Homer Mariner basketball teams host the Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament at Alice Witte Gymnasium over the weekend.
The girls are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Mariner boys will play at 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Spring-like temperatures forced the Seward Seahawks to move their Seward’s Folly Cross-Country Ski competition to Soldotna’s Tsalteshi Trails over the weekend. The change did little to deter skiers from finally having a little snow to enjoy.
On Friday, Mariner Brian Rowe took first in the varsity boys 10K race, finishing in 24 minutes, 6 seconds. Aspen Daigle tied Kenai’s Alex Bergholtz for first in the girls’ race. Both crossed the finish line in 29:19.
Skiers competed in a 4-by-2 co-ed relay race on Saturday. Homer took third, with Daigle, Josh Vantrease, Cassidy Soistman and Rowe finishing in 26:34.
Homer Ind. 10k results
1. Brian Rowe, 24:06; 10. Josh Vantrease, 26:52; 21. Tadhg Scholz, 31:25; 22. Hoxie Parks, 32:00; 23. Ryan Navrot, 32:39.
2. Aspen Daigle, 29:19; 5. Cassidy Soistman, 30:29; 9. Rachel Ellert, 30:57; 16. Mariah Vantrease, 33:34.
Area middle school wrestling teams traveled to Soldotna over the weekend to compete in the legendary “Rubber Chicken Classic.” Winners in each weight class earned a rubber chicken — something most middle schoolers seem to prefer over medals and ribbons.
Teams from Palmer, Glennallen and Grace Christian School joined the usual Peninsula squads, making some of the weight classes full of 16 wrestlers.
Homer placed fourth overall with 80.5 points, while Chapman (59 pts) placed sixth and Voznesenka (24 pts) finished tenth.
Wayne Newman and Tristen Cook both brought home “Rubber Chickens” this year. All seven on the Homer squad placed in the top four.
Homer Middle Schoolers made a strong showing at Friday’s cross-country ski race in Soldotna.
All grades, boys and girls were mixed in the competition, and the Huskies had 12 skiers finish in the top 20.
4. Jacob Davis, 10:56; 5. Caleb Rauch, 10:56; 7. Jake Marquardt, 12:26; 8. Jordan Beachy, 12:27; 9. Ben Kettle, 12:27; 11. Landon Bunting, 12:57; 12. Denver Waclawski, 12:59; 14. Spencer Warren, 13:30; 17. Seamus Scholz, 14:30; 18. Avram Salsman, 15:01; 22. Jay-Mason Davis, 15:08.
3. Mia Alexson, 11:49.15; 4. Sarah Wolf, 11:49.47; 7. Katie Davis, 13:36; 10. Libby Fabich, 15:59; 20. Ellie Syth, 20:47.
After winning the local Elks Club event, Homer hoopster Peyton Edens went on to finish first in the State Hoop Shoot in Anchorage. Edens will now travel with his dad, Keith, to compete in the Regional Hoops Shoot in Oregon.
Jaruby Nelson scored 24 points to help his Nikolaevsk teammates to a 70-44 win over the Nanwalek Eagles on Saturday.
Nanwalek’s John Romanoff pumped in 23 points.
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