Nikolaevsk Warriors wage winning weekend

Saturday, Nov. 21, was a pretty big day for athletes at Nikolaevsk School. Thanks to some talented volleyball and basketball players, the Warriors were able to complete a trifecta of titles with conference championships in high school mixed-six volleyball, and both boys and girls junior high basketball.
The Nikolaevsk mixed-six volleyball team defeated the Seldovia Sea Otters to take the Denali Conference crown in Seldovia on Saturday. This is the third year in a row the Warriors have won the title.

M’s ‘embrace the grind’ to keep it ‘clean and mean’

Homer High School wrestlers continued their dominance over small-school competitors with another first-place finish over the weekend. This time, the Mariners tangled with 37 other teams in the “toughest tournament in Alaska.”
Held at Palmer High School, the 2015 Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament brought schools from all over the state to compete in what Mariner junior Jaime Rios called the “all-star” tournament.
“It’s easily the hardest tournament to win,” Rios said. “It’s right up there next to State.”

Homer Mariner Hockey is ready to come home

The Homer Mariner Hockey team finished 0-2-1 in the weekend’s Palmer Hockey Showdown, falling to Wasilla 7-1 on Friday and North Pole 5-2 on Saturday.
On Thursday, the M’s played Palmer to a 3-3 tie, with goals by Tim Blakely, with an assist from Robby Larson; Blakely on an assist by Dawson Roberts; and Larson, who was assisted by Hunter Tillion.

Volleyball ends season with losses and learning at state tourney

The 2015 Homer Volleyball team ended its season with losses to Valdez and Kotzebue in the weekend’s Class 3A tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.
The Lady M’s opened against a strong Valdez team that beat them in three straight games, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-19. Valdez went on the state championship in four games against Monroe.
After falling to the Lady Bucs, Homer faced Kotzebue on Friday, this time falling in four games, 25-19, 20-25, 25-10 and 25-18.
In general, however, Homer assistant coach Beth Trowbridge said she is very proud of the team for working hard to get to the state tournament for the second year in a row.

Mariners wrestle to 2nd at Peninsula Duals

Apparently, Homer wrestlers are serious about this “state title” thing.
A week after outlasting 42 other teams to win the ACS Invitational, the M’s hammered Kodiak 60-24 at a Thursday home match. They went on to win six of seven duals in Nikiski on Friday and Saturday, falling only to SoHi 34-39 in the championship match of the Peninsula Duals in Nikiski.
Wrestling in the championship round at 220 pounds, Mariner freshman Jadin Mann won by disqualification when Soldotna wrestler Noah Smelzenbach threw an elbow and hit Mann in the forehead.

Glacier Kings skate away with Power Play Tourney title

Homer’s Glacier King Pee Wee Cs were crowned champions of the 2015 Peninsula Power Play Tournament in Kenai and Soldotna over the weekend. The annual tournament fielded a division of six Pee Wee Tier III teams from the southcentral Alaska area. Led by head coach Chris Owen and assistant Joanna Riley, the Glacier Kings beat […]

Huskies hit the hardwood

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson Homer Middle School basketball teams saw split results at home against Nikiski last week. After trailing 8-13 at the half, the Lady Huskies fought their way back to within two points, but just couldn’t get that last shot to fall. Homer fell 23-25. On the boys’ side, the Huskies started slow against […]

Homer Hockey’s ‘Red Line’ is running red hot

The Homer Hockey “Red Line” of Garrett Butcher, Dimitry Kuzmin and Tim Blakely accounted for 11 of the Mariners’ 15 total goals at last weekend’s Peninsula Ice Challenge in Soldotna.
Apparently, the Mariners’ Red Line is on fire, hitting the ice fast and the net hard with a solid 2-1 record at this year’s Peninsula Ice Challenge. After opening with Thursday and Friday wins against Kenai and Soldotna, the Mariners fell short of the tourney title with a Saturday 0-6 blanking by the Service Cougars.
“Our Red line was a dominant force to be reckoned with,” said Homer Head Coach John Carlin. “It really set the tone that this team can score on any given night.”
Turns out, they decided to start on Thursday night in a wild 11-7 opening-round win over the Kenai Kardinals.

Mariner wrestlers outlast 43 teams to win ACS Invite

As the Class 1-2-3A high school wrestling season officially reaches its halfway point, the Mariner Mat Team is starting to make it very clear to opponents just how serious they are about a State wrestling title.
Homer bested 43 teams at the annual Lime Solar/Anchorage Christian School Invitational over the weekend. Mariner Head Coach Chris Perk said it might be the first time Homer has “ever won the event.”

Sports Briefs

Mariner Football hands out awards The Mariner Football team held its annual end-of-season banquet Monday night at the high school. Coaches and players voted on their teammates’ performances over the 2015 season. Those athletes receiving special recognition included: Varsity: Most valuable: Teddy Croft Offensive player of year: Josh Fisk Defensive player of year: Michael Swoboda […]

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