The Homer basketball season is underway with the Mariners JV team traveling to Anchorage to take part in the Lumen Christi Classic. The Mariners were able to win all three games on their way to being crowned tournament champions.
After defeating the Wasilla Warrior C team the previous night, the Mariners were set to face the West Anchorage Eagles JV squad. In spite of the quickness given up by Homer, they made up for it in talent, tying the game up by halftime.
Mariner volleyball alumni, as well as a community member, took on the current Lady Mariners last Saturday for the 2012 Alice Witte Challenge Game.
The Mariners won in three sets, wearing new pink jerseys supporting breast cancer awareness month and in honor of the Homer High School volleyball program founder, Alice Witte. Homer High’s gym is named after Witte, who passed away 18 years ago from breast cancer.
I’ve been in the Play Like Crazy Tournament for a few years now, and either I’m better every year, or the team that I get put on is. Either way, I think we had the most exciting matches of the tournament, as we took second place on the Slammin’ Jammin’s.
The Mariner mat men were on the road again, wrestling last Friday and Saturday in Seward.
First, wrestlers were put in two pools for each weight class. The wrestler with the best record for each weight went toe-to-toe after pool play to take on the best from the other pool for the championships.
Junior Harley Wells was Homer’s only finalist.
The Homer High wrestling team traveled to Skyview High School last weekend for its first official competition of the season. Nikiski, Voznesenka and Seldovia wrestlers also took part in this mix and match competition.
Homer totaled an 8-11 record with 10 active Mariner wrestlers. Junior Harley Wells ended his first match in just 16 just seconds, making his opponent tap out.
“Wells took his opponent to his back and squeezed so hard his opponent just quit,” said Homer Head Coach Chris Perk.
The Lady Mariners went 1-1 at home last weekend as they hosted Houston and Cordova on Friday and Saturday.
Friday night the Mariners swept the Hawks 25-23, 25-19, and 25-15.
Hailey Oliver led the volleyball team in kills with 11 and 5 solo blocks. Kayla Hutt contributed nine kills. Hope Hudson and Caroline Decreeft accounted for 16 of Homer’s assists.