Youth Sports

Sports in Brief

After a brief timeout, the Homer Mariner high school basketball teams head back into competition this week, with one at-home game tucked in the middle:

• Friday at  Anchorage Christian School;

• Saturday at Grace Christian School;

• Feb. 24, Nikiski at Homer; this also is senior night for the Mariners;

• Feb. 28 at Skyview;

• March 1 at Seward.

Tok tourney provides wins, growth for Ninilchik squads

As Olympic athletes prepared for the long road to Sochi, so did basketball teams from Ninilchik as they traveled 12 hours one-way to compete in the Tok Mix-Up over the weekend at Tok High School. The Wolverines finished 2-2, as the Lady Wolverines nearly swept their opponents, going 3-1 on the weekend. Their one loss came at the hands of host school Tok, 29-28.

Otters find b-ball action away from home

The Susan B. English Sea Otters left their home court in Seldovia for some away games last week, taking on the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles on Feb. 14 and a scrimmage with the Homer Mariner JVs on Feb. 15.

It was a win one, lose one trip to Soldotna for the Otters, with the boys claiming a 56-53 victory against the Eagles and the girls a 57-17 loss. In Homer, the boys racked up another victory with a 62-31 win over the Mariner JVs. The girls lost their game against Homer, but narrowed the spread to 34-21.

Swimmers make their way north

Six local swimmers were in Fairbanks last week for the three-day Alaska Swimming Age Group Championship.

Held at the Hamme Swimming Pool, organized by Northern Area Aquatics and sanctioned by USA Swimming and Alaska Swimming, the event included swimmers from Kodiak, Soldotna, Kenai, Seward, several Anchorage and Southeast teams, Chugiak, Wasilla, King Salmon and Fairbanks, in addition to Homer.

Popeye wrestling practices begin

The Popeye Wrestling Club is beginning practices for wrestlers as young as five years old. There is a $100 registration fee.

For more information, contact Larry Croft at 399-3144 or popeyewrestling2012@gmail.com.

• Ages 5-9, HERC building, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

• Ages 5, HERC building, Thursday and Friday, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

• Ages 10: Monday and Wednesday, Homer Middle School, 5:15-7 p.m.

Warriors home from Nenana

Stepping off the peninsula for some b-ball action, the Nikolaevsk Warriors traveled north last week for the Nenana Invitational Tournament. With the boys playing three games and the girls playing three, each team won two and lost one.

Other teams at the tournament represented Cook Inlet Academy, Fort Yukon, Huslia, Sand Point, Su-Valley and Tri-Valley, in addition to Nenana and Nikolaevsk.

“Overall the Nenana Tournament was a lot of fun with great competition from both 1A and 2A teams,” said Bea Klaich, head coach for the Nikolaevsk girls.

Wolfpack dominates Ninilchik’s tourney

It was a sweep for the Unalakleet Wolfpack on the girls’ and boys’ side of the ball at the 2A Ninilchik Invitational Tournament held at Ninilchik School, Feb. 5-8. Unalakleet’s two teams handled the competition with ease and won their respective championships. They beat Skyview 39-36 on the girls’ side, and 70-48 for the boys.

The host Ninilchik Wolverines didn’t go without a strong showing, finishing 1-2 on the boys’ side of the ball and 2-2 for the girls. 

Mariner girls earn first in carnival tournament

With the Homer Winter Carnival in full swing, and weather bouncing from blizzard to blue skies, Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gymnasium was filled with three days of basketball action last week. Teams representing Delta Junction, Grace Christian, King Cove, Tikigaq kept the court busy beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing through Saturday. 

Mariners take early fall in hockey Regions

The bad news is that in a disappointing, but hard-fought, end of the 2013-2014 hockey season, the Homer Mariners suffered a 4-1 loss to the Kenai Kardinals in Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the Region III North Star Conference Tournament at the Kevin Bell Arena.

The good news is that Head Coach John Carlin was named the North Star Region’s Coach of the Year, a selection made by coaches of the North Star Conference and one Carlin said he found humbling.

Chapman, HMS wrestlers win coveted rubber chicken awards

Middle school teams traveled to Soldotna to participate in the legendary “Rubber Chicken Classic” last week. The winner of each weight bracket is awarded a rubber chicken, something most middle-schoolers adore, rather than another medal or ribbon.

Teams from Palmer, Glennallen and Grace Christian School joined the usual peninsula squads, making some of the weight classes full of 16 wrestlers. Homer placed fourth overall with 80.5 points, while Chapman was sixth with 59 points and Voznesenka 10th with 24 points.

Winter Carnival Hoops Tourney Schedule

Beginning today, Homer is host to the three-day Homer Winter Carnival basketball tournament. It includes scrimmages of the Bruins, elementary school-aged teams organized through Homer Parks and Recreation. Following is the schedule.

Thursday:

2:30 p.m. Tikigaq girls vs. Grace

4 p.m. Delta boys vs. Homer

5:30 p.m. Bruins basketball scrimmage

6 p.m. Delta girls vs. Homer

7:30 p.m. Bruins basketball scrimmage

Homer boys take second in Barrow

The Whaler Invitational took the Mariner boys and girls varsity teams all the way to Barrow last week for three days of basketball. With the Barrow boys taking first place in the tournament, the Mariner boys took second in the event. In the girls competition, Mt. Edgecumbe took the title, with the Homer girls returning home without a win.

Games between the Mariners and the Barrow Whalers got the tourney started on Jan. 30, with the Whalers boys team claiming a 56-47 victory. High scorers for Homer were Quinn Daugharty and Sheldon Hutt, each with 14 points.

Ninilchik Invitational Championship underway

The Ninilchik Invitational Championship Tournament began Wednesday and continues through Saturday, with teams from Chevak, Ninilchik, Noatak, Noorvik, Skyview and Unalakleet.

The tournament started with games between the girls and boys teams from Chevak and Noorvik in the afternoon and Ninilchik girls and boys facing teams from Noatak in the evening. Today’s games begin at noon and pull Skyview into the action, a skills contest is at 3 p.m., and evening games commence at 5 p.m., draw ing Unalakleet into the tournament.

Nikolaevsk teams chalk up wins against Ninilchik, Lumen Christi

Wrapping up a storm of nearly non-stop basketball, the Nikolaevsk Warriors played the Ninilchik Wolverines at the Warrior Dome on Jan. 28. The Nikolaevsk girls claimed a 55-17 win and the boys a 53-24 victory. 

The following day, Lumen Christi teams were guests of Nikolaevsk, with the Warriors claiming another double victory. The Warrior girls team won 60-14 and the boys team won 69-33.

On Jan. 30, the Nanwalek boys team traveled to Nikolaevsk, with Nikolaevsk scoring 70 and Nanwalek 44.

Hockey Regions keep rink busy this weekend

Region III Hockey Tournament kicks off today at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

“This is a very special event that only comes around every six years,” said John Carlin, Homer High’s head hockey coach. “I told the athletes, from freshmen to seniors, that they’ll never experience this at this rink again.”

In addition to Homer, teams will represent Colony, Kenai, Palmer, SoHi and Wasilla.

Winter, summer, soccer keeps on going

Even with spring-like weather, it’s isn’t spring-like enough to move from Homer Community Recreation’s indoor soccer program to an outdoor setting. Unless you’re one of the handful of Homer hockey players intent on developing what they’ve learned about the sport at home.

That’s exactly what Maggie Koplin and Samantha Draves, students at Homer High School, and Oliver Beck, Simon Dye and Charlie Rohr, Homer Middle School students, are doing. 

Ninilchik holds six-school tourney

The 2014 Ninilchik Invitational Championship Tournament will be held Feb. 5-8 and features boys and girls teams from Skyview, Unalakleet, Chevak, Noorvik, Noatak and Ninilchik.

The four days of play begin Feb. 5 with:

Game 1: Chevak girls vs. Noorvik, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Chevak boys vs. Noorvik, 3:30 p.m.

Game 3: Noatak girls vs. Ninilchik, 5 p.m.

Banquet launches Popeye Wrestling

The Popeye Wrestling Club will hold a pre-season banquet at Homer Middle School from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday. This is an opportunity to learn about the club and how it continues to expand. It’s also a chance to learn how wrestling can teach members about sportsmanship, individuality, team concepts and the value of physical activity.

Nikolaevsk boys, girls take second in Warrior Rumble

It was a five-school rumble at the ConocoPhillips Nikolaevsk Warrior Dome on Jan. 16-18, with Birchwood Christian, Kalskag, Nenana, Nikolaevsk and Skyview heating up the boards.

Nenana took first place in the boys competition, with Nikolaevsk in second and Kalskag in third. In the girls competition, Skyview took first place, Nikolaevsk second and Nenana third.

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