Homer freshman Barae Hirsch took first place at the Seahawk Invitational in Seward on Saturday. Hirsch edged her closest competitor by 12 seconds in the varsity race, winning with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds.
Lady Mariners took three of the top six spots, with Cassidy Soistman placing third and Aspen Daigle sixth.
On the boy’s side of the action, Homer’s Brian Rowe finished third with a time of 16:05. He was just five seconds behind the second-place Kenai finisher. Mariners Ghen Sasakura and Jake Worsfold finished eighth and 13th, respectively.
Homer’s Nordic Ski Team will host the Borough Tournament this weekend at Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain.
Saturday individual varsity results
Homer Girls: 1. Barae Hirsch, 19:21; 3. Cassidy Soistman, 20:12; 6. Aspen Daigle, 20:35; 15. Lydia Arndt, 26:11.
Homer Boys: 3. Brian Rowe, 16:05; 8. Ghen Sasakura, 17:27; 13. Jake Worsfold, 17:50.
Anchor Point resident Kinna Ledger, 22, won bronze for her cross-country ski performance at the Special Olympics World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea over the weekend.
Ledger was one of four Alaskans selected to compete on Team USA. She was among 28 other skiers and 151 athletes representing the United States against teams from 80 countries.
Ledger competed in Special Olympics for seven years, competitively skiing the last three years. She is active in the church of Christ in Anchor Point.
Seaveys take Tusty 100 and 200
Mitch Seavey won this year’s Tustumena 200, finishing at 5:25 p.m. Sunday for a total race time of 30 and seven minutes. Seavey was nearly 20 minutes ahead of second-place musher Ray Reddington. Four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King finished third.
The approximately 200-mile race got underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, as 35 mushers gathered in Kasilof for the race that was scant on snow and warmer than most years.
Mushers raced to Homer’s McNeil Canyon checkpoint, before returning to Kasilof. The top-10 finishers split a purse of $25,000.
Conway Seavey, Mitch’s son, won the T100 earlier in the day.
The top 10 finishers include: Mitch Seavey, Ray Redington, Jeff King, Paul Gebhardt, Wade Marrs, Ken Anderson, Ellen Donoghue, Travis Beals, Kristy Berington, Robert Bundtzen and Roger Johnson.
Mariner varsity basketball teams took a break ast weekend, but return on Thursday to host their Winter Carnival Tournament at Alice Witte Gymnasium. The Lady Mariners are scheduled to compete against Cook Inlet Academy, Grace Christian School and Nikiski, while the Mariner boys face Nikiski, Valdez and Fairbanks’ West Valley High School.
Game times are to be announced.
Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and the Ski Booster Club (parents of high school skiers) are sponsoring a dinner and auction to help raise funds for the Homer High Ski Team.
The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hall’s Barn, and organizer Cynthia Morelli said there are only a few tickets left.
The “Out of This World Ski Dinner” will feature fresh and baked oysters, stuffed mushrooms, cheese and vegetable straws, a vinegar, salt and smoke-cured red salmon trio, strawberry Caesar salad, Zinfandel Capellini with house-made ricotta and tanner crab, buffalo ribeye with blackberry Malbec sauce, seared Kodiak scallops and potato pave, blood orange gelato with chocolate Tuille cookies and fruit jellies.
Two Sisters Bakery’s Carri Thurman will prepare the five-course gourmet meal. Tickets are $80 per person, and available at the Homer Bookstore or by calling 235-2846.
The Homer Huskies hosted Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna on Friday for the 2013 Homer Invitational on Lookout Trails at Ohlson Mountain. According to the young skiers, the 3K skate ski race felt like 5K, with a steep, hilly course. Coach Tad Russell said he was thrilled after the race.
“These kids skied their hearts out,” he said. “There were some gutsy performances and a couple close finishes.”
Homer skiers took first place in three events and placed one at second. Coach Pete Alexson noted that every skier has improved this season and they are a fun group to coach. The Huskies travel to Soldotna for competition on Feb. 22.
1. Caleb Rauch – 10:13
2. Katia Holmes – 10:32
3. Henry Russell – 14:08
Seventh grade girls
1. Mia Alexson – 8:34
9. Libby Fabich – 13:10
Seventh grade boys
3. Charles Rhor – 8:52
5. Jacob Davis – 9:12
7. Jacob Marquart – 10:41
8. Denver Waclawski – 10:43
9. Ben Kettle – 10:58
10. Landon Bunting – 11:01
12. Joshua Wisner – 11:20
17. Noah Duncan – 15:12
18. Jay-Mason Davis – 15:41
Eighth grade girls
1. Audrey Russell – 10:13
5. Desiree Cleary – 11:06
7. Samantha Jacobson – 11:20
9. Audrey Rosencrans – 12:18
10. Haley Knott – 12:58
Eighth grade boys
2. Hoxie Parks – 9:37
3. Tadgh Sholz – 10:13
6. Chris Lynn – 11:32
10. Eric Super – 15:51
11. Hyram Dory – 18:26
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