Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 6:35 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Robin Glosser: Energy, excellence

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Robin Glosser is a 16-year-old, three-sport junior at Homer High. He's a forward, sometimes a guard, on the basketball team and an all-around quality fellow.


Robin Glosser

Let's start with your name.

Yael Robin Glosser. Everybody calls me Robin 'cause it's easier to pronounce.

What do you like about basketball?

I'm a really competitive person I guess so basketball just gives me a chance to keep playing and doing what I like.

Like beating other teams?

Beating other teams, it's kind of hard in Homer, but getting together with my teammates, working together as a group is what I like to do.

Do you play other team sports?

Yeah, I play football and soccer, so I'm always playing sports.

Have sports taught you anything about life?

It's taught me that you need to work to achieve your goals. We practice every day. And every day we get better and better, but it takes a lot of hard work and commitment to do what you want, so I guess that's what it's taught me.

What do you do for work?

My dad is a charterboat captain so I deckhand with him, for him.

How do you feel about that?

I love it, I think it's great. It's not something I really want to do with my life, but being able to work with my dad and he teaches me a lot, it's pretty awesome. I get to spend the whole summer with him. I know a lot of people who don't get to see their dads at all.

He's pretty supportive...

He's usually at all my games, which is pretty awesome. When I was little we'd always like play in the back yard and stuff, playing football. He pretty much got me into playing sports 'cause he's been playing his own life. He's a role model.

What about Regionals? Are you excited?

I'm really excited, actually. I really want to see how it turns out. I mean all these teams are coming down here. It's going to be a blast. I hope there's going to be a lot of people showing up. This is like the biggest gym on the peninsula so it's going to be pretty crazy.

Mark was telling me this gym is bigger...

It's like a college-size floor. The rest are like 70 feet.

What does that mean?

It's a really good gym but like 10 or 20 feet longer than most other gyms than the people that we play. We usually say that they have to run more. We're conditioned to it, so I hope that will give us some kind of advantage.

You kind of hurt yourself earlier in the season, did that work itself out?

I have this knee problem. Not really sure what's going on. It's supposed to be inflamed or something and I have this back problem. I've been living with it, so just one more week to go or two weeks if we get to state.

How do you feel like the Mariners team is this year?

I feel like we're doing really good. In previous years we haven't exactly got better, I mean we did get better but I feel like this year we improved a lot compared to the beginning of the season when we lost by 30 or 40 to Seward. Then last week we beat SoHi. So we've improved a lot and conditioning wise we've definitely improved as a team.

What others say:

Dyllan Day, played football and basketball:

He's a great teammate and always brings a lot of energy to the court. Robin has probably the best hands I've seen. I've never seen him drop a pass in a game. He has our school record for interceptions.

Devon Kennelty, plays basketball:

He's a pretty good driver, he can drive to the lane. He's a good ball-handler, someone we can go to if we need someone to dribble the ball. He's a good passer. I mean he and I have pretty good chemistry 'cause we've been playing together for so long.

Mark Casseri. Head Basketball Coach:

Energy. His expectations are really high. Work ethic, not only on the gym floor but in the class. I think he's a straight-A kid. And just fun personality, he's fun to be around. Keeps battling, keeps battling, I'm proud of him.

Scott Glosser, dad:

Robins an amazing kid, he's just kind of always been real precocious. He's a role model to me now cause he's just really good natured and strong in himself and confident. He's like a peacemaker a good facilitator. I don't get to spend a lot of time with my kids in the summer, so when I get to have 'em out it's really great. He's strong as an ox and he's smart. He's good with people, he's not shy. Really when he's on board I feel like I have my right hand man.