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Story last updated at 9:31 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Region III 4A tourney a big time for all



By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


 

Five Foot Fotos

Homer senior Liz Needham looks for the basket during the Mariners' final game of the season last Friday. The girls lost 66-19 to Soldotna, a team that went on to take third in the Region III tournament.

Spotted® photos of the tournament

March madness has come and gone for Homer basketball players and fans, and that's OK.

The three-day Region III basketball tournament was a high-energy effort by people from the Matanuska-Susistna area to the end of the road. Homer High School staff and volunteers worked hard to make sure the 600 associated visitors had good food, places to sleep and things to see.

"We expected a great tournament and we got one. ... Everyone was complimentary of the food, beverage, hospitality," said Homer High School Principal Allan Gee.

"Coming to my hometown, it's been great. The hospitality's been fantastic," said the no. 1 Wasilla Boys' Head Coach Ryan Engebretsen.

Wasilla Athletic Director Paul Cossette said his school will be borrowing a lot of ideas from Homer when they hold the tournament next year.

"They did a great job. They had things set up very well," Cossette said.

The hard work of 16 basketball teams, four cheer squads, three pep bands and dance team was vibrantly evident, as well.

For the three seniors on both Homer teams, the tournament was a bittersweet end of an era.

The girls started with a 64-14 loss to the Wasilla Warriors on Thursday. On Friday, the Soldotna Stars put away the Mariners 66-19.

"We fought hard. It was a little disappointing ending the season like that," senior Ashley Ketelle said.

Colony girls claimed the tournament in a 52-48 game against Wasilla. Soldotna took third and the final berth to state.

Though Homer's girls didn't win a conference game, their overriding positive attitude and perseverance set them up for greater success.

"I know today that we tried really hard. We tried really hard yesterday. We don't give up. That's a good thing. We always try. Next season we're going to get better," said Briana Edens, a junior on the Lady Mariner squad.

Others on the team predict the same.

"It's a totally new team this year so next year and the year after, especially when we're 3A in two years, I have a feeling they'll be really strong," Ketelle said.

Homer's only basket in the final quarter of the last game came in the last two seconds, a nothing-but-net 3-pointer by sophomore Kayla Hutt.

"The sky's the limit," Hutt said.

"If they work hard, good things can happen," said Head Coach Dennis Welch.

The Mariner boys' season ended with a 65-38 loss to Palmer on Thursday and a 52-41 loss to Kenai, the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the region. Wasilla took the championship in a 43-31 game against Kodiak.

In review, junior Robin Glosser said, "It was a good season and we had a lot of fun doing it."

Devon Kennelty, also a junior and the only Mariner to make first all conference team, said, "We had a good season. ... That's the best I've had since I've been here. We have a really young team, only three seniors, so I really think next year is going to be a huge improvement."

Freshman Quinn Daugharty said he's looking forward to next season. "I definitely had a lot of fun," he said.

Besides Kennelty, other Homer award winners included Fallin Crauthers, spirit award; Ayla Shulz and Kyra Halpin, all conference cheerleaders; Krystal Edens, girls' good sport team; Mack Wood, boys' good sport team.

The 4A state tournament, March Madness Alaska, will be held March 17-19 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. The Soldotna girls face Colony in the first game and Wasilla faces Bartlett later in the day. Dimond, West Valley, South Anchorage and Juneau-Douglas girls also will compete. In boys' action, Kodiak faces Bartlett, Wasilla faces Service, and Palmer faces West Anchorage in their first matches. Juneau-Douglas and North Pole round out the field.

Homer will likely hold another regional tournament in two years, when the school switches to the 3A division.

Seward's girls and boys both earned 3A state berths this year, along with Craig, Monroe Catholic, Barrow, Sitka, ACS, Kotzebue and Hutchison girls and Monroe Catholic, Nome, Sitka, Mount Edgecumbe, ACS, Barrow and Galena boys.

Quick game score summaries:

Thursday

Colony girls 59, Skyview 23

Colony 16 16 10 17- 59

Skyview 6 2 11 4- 23

Kodiak girls 30, Kenai 28

Palmer girls 33, Soldotna 24

Wasilla girls 64, Homer 14

Wasilla 23 14 11 8- 64

Homer 1 8 5 0- 14

Colony boys 54, Soldotna 40

Colony 13 18 8 13- 54

Soldotna 15 5 9 11- 40

Wasilla boys 56, Skyview 31

Kodiak boys 55, Kenai 42

Palmer boys 65, Homer 38

Friday:

Kenai girls 36, Skyview 20

Kenai 16 10 7 3- 36

Skyview 0 2 6 12- 20

Soldotna boys 48, Skyview 33

Soldotna 11 18 6 13- 48

Skyview 6 9 5 12- 33

Soldotna girls 66, Homer 19

Soldotna 30 16 15 5

Homer 5 4 7 3- 19

Kenai boys 52, Homer 41

Kenai 17 9 11 15- 52

Homer 8 5 12 16- 41

Colony girls 41, Kodiak 31

Colony 10 4 5 12- 31

Kodiak 7 6 12 16- 41

Wasilla boys 60, Colony 49

Wasilla 13 16 18 13- 60

Colony 10 17 13 9- 49

Wasilla girls 53, Palmer 30

Wasilla 16 10 16 11- 53

Palmer 9 9 6 6- 30

Kodiak boys 32, Palmer 30

Kodiak 12 4 10 6-32

Palmer 6 6 11 7- 30

Saturday:

Soldotna girls 45, Kodiak 42

Soldotna 9 6 17 13- 45

Kodiak 14 10 9 9- 42

Palmer girls 33, Kenai 32

Palmer 10 9 11 3- 33

Kenai 4 11 7 10- 32

Kenai boys 71, Colony 48

Kenai 20 22 17 12- 48

Colony 15 11 7 13- 48

Palmer boys 55, Soldotna 41

Palmer 9 11 17 18- 55

Soldotna 6 12 6 17- 41

Soldotna girls 42, Palmer 36

Soldotna 11 8 12 11-42

Palmer 4 10 7 15- 36

Colony girls 52, Wasilla 48

Colony 8 16 18 10- 52

Wasilla 19 9 15 5- 48

Palmer boys 63, Kenai 53

Palmer 15 17 17 14- 63

Kenai 8 4 19 22- 53

Wasilla boys 43, Kodiak 31

Wasilla 5 10 18 10- 43

Kodiak 15 6 7 3- 31

Spotted® photos of the tournament

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