Kicking it at Kenai Klassic
Aspen Daigle and Ghen Sasakura were the top two Homer finishers at the Kenai Klassic cross-country skiing competition at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna on Friday.
Daigle finished fourth with a time of 23 minutes, 42 seconds in the 6-kilometer race, while Sasakura took sixth in 19:44. This year’s Klassic featured a bit of a twist, as racers were required to wax their skis during the race, on the clock.
The race was held at the north trailhead of Tsalteshi, where a staggered start kept things moving with four skiers leaving each minute.
Racers ran to a waxing table, applied kick wax and donned skis before heading off on a 3k loop of classic skiing. A short stop in the “change zone” allowed skiers to change to skate skis before finishing the next 3k loop.
The Lady Mariner team placed third overall with a combined time of 1:41:30. On the boys’ side, Homer finished fifth as a team, combining for a time of 1:27:23. The Kenai boys finished first.
Homer’s cross-country team travels north on Saturday to compete in the Seward Invitational.
Homer Girls 6k finishers: 4. Aspen Daigle, 23:42; 12. Tisha Lovett, 25:36; 13. Rachel Ellert, 25:39; 17. Lydia Arndt, 26:32.
Homer Boys 6k finishers: 8. Ghen Sasakura, 19:44; 17. Josh Vantrease, 22:00; 22. Liu Tianen, 22:48; 23. Jake Worsfold, 22:50.
Besh Cup No.3
Lady Mariner Barae Hirsch won the J3 class, 1-kilometer freestyle sprint at the third of six Besh Cup series races of the year at Tsalteshi Trails on Saturday. Megan Spurkland finished 11th overall as the top racer from the Homer Women’s Nordic Ski Club.
In the J2 and older men’s category, Brian Rowe was the fastest racer from the Kachemak Nordic Racing Club, finishing 23rd, with former Homer coach Jan Spurkland right on his heels in 24th place. Former Mariner skier Andre Lovett finished 39th.
Haley Oliver scored 12 points in Homer’s 33-37 overtime loss to Seward on Saturday. The Lady M’s kept the game close, trading leads with Seward. Homer took a 12-11 lead into the half.
Seward outscored Homer 7-4 in the third period, but Homer rallied to score 12 in the final quarter and force the game into overtime.
From there, the Seahawks took control, holding the Lady Mariners to only 5 points, while they scored nine.
Maggie Koplin scored nine points for Homer, while Tayla Cabana added four.
Shooting woes continue
The Mariner boys struggled over the weekend, dropping a Southcentral Conference game to Seward on Saturday.
Homer kept the game close, heading into the locker rooms at halftime down 20-22. The M’s hung on, trailing only 28-34 after three quarters, but gave up 15 points in the fourth quarter for the loss.
Mariner Quinn Daugharty scored 16 points. Kenneth Schneider added eight.
Homer hosted Skyview on Tuesday, but results were not available by press time. Varsity teams travel to Chugiak on Thursday, and then join the JV teams for games at Houston on Friday.
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