Following a frustrating season of little to no snow, Homer High School skiers traveled to Anchorage over the weekend to compete in the State Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park. The Mariners finally got to ski some fresh snow and clean trails.
Homer boys team was 16th overall, while the girls finished 14th. Brian Rowe placed 36th individually, and Cassidy Soistman came in at No. 50.
“I’ve been sick since the beginning of January, so I’ve been in and out of practice a lot,” Soistman explained. “It was a tough year, with the sickness and weather — and State was definitely tough.”
Soistman said she was not very happy with her performance at State this year, but blames it on it being a hard season for her, personally.
“State could have gone a lot better,” she said. “But I have the best team, and that makes up for it.”
Homer teams finished 14th and 15th in Saturday’s four-by-5k relays.
State Nordic Ski Championships
36. Brian Rowe, 53:41; 80. Josh Vantrease, 1:00:28; 100. Hoxie Parks, 1:06:05; 101. Tian-en Liu, 1:06:26; 103. Ryan Navrot, 1:06:43.
4-by-5K relay: 15. Homer (Rowe, Liu, Parks, Vantrease), 1:03:57;
50. Cassidy Soistman, 47:48; 64. Rachel Ellert, 49:42; 84. Isabel Beach, 53:53; 90. Mariah Vantrease, 55:21.
14. Homer (Soistman, Beach, Ellert, Daigle), 42:49;
Nikolaevsk shooter Jaruby Nelson nailed seven three-pointers and picked up a game-high 32 points against Seldovia Tournament
The Nikolaevsk boys wrapped up a 3-0 record and tourney championship at the Seldovia Tournament on Saturday with a 63-60 victory over Cook Inlet Academy.
Nikolaevsk coach Steve Klaich said Nikolaevsk, CIA and Seldovia should be the top three seeds at the Peninsula Conference tournament, so this tournament was a good warmup for that.
Nikolaevsk led 19-8 after one quarter and 30-26 at halftime. It was then 48-45 after three quarters.
Jaruby Nelson had 32 points for Nikolaevsk — including seven 3-pointers — on the way to a 63-60 squeaker against Cook Inlet Academy. The Warriors led 19-13 after one quarter, but trailed 33-30 at halftime. After taking a 48-46 lead after three quarters, the Warriors put on a 23-4 fourth-quarter performance to win the game — and the tournament.
On Friday, Nikolaevsk thrashed Nanwalek 71-50. Nikit Fefelov had 18 points to lead the Warriors, while Jonah Fefelov had 16, Nelson had 15 and Neil Gordeev had 14.
For Nanwalek, John Romanoff led all scorers with 21 points, while Michael Anahonak added 13.
Nikolaevsk’s Lady Warriors did not compete in the Seldovia tourney, but continued their winning ways with a 50-35 victory over the Bristol Bay Angels on Thursday. Junior standout Nianiella Dorvall was high scorer for the game with 26 points. She shot 13-19 from the field for 68 percent, and added 12 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals to her game.
Kayla Stafford scored nine points in the game, while Sophia Kalugin added eight points, eight rebounds, six steals and three assists.
Overall, the team shot 45 percent from the field, but suffered at the line, going 4 for 13. The Lady Warriors also committed 14 turnovers.
Homer Middle School skiers traveled north on Friday to compete in the Soldotna Middle School Invitational Cross Country Ski Meet.
Several Huskies turned in strong performances in the 3k classic, which allowed seventh and eighth graders to compete together in an interval start race.
6. Sarah Wolf, 11:07.5; 7. Caleb Rauch, 11:07.8; 9. Jordan Beachy, 11:17.8; 10. Denver Waclawski, 11:25.7; 12. Jacob Davis, 11:29.3; 15. Mia Alexson, 12:13.7; 17. Landon Bunting, 12:25.9; 18. Katia Holmes, 12:26.8; 19. Ben Kettle, 12:35.5; 20. Jay-Mason Davis, 12”37.1; 21. Josh Wizner, 12:44.2; 22. Spencer Warren, 13:15.3; 29. Andy Super, 13:50.5; 30. Avram Salzman, 13:58.2; 40. Libby Fabich, 15:04.9; 49. Henry Russell, 16:26.1; 66. Ellie Syth, 20:35.7.
By Ravi Cavasos (HHS ninth-grader) and Chris Perk
Eight Homer Middle School Huskies journeyed to Seward last Saturday for the 2014 KPBSD Borough Wrestling Championships. The Huskies battled for the Borough title against teams from Nikiski, Soldotna, Kenai, Voznesenka, Chapman and Seward. Homer placed fourth out of seven teams.
Huskies Tristin Cook, Teddy Croft, and Wyatt Alborn brought home the gold, with Cook and Croft winning back-to-back titles; something that hasn’t been done since Ben Daigle did it in 2004-05.
Ian Stovall lost a hard-fought match to Soldotna’s Logan Craig at 80 pounds. Stovall made an incredible comeback that nearly put him on top, but he was knocked out of the running for a gold medal with an 8-5 decision.
McKenzie Cook showed promising potential at 110 pounds, where she placed fourth. First-year wrestler Levi King took second at 145 pounds.
The Chapman Eagles put three wrestlers in the finals, with Jack Heimbold taking the title at 120 pounds. Heimbold wrestled the match of the day against Eddy Olesiuk from Seward in the semifinals. With the wrestlers tied at six, Heimbold was able to counter a roll attempt by Olesiuk and kept him on his back for the fall. Heimbold then went on to pin Anthony Long of Soldotna for the title.
Teammate Luciano Fasulo won the championship at 105 pounds. He earned two major decisions over a pair of Nikiski wrestlers. Wayne Newman 90 pounds and Tyler Johnson 125 were pinned. Kyle Wells, runner-up from last season, placed third at 145 pounds.
Five Cougar wrestlers represented Voznesenka, with Max Kuznetsov, 85 pounds and Dia Martishev, 105 each winning two matches to advance to the finals. Both fell in their final matches, but as seventh-graders, look to be strong contenders in the future. David Sanarov placed fourth at 138 pounds.
Chapman and Homer teams will send 10 competitors up to the Tanana for the Unofficial State Middle School Tournament in Fairbanks this weekend.
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