Homer High junior Connor Seay joined his Kachemak Skeeter teammates at the Junior Olympic shooting tryouts in Eagle River over the weekend.
With second and third-place finishes, Seay qualified to attend this summer’s Junior Olympic training camp in Colorado.
With four years of shooting now under his belt, Seay said he qualified for wobble trap.
“Wobble trap is just like regular trap, but it shoots randomly,” he explained. “You never know if it’s going to shoot out high, low, sideways.”
Seay said he should have gotten into the finals for the double trap competition, but was “thinking too much” and missed ones he should’ve hit.
Seay said hunting is in his family’s blood, and he goes hunting every chance he gets.
“So far, I got a caribou, black bear, moose, deer and some ducks and geese,” Seay listed. “I’d like to get an elk, bison, sheep, red stag and many more.”
And, while Seay may enjoy the sport of shooting and hunting, he stresses that all the animals he hunts are used for food.
“If you don’t, then it’d be a waste,” he said.
Seay will attend the Junior Olympic camp some time in July.
Nikolaevsk boys basketball coach Steve Klaich’s biggest disappointment this season wasn’t falling short of the State Championship title earlier this month.
“It came when we didn’t win the Peninsula Conference Tournament,” Klaich said. “By taking second place, we opened at State against Klawock.”
This year’s powerful Klawock team returned all five of its starters from last season’s 1A State Championship team. And the Chieftains defended their title well, cruising another state championship in 2014.
“We played them pretty tough for a half, but eventually just ran out of steam,” Klaich said of his Warriors.
He’d rather focus on the positives.
“At State, we got two victories over a tough squad from Noatak and a feisty bunch from St. Marys,” he explained. “The team is developing nicely and starting to gel. We only lose one senior this year, so our future looks very bright.”
Klaich returns scoring machine Jaruby Nelson, as well as a rapidly improving Neil Gordeev.
“Neil is long and athletic, and will be a big part of what we do next season,” Klaich explained. “And Felemon Molodih is a fantastic defensive asset for us. I have an athletic bunch that wants to improve, so I look toward next season with a great deal of optimism.”
Klaich said he has challenged his players to take advantage of as many basketball summer camps that they can.
“If a player doesn’t attend camp, he’ll be at the same place next fall that he is now,” Klaich said. “Wasting that potential is certainly a shame.”
The Nikolaevsk Lady Warriors also had an outstanding season, despite a disappointing early exit in the state tournament.
After taking the Peninsula Conference Tourney earlier in the month, the Lady Warriors headed to State with winning on their minds. Unfortunately, their opponents from Buckland were apparently thinking the same thing.
“They had just been upset at their conference tournament and weren’t about to lose again,” Nikolaevsk Head Coach Bea Klaich said. “They were determined and we had a poor shooting game.”
That translated into a heartbreaking one-point loss for Nikolaevsk.
Newhalen won the 1A title this year; a team the Lady Warriors had beaten twice during the regular season. Nikolaevsk fought back to win the eight-team consolation bracket.
“After our opening-round loss, that was the best we could do,” Klaich explained. “I was sad for my two seniors to miss getting a title, but they finished strong and with a great attitude. Overall, the girls had a great season, and we are already looking forward to next year.”
The Lady Mariners want to share their love of soccer with local youth, and are hosting a clinic on Saturday, April 5 to pass the soccer greatness around.
Two sessions are offered at the high school gym: 5-9 year-olds meet from 9-10:30 a.m.; 10-14 year-olds from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Groups will be split by age and ability.
Each clinic consists of a 15-minute warmup, 30 minutes of instructional stations and 45 minutes of scrimmage. The cost is $10 per athlete and funds go to help offset the cost of travel for the Mariner team this season. Please arrive 10 minutes early to register in the commons. Parents must come in to register their child.
Bring: Clean indoor shoes, shinguards, $10, a water bottle and a great attitude!
Homer Soccer T-shirts, available in adult sizes S-XL, will also be for sale for $20. For more information, contact Wendy Todd at 399-4922 or wtodd @kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
Homer Broomball will wrap up the 2014 season with a three-team, double-elimination tournament beginning Friday, 8 :30 p.m. at Kevin Bell Arena. All adult players past and present are invited, and the cost is $10 per person.
Never played broomball before? Come check it out. Extra shoes, brooms, helmets and great people will teach you the rules of the game so you can join in.
The tourney will comprise three teams of eight players, and each game will be one 10 or 12-minute period. Ties will be determined by a coin toss, unless the championship game, in which case the tie 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.” If you are interested in playing, please contact Beka Thoning via the Homer Broomball Facebook page.
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