotna and host team Kenai were present. 

Homer finished fourth with 68 points; Kenai won with 97.

Mariner Sean Blaine beat Austin Ozburn of Nikiski to earn a championship at 98 pounds. A first-year wrestler, Blaine is looking to vie for a conference championship this weekend at Houston. The top four in each weight class qualify for the state meet the following weekend. Blaine should be seeded first or second.

Lack of snow forces Mariner Ski Invite to move to Tsalteshi

The several inches of snow that fell last weekend at higher elevations above Homer were not sufficient for the Mariner Cross-Country Ski Team to host their Homer Invite as planned this Friday and Saturday. 

“The race has been canceled in Homer as far as we know, and moved to Soldotna,” said Mariner Head Coach Alan Parks, on Tuesday. 

The scheduled two-day event will be consolidated into one race, to be held on Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview Middle School in Soldotna.

Lack of snow forces Mariner Ski Invite to move to Tsalteshi

The several inches of snow that fell last weekend at higher elevations above Homer were not sufficient for the Mariner Cross-Country Ski Team to host their Homer Invite as planned this Friday and Saturday. 

“The race has been canceled in Homer as far as we know, and moved to Soldotna,” said Mariner Head Coach Alan Parks, on Tuesday. 

The scheduled two-day event will be consolidated into one race, to be held on Saturday at the Tsalteshi Trails near Skyview Middle School in Soldotna.

Kachemak Kings slip by Soldotna Silver Salmon

The Kachemak Swim Club Kings outswam Soldotna to win the Turkey Time Invitational 504 to 408 points during Friday-Saturday competition at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Third place was secured by the Peninsula Piranhas with 149 points. The Anchorage YMCA also participated.

Meet highlights include the following:

Competing in their first swim meet: Jai Badajos, Olivia Etzwiler, Kera Jones, Mattie Moyer, Jerrin Norcross;

Woo, Brant fifth at ‘tough’ Lancer Smith

Battling some of the fiercest competition in the state is just what the Mariners have been thriving on all season. The Lancer Smith Memorial wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday in Palmer was loaded with multiple state champs and placers from each division, lived up to its reputation as the “toughest tournament” in Alaska.

With 18 schools competing in the 123A competition, Homer placed seventh with 36.0 and Voznesenka was 16th with 6.0. Kotzebue placed first with 203.0 and Nikiski was second with 97.5.

Mariner skiers waiting, eager for snow

As a serious snow dump looms tantalizingly close on the horizon, the Mariner ski team is geared up and ready for it. The team, which practices as a co-ed group of more than 20 members, has entered their fourth week of dry-land practice, and is looking ahead to their upcoming races.

“We’re all really sad there’s no snow,” admitted Head Coach Alan Parks. “But we have no control over the weather. We only have control over our athletes’ conditioning and having fun.”

Mariner volleyball team fights to fifth at State

In their first State competition since 2003, the Homer High Mariner volleyball team scored a fifth-place finish and received the academic achievement award for a collective 3.84 grade point average. 

“Many of these players are in upper level courses, such as AP classes. They miss a lot of school and must work really hard to juggle school work, athletics and a social life. It is a great honor to get this award as student athletes,” Head Coach Beth Trowbridge told the Homer News.

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