Homer Hockey Association’s Peewee C team went undefeated this year in regular-season play. The Glacier Kings were perfect at 40-0, and brought home some impressive hardware after winning the 2013 Peninsula Powerplay Tournament, the 2013 Big Lake Tournament, the 2014 MooseFest and the 2014 Presidents Day Tournament.
Most recently, the Homer PeeWee team defeated the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association team in two games on Sunday in Soldotna.
In the early game, the Homer Glacier Kings pounded the puck, finding the back of the net seven times in their 7-1 win.
Colby Marion scored two goals for Homer, with Lee Lowe, Zasima Martushev, Isaiah Nevak, Phineas Weston and Karl Wickstrom each adding a single goal to Homer’s total. Ethan Pitzman picked up two assists, while goalie Hunter Warren made 13 saves.
Game two was much the same, with Homer scoring five goals to KPHA’s three. Pitzman picked up two goals and one assist in the afternoon game. Lowe, Marion and Nevak each added one goal, and Warren turned away 21 shots on goal.
Pitzman currently leads the Homer team with 65 goals in 39 games; an average of 2.44 points per game. He’s also tallied the most assists with 30. Nevak is next with 50 goals and 27 assists.
Goalie Warren played 40 games with 11 shut-outs, allowed 54 goals and made 529 saves.
Homer will travel north this weekend to compete in the Pee Wee Tier III State Tournament at the Subway Sports Complex in Anchorage.
You can be sure that all 11 of the other competing teams will be looking for an opportunity to hand Homer their first loss of the season.
Homer PeeWees take on the Anchorage Hockey Association Garroutte at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.Popeye wrestlers turn up the heat
Pre-Bantam wrestler Miles Tressler won his second tournament in a row as Popeye sent 20 wrestlers to Seward over the weekend to compete in the Marathon Wrestling Tourney. Tressler, who wrestled in the 5-6-year-old category at 41 pounds, won four matches on his way to the top spot.
Wrestling at 94 pounds, Wayne Newman took second-place in the Schoolboy, 13-14-year-old division. While Brendon Fenix, (schoolboy, 163 pounds), Jared Brant, (cadet 15-16, 122 pounds) and Ravi Cavasos (Cadet 131) also placed second in their respective categories.
Third-place finishers included Austin McGregor, (junior 17-18, 145 pounds), Heather Harrington (cadet, 200), Martin Welty (cadet, 100) and Carter Woodhead (bantam 7-8, 52 pounds).
The team travels to Anchorage this weekend to participate in a two-day tournament hosted by the Anchorage Freestyle Club.
Team Spiked Punch fought their way up through the losers’ bracket over the weekend to become the Homer Recreational Volleyball League’s inaugural champions.
Punch opened the tourney with a loss to the Net Setters, but battled back to beat Wilson, Team Awesome and the Aces in the semifinals. They then exacted their revenge on the Net Setters, beating them to take the tourney title.
Illg to run in 2014 Boston Marathon
Having spent many hours training in the cold and icy darkness of winter, often negotiating snow-covered trails and occasional cranky moose, Homer Community Schools Coordinator Mike Illg is keeping his eyes on one prize: The Boston Marathon.
Illg will compete in the April 21st race, running on behalf of 14-year-old Leo Ogle, for the Childrens’ Tumor Foundation. He also hopes to raise awareness and funds for a disease called Neurofibromatosis.
“I am closing in on my goal of raising $4,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation,” Illg said on his webpage. “It’s not much, but I truly believe it will help.”
Illg said he plans to meet up with another Childrens’ Tumor Foundation runner who is running and raising funds for her 6-year-old daughter.
“The daunting and physical pain of running 26.2 miles ends when I finish the race,” he explained. “Unfortunately, there is no finish line in sight for those suffering from NF — until we find a cure.”
Homer Broomball hosts end-of-season tourney
On Friday, March 28, Homer Broomball will wrap up this season with a three-team, double-elimination tournament. All players past and present are invited. (Even Canadians and Bethelonians are welcome!)
The tourney will feature three teams of eight players, who will compete in one 10 or 12 minute period. All ties will be determined by a coin toss, with the exception of the championship game. In that case, the winner will be determined by an extra period and the removal of one player from each team every minute until someone scores.
The winning team will enjoy a toast from the Broomball jug of punch.
The Homer Mariners and Lady Mariners basketball teams ended their season over the weekend after losing in semi-final action at the Southcentral Conference tournament in Cordova.
The Lady Mariners cruised past Houston 53-38 in Thursday’s opening game. Homer grabbed a 12-6 lead after one quarter, and stretched their lead to 23-13 at the halftime. Lady Mariner Madison Akers scored 23 points, while Tayla Cabana added 14.
After a loss to Anchorage Christian School, the Lady M’s went on to face the Grace Christian Grizzlies on Saturday. Homer fell 28-40 in the third-place semifinals. The Lady M’s trailed by only four points after three quarters of play, but could only muster five fourth-quarter points to Grace’s 13. Aurora Waclawski had 10 points for Homer, while Cabana added nine. Homer shot a dismal 7-18 from the line.
“I felt good about our game against Houston,” Cabana said. “We played as a team and we kept a good solid lead.”
When the Lady M’s lost outside-shooter Madison Akers to illness, Cabana said things kind of “fell apart.”
Mariner award winners include: Maggie Koplin, Good Sport Team; Aurora Waclawski, Second Team All Conference; Madison Akers and Tayla Cabana, First Team All Conference.
The Homer Boys also exited the tourney early, despite winning their opening game 50-39 over Houston on Thursday. Quinn Daugharty led the way for the M’s with 17 points, while Kenneth Schneider added 12. Homer shot 16 for 21 from the line.
Saturday saw Homer squeak by Skyview 48-43 in overtime. Schneider scored 22 points for the Mariners, including seven in overtime. Sheldon Hutt picked up 12 points, and Daugharty added eight.
In their final game, the Mariners succumbed to the Houston Hawks team they had just beaten on Thursday. Homer fell 35-39. Schneider scored 12 for Homer while Daugharty added nine.
“We came out in the first game with the highest energy level we had all season,” senior Daugharty said. “We came out and took care of business believing that we could beat Houston.”
Daugharty was named to the First team All-Conference, while Schneider and Filip Reutov were named to the Second team.
Senior John Walsworth was named to the Good sport team.
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