The Homer girls and boys basketball teams are hosting Meet the Mariners this weekend at Homer High School. Head out to watch the first home games of the basketball season against Seward and treat your family to dinner and dessert at the same time. Bid on delicious desserts and other non-food items during silent and live auctions. Dinner at the taco bar is $5 and runs fro, 4-6:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. The JV girls play at 12:30 p.m., JV boys play at 2 p.m., varsity girls plat at 3:30 p.m. and varsity boys play at 5 p.m.
Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team will compete in the Government Peak Nordic Ski Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 at the Government Peak Nordic Trails.
Girls basketball: The Lady Mariners will travel to Kenai for an away game at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 against Kenai Central High School. The team then returns to host Seward High School at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Homer High School.
Boys basketball: The boys team will play Kenai Central High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 in Kenai. The boys will then return to Homer to play Seward High School at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Alice Witte Gymnasium.
Hockey: The Homer hockey team will host teams from the Mat-Su Valley at the Kevin Bell Arena for a weekend full of games Jan. 9-11. The Mariners start by playing Palmer at 7 p.m. Thursday, and will then play Colony at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and Houston at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11
Homer’s boys basketball team competed over the weekend in the Anchorage Christian Schools/Pepsi Invitational.
On Friday, the Mariners were victorious over Kotzebue 59-36.
The Mariners took a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in winning a consolation game Friday.
Homer put nine different players in the scoring column, led by Jonathan Raymond with 16 points and Josiah Raymond with 10 points. Michael Hensley led Kotzebue with 20 points.
On Saturday, Homer fell to Tikigaq 71-66.
The Harpooners recovered from a quick start by the Mariners to claim the fourth-sixth place game Saturday.
Homer jumped out to a 22-15 lead after the first quarter, then led 39-33 at halftime. The Harpooners won the third quarter 19-12 and the fourth 19-15.
Jalen Cannon paced Tikigaq with 28 points, while Henry Kowunna added 10. For Homer, Clayton Beachy had 19, Jonathan Raymond had 14 and Eyoab Knapp had 13.
The Peninsula Clarion contributed to this report.