After two days of Nordic Skiing at the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, senior Mariner Brian Rowe finished ninth in the Region III Championships with an overall two-day time of 36 minutes, 19 seconds. Lady Mariner Aspen Daigle was tenth overall in the girls competition. Her two-day combined total time was 36:29.
Race officials struggled to keep the course skiable and were unable to set classic tracks as unseasonably warm temperatures and rains made for very wet snow — and little of it.
Boys skied a five-kilometer freestyle on Friday, and 7.5k classic on Saturday. Girls skied 5k both days. Saturday’s classic race was a mass start.
Rowe finished ninth in Friday’s 5k, missing eighth place by a mere three seconds. His eighth-place finish on Saturday helped the Mariner boys to a seventh-place overall team finish.
The girls’ team took sixth, thanks to top-25 performances by Daigle, Cassidy Soistman and Rachel Ellert.
The teams travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the State Championships at Kincaid Park.
Homer overall two-day times
8. Brian Rowe, 36:19; 30. Josh Vantrease, 39:57; 48. Tian-en Liu, 45:05; 51. Ryan Navrot, 17:14; 52. Hoxie Parks, 49:47; 53. Tadhg Scholz, 50:35.
10. Aspen Daigle, 36:29; 19. Cassidy Soistman, 38:39; 24. Rachel Ellert, 39:03; 39. Isabel Beach, 44:52; 41. Mariah Vantrease, 45:00; 43. Claire Swanson, 45:19.
Wrestling teams from Homer Middle School and Chapman traveled to Soldotna on Friday for a quick tune-up before the Borough Championships this weekend. Wrestlers were divided into pools and wrestled two or three matches in each pool.
Wayne Newman, 90 pounds and Luciano Fasulo, 105, both won matches by fall and will be ranked No. 1 in their individual weight classes this weekend. Teammates Tyler Johnson, 125, and Kyle Wells, 145, both won all of their matches as well. Wells won two matches by pin, and another by a score of 4-3.
Hunter Harrington and Allison Wells split their two matches, while Jack Heimbold battled tough but lost his two matches.
For the Huskies, Teddy Croft, 132, pinned both his opponents in the first round and will be the No. 1 seed this weekend. Returning borough champion Tristen Cook, 138, will also be ranked No. 1. Cook scored a two-point reversal in the third period to beat Soldotna’s Trayton Bird, 2-0.
Huskies Levi King, 145, Wyatt Alborn, 155, and McKenzie Cook, 110, each won their matches and look to be strong contenders for a top-three spot this weekend. Dexter Lowe, 85, split his two matches, while Ian Stoval, 80, and Fiona Green both lost matches.
Wrestlers will compete in the middle school borough tournament in Seward on Saturday.
Husky seventh-grader Katia Holmes took first in her division at the Nikiski Invitational Cross-Country race on Friday. Holmes finished the 4k race in 15 minutes, 31.6 seconds, while teammate Katie Davis finished third in 16:53.0. Ellie Syth rounded out the top 10 with a time of 22:34.4.
Caleb Rauch finished in 14:08.2 to take third in the boys seventh-grade division. Henry Russell was seventh in 18:51.9, and Andy Super was ninth in 19:21.5.
Sarah Wolfe turned in a time of 14:41.1 to finish third in the girls eighth-grade division, while Mia Alexson was fourth with a time of 16:07.4. Libby Fabich finished eighth in 20:02.
In boys eighth-grade action, Jacob Davis finished fourth in 13:22.2, Jordan Beachy was fifth in 14:06.0 and Denver Waclawski was seventh in 14:51.4.
Other Husky finishers include Landon Bunting at ninth with a time of 15:27.0, Jake Marquardt, tenth in 15:57.7 and Jay Mason Davis, who finished at No. 13 in 17:46.8.
The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors continued their domination of Class 1A girls basketball with a 40-28 home victory over King Cove last Wednesday. Kayla Stafford was high-scorer with 15 points, while Sophia Kalugin added 12.
The Nikolaevsk boys lost their game against the T-Jacks, falling 32-66. King Cove led 41-9 at the half. Warriors Jonah Fefelov and Felemon Molodih each had nine points.
The Seldovia Sea Otters upset the Cook Inlet Eagles 56-53 in Peninsula Conference action on Friday. After trailing 8-27 after the first quarter, the Sea Otters fought their way back a little each quarter, before going on a 17-8 fourth-quarter run that decided the game. Aidan Philpot had 24 points for the Sea Otters, while Seth O’Leary added 16.
The Lady Sea Otters fell 17-57 to the Lady Eagles. Jenna Crosby had nine points for Seldovia.
The Ninilchik Lady Wolverines finished 3-1 at the Tok Tournament over the weekend, while the Ninilchik boys were 2-2. No places were given at the round-robin tourney.
Jessica Rogers scored a game-high 23 points in Ninilchik’s 36-34 squeaker over Effie Kokrine 0n Saturday. The team trailed 18-17 at the half, but went up 29-26 at the end of the third quarter. Melissa Ehlers pick up six points, while Alanna Goins added eight.
The Lady Wolverines mauled Tri-Valley 55-25 in a later Saturday game. Rogers scored 24 points, and Jordan Finney had 11.
The girls’ only loss came Friday with a 28-29 heartbreaker against host Tok. Rogers had 16 for Ninilchik.
In boys’ action, the Wolverines opened with a 51-59 Friday loss to Minto, but rebounded to beat Huslia 58-32 on Saturday. Austin White led the scoring for Ninilchik with 25 points, followed by Tyler Thorne with 11. The Wolverines continued their winning ways with a 44-21 win over host Tok. Tyler Presley scored 20 points, while White had 15.
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