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Story last updated at 10:24 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Homer ball teams beat upper peninsula

Once the Mariners remembered they could play softball, they went ahead and beat Kenai 20-5 in Kenai for their first game of the season last Thursday.

Head Coach Bill Bell said that the girls had to work out some jitters early in the game.


Photo by Heidi Stage

Cody Shealy watches a pitch during the Mariners' first game at Kenai Monday.

The Kardinals led 4-1 after the first inning, but the Ms held them scoreless in the second and outscored them in the remaining three innings.

Zoe Fogg, Katie McNary and Hannah LaRue all pitched, totaling a 60.6 percent strike percentage.

The junior varsity girls game took the opposite turn as varsity, starting strong but losing 20-7.

The Ms faced Soldotna at Jack Gist Park Wednesday. They play Eagle River and West Anchorage Friday and East and South Anchorage High schools on Saturday. The JV team will face Dimond, Service, West and Eagle River.

They will play another conference game at home Tuesday against Skyview and travel Wednesday to Sitka.

The Mariner baseball team knocked out its first game of the season with a 12-6 win over Soldotna Monday night.

It was the M's first victory over Soldotna in more than a year, and while Head Coach Lary Kuhns said his team could have done better in some areas, he was treated to even more nice surprises.

Hitting was one of those, since the team hasn't faced much live pitching at this point in the season.

The Ms scored 12 runs on 10 hits, including six doubles.

They were also aggressive on the bases, stealing five during the seven-inning game.

That drive carried over to defense.

"We put a lot of defensive pressure on," Kuhns said. "Overall defensively I couldn't be happier."

The team has been practicing six days a week for two months, which Kuhns said has made them fundamentally sound. They made only one error in the game.

Senior Asa Stage held Soldotna to six hits for the game; junior Dillon Morrison's catching anchored the defense.

The underclassmen held up their defensive and offensive parts of the game. Freshmen Brian Rowe scored five runs in as many at-bats and Derek Johnson earned another three.

Sophomores Lucas Schneider and Willie Dever contributed in the field.

Kuhns said the boys have a strong will to win, which is a great foundation to build from. The game offered good indicators of what to focus on as they prepare for upcoming matches against other quality teams.

The Ms played Kenai in Kenai last night and will face Colony on Saturday at the Wasilla fields. They'll play at home against Palmer next Thursday at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

Track athletes improve

A handful of Mariners bettered their times and distances in the first day of the 2011 Palmer Invitational Friday in Palmer.

"We had many individual best performances," Head Coach Bill Steyer said.

Mitch Wyatt shaved almost 3 seconds off his time to place third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.57. He's currently ranked third in the region and 12th in the state in that event.

Mark McGregor took seventh in the 110 meter hurdles in 18.71 seconds and is ranked eighth in the region.

Dan Adickes went 5 minutes, 1.69 seconds for a best time in the 1600.

Justice Sky improved his long jump with a 16-11.25 distance for 20th place.

Tayla Cabana, still nursing a knee injury, didn't run a full menu of events, but placed 10th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 19.24. She is ranked seventh in the region in the 100.

The Ms will attend the Borough meet at Nikiski Friday and Saturday. The top 16 performances from the entire season will advance to the regional meet next weekend.

Lady Ms play close games

Sophomore Ivy Bloom scored the first goal of the season for the Homer girls soccer team Thursday in a 3-1 match against Fairbanks' Hutchison High.

Head Coach Tommie CarlinSchauer said the girls played well, but not aggressively enough to win.

"We played a little tentative. Some of our passing was really good, it just wasn't that good combination over and over again. We gave up a couple unfortunate goals," he said.

Though the Mariners didn't score against Kenai on Saturday, CarlinSchauer said they played better. The Ms 2-0 in their first Northern Lights Conference Southern Division match.

"I couldn't be more pleased. We lost to them last year 8-0," CarlinSchauer said.

Kenai's Vanessa Anderson scored both of the Kards' goals, the first in the 20th minute and the second in the 50th.

"The girls today said, 'we can beat Kenai.' And I agree with them. We didn't today, but they felt very confident," CarlinSchauer said.

Tuesday evening, the lady Ms played two close games with Skyview; varsity fell 1-0 and JV 2-0.

Girls face Nikiski at 6 p.m. tonight, Colony at 4 p.m. Friday, and Palmer at noon Saturday.