A big third inning showing propelled the Homer Mariners softball team to a dominant 18-3 victory over Kenai Central Tuesday in Homer.
Homer led 18-3 heading to the bottom of the third frame, and forced the game to end early with a mercy ruling after bringing home 10 runs. Overall, the Mariners out hit the Kardinals 7-3, but Kenai suffered three errors.
Kenai dropped to 2-2 overall and in the Northern Lights Conference with the loss. Homer improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the NLC.
The Mariners travelled to Kodiak on April 29 and 30 for back-to-back games. Homer and Kodiak tied up the weekend, each winning one game. Homer is now 1-1 in conference.
Mariner baseball’s next games are Thursday, May 5 at Soldotna High, Friday, May 6 at Houston and Saturday, May 7 at Palmer.
KENAI — The Homer baseball team got five runs from batters who had reached on walks in defeating Kenai Central 10-8 on Tuesday in Southcentral Conference action at the Kenai Little League fields.
The Mariners move to 2-1 in the league and 2-2 overall.
“The freebies that scored, that’s what hurt us today,” Kenai coach John Kennedy said.
While walks, liners and grounders would eventually decide the game, it didn’t start off that way.
The Homer girls track and field team took third place out of 15 teams at the Homer Invite on April 29 and 30. Soldotna High and Anchorage Christian came in first and second place.
Kaylee Veldstra took third place in the preliminary girls 100-meter dash, followed by teammate Angie Cardoza in sixth. Veldstra placed second in the 100-meter final event, while Cardoza placed fourth. Veldstra’s finals time was 13.04 seconds, while Cardoza’s time was 13.34 seconds.
Kenai’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams came out victorious against Homer High School during the Tuesday, April 26, games at Homer High. Both games finished with scores of 5-1. Homer girls varsity is now 1-2 in conference, while the boys are 0-3.
Andie Sonnen scored the girls’ only goal. Charles Rohr scored the boys’ single point.
The teams will travel up to Wasilla and Houston for conference games Friday and Saturday.
Homer High’s girls track and field team placed second out of 14 schools at the Kenai Invitational, held April 22 and 23. The boys team placed 11 out of 12 teams, according to the scores posted on athletic.net.
Track and field will host the Homer Invite on the Homer High School turf at 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Girls come in second at Kenai Invite
Razdolna and Kachemak Selo schools joined forces with Voznesenka School to form a full-fledged girls varsity team, ready to compete with schools from across the state. Last year, the team played at club level. Vozeneska played their first home game against Nikiski on Monday, April 25 on the Homer High turf.
The Nikiski Bulldogs beat the Voznesenka Cougars in the rain-filled game, finishing with a final score of 10-1. Faena Basargin scored the Cougar’s only goal on a penalty kick in the second half.
Homer’s varsity baseball team traveled to Soldotna to kick off the season with a non-conference game against the Stars on Saturday, April 23. The Stars came out with a 10-6 victory over the Mariners.
Homer next faces Kodiak in back-to-back conference away games this Friday and Saturday.
The Kachemak Swim Club (KSC) Kings took 18 athletes to the Alaska Junior Olympics Swim meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage April 21-24. The meet drew 500 of the fastest swimmers from around the state with the Kings finishing ninth out of 25 with a combined team score of 800.5 points. In 2015, the Kings placed 15th.
The Kings compete next at home in their inaugural Shorebird Invite meet that will be held May 14 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center.
The Homer High School baseball and softball teams will play their first games of the season against Soldotna High School and Kenai Central High School.
Baseball faces Soldotna High School in an away game on Saturday at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, softball plans to show up Kenai on April 26 at 6 p.m., also away.
Homer High School’s varsity soccer teams played home games against Nikiski and Soldotna High School, with the boys and girls each earning a win and a loss.
Both teams rose up against Nikiski on April 14 and kicked off the weekend with victories. Girls won 4-0, while boys won 4-1. However, the April 19 games against Soldotna ended with a 3-0 loss for Homer girls and a 2-1 loss for Homer boys.
Homer High’s track and field team brought home some personal best records along with their medals from the Pro Whit meet at the Dome in Anchorage over the April 15 weekend. The team will attend the Kenai Invite meet this weekend.
Anchor Kings headed north to the Friday Tri-Valley Greco tournament in Palmer and spent Saturday at Service High for the Alaska Battle Cats Freestyle tournament.
Blake Newman took first place in Friday’s Greco and Wayne Newman took second place. Blake started the Greco tournament with a significant win by technical fall over a wrestler who has beaten him previously. His two other matches were both wins by pin.
Another collegiate hoops team is getting a Warrior. Megan Hickman, a five-year starter for the Class 1A Nikolaevsk girls, put pen to paper April 13 in front of a crowd of friends and family members and signed her commitment to play college basketball at the Division II University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Hickman, a crafty point guard, became the second Nikolaevsk girls player to continue her playing career in college, joining 2014 graduate Nianiella Dorvall who moved on to play at Skagit Valley College, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
Zoey Magee and Natalie Farren perform a duet skating piece at the Kevin Bell Arena 10-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 9. The performance was just one of many figure skating pieces by those participating in the WeSkate figure skating program. The weekend before the anniversary celebration, the skaters participated in the Riverside competition in Soldotna. Six skaters competed and all came back with medals varying from first to fifth place.
Both the Popeye and Anchor Kings wrestling clubs participated in the Arctic Warriors Ultimate Challenge in Wasilla last weekend. And both clubs brought home medals.
Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Wasilla this weekend to participate in a two-day event for Arctic Warriors Ultimate Challenge.
Homer High School’s boys and girls varsity soccer teams played through the cold rain on Saturday, each earning wins against Eagle River.
Soccer games are only cancelled in the case of snow, said Homer High School Athletic Director Chris Perk. Despite the wet weather, the teams were not thrown off course.
The Kachemak Swim Club Kings attended the Southcentral Area Sprint Championship Meet in Kenai last weekend and brought home several top honors. Teams from Kenai, Soldotna and Seward also participated in the meet. It was a clean sweep for KSC’s 9-10 year old boys; Luke Nelson, Lukas Story and Nathan Overson nabbed first, second and third place high-point honors.
Carly Nelson, Luke Nelson and Madison Story placed first in all of their events. The Kings placed third overall for team points and won the spirit award trophy.
The Popeye Wrestling Club traveled to Soldotna on April 2 for the Soldotna Whalers Freestyle Tournament. Popeye took 24 wrestlers who all wrestled their hearts out. Out of 24 wrestlers, Popeye brought home 14 medals: six in first place, five in second place and three in third place. Popeye placed sixth as a team out of 17 clubs.
The Homer High School boys and girls soccer teams faced their first games of the season against Kenai on Wednesday. They will play their second of the season at home on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
As with many of the other boys sports teams this year, the boys soccer team is built mostly around a core group of sophomores, said sophomore Charles Rohr. After the departures of last year’s seniors, the boys soccer team is focusing on building a strong team over their high school careers.