Cross-country skiing: The Nordic ski team will compete in the state championships this weekend at Kincaid park in Anchorage. The start at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, and continue Friday and Saturday.
Basketball: The girls’ basketball team hosts Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Alice Witte Gymnasium. They also Houston at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Soldotna High School at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The boys’ basketball team also plays Redington on Friday, at 8 p.m., and plays Houston at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The boys play Soldotna at 8 p.m. next Tuesday.
The host Homer boys basketball team notched a 61-51 victory over Kenai Central last Friday in Southcentral Conference action.
The Mariners grabbed a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, 25-22 lead at the half and 40-35 lead after three quarters.
Clayton Beachy and Eyoab Knapp each had 15 to power Homer. Also for the Mariners, Ethan Anderson had eight, Parker Lowney had seven, Michael Munns had five, Josiah Raymond had five, Jonathan Raymond had four, Ty Etzwiler had one and River Mann had one.
For the Kardinals, Braedon Pitsch poured in 26, while Kayden Daniels had 10. Also, Evan Stockton had nine, Andrew Bezdecny had four and James Baisden had two.
Grace Hardwood Classic in Anchorage
Last Saturday, Homer wrapped up fifth place in the tourney with a 48-42 loss to Bethel. The Mariners trailed 16-5 after a quarter, 26-18 at halftime and 34-29 after three quarters.
Sailey Rhodes had 14 points to lead the Mariners, while Marina Carroll had 13, Laura Inama had five, Rylee Doughty had four, Kaylin Anderson had four and Kelli Bishop had two.
Friday, Homer took a 45-37 defeat to the host Grizzlies. Homer led 8-5 after the first quarter, but Grace led 17-12 by halftime. Homer cut that gap to 29-26 after three, but the Grizzlies finished strong.
Tessa Binder poured in 30 points for Grace. For Homer, Laura Inama had 12, Marina Carroll had 11, Rylee Doughty had seven, Sailey Rhodes had five and Hannah Hatfield produced two.
The Ninilchik girls and boys swept their own tournament, while Cook Inlet Academy finished second on the girls and boys side.
Saturday, Ninilchik defeated Nikiski JV 54-43. For Ninilchik, Maddie Cooper had 19, Rian Ofstad had 10, Jade Robuck had 10, Rachael Okonek had eight, Autumn Calabrese had four and Mia Denboer had three.
Also Saturday, the Ninilchik boys defeated Nanwalek 81-50. For Ninilchik, Ben Botero had 22, Taplin Scott had 11, Jake Clark had 10, Tom Nelson had nine, Cody Blossom had six, Jacob Mumey had sixc and George Nelson had five.
For Nanwalek, Malachi Joseph had 18, James Cook had 10, Tikhon Kvasnikoff had eight, Elias Moonin had five, Charlie Moonin had five, Juvenaly Evans had two and Matthias Evans had two.
In early Saturday girls action, the CIA girls defeated Kalskag 46-43 in overtime. Anna Henderson had 20 for the Eagles, while Annika Castenholz had 12, Linnea Dohse had six, Gene Nelson had six, Jamie Hyatt had two and Kaitlyn Liles had one.
In Friday girls action, Ninilchik defeated Cook Inlet Academy 36-28.
Ninilchik led 14-11 after the first quarter, 21-17 at halftime and 29-21 after three quarters.
For the Wolverines, Jade Robuck had 12 points, Rachael Okonek had nine, Maddie Cooper had seven, Autumn Calabrese had five and Rian Ofstad had a point.
For the Eagles, Anna Henderson had 15, Annika Castenholz had nine, Jamie Hyatt had three and Jessa Wahl had two.
For Friday boys, Ninilchik defeated CIA 67-54. The Eagles had a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, but Ninilchik led 29-27 at halftime and 51-42 after three quarters.
For Ninilchik, Ben Botero had 21 points, Thomas Nelson had 15 points, Jacob Mumey had 10, Jaylin Scott had nine, Jake Clark had seven, George Nelson had three and Cole Hadro had two.
For the Eagles, Mason Zeigler had 13, Cole Moore had 11, Lucas Cragg had nine, Josh Boyd had eight, Austin Matheson had six, Ethan Boyd had four and Grizzly Beard had three.