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Story last updated at 4:22 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring sports teams improvise, waiting for green playing fields

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

Daylight savings marks the beginning of a new season. Longer days, warmer weather and snow melting — eventually.

Until the fields turn from white to green, Homer High School's spring sport teams resort to indoor training. With this winter's heavy snowfall, the question is not when but if high school sports will get a real season.

Boys soccer

With the first game of the season set for Friday at the Dome in Anchorage against Palmer, there is little wonder why the Homer High School boys soccer team is itching to get out onto the field.

"We are trying to keep our practices brief, but sharp since it is hard enough holding practices in the gym," said Head Coach Warren Waldorf. "Everyone is excited and we have high hopes for the season."

Only three short from last year's graduating seniors, the Mariners boys soccer team is looking promising.

"We have a strong core of returning players. What usually gets us is a shallow bench and injuries, but we have a deep bench this year which will help," said Waldorf.

Junior Konstantin Reutov and senior Robin Glosser coming straight from a basketball season are players to watch, according to Waldorf. Exchange students and juniors Vegard Unhjem and Lennart Von Schlichting also will add to the team.

"It's not always easy to fold exchange students into the team because these kids have been playing together forever, but Vegard and Lennart will have significant playing time and I hope to see them mesh," said Waldorf.

For now, until the field is dry, the team continues to keep spirits high indoors. Waldorf is hoping the team will be able to get out to the chip pad on the Homer Spit for practice or on the beach if tides are right.

"We are hoping people will come out to watch our home games. This year will be as good or better than last," Waldorf said.

Girls soccer

A team of 38, the Lady Mariners soccer gears up for a new season.

"The girls are working hard for us and their positive attitude is the most important thing," said Head Coach Mickey Todd.

Todd returns to the field after a few seasons away from coaching. Alongside Anna Fischer, the duo will be coaching the varsity team.

"I am excited to get to know the girls' strength," said Todd. "We have some strong seniors on the team who will provide leadership."

For the preseason, Todd and Fischer have been getting the team back to the basics with lots of passing drills. Holding practice indoors makes it difficult to hold scrimmages.

Efforts are being made to get the field cleared in time for games says Todd. The coaches have been working with borough, city, and school administration to help Mother Nature with the melting process.

The first game for the Lady Mariners is set for April 21 at Grace Christian.

"The first game of the season always proves to be an interesting one because it's the first time we usually make it on an actual field," said Todd. "The girls have been working exceptionally hard and we are looking forward to Regions Tournament and maybe a shot at state."