Sports Briefs – Sept. 26

Golfing ‘fore’ hockey

Photo by Rama Flyum

Photo by Rama Flyum

Vince Tillion putts at Shoreline Golf’s 18th hole during Saturday’s “Rounds for the RInk” charity golf tournament on Saturday.
Some 32 players turned out for the soggy 18-hole tourney. The team of Chris Morin, Brandon Grochow, Mark Wayne and Jed Frazier grabbed the top spot with a score of 51.
Morin also won the men’s longest drive competition, while Kayla Creamer took the honors for the women. Both used 9-irons.
Jessica Marx and Vince Tillion won the “closest-to-pin” competition.
Approximately $2,000 was raised at the event, and will benefit the Kevin Bell Arena and the Homer Hockey Association.

Doling out Derby dough

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James Peeples of Chico, Calif. accepts his $10,000 for the 323.2-pound halibut he caught August 31 with Captain Phil Peeples aboard the F/V Tackle Box. Brian Kothera of Burton, Ohio, won the $5,000 released-fish drawing with the help of Bob’s Trophy Charters. A total of 26 fish were released in 2012. Adam Monroe of Cudilla, Mich. won $5,000 just for buying a derby ticket.

Rowe second at mega meet

Brian Rowe

Brian Rowe

Homer diver Brian Rowe continued his drive toward a State title with a second-place finish at Chugiak on Friday.
Rowe battled 28 other divers from around the state, finishing with a total of 292.95 points.
Lady Mariner diver Jasmine Lewis took fifth. Mariner divers Ian Hall and Katherine Dolma both missed qualification for the final round by just a few points.
Dive Coach Harmon Hall called his team’s performance, “amazing,” noting that Lewis got a “bad board” in the 11-dive competition, likely hampering her dives.
Still, he said he feels strongly that his team will hold up against bigger schools as the swimming/diving season heads into its final weeks.
“We’re in good shape,” Hall said. “Ben Westphal irritated his wrist early in the dives, but I think he’ll be O.K.”
Swimmers competed at Bartlett High School, and Homer struggled against the formidable field of more than 400 swimmers representing 19 teams.
The Mariner boys’ 400 Freestyle Relay team of Mike Nagle, Cyrus Cowan, Gregory Smith and James Nagle finished third with a time of 3:56.84.
The swim team heads to Soldotna to compete against Skyview on Saturday, while Hall’s dive team plans to hold an 11-dive practice meet at home.
Homer hosts this year’s Regional meet, scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27 at Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center. Hall said new lights and starting blocks will welcome Region III swimmers.

Huskies place 6 runners in top-10
The imminent rain held off long enough on Friday for middle schoolers to finish cross-country races in Nikiski. The meet proved to be a challenging 1.5-mile loop that saw six Huskies finish in the top 10.
Lady Husky Lauren Evarts finished highest for Homer, coming in at second place with a time of 13 minutes and 43 seconds.
Audrey Rosencrans was fourth, finishing in 13:44, with teammate Haley Knott finishing just two seconds later to claim fifth. Izabelle Hagge rounded out the top-10 finishers with a time of 14:23.
In the boys’ race, Jared Brant took fifth with a time of 12:37, while Justin Ellison was seventh at 13:08.
The Huskies open Borough competition in Kenai on Friday at noon.

Volleyball wins remain elusive
The Homer High School volleyball team struggled again over the weekend, this time at the fully loaded West High School Spiketacular in Anchorage.
“We didn’t have any wins, but we played really well against bigger and better teams, so I feel good about what we did,” said Lady Mariner Coach Beth Trowbridge. “They learned a lot and improved tons.”Trowbridge said her Lady M’s lost to Nome in three games on Saturday during bracket play, beating them in a close first game, but falling in the next two.
The Lady M’s hosted Skyview on Tuesday evening, but results were not available by press time.
They host their Peninsula Challenge this weekend at Alice Witte Gymnasium.Trowbridge said her Lady M’s lost to Nome in three games on Saturday during bracket play, beating them in a close first game, but falling in the next two.
“We were in a pretty tough pool with Chugiak, Palmer, East and Mt. Edgecumbe (last year’s 3A state champs) and we played them all close,” she said. “So, we’re not hanging our heads. We just know that we can play at a high level when ‘all cylinders are firing’ and know what we need to work on.”
The Lady M’s hosted Skyview on Tuesday evening, but results were not available by press time. They host their Peninsula Challenge this weekend at Alice Witte Gymnasium.

Middle school soccer rolls on
The Homer Middle School girls soccer team fell 0-1 against Soldotna White on Friday, while Dimitry Kuzmin scored the Huskies’ only goal in the boys’ 1-2 loss.
The first round of the Borough Tournament starts Tuesday, Sept. 25, with finals wrapping up in Soldotna on Sept. 25.

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