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Mariners end hockey season just one win short of State

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.

Mariners fall to Nikiksi

The Nikiski boys notched a 55-52 overtime win over Homer on Tuesday in Nikiski in Southcentral Conference play.

Homer controlled most of the game, leading 12-6 after one quarter, 25-16 at halftime and 37-27 after three quarters.

Seth Carstens then scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nikiski boys back. Carstens’ free throws tied the game at 48 with 51 seconds left in regulation, and neither team could score in the rest of regulation despite several chances.

Mariner skiers continue to improve

The Mariner Nordic ski team got to test-run new trails last weekend at the Colony Invite, held at the newly opened Government Peak Trail at Hatcher Pass. Homer raced against Palmer, Colony, Grace Christian, SoHi, Skyview, Seward and Valdez.

“It was a great race. We had good classical conditions with a lot of good kick which made for a lot more stride rather than double pole placements,” said Head Coach Eric Groth.

Hockey team’s senior night ends in scoreless tie against Soldotna

By Norm Anderson

For the Homer News

The Homer Mariners hosted their final home game of the hockey season against the Soldotna Stars Tuesday night in what was a defensive-minded showdown from both squads. 

Although the Mariners looked to push the puck offensively in the first period, all seven shots on goal were saved by Soldotna goalie Cody Harvey. Homer’s Alex Sanarov also sent back six shots on Homer’s goal in the first period.

Skyview Invite offers lights, ice

For the Mariners Nordic ski team, the highlight of last weekend’s Skyview Invite on the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna was not the good trail conditions Friday night nor getting back into racing after the long winter break.

According to Head Coach Eric Groth, his team showed the most enthusiasm for skiing under the lights.

“We had a good race Friday night before it got warm. The trails were still soft and the kids really enjoyed racing under the lights since it’s something they rarely get to do,” said Groth.

Mariner hockey team gets assist from managers

The Homer Mariner hockey team is entering the New Year with high hopes after the team ended 2012 defeating Juneau Douglas but losing to the alumni team. 

As they prepare for the second half of the season, the two senior managers of the team, Sierra Roberts and Katie Pitzman, continue to be relied upon and respected in the rink. 

“What they do for the team is very much appreciated by the coaches, players and parents. We try to acknowledge how essential they are as part of the team,” said Coach Buck Laukitis. 

Grizzly Classic bodes well for Lady Mariners

Both Homer Mariners basketball teams took part in the 2012 Grace Christian Grizzly Basketball Classic in Anchorage last weekend. The four-team tournament featured Homer, Grace, Dimond and Soldotna for the boy’s bracket.

The Mariners lost against Grace, Soldotna and Dimond to secure their last place finish while the Dimond Lynx went on to defeat the Mariners on Saturday to protect their first place winnings. 

Despite the Mariner losses, Kenneth Schneider and Drew Brown were selected for all-tournament honors for the boys. 

Lady Mariners take 2nd at Tip-Off

By Norm Anderson 

for the Homer News

Mariner JV Coach Doug Waclawski led his Lady Mariners to a second place finish at last weekend’s Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament at Soldotna. The Mariners showed double digit victories against the Wasilla Warriors and the Dimond Lynx before falling short to the Seward Seahawks in Saturday’s championship game of the eight-team tournament.

Mariners take 1st in Lumen Christi Classic

The Homer basketball season is underway with the Mariners JV team  traveling to Anchorage to take part in the Lumen Christi Classic. The Mariners were able to win all three games on their way to being crowned tournament champions. 

After defeating the Wasilla Warrior C team the previous night, the Mariners were set to face the West Anchorage Eagles JV squad. In spite of the quickness given up by Homer, they made up for it in talent, tying the game up by halftime.

Skyview, Nikolaevsk basketball split

Morris News Service

The Nikolaevsk and Skyview basketball teams split Monday night in Nikolaevsk, with the Warriors girls and Panthers boys notching nonconference victories.

The Nikolaevsk girls used solid defense to top Skyview 28-17. Nikolaevsk led 14-12 at halftime, but then allowed just five points in the second half.

Kilina Klaich and Sophia Kalugin had seven points apiece for the Warriors, while Makinna Halverson and Samantha Reynolds led Skyview with four points each.

Homer Invite races a go despite poor conditions

Volunteers flocked to the Ohlson Mountain Lookout Trails last weekend to prep the ski trails for the Homer Invitational ski meet, hosting 13 teams from the Valley to Valdez. Race organizers were optimistic that the races would go on, despite poor snow conditions.

The Soldotna boys and Grace Christian girls won team the team titles.

The Soldotna boys won at 1 hour, 29 minutes, 48 seconds. Grace was second and Kenai was third. On the girls side, Grace finished at 1:47:46, while SoHi was second and Homer was third.

Mariners qualify one state finalist

By Norm Anderson 

For the Homer News

The Homer Mariner Mat team sent seven qualifying wrestlers to the State Tournament at Nikiski High School last weekend and qualified one state finalist, which came in the form of senior Mark McGregor, who lost a 5-1 decision to Trevour Chavez of Bethel.

Junior Calvin Johnson, wrestling at 106 pounds, was seeded second heading into the tournament. Johnson took fifth-place honors, beating TJ Cox of Nikiski in an 18-2 technical fall.

SoHi, Homer hockey game ends in rare tie

There’s nothing quite like a tie in sports.

The final horn sounds and nobody raises their arms. Nobody lowers their heads. Players head to the locker rooms wearing poker faces and fans file to the exits, not sure how to react.

Such was the case Tuesday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, when the Soldotna and Homer hockey teams tied 2-2 in North Star Conference action. Neither team scored in the sudden-death, five-minute extra period, and there is no shootout in high school hockey.

Seven Mariner mat men qualify for try at State title

Last year's state wrestling finalist Mark McGregor has wrestled all season at 170 pounds but decided to drop to 160 in time for last weekend's Kachemak Conference Championship hosted by Grace Christian School. McGregor pinned all four of his opponents in the first period, earning himself a No. 3 rank heading into the State Championships. Mariner Coach Chris Perk says that he now has a solid front headlock to go along with some leg riding technique that he will use to try and earn himself a state championship title.

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