Soldotna’s Ethan Sewell looks for a way around Homer’s Clayton Beachy during a Tuesday, March 2, 2021 basketball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Soldotna’s Ethan Sewell looks for a way around Homer’s Clayton Beachy during a Tuesday, March 2, 2021 basketball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

General announcements

All spectators for Homer High School sports must be on the player guest list. Two spectators per participant are allowed per game. The gym will be cleared after each contest. All spectators will wear a face covering and have a signed KPBSD COVID waiver. All home game and events will be streamed on the Homer Mariners YouTube Channel.

Girls on the Run is an eight-week after school empowerment program for third-fifth grade girls promoting confidence and self respect. The program combines physical training, community service, health education, life skills, goal setting and mentoring relationships. It inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Homer’s spring Girls on the Run will start the week of March 22, with days of the week to be announced. The program may meet outdoors. Organizers are seeking both participants and coaches for this spring 2021 season. Contact Marcee Gray at 907-756-3536 or marcee@havenhousealaska.org, or South Penisula Haven House at 907-235-7716. Coaches and participants may register online at GOTRgreateralaska.org.

Upcoming events

Basketball

The girls and boys basketball teams will travel to Kenai for games at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Then, the teams will head to Seward for games at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In review

Nordic skiing

Cross-country skiers from Homer competed in the state Nordic ski meet over the weekend along with other Division II schools. The Homer boys did not field enough people for a team score, while the Homer girls took 13th place overall at the meet with a combined three-day time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

The meet was broken up into a classic race on Thursday, skate race on Friday, and a relay on Saturday. Though scores for DII and DI teams were tallied separately, skiers from all schools raced together.

Seamus McDonough, Homer’s lone member competing with the boys, finished 66th in the two-day totals with a time of 1:05:57. He took 64th overall in Friday’s 10 kilometer freestyle race with a time of 35:13.

The Homer girls were the only other DII girls team to post a three-day time after the Saturday relay.

In the two-day individual titles, the Homer girls placed as follows:

Two-day individual totals

51. Zoe Stonorov, Hom, 51:28; 54. Ireland Styvar, Hom, 52:00; 62. Frida Renner, Hom, 54:48; 65. Eryn Field, Hom, 55:12; 77. Elena Badajos, Hom, 1:03:01; 81. Kara Super, Hom, 1:06:35.

In Friday’s 7.5-kilometer freestyle race, the Homer girls placed as follows:

48. Ireland Styvar, Hom, 29:43; 50. Zoe Stonorov, Hom, 30:01; 61. Frida Renner, HOM, 31:07; 64. Eryn Field, Hom, 32:05; 79. Elena Badajos, Hom, 37:05; 85. Kara Super, Homer, 42:32

In Saturday’s 4-by-3.75-kilometer classic relay, the Homer girls (Zoe Stonorov, Eryn Field, Frida Renner, Ireland Styvar) placed 13th with a time of 1:03:57.

Basketball

The Homer girls fell to the visiting Seward Seahawks this past Saturday, but the boys were victorious 61-45.

One of the Homer boys’ two losses this season came from Seward. After Saturday, the Mariners moved to 11-2 overall this season.

River Mann had 22 points to help the team to victory. Clayton Beachy had 13 points, Parker Lowney had 12 and Eyoab Knapp had eight.

For Seward, Max Pfeiffenberger netted 12 points, Sam Koster had 11 and Tommy Cronin had 10.

The tides turned the other way for the Lady Mariners, who lost to the Seahawks 26-21. Homer fell to 8-5, and it was the first time the Seward girls had defeated Homer this season.

Laura Inama led Homer with seven points. For Seward, Hannah Schilling led with 10.

Then on Tuesday, the visiting Soldotna girls continued their unbroken winning streak with a 39-22 win over the Homer girls.

With the Stars next headed up to the Mat-Su Valley for the rest of their regular season games, this means they have finished undefeated on the Kenai Peninsula. The Homer girls fell to 8-6 for the season.

Drysta Crosby-Schneider led the way for Soldotna with 19 points. For Homer, Inama led with six points.

The Homer boys had more luck on Tuesday, defeating the Stars for the fourth time this season with a score of 49-40. Soldotna fell to 3-11, and the Homer boys moved to 12-2 for the season.

For the Mariners, Beachy led with 12 points, Carter Tennison had 10, Eyoab Knapp had nine and Parker Lowney had eight. For Soldotna, Ethan Sewell netted 21 points, and Daniel McRorie had 10.

The Peninsula Clarion contributed to this report.

Soldotna’s Nathan Johnson (No. 1) and Maleda Denbrock (No. 2) block a basket by Homer’s Carter Tennison during a Tuesday, March 2, 2021 basketball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Soldotna’s Nathan Johnson (No. 1) and Maleda Denbrock (No. 2) block a basket by Homer’s Carter Tennison during a Tuesday, March 2, 2021 basketball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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