Homer High School’s Nordic Ski Team traveled to in Anchorage over the weekend to take part in the 2012 State Skiing Championship at Kincaid Park.
Mariner Brian Rowe placed 15th in the classic race, coming in at 22 minutes, 51.5 seconds. Ghen Saskura was Homer’s next closest finisher, finishing in a time of 25:44.1 for 56th place. In Friday’s 10k freestyle event, Rowe finished 40th, while Sasakura took 51st.
Homer girls took third place overall, thanks to strong finishes from Cassidy Soistman and Aspen Daigle.
Lady Mariner stand-out freshman Barae Hirsch was unable to compete in the State Championships because of a controversial school rule infraction.
Soistman skied Thursday’s 5k classic in 20:21.4 for 39th place, while Daigle finished 50th with a time of 21:12.4. The two teammates switched places on Friday, with Daigle taking 30th and Soistman was 32nd.
The Mariners have plenty of future to look forward to, as the freshman/sophomore-heavy program continues to develop and gain valuable experience.
State Skiing Championships
Boys 7.5-kilometer classic
Homer finishers: 15. Brian Rowe, 22:51.5; 56. Ghen Sasakura, 25:44.1; 65.) Jake Worsfold, 26:30.0. 94) Josh Vantrease, 28:30.3; 102) Jakob Krisintu, 29:55.4; 104) Ryan Navrot, 30:10.2.
Girls 5k classic
Homer finishers: 39. Cassidy Soistman, 20:21.4; 50. Aspen Daigle, 21:12.4; 80. Rachel Ellert, 23:01.7; 81. Tisha Lovett, 23:04.6; 91) Lydia Arndt, 24:23.4.
Boys 10-kilometer freestyle
Homer finishers: 40. Brian Rowe, 29:58.6; 51) Ghen Sasakura, 30:43.8; 57. Jake Worsfold, 31:09.8; 93. Josh Vantrease, 34:32.8; 104. Jakob Krisintu, 36:25.4; 109. Ryan Navrot, 38:51.9;
Girls 7.5-kilometer freestyle
Homer finishers: 30. Aspen Daigle, 25:48.7; 32. Cassidy Soistman, 26:08.0; 72. Rachel Ellert, 29:17.8; 96. Lydia Arndt, 33:01.5.
While it was blowing and nasty in Homer on Friday, conditions at Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School were perfect for middle school skiers at the Soldotna Classic Invitational.
The Homer Middle School Huskies put their classic ski techniques to the test after weeks of refining their skills with guest instructors Kenton Bloom, Allison O’hara, Cynthia Morelli and Carlin Rauch. The volunteers have worked with the team all season on classic skiing.
Coach Pete Alexson nailed the waxing for the conditions, and the Huskies saw success from skiers in each grade.
Homer wraps up their season on Saturday with Borough competition in Kenai.
2. Mia Alexson, 18:26; 4. Sarah Wolf, 19:27; 10. Libby Fabich, 24:27; 12. Mystique Ross, 25:27.
3. Charles Rohr, 18:08; 6. Denver Waclawski, 19:59; 7. Joshua Wisner, 20:29; 9. Landon Bunting, 21:06; 12. Jacob Marquardt, 21:57; 13. Ben Kettle, 22:06; 14. Jay-Mason Davis, 22:21.
2. Desi Cleary, 21:34; 5. Audrey Russell, 22:18; 6. Haley Knott, 22:21; 7. Audrey Rosencrans, 22:59; 9. Samantha Jacobson, 24:12.
3. Hoxie Parks, 20:43; 6. Tadgh Sholz, 22:04; 10. Zane Boyer, 22:51; 11. Eric Super, 26:04; 12. Sam Nielson, 27:27; 13. Sage Elkington, 28:36.
1. Katia Holmes, 20:57.
1. Caleb Rauch, 21:19.
Broomball defenders were on a roll this week, allowing only four goals in Friday night play. The Beluga Lake Bombers scored two goals against the Down East Grayskulls, while Alice’s Scoundrels picked up one each against the Bombers and the Grayskulls.
Most Valuable Player awards go to Steve Rich of the Grayskulls, Rudy Multz of the Bombers and Beka Thoning of the Scoundrels. Honorable mentions go to Morgan “A Little Late to the Party” Jones, and Joel “Penalty King” Markis.
The Seldovia Sea Otters outscored the Lumen Christi Archangels 27-8 in the fourth quarter, but still came up short in boys Peninsula Conference play in Anchorage on Friday.
Calem Collier led the Sea Otters with 18 points, while Aidan Philpot added 13 in the 52-58 Seldovia loss.
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