Youth Sports

Great season for the rink, support needed for future

The Kevin Bell Arena is ending the season this weekend with a bash, including the Annual Ash Cup Tournament Friday thru Sunday with participants from Anchorage and the Peninsula, a team from one of the nearby Russian communities and a couple of local teams. Also, Kevin Bell Day is Sunday with fun activities for different groups and the public to attend. This will include an hour dedicated to curling.

Wrestlers travel to Wasilla

A small, but powerful group of Popeye wrestlers traveled to Wasilla to compete in a Greco Roman Tournament on Friday and a Folkstyle Tournament on Saturday. Sixteen wrestlers brought home a total of 16 medals.

Leading the way was Wayne Newman, schoolboy 99 pounds. Newman won by tech fall against all his opponents on Friday and then placed third in the folkstyle on Saturday.

Mariners launch 2014 track and field season

Twenty-six members of Homer High School Mariner track and field team went toe to toe with athletes from around the state last weekend at the AKFCA Big C Relay held in the Anchorage Dome. 

“There were close to 40 teams … and I think there were close to 1,000 athletes,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer. “It’s the first meet for the kids to get exposure for track and field for the year, a huge meet like a state championship because of all the teams that are represented.”

The Mariner team did itself — and Steyer — proud.

Youngsters get a kick out of soccer camp

Things were hopping in the Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gym on Saturday. Or kicking, as the case may be, as the HHS Lady Mariners soccer program held a soccer camp for aspiring soccer stars from 5 to 14 years of age.

“We have been a part of the soccer community for more than 20 years,” said HHS Head Coach Mickey Todd. “We feel that the best way to develop a program is to involve the community at the first opportunity and continue as the kids get older.”

Kachemak swimmers score best times at Kenai event

Fifty-eight swimmers from the Kachemak Swim Club participated in Spring Champs, a meet hosted by the Seward Tsunami Swim Club and held in Kenai on Saturday.

“This is a very exciting meet,” said KSC Coach Rebecca Hardy. “A lot of enthusiasm and high expectations came to the water at this last meet before Junior Olympics. This meet is one we look forward to very year.”

At the end of the meet, trophies are presented for team sportsmanship, team high point; and plaques for first, second and third place in each age group.

Baseball, softball, soccer round out spring sports

Track and field kick off Homer High School’s spring sports season with the Big C Relays in Anchorage this weekend. In the wings and preparing for action are the baseball, softball and soccer teams. The coaches took time from their busy practice schedules to give a glimpse of what’s ahead.

Baseball

This is Mark Putney’s third year coaching the HHS baseball team and his first year as head coach. Assisting him is Steve Fuson and Rich Sonnen, with  Chris Donich helping organize parent volunteers and fundraising efforts.

Local athlete earns Junior Olympic application invite

One of seven local athletes representing Kachemak Skeeters youth sport shooting club at the Alaska State Junior Olympics Qualifying Event for trap and international skeet, Connor Seay has earned an invitation to apply for Junior Olympic tryouts in Colorado Springs this summer.

The event was held at Birchwood Shooting Range near Anchorage the weekend of March 22-23.

Also participating from the Kachemak Skeeters were Sierra and Dakota Morris, Elias Graham, Andy Fetterhoff,  Zack Fraley and Kyle Johnson.

Popeye wrestlers take eighth at Nikiski tourney

Forty-five Popeye wrestlers traveled to Nikiski to battle 16 other teams for a Freestyle Tournament last weekend. At about mid season, the Homer team placed eighth overall. 

Austin Shafford continued to dominate the novice 85-pound weight class. He won four matches, including one with last year’s state champion, Tucker Vann of Nikiski.  Shafford and Vann have had some close matches in the past, but this one went 12-4 in favor of Shafford.

Homer-Kenai hockey team claim third in state

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

Offered the opportunity to play on a Kenai all-girl hockey team, four Homer players — Rachel Bolin, Claire Bryant, Fiona Hatton and Kaitlyn Johnson — accepted the offer and helped push the team to third place in the Alaska Girls State Hockey Championships in Anchorage last weekend.

When some openings were discovered on the Kenai Ice Hawks team of girls younger than 12 years of age, the central peninsula team looked to Homer.

Seldovia boys nab third at state

The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.

In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.

Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

Nikolaevsk girls take consolation game as Nikolaevsk boys lose consolation game

In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.

On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.

Running Club annual membership meeting

The public is invited to Kachemak Bay Running Club’s annual membership meeting and election of officers at Beluga Lake Lodge, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

A 2.5-mile fun run-walk begins at 5:30 p.m. It starts and ends at the lodge. The club’s new running clock, purchased with the support of a Homer Foundation grant, will be on display. Burgers and brew will be available.

Visit the club on Facebook. For more information, contact Bill Steyer, 399-1078.    

Seldovia, Nikolaevsk wrap up basketball season at state

The Seldovia Otters boys team worked their way through the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. 

“It’s big,” said Seldovia coach Mark Janes. “We were third going into our region (tournament) so no one really expected a lot from us, and last year we were fifth. So they really, really improved.”

The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

If it’s spring, it’s time to head to the track

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

With the state champs decided in basketball, hockey and skiing, it’s time for the Homer High School Mariners to move on to the sports of spring: baseball, softball, soccer and track. The next two months promise plenty of activity for the teams and offer plenty of opportunities for fans to show their
support and even lend a hand.

Soccer clinic scheduled

The Homer High school Mariners girls’ soccer team is offering a clinic for youth ages 5-14, taught by Mariner coaches and players and held at the high school gym on April 5:

• 9-10:30 a.m.: 5- to 9-year-old boys and girls;

• 10:30 a.m.-noon: 10- to 14-year-old boys and girls.

Popeye Wrestling Freestyle draws hundreds of youngsters to Homer

It was shoulder-to-shoulder action at Homer High School’s Alice Witte Gymnasium on Saturday, as 370 wrestlers from Southcentral Alaska participated in the annual Popeye Wrestling Freestyle Tournament.

Pairs of wrestlers dominated the gym floor that was divided to accommodate eight matches at a time. Start and stop whistles were blown. Coaches shouted directions. Family members cheered. A computer-generated schedule of who was wrestling when was displayed on the gym wall and on a wall in the commons area.

Seldovia boys nab third at state

The Seldovia boys basketball team had to fight its way through a tough schedule this season, which made the Sea Otters look worse than they really were.

In the end, however, it paid off with the best end result at a state tournament.

Seldovia topped Shaktoolik 66-55 in the Class 1A tournament to grab third-place honors. The previous best finish for a Seldovia squad was fifth place in the 2008 tournament at the 2A level.

Nikolaevsk girls take consolation game as Nikolaevsk boys lose consolation game

In a span of five minutes, Nikolaevsk basketball fans were dealt a loss and a victory Wednesday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

On one court, there was the Nikolaevsk boys team falling short in a 62-51 loss to the King Cove T-Jacks that determined the Class 1A boys consolation champion.

On the court next to it, separated only by a large, black curtain, there was the Nikolaevsk girls team cruising to a 45-26 win over conference rival Cook Inlet Academy to claim the Class 1A girls consolation crown.

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