The Homer Theatre is showing films from the Anchorage International Film Festival for two nights next week.
On Tuesday, the theater will play a “best of the fest” shorts program featuring a series of short films ranging from 5-12 minutes. After intermission, the well received feature documentary, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man,” will be shown. On Wednesday, five films, including the Academy Award nominee for best short documentary, “White Earth,” will be shown.
In their first State competition since 2003, the Homer High Mariner volleyball team scored a fifth-place finish and received the academic achievement award for a collective 3.84 grade point average.
“Many of these players are in upper level courses, such as AP classes. They miss a lot of school and must work really hard to juggle school work, athletics and a social life. It is a great honor to get this award as student athletes,” Head Coach Beth Trowbridge told the Homer News.
For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Mariners volleyball team is headed to State competition. The team secured its place by taking first at Regions on Saturday.
The Homer High School Mariners volleyball team was at it all day Saturday during the Play Like Crazy Tournament, with eight teams participating in the fun and informal round-robin action. Student athletes put the teams together, found sponsors, refereed and got family and friends involved. The winning team, the Beach Bumps, had the honor of enjoying brownies from Two Sisters Bakery.
This weekend’s match, won in three, showed Mariner volleyball is not slowing down as the season draws to a close.
With four of six total serving errors in the first game, the Mariners regrouped and took control over play at Kenai Central High School.
Homer traveled to the Grace Tournament in Anchorage for a weekend full of action.
On Friday, the Mariners joined the round-robin play for seeding into a double elimination tournament on Saturday. They ended Friday with a third-place 5-5 record in their group. By the end of Saturday, they were fifth of the 12 teams at the tournament, ahead of Grace Christian, Anchorage Christian, Houston and Seward schools, all from the same conference as Homer.
It was a mix of highs and lows for the Mariners varsity volleyball team last week. After winning all three at-home games to Cordova on Friday, they lost two and won two on Saturday, then fell by two points in the tie-breaking fifth game.
Friday, the Mariners won 25-22, 25-11 and 26-24. Saturday, they lost the first two games 25-18 and 26-24; won the next two 25-11 and 25-14, and lost the fifth 17-15.
The Homer Mariner volleyball teams are getting lots of on-court time lately. After a loss to the Nikiski Bulldogs on Sept. 23, the Mariners were back on top against the Seward Seahawks on Friday and then lost in nonconference play against the Soldotna Stars on Tuesday.
“The team regrouped and came out strong. … For the most part, hitting errors were kept to a minimum and except for game one, serving errors were almost non-existent,” Mariner Head Coach Beth Trowbridge said about the Friday match against the Seahawks.
The Mariners had a strong weekend of round-robin play at the Valdez invitational volleyball tournament. After losing only two in the first day of play, Homer landed at third place with three players — Larsen Fellows, McKi Needham and Maggie Larue — named to the all-tournament team.
In a weekend of fundraising events, Julie Winters, 30, from Anchorage, made her world professional wrestling debut last Friday, in the Homer High School commons. According to the New Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s Alaska Facebook page, the wrestlers on the event card, including Winters, brought in a cumulative $900 from two shows over the weekend. At a similar event in Wasilla, the money went to Hope for Heroes and a fan in need. Homer-grown Power Plant Productions helped raise a $500 scholarship, for a vocational technologies student at HHS.
Mathew Plant, of Power Plant Productions, is trying to give back to the community that raised him. Combining his personal love for professional wrestling and his gratitude for vocational education, Plant is teaming up with New Frontier Wrestling Alliance to create a scholarship opportunity to a graduating senior in the career technology education program at Homer High School (see info box, this page).
“Everybody has a story about wrestling, whether they hate it or watched it growing up with a family member,” said Plant.
Illness and injuries dampened the Mariner wrestling team’s performance at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer last weekend. With 44 points overall, Homer tied with Cordova in 22nd place.
Bright spots for the event were Pedro Ochoa and Calvin Johnson wrestling against opponents with stronger records.
“We didn’t really have a good showing up. Some of the kids are sick and we had a couple of injuries. So, it wasn’t a pretty performance,” said assistant coach Bubba Wells.
Sallie Rediske of Homer Physical Therapy is Alaska’s first member of an elite group of physical therapists in the country. American Board-certified, Rediske is now a clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy services.
The Women’s Certified Services is a program certifying physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced skill sets and knowledge. According to a press release from Homer Physical Therapy,
A loss to Grace Christian School in the first round placed the Lady Mariners in the loser’s bracket at regions. A second loss to Houston killed Homer’s hopes for state, but Head Coach Beth Trowbridge is pleased with the team’s performance.
Homer Mariner swimmers and divers made a good showing at regional competition in Kenai this past weekend. So good, in fact, that athletes from each team are headed to state competition in Juneau this week.
The five Mariners divers headed to Southeast are seniors Kaec Brinster, Brian Rowe and Katherine Dolma; junior Jasmine Lewis; and sophomore Ian Hall.
Brinster and Rowe came in fifth and third at regions. Hall came in fourth. Lewis led the women with a first place score and Dolma was not far behind.
Homer Mariners faced and lost to top teams in the region last weekend, but they weren’t easily beaten. In only two out of 10 games played, the final score difference was greater than five points.
“I was very pleased with how
aggressive we came out against ACS and Grace,” said Head Coach Beth Trowbridge, adding that the Mariners played well together as a whole team.
Anchorage locavore Saskia Esslinger and others who participated in the Alaska Food Challenge want more residents to think Alaska before they eat.
For a year, Esslinger and her family tried to eat only Alaska food. She talked about her experiences and gave advice to others who would like to do the same in a presentation last Friday at the Kachemak Bay Campus.