Kids are invited to join Native Youth Olympics in Homer. Native Youth Olympics (NYO) is a collection of games that mimic the skills needed by Alaska Native People to survive and thrive in the Alaskan terrain and climate. The Homer team accepts all students, grades 1-12, regardless of ethnicity. Practices are twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Members will have the chance to compete in Junior NYO and Senior NYO State Competitions in Anchorage. For more information, please contact Mark Gordon at 614-588-2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Track and Field: Homer’s track and field team will travel to Soldotna for the SoHi Invite this Friday and Saturday.
Soccer: The girls soccer team will play Voznesenka at home at 6 p.m. today. They will also host Grace Christian at 5 p.m. this Friday. The boys team will play Grace at home at 7 p.m. Friday.
Baseball: The baseball team is scheduled to play games in Anchorage this whole weekend, starting with a 4:30 p.m. game at Bartlett High School on Friday. They will also play Hutchison and South Anchorage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Bartlett on Saturday.
Softball: Homer’s softball team will play Palmer at 6 p.m. today at Jack Gist Park. They will play Kodiak at 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Soccer: Both of Homer’s soccer teams had a full weekend in Southeast Alaska last weekend, facing off against Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain.
In girls action, the Lady Mariners went 2-2 with Ketchikan last Thursday. Both of Homer’s goals were netted unassisted by Kappa Reutov, both in the first half. There was no scoring in the second half.
Last Friday, Homer fell to Juneau-Douglas 11-0. All of the goals were scored in the second half, and were netted by Eva Goering, Malia Miller, Taylor Bentley, Michaela Bentley and Blake Plummer.
The Homer girls rounded out the weekend last Saturday with a 0-0 tie against Thunder Mountain.
The boys team had similar success against the strong Southeast teams, starting with a 1-1 tie against Ketchikan on Thursday. Dexter Lowe netted Homer’s goal five minutes into the second half. Ketchikan answered with a goal in the last minutes of the game.
Homer then fell to Juneau-Douglas 2-1 on Friday. There was no scoring in the first half. Austin Shafford got Homer’s goal in the second period in between the two from Juneau-Douglas. Clayton Beachy, serving in the net after Tucker Weston was injured in the Ketchikan game, made eight saves for the Mariners.
Beachy made another six saves in the Saturday game against Thunder Mountain, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win. The Mariners again fell 2-1. Scorer information was not posted by press time.
Track and field: The Colony Track Invitational Homer’s track and field team was set to compete in last weekend was canceled due to weather.
Youth wrestlers from the Anchor King Wrestling Club competed at a tournament at South Anchorage High School last weekend. Results are as follows:
Avalanche Freestyle Wrestling Tournament
Novice – 12 and under, 75-81 pounds
Alex Shea took second place
Match 1: Ryan Buchanan (Soldotna Whalers Wrestling Club) over Alex Shea (Anchor Kings) Dec 16-9
Match 2: Alex Shea (Anchor Kings) over Maxcime Perkins (Arctic Warriors) Fall 0:27
Match 3: Alex Shea (Anchor Kings) over Jacob Campbell (Mid-Valley Wrestling Club) Fall 1:47
Match 4: Alex Shea (Anchor Kings) over Brandon Yim (AFWC) Dec 9-6
Match 5: Kaine Kimbrell (Chugach Eagles Wrestling Club) over Alex Shea (Anchor Kings) Fall 0:41
Novice – 12 and under, 102-108
CJ Burns took first place
Match 1: CJ Burns (Anchor Kings) over Issaiah Gerry (Arctic Warriors) Fall 1:12
Match 2: CJ Burns (Anchor Kings) over Jorge Martinez (AFWC) TF 10-0
Match 3: CJ Burns (Anchor Kings) over Colton Tibbetts (AFWC) Fall 0:47
Cadet Girls – 16 and under, 109-118
Sadie Blake took first place
Match 1: Sadie Blake (Anchor Kings) over Grayce Stigen (Tri-Valley Wrestling Club) Dec 6-4
Match 2: Sadie Blake (Anchor Kings) over Ashley Andrews (Rogue Wrestling Club) FF
Match 3: Sadie Blake (Anchor Kings) over Trinity Pendergrass (Mid-Valley Wrestling Club) Dec 7-2
USA Junior, 146-156
Wayne Newman took second place
Match 1: Wayne Newman (Anchor Kings) over Brayde Wolfe (Soldotna Whalers Wrestling Club) TF 12-2
Match 2: Wayne Newman (Anchor Kings) over Brice Lestenkof-Chapman (Tri-Valley Wrestling Club) TF 10-0
Match 3: Wayne Newman (Anchor Kings) over Andrew Green (AFWC) TF 10-0
Match 4: Wayne Newman (Anchor Kings) over Sterling Uhlenhake (Arctic Warriors) Dec 14-12
Match 5: Brandon DeYarmon (Avalanche Wrestling Association) over Wayne Newman (Anchor Kings) Dec 10-7
USA Junior Girls, 118-129
Sadie Blake took first place
Match 1: Sadie Blake (Anchor Kings) over Danielle Lord (Mid-Valley Wrestling Club) Fall 0:53
Match 2: Sadie Blake (Anchor Kings) over Ryan Plant (Tri-Valley Wrestling Club) Fall 0:17
The Anchor Kings will next compete May 2-4 at a state competition at the Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. Two wrestlers, Wayne Newman and Sadie Blake, are traveling to compete at the Western Regionals in Las Vegas starting today through April 28.