Homer’s Hannah Hatfield keeps the ball away from Kenai Central’s Logan Satathite and Michal Keyes on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Hannah Hatfield keeps the ball away from Kenai Central’s Logan Satathite and Michal Keyes on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Sports in brief

General announcements

Pre-season practice for the girls and boys soccer, wrestling and track and field seasons has begun and continues through Spring Break.

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

Starting Thursday, the girls and boys basketball teams will compete in the Southcentral Conference Tournament. The girls tournament is being hosted in Nikiski, and the boys tourney in Kenai. Both the boys and girls teams are the No. 1 seed for the southern conference teams in their respective tournaments.

For the boys, Grace Christian is the No. 1 seed for the northern conference, and the Anchorage Christian Schools team is the No. 1 seed for the northern conference for the girls.

The varsity girls team faces off against Houston at noon on Thursday in Nikiski, while the boys have their first game at 4 p.m. Thursday against Redington in Kenai. The tournaments continue through Friday and Saturday.

The games will be streamed live on the Nikiski and Kenai athletic Facebook pages. There will be 36 spectators allowed per game at Nikiski, and 40 per game at Kenai. Those interested are encouraged to check with head coaches about availability on guest lists.

Wrestling

Practice for the wrestling season begins on Monday, March 15.

Soccer, Track and Field, Baseball and Softball

Practice for the girls and boys soccer teams, track and field, baseball and softball teams begins on Monday, March 22.

In review

Basketball

In their last two games of the regular season, the Homer girls and boys basketball teams traded off winning to opposing Kenai Peninsula teams.

Thursday

In Kenai last Thursday, the Kardinals defeated the Homer boys 61-47, while the Lady Mariners beat Kenai 44-33.

In the boys game, Homer led after the first quarter, but Kenai took control and kept it from there.

For Kenai, Jordan Kvasnikoff led with 20 points. Maison Dunham had 15 points, Jakob Kvasnikoff had 12 and Lucas Tunseth had nine.

In the girls game, Tonda Smude led the way with 11 points and Sophie Ellison had eight. For Kenai, Emma Beck had 12 points and Logan Satathite had eight.

Saturday

On Saturday, the Homer girls fell to Seward and the Homer boys came out victorious in the end to both of their regular seasons.

The Homer boys won 39-32, and ended their season 13-3 overall. River Mann led the Mariners with 10 points, while Josiah Raymond had seven and Clayton Beachy and Parker Lowney both had six.

For Seward, Sam Koster and Trey Ingalls each had seven points.

The Homer girls fell to the Seahawks in their final game of the season, losing 29-12. The Mariners finished the season 9-7.

For Seward, Shelby Sieminski led with 17 points, and Hannah Schilling had eight. For the Mariners, Laura Inama netted six points.

The Peninsula Clarion contributed to this report.

Homer’s Sophie Ellison goes up for a shot against Kenai Central’s Emma Beck on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Sophie Ellison goes up for a shot against Kenai Central’s Emma Beck on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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