Three tourneys, three trophies
Homer Hockey Association’s PeeWee C team picked up yet another first-place trophy after winning the 2014 Moose Fest Tournament over the weekend. This is the third consecutive tournament win for the Homer team.
Homer Hockey goes 1-2
Homer Hockey traveled to the Valley this weekend, where they took on Wasilla, Palmer and Colony.
Senior Tommy Bowe scored the Mariners’ only goal in their 1-6 loss to Wasilla on Thursday. Goalie Markina Polushkin made 35 saves in a very physical game. The M’s rebounded on Friday to edge Palmer 5-3. Riley Swanson was in the net for Homer, and stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal. Mariner goals came from Bowe, Garrett Butcher (2), Anton Kuzmin and Konstantin Reutov.
Saturday’s 1-2 loss to Colony was frustrating, as the M’s were short two players, and skated with one who was significantly limited by injury. Kuzmin scored Homer’s only goal, while Polushkin stopped 30 of 32 shots on goal.
Winter warmth keeps Kenai Klassic interesting
Warm weather sent local high school ski teams to the flatlands of the Kenai Golf Course for this year’s Kenai Klassic. Most racers were forced to double-pole their way through the course, and 40-degree temperatures caused waxing nightmares. Lady Mariner Aspen Daigle placed fourth overall, finishing the 7.5-kilometer race in just over 24 minutes. Audrey Russell was 18th with a time of 30:48.1.
In the boys 10k race, Mariner Josh Vantrease finished sixth with a time of 33:09.2. Hoxie Parks was 17th, followed by Tadhg Scholz in 20th and Ryan Navrot at 23rd.
Many varsity skiers from each team sat out Friday’s race in preparation for the third Besh Cup race in Homer. Homer’s Brian Rowe finished 45th in Saturday’s freestyle sprint.
Nikolaevsk girls top Newhalen – twice
Senior Nianiella Dorvall led the Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors to a 43-31 win over Newhalen on Saturday at the Nikolaevsk Thunderdome.
Dorvall had 15 points while teammate Sophia Kalugin added nine. The Lady Warriors had an easier time this game, after edging the Newhalen Huskies 46-42 on Friday. Sophia Kalugin scored 14 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the victory, while sister Serafima had 13 points and nine rebounds.
In boys’ action, the Nikolaevsk Warriors fell to the Newhalen Huskies 73-74 in a nailbiter on Friday. Jaruby Nelson scored 26 points for the Warriors, while Jonah Fefelov chipped in 14 points and Neil Gordeev had 12.
The two teams met again on Saturday, where the Warriors prevailed 59-51. Nelson pumped in 23 points this time, while Fefelov added 18.
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