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Lots of hockey in Homer this week

Homer High School Mariners play four at-home games scheduled this month at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena against the following high school teams:

• Dec. 5: Wasilla, 7 p.m.;

• Dec. 6: Palmer, 7 p.m.;

• Dec. 7: Colony, noon;

• Dec. 10: Kenai Central, 7 p.m.


Head Coach John Carlin encourages the public to come cheer for the Mariners. Remember to dress warmly.

Mariner wrestlers set for Kachemak Conference

By Chris Perk

For the Homer News

The Mariner wrestling team heads to Nikiski this weekend for Kachemak Conference Championships. The Mariners would like a top-three finish as a team and hope for many top-four finishes as individuals. 

Top-four finishers qualify for the Small Schools State Meet the following weekend in Anchorage. After two weeks of subpar wrestling, the Mariners will have to dig deep and finish strong.

Nikolaevsk girls, CIA boys take 1st in hoops tournament

The crazy weekend weather of snow, ice, rain, slush and wind wasn’t enough to stop the fast-paced basketball action at Chapman School over the weekend. The Anchor Point school hosted the 2013 Small Schools Basketball Tournament, with middle school boys and girls teams from Aurora Borealis Charter, Chapman, Cook Inlet Academy, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik and Seldovia giving their fans reason to cheer.

By Saturday evening and a total of 12 games played, CIA took first place in the boys competition, with ABC in second place and Nikolaevsk in third.

Voz wrestler back in the action

After injuring his shoulder earlier in the wrestling season, Voznesenka wrestler Gavril Kalugin was back on the mat at the Lancer Smith 2013 match in Palmer last weekend. Kalugin scored 4 team points. In the prelims, he won by a fall in 3:42 over Paxson Berry of Seward. 

In round one of the championship, Kalugin lost in a major decision, 15-5, to Zachary Ritchie of South Anchorage. In round 1 of the consolation match, Kalugin lost to Nyeem Johnson of Service High School, with a 5-1 decision.

Mariner wrestlers tie for 22nd in Palmer

Illness and injuries dampened the Mariner wrestling team’s performance at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer last weekend. With 44 points overall, Homer tied with Cordova in 22nd place.

Bright spots for the event were Pedro Ochoa and Calvin Johnson wrestling against opponents with stronger records. 

“We didn’t really have a good showing up. Some of the kids are sick and we had a couple of injuries. So, it wasn’t a pretty performance,” said assistant coach Bubba Wells.  

Mariners beat Houston in Shootout, but Hawks take tournament crown

By Wendy Wayne

For the Homer News

In spite of schedule-changing weather, hockey teams from Houston, Hutchison and Juneau were in Homer Nov. 21-23 for the Homer Mariner hockey team’s End of the Road Shootout.

Eighteen inches of snow blanketing Southeast Alaska caused Juneau’s late arrival and a reshuffling of games, with the Homer-Juneau game planned for Thursday rescheduled for Saturday.

Homer’s hockey youngsters heat up the ice

It was a very exciting weekend of hockey at the Power Play Tournament in the Kenai and Soldotna ice rinks. Homer Squirt C, Pee Wee C, as well as Bantams all made it to the championship games. The Bantam and Squirt games each went into overtime, were still tied after overtime and winning was decided by a shoot-out. It was edge-of-your-seat competition. The Squirts pulled off the win, but Bantams were denied. The Pee Wee team beat the AHA Comets 3-1 for their title.

Homer shoots it out with Houston, Hutchison, Juneau

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

The End of the Road Shootout at the Kevin Bell Arena begins today and continues through Saturday. It promises exciting hockey action and an opportunity for the community to cheer for the Homer Mariners as they take on Houston, Hutchison and Juneau.

Defensemen JJ Sonnen, Dawson Roberts and Anton Kuzmin have been practicing plays this week, spending hours on the ice sharpening their moves to keep the visiting schools away from the net.

Middle school hoopsters take aim at Chapman tournament

Middle school boys and girls teams representing six Kenai Peninsula schools begin today the three-day 2013 Small Schools Basketball Tournament at Chapman School in Anchor Point.

Playing are the Aurora Borealis Polar Bears, Chapman Eagles, Cook Inlet Academy Eagles, Nikolaevsk Warriors, Ninilchik Wolverines and Seldovia Sea Otters.

The Chapman Eagles will be easy to spot in new uniforms purchased with help from the school’s parent group, Angela McKinney and Pat Ligenza of Blackwater Bend Espresso.

Mariners lose by 1 to Soldotna Stars

It was a close game between the Homer Mariner hockey team and the Soldotna Stars Tuesday, with the Stars winning 2–1.

Clem Tillion started the scoring off a Garrett Butcher assist in the first period. 

“I saw my opportunity and shot it through the five hole (between the goalie’s legs),” said Tillion. “Garrett shot it and it bounced off the goalie’s pad and I put it in.” 

Voznesenka’s Kalugin takes third

Voznesenka High School wrestler Gavril Kalugin earned third place in wrestling competition in Houston last weekend, scoring 13 team points.

In round one of the action, Trevor Norris of Valdez won by an 8-2 decision over Kalugin, but that was the only match the Voznesenka athlete lost. Facing Niko Castro of Nikiski, Kalugin won by a fall in 0:54. Against Homer’s Timmy Woo, Kalugin again won by a decision, 8-1.  

Homer Mariner mat team claims second season trophy

The Mariners traveled to Houston for a two-day, 14-team tourney last week. Homer was nearly at full-strength with 17 wrestlers at the tournament. Valdez won the team title with 170 points.Homer finished second with 155 and beat out host school Houston with 146 points.

Jared Brant, 106, defeated two wrestlers in route to a first-place finish. He dominated his weight class and looks to hold on to his sixth-place ranking in the state.

Mariner hockey falls to Kenai, braces for Soldotna

In the first hockey match of the season, the Homer Mariners traveled to Kenai on Tuesday to take on the Kenai Kardinals. A final score of 5-2 in Kenai’s favor gives the Homer team its marching orders for the season ahead.

“It’s going to be a little bit of work this season, but it’s within reach,” said Mariner Head Coach John Carlin. “I think the team is a little frustrated overall. We talked about it and understand that we progressively played better. We were flat-footed that first period and progressively played better.”

Voznesenka wrestler takes fifth place

In spite of having injured a shoulder while wrestling in the Seward Invitational on Oct. 25-26, Voznesenka’s sole wrestler, Gavril Kalugin, was back in the action at the Anchorage Christian School Invitational in Anchorage Nov. 1-2.

“His shoulder is doing better,” said Head Coach Justin Zank. “It was sore, but he wrestled through it. He placed fifth.”

In round one, Kalugin won by a fall over Zach Hamberger of Cordova in 1:31. Kalugin won the second round over Martin Gardiner of Dillingham by a decision, 8-5.

Mariners in top 10 at small schools biggest tourney

After a successful weekend in Seward where the Homer High School Mariners wrestled multiple duels, the team hit the road to Anchorage for the small schools’ largest tourney of the season.

Forty-two teams meet at Anchrorage Christian School, which also will be the site of the state tourney in mid December. Homer scored 98 points and tied for seventh place with Mount Edgecumbe. Three-time defending state champion Bethel won the tournament.


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