Homer Middle School sent 28 skiers to Kenai last Saturday to determine who the fastest young skiers on the Peninsula are. The race consisted of a 3k skate race, followed by a 3k classic race.
The Huskies placed three girls and three boys in the top 10 races. The top female skier from Homer was seventh-grader Mia Alexson, who finished second in her age group with a finish time of 24 minutes, 27 seconds.
Charles Rohr, also a seventh-grader, took top honors for Homer boys with his fourth-place finish in 22:21.
While it wasn’t exactly how Mariner basketball teams would have liked to end their home season — as well as honor their outgoing seniors — both Homer squads left everything on the court as they fell to the Seward Seahawks at Alice Witte Gymnasium on Friday.
The Lady M’s got off to a slow start in the early game, falling behind 4-12 after the first quarter of play, and then 10-25 at the half. Homer’s only double-figure quarter was the final one, in which Seward still outscored them 12-11. Top scorer for the Lady Mariners was Tayla Cabana with 10 points. Senior Haley Oliver scored 6 points, while Aurora Waclawski added 4.
Bantams win at home The Homer Hockey Association Bantams beat Mat-Su 4-1 in conference play at Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday. The Glacier Kings took control of the game early, and held the Eagles scoreless until late in the third period. Marathon skiing starts Saturday morning The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club offers its annual Nordic [...]
Homer Ice Racers held their third race of the season on Sunday amid warm, wet and windy conditions. The competition remained fast and furious, despite the wet track conditions that left many racers soaked by the end of the day.
“Everyone was getting wet due to a hole that appeared in the track late in the day,” said Homer Ice Racing treasurer and scorekeeper Becky Ravin. “It let in a lot of salty brown lake water.”
Homer Middle School wrestlers took advantage of their home mat on Saturday as they hosted the 2013 KPBSD Wrestling Championships at Homer High School.
Six teams competed in the meet, with the Homer Huskies winning more championships than any other team.
Husky eighth graders Jaime Rios at 105 pounds, Jared Brant at 100 and Andrew Doughty, 145, all won titles in their divisions.
Head Coach Chris Perk said Brant picked up a couple of easy wins, scoring a bar arm and pin in the first period.
Rios had to battle back from being down seven points after getting caught in a tight head and arm by Kenai’s of Ryan Compos.
“Rios cut the lead to 7-4 in the third period,” Perk said. “Then, he was able to score a power half from the top position to roll Compos to his back and earn the fall.”
Skiers stay strong at State Homer High School’s Nordic Ski Team traveled to in Anchorage over the weekend to take part in the 2012 State Skiing Championship at Kincaid Park. Mariner Brian Rowe placed 15th in the classic race, coming in at 22 minutes, 51.5 seconds. Ghen Saskura was Homer’s next closest finisher, finishing in [...]
Basketballs and sweat weren’t the only things flying around the Homer Middle School gymnasium on Monday night. With no love lost between the top two teams in Men’s City League basketball competition, plenty of trash-talking kept the championship game’s intensity high and the play physical.
In the end, however, the Best Western Riptide was the last team standing in their 58-49 win over the Bulletproof Nets.
“Yeah, in that game there was quite a bit of trash talking coming from them,” said Best Western’s Aaron Isenhour. “For the most part, our team doesn’t get caught up in that because we’re just too old for it. We have the oldest team in the league age-wise.”
It took two overtimes and 21 points from senior Eric Mametieff, but the Nikolaevsk Warriors held off the Cook Inlet Academy Eagles 51-44 in conference play on Thursday at home.
Cook Inlet jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, and held the lead until Nikolaevsk went on a 12-6 fourth-quarter run to force the game into overtime. Both teams logged five points in the first overtime period, sending the knotted game on to another five minutes of play.
The Warriors took control in the second overtime, outscoring CIA 11-4 and holding on for the 51-44 win.
Mametieff’s 21 points also came with four assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Jonah Fefelov crashed the boards hard with 12 rebounds, while Blake Klaich added 10.
After leading for most of the game on Friday, the Homer Lady Mariners watched their conference win over host Cordova slip away in the final minutes, falling 34-35.
Homer led 11-7 after the first quarter and 19-15 at the half. But their six-point, fourth-quarter lead disappeared in a late Wolverine rally and left the Lady M’s with a disappointing loss. Tayla Cabana had 16 points for Homer.
The Lady Mariners turned the tables on Saturday, rallying in the second half to chip away at a Cordova 12-point halftime lead. However, the Lady Wolverines refused to give up control of the game, and outlasted the Lady M’s 35-31. Cabana picked up seven points for the game.
The Homer Mariners took advantage of 24 Nikiski turnovers to roll to a 48-34 Southcentral Conference win at home on Friday. Senior Sam Reinert again led the M’s with 18 points, while sophomore Sheldon Hutt added 11.
Reinert credited the team’s defense in forcing turnovers.
“We are starting to play really great defense, and that paid off Friday night,” he said. “Everyone gave 100 percent, and we left everything on the floor.”
Reinert entered the Mariner basketball program as a skinny, gangly and hesitant freshman four years ago. Homer coach Mark Casseri helped mold him into a top-notch center with a soft touch and a penchant for crashing the boards.