Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 7:31 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mariners win some, lose some during winter carnival play



By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

The Homer Winter Carnival would not be complete without a few shots from the free throw line. The Mariners hosted Seldovia, Grace Christian and Palmer in last weekend's Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament.

"Both boys and girls teams played great games this weekend," said Homer Head Basketball Coach Mark Casseri. "They are responding to what we are teaching them."

The boys team played Grace Christian on Friday and smoked the Grizzlies 49-34.

"We took care of the basketball on the defensive end. We made Grace take shots they were uncomfortable with," said Casseri.

Dyllan Day had the highest scores of the game with 13 points, followed by Robin Glosser, Harth Johnson and Devon Kennelty with eight each.

Saturday's game against Seldovia put another win in the bag for Homer, 48-14.

"We could have blown out Seldovia, but I didn't want to. We wanted to keep it fun for everyone," said Casseri. "I played all my players equally."

Day was the highest scorer for the second day in a row with another 13 points, Robin Glosser with seven points, Ryan Cotney with six points and Garet Moyer with fivc points.

The girls team played Palmer's JV team on Friday for a competitive match. The teams went into overtime, the Moose winning by a slim two points, 47-45.

"I tried to call a time out, but it was so loud in the gym the officials could not hear me," said Casseri.

Before Casseri could get his time out, Palmer made a breakaway and scored just before the buzzer.

Top scorers in that game were Hayley Oliver with 20 points, four of which were overtime points, Tayla Cabana with eight points, Elissa Tutt with seven points and Maggie Koplin with six points. Saturday the girls went head-to-head with Grace Christian and lost 42-19.

Tutt scored the highest points in that game with six points, Koplin with five points and Miranda Beach with four points.

The absence of Head Girls Coach Dennis Welch has left Casseri and his coaching squad taking care of both teams, including JV. Casseri says the girls have been responsive.

"They are sponges right now. They are asking all the appropriate questions and it is nice to see them taking our teaching and running with it," said Casseri.

Casseri is dedicated to helping out with coaching the girls team and will meet with Principal Dr. Allan Gee for clarification on the parameters for handling the girls basketball program.

"I want to have Mariners basketball, not just boys or girls, so that it gets stronger and better. It will take time to do that," said Casseri. "The wins and loses will take care of themselves as long as we take care of the kids."

Casseri gears up the Mariners this week for a tough weekend with home games against Wasilla and Kodiak.

Watch them play:

Friday

Girls JV v. Wasilla @ HHS 3:30pm

Boys JV v. Wasilla @ HHS 5pm

Girls Varsity v. Wasilla @ HHS 6:30pm

Boys Varsity v. Wasilla @ HHS 8pm

Saturday

Girls JV v. Kodiak @HHS 10:30am

Boys JV v. Kodiak @ HHS 12pm

Girls Varsity v. Kodiak @ HHS 1:30pm

Boys Varsity v. Kodiak @ HHS 3pm

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