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Story last updated at 4:32 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mariner boys top Panthers, Stars

Region tournament underway in Wasilla

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News


 

Angelina Skowronski

Senior Ryan Cotney #15 fights for a rebound midair against Skyview on Saturday.

A blizzard warning and canceled school dance did not bring down the Homer boys basketball team on Senior Night.

To a crowd of students, parents, and the school orchestra, the Mariners on Saturday beat Skyview 48-41, capping off a successful weekend after another solid victory Friday night against SoHi 53-41.

Against the Stars on Friday, the Mariners ran their opponents leading the entire game. In the final quarter Homer outshot Soldotna 22-10.

Devon Kennelty led the team with 19 points in the game, followed by Dyllan Day with 16 points, and Sam Reinert with seven.

"Homer is a scary team right now," said Kenai's Head Coach Ken Felchle as he was leaving the gym after the game.

Against Skyview on Saturday, Homer started the game on the slow foot giving the Panthers a head start.

"We struggled in the first half of the game which cost us some points," said senior Robin Glosser.

At half-time the teams were tied 21-21.

"They were sluggish in the first half, particularly not making good passes. We had a good conversation at half-time which got them to settle down in the second half and make better shots," said Mariner Head Coach Mark Casseri.

The Mariners picked up the pace, but struggled to keep ahead. Halfway through the fourth quarter the score was tied yet again 34-34. In the final minutes Homer pulled through to win the game.

"We finished on a good note. It was a tough game, we could have performed better, but we pulled through in the end," said senior Josh Rivers.

Day scored 19 of the Mariners' 48 points; Kennelty had nine points, and Ryan Cotney, Sam Reinert and Ryan Glosser each had six

The seniors leave their home court with confidence going into Regions this week.

"We can compete with anybody. We are the underdogs going into Regions," said senior Josh Rivers.

As the underdogs, other teams in the conference do not take Homer seriously, which can be a good and bad thing says Casseri.

Homer has an advantage going into Regions at Wasilla. The Alice Witte Gym court is a regulation college basketball court measuring 94 feet long by 54 feet wide, whereas high school courts such as the ones played on for Regions and State are 84 feet long by 54 feet wide.

"We are in better shape and can outrun any team onf the court. The other teams will get tired while we have the endurance," said Casseri.

Lady Mariners fall to SoHi, Skyview

The Lady Mariners basketball team fielded two losses last week, falling 54-12 against SoHi on Friday and 45-31 against Skyview on Saturday.

"The girls are getting better. They are working hard at conditioning and we are teaching them the basics of basketball," said Casseri.

Haley Oliver and Miranda Beach each scored four points in the game against SoHi, while Mariah Turner and Tayla Cabana each scored two points.

Against Skyview, senior Elissa Tutt was the high scorer with 13 points.

"We had a good year, we improved a lot. It would have been nice to win our last home game, but we tried our best," said Tutt.

Senior Mariah Turner came in as the second highest scorer in the Skyview game with five points, of which she had the only three-pointer in the game.

"The girls kept it together in this game, we gave it all we could," said Turner. "We had a good season learning from each other."

Senior Night ended the regular basketball season honoring Heath Johnson, Ryan Cotney, Josh Rivers, Dyllan Day, Robin Glosser, Devon Kennelty, Garet Moyer, Elissa Tutt, and Mariah Turner. The seniors of the cheer squad also were recognized, Juli Hargrove, Fallin Caruthers, Kaylin Quance, Goldie Shealy, Travis Smith, Tyler Wolfe, and Savannah Kinnard.

Homer's boys and girls basketball teams left for Regions at Wasilla Wednesday and will be playing Northern Lights Conference teams through the weekend.

Friday girls

Stars 54, Mariners 12

Homer 6 0 4 2 —12

Soldotna 24 15 13 2 —54

HOMER (12) — Oliver 2 0-0 4, Gee 0 0-0 0, Tutt 0 0-0 0, Graham 0 0-0 0, Hill 0 0-0 0, Beach 2 0-0 4, Bowen 0 0-0 0, Fellows 0 0-0 0, Mastolier 0 0-0 0, Turner 1 0-2 2, Alexander 0 0-0 0, Kopplin 0 0-0 0, Cabana 1 0-1 2. Totals — 6 0-3 12.

SOLDOTNA (54) — Prior 0 0-0 0, Benson 1 0-0 2, Kress 0 1-2 1, Litchfield 3 2-5 8, Wong 3 0-0 6, Smith 0 0-0 0, Hendricks 2 1-1 5, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Kerkvliet 0 0-0 0, Westerman 4 0-0 8, Skjold 9 1-3 20, Miller 0 0-0 0, Tachick 0 0-0 0, Smith 2 0-2 4, Shaw 0 0-0 0, Ashe 0 0-0 0. Totals — 24 5-13 54.

3-point goals — Soldotna 1 (Skjold 1)

Team fouls — Homer 15, Soldotna 9

Fouled out — none.

Friday boys

Mariners 53, Stars 41

Homer 6 16 9 22 —53

Soldotna 5 10 16 10 —41

HOMER (53) — Reutov 1 0-0 2, Daugherty 0 0-0 0, Cotney 2 0-2 5, Reinert 3 1-1 7, Day 5 4-5 16, R. Glosser 1 2-2 4, Kennelty 8 3-3 19. Totals — 20 10-13 53.

SOLDOTNA (41) — T. Fowler 3 1-1 7, Young 2 0-0 5, Darrow 2 0-0 4, Carver 3 2-4 8, Withrow 3 1-2 9, N. Fowler 0 0-0 0, Bosick 4 0-0 8, McElroy 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 4-7 41.

3-point goals — Homer 3 (Day 2, Cotney 1); Soldotna 3 (Withrow 2, Young 1).

Team fouls — Homer 8, Soldotna 12. Fouled out — Bosick.

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