Sports Briefs

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.
Homer took three first places and a second. Coach Pete Alexson noted that every skier has improved this season and they are a fun group to coach.  
The Huskies travel to Soldotna on Feb. 22.

Homer Invite Results
Homer Middle School students
Sixth grade racers, out of a field 7
Caleb Rauch (1) 10:13; Katia Holmes (2) 10:32; Henry Russell (3) 14:08.

Seventh grade girls, out of a field of 10
Mia Alexson (1) 8:34; Libby Fabich (9) 13:10.

Seventh grade boys, out of a field of 24
Charles Rhor (3) 8:52; Jacob Davis (5) 9:12; Jacob Marquart (7) 10:41; Denver Waclawski (8) 10:43; Ben Kettle  (9) 10:58; Landon Bunting (10) 11:01; Joshua Wisner (12) 11:20; Noah Duncan (17) 15:12; Jay-Mason Davis (18) 15:41.

Eighth grade girls, out of a field of 15
Audrey Russell (1) 10:13; Desiree Cleary (5) 11:06; Samantha Jacobson (7) 11:20; Audrey Rosencrans (9) 12:18; Haley Knott (10) 12:58.

Eighth grade boys, out of a field of 11
Hoxie Parks (2) 9:37; Tadgh Sholz (3) 10:13; Chris Lynn (6) 11:32; Eric Super (10) 15:51; Hyram Dory (11) 18:26.


Riptide still No. 1 in
City League hoops action
The Best Western Riptide leads Homer City League basketball with only two losses, tallying their 12th win on Monday against the K-12 Teachers 91-48. Nick Finley led all scorers with 22 points, Weston Carroll followed with 16. Mark Putney scored 15 and Jan Spurkland had 12 for the Teachers. The Alaska Bible Institute defeated the Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators 56-42. Erick Rozeboom put up 25 points while Michael Ross added 15 for ABI. Smooth Operators’ Heath Johnson and Dave Drake combined for 25 in the loss. The Bulletproof Nets beat the Home Run Oil Titans 51-38. Aaron Lang and Corey Sutherland both scored 14 points for the Nets. Brother’s Erick and Colton Tutt scored 17 and 7 points respectively.

City League Standings Week 14
Best Western Riptide 12-2
Bulletproof Nets 10-4
Home Run Oil Titans 8-6
Alaska Bible Institute 5-9
K-12 Teachers 3-11
Gregoire Construction Smooth Operators 3-11

Winter Carnival Tourney runs Thursday-Saturday
The Homer Winter Carnival Basketball Tourney with girls and boys varsity teams playing starts today at 2 p.m. at Homer High School. The tourney continues starting at 2 p.m. Friday and at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Teams from Homer, Nikiski, Grace Christian, West Valley and Valdez play.
An awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. Saturday following the boys final game. All-tournament team players, most valuable player, skills winners and the overall winner of the tourney will be recognized.