All week sophomore Jadzia Martin knew she was going to be ranked No. 1 at the Kachemak Conference Tournament last weekend. She finally believed it when she saw her name at the top of the bracket on Friday in Nikiski. Now, she had the unknown pressure of being the target wrestler in the weight class.
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.
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.
Not enough snow for this weekend’s Homer High School Nordic Ski Invite? No, problem. The Mariners just strap on their skis and go where there is snow.
The event has been reorganized as the Homer Invite Mulligan Ski Race and will be held at Skyview High School Friday and Saturday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By McKibben Jackinsky
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.
The Homer High School Mariner wrestling team traveled to Nikiski last weekend to partake in seven duels. By the end of the final dual, coaches Chris Perk and Bubba Wells had no voices left to say much. Luckily, the HHS wrestlers’ actions spoke for themselves all weekend.
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.
Wrapping up his high school diving career, Homer High School senior Kaec Brinster swept the state dive competition in Juneau Saturday, scoring a first place.
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.”
A loss to Grace Christian School in the first round placed the Lady Mariners in the loser’s bracket at regions. A second loss to Houston killed Homer’s hopes for state, but Head Coach Beth Trowbridge is pleased with the team’s performance.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.