Young wrestlers from Homer and Anchor Point took part in two tournaments last weekend: the Tanana Middle School Tournament held in Fairbanks and the United States Girls Wrestling Association Tournament at Service High School.
Tanana Middle School hosted nearly 500 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders during the two-day unofficial Middle School State Tournament. Homer and Chapman brought up nine wrestlers.
The Homer Huskies placed 11th overall in the tourney with 70.5 points. The Chapman Eagles combined for 21.5 points, earning them 23rd place.
The Homer Mariners hosted the Seward Seahawks last Friday at the Alice Witte gymnasium for the last home game of the basketball season. Both varsity squads lost during the Mariners' senior appreciation night.
Seahawks 46, Lady Mariners 22
The Lady Mariners started off the night losing to the Seahawks 46-22. Seniors Alicia Isenhour, Miranda Beach, Tiyana Hill and Hailey Oliver received much playing time during their last home game as Mariners, while Oliver was the only senior to score with 6 points, all coming in the paint.
Weather on the first day of March was more like a lamb than a lion, but winter is far from over. Just ask Snomads, a southern Kenai Peninsula organization of snowmachine enthusiasts. The club's annual Fun Run happens this weekend.
The Saturday excitement begins with event-day registration at McNeil Canyon Elementary School from 8-10 a.m.
Homer Middle School wrestlers pose with the medals they earned from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Championships Feb. 23. Back row from left are Timmy Woo, Ravi Cavasos, Andrew Doughty, Wyatt Lewis and Tristan Cook; front row from left are Owen Fell, Teddy Croft, Jared Brant Jaime Rios and Martin Welty.
The Homer Middle School Huskies placed three girls and three boys in the top 10 during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School Ski Meet held Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course. The meet was hosted by Kenai Middle School. The meet consisted of a 3k skate race followed by a 3k classic race.
The top female skier from Homer is seventh-grader Mia Alexson, who took second. Another seventh-grader, Charles Rohr, took top honors for the Homer boys, placing fourth.
It may be too early for March, but it's never too early for madness.
Calendars won't flip until Friday, but by that time the Peninsula Conference will already have 16 games in at its conference tournament at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.
Don't count on the month holding its reputation for a lamb's entrance, either, as Friday and Saturday will see 10 more games contested, including the all-important conference championship games Friday and the second-place games Saturday.
After a long ski season, the Mariners' weathered Nordic ski team describes the season's finale at state in one word: Relieved.
In the last leg of her last race of the season, junior Cassidy Soistman says all she could do was focus on finishing.
"I couldn't wait to be done," said Soistman.
The Mariners Nordic ski team placed 13th for boys and girls overall against 22 other high school teams from around the state. The three-day state meet was held at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
The Homer Middle School Huskies hosted the 2013 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Wrestling Championships last Saturday.
Six middle school teams, ranging from Seward down the peninsula, met at the end of the road where Homer walked away with five Borough Champions, the most of the tournament.
For the Husky eighth graders, Jaime Rios, Jared Brant and Andrew Doughty all took home titles. Rios, who wrestled at 105 pounds, came back from a 0-7 point discrepancy to beat Kenai's Ryan Comers via a power half-Nelson roll into a pin.
The Homer Huskies traveled to the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School for the Soldotna Classic Invite on Feb 22.
"The skiers were pumped up to put their classic technique to the test after weeks of refining their skills. Guest instructors including Kenton Bloom, Allison O'Hara, Cynthia Morelli and Carlin Rauch have worked with the team all season on classic skiing. While it was blowing and nasty in Homer, conditions were perfect up the road for a race. Coach Pete Alexson nailed the waxing for the conditions," according to a press release.
The Homer Mariners hosted the Kenai Kardinals for a rivalry endowment game on Tuesday night in basketball action.
Although they are now in separate conferences, this Homer-Kenai rivalry has shown fans some of the best basketball games held in the Alice Witte Gymnasium through the years.
The Lady Mariners opened the night with a 47-34 loss in varsity action. Center and team captain Hailey Oliver led the Mariners with 14 points, all coming in the first half. Tayla Cabana followed with eight points in the low-scoring game.
Total team scores
Boys — 1. Soldotna, 2 hours, 22 minutes, 55 seconds; 2. Kenai, 2:27:42; 3. Colony, 2:28:06; 4. Grace, 2:30:02; 5. Homer, 2:36:24; 6. Palmer, 2:44:18; 7. Skyview, 2:50:47.
Girls — 1. Grace Christian, 2:16:51; 2. Colony, 2:32:14; 3. Homer, 2:33:10; 4. Soldotna, 2:34:06; 5. Palmer, 2:41:17; 6. Kenai, 2:41:39; 7. Skyview, 2:53:58.
After a canceled Thursday night game against Seward, the Mariners had an extra day of rest before Friday's conference game opponents, the Nikiski Bulldogs.
The Mariners young small team showed the competition whose home course it was at the Nordic skiing Regions meet last weekend at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Moutain.
Seven teams competed in the last meet before State meet this weekend in Anchorage. The Lady Mariners took a strong third place, less than a minute behind second place Colony. Grace Christian won the Regions title for the girls.
The Mariner boys took fifth place behind Soldotna, Kenai, Colony and Grace as a result of Friday's dissatisfying race according to some.
What's a ski-a-thon? A fun-filled event used to promote skiing among youth by supporting the funding of getting to the trails, wax and assorted other costs. The Homer Middle School Husky ski team is having a "ski-a-thon" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sunset Loop. The team goal is to collectively ski 300 kilometers, or 186 miles. Husky skiers will be skiing Sunset Loop during that time period. The suggested flat pledge is $7 to $15. Those wanting to participate can pledge with a HMS skier or simply call 399-3096.
The Lady Mariner Nordic ski team smoked the competition last weekend at the Borough ski meet held at Lookout Mountain. The boys team held strong, taking third overall against Kenai, Skyview, Seward, and SoHi.
"It was a tough course and I thought the team did well. We practiced the course all week," said Head Coach Eric Groth.
With a home course advantage, the Mariners proved Saturday that they have been practicing hard on Lookout Trails' steep hills and tight turns.
The Lady Mariners took home some hardware after going 2-1 this weekend and taking second place in Homer's fourth annual Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament held Feb. 7-9 at Homer High and Homer Middle schools.
The Mariner men went 1-2, taking third place out of the four teams in the tournament.
In the last meet of the regular season, the Mariners Nordic ski team dominated the top 10 at the Seward Invite last weekend in the 6K skate ski race.
“It was a smaller meet this weekend with a fast and challenging course,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.
The last of the Besh Cup races also took place last weekend in Fairbanks, decreasing the number of skiers at the meet in Seward. In addition, a few Mariners skiers suffering from the seasonal flu outbreak prevented them from racing.
Huskies win three firsts during Homer Invite
The Homer Huskies hosted Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna Feb. 1 for the 2013 Homer Invite.
The 3K state ski race felt like a 5K, with a steep, hilly course on the Lookout Trails. “It was wicked fun, with a few spills and lots of smiles,” said Coach Tad Russell.
“These kids skied their hearts out.There were some gutsy performances out there and a couple close finishes,” said Russell.
The Homer Mariner co-op hockey team was in Wasilla last weekend for the Region 3 hockey tournament held at the Menard Sports Center.
The Mariners knocked off the Kenai Kardinals in a 5-0 shutout on Thursday evening, setting them up for a 5 p.m. game on Friday against the Soldotna Stars, who had just defeated the Palmer Moose. Tommy Bowe scored three goals in the win, giving him a hat trick off of one of the nicest assists of the night by Caroline DeCreft. Goalie Alex Sanarov got his last shutout of the season in what was a solid outing from the Mariners.
The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors took home the crown in the Nenana Invitational Tournament on Saturday, defeating the home team Lynx 53-42.
Up until the fourth quarter, the game had been very close, as the Warriors led 21-19 at halftime, and 38-37 after three quarters. But Nikolaevsk put the hammer down in the fourth, outscoring Nenana 15-5 and walking off with the victory.