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Story last updated at 3:24 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mariner Highlights

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

Boys soccer team on a roll

Sweeping up the competition, Mariner boys soccer rolled in the wins last week with four straight big victories across the board. Scores were Soldotna 4-1, Hutchinson 6-2, Houston 6-1, and Skyview 3-0. As of Monday, the Mariner men are now 6-0-2 overall and 2-0-0 in the southern division.

"Remarkable achievement by these young group of kids," said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.

The team entered the game against Soldotna with reserve, knowing that the Stars were highly skilled and well-coached.

"Soldotna was our hardest fought game," said Waldorf.

The win against the Stars steamrolled the way for the rest of the week starting with Hutchinson last Wednesday and Houston last Thursday.

"We emptied the bench with Hutchinson and Houston," said Waldorf.

Skyview's game on Saturday put a lot of pressure on the Panther's defense. Fifty shots on goal were recorded unofficially with JV Head Coach Sue Rennold's count being 24 direct shots on goal.

"It was frustrating coming off the field in the first half with a score of 0-0," said Waldorf. "A lot of credit to Mario Glosser in that game."

After this week the team has their fingers crossed for a standing of 5-0 in the southern division if the games against Kenai and Seward end in their favor.

"We are still trying to keep them healthy and happy, that is the key," said Waldorf.

As the season continues to roll, State approaches, and as the wins tally up the chances to go to Anchorage for the big tournament increase. Since Waldorf's beginning with Homer High soccer five years ago, the team has never made it to state.

"The team is participating at the State level, and the team wants to know if they can play at that level," said Waldorf. "I would like to help them get to that level."

Lady Mariners soccer team blanks Houston 5-0 in first win

The Lady Mariner soccer team had a successful week with their first win of the season against Houston last Thursday with a score of 5-0.

"The girls are playing tough and hard," said head coach Mickey Todd. "We are working on the basics and switching positions around."

Maddie Gerard scored four goals in the Houston game and Maggie Koplin scored one. Koplin also scored the first goal of the season in the game against Hutchinson last Wednesday. Homer ended up losing to the Hawks 5-1.

On Saturday the Lady Mariners had a 1-1 tie with Skyview.

"It was a real defensive game against Skyview. Both sides were equally aggressive," said Todd.

Sara Andrews made the score-settling goal with a beautiful kick, according to Todd.

HHS baseball: Season starts strong with 2 out of 3 wins

The Mariner baseball boys won two out of three games in their first week of play.

In the first game of the season against SoHi, Homer lost 8-5 despite the 5-3 lead at the top of the fifth inning. The lead was due in part to Tommy Bowe, who hit a three-run home run in the third inning with Dylan Morrison and Nahoa Jette on bases. Willie Deaver pitched six innings, allowing one earned run and eight strike outs.

Friday's game against Wasilla gave Homer its first win with a close score of 7-8. Brian Rowe went two for four at the plate with a double, and Zach Hanning, who pitched the first four innings, went 2 for 3 at the plate with a walk. At the bottom of the seventh, a runner on third base and one out, Lucas Schneider pitched out of a jam and got the final two outs on a come-backer to the mound and a ground ball to shortstop Hanning ending the game in victory.

"We were behind 8-3 in the fifth. We had a meeting and came up on top 9-8 by the end of the game," said Head Coach Lary Kuhns.

Saturday the team played Palmer and brought home the second win 15-7. In the fifth inning Bowe had another three-run home run, launching it over left field. Also in the fifth freshman Evan Boyer and sophomore Tommy Neil delivered key base hits to drive in runs for the team.

"The underclassmen are doing great. They played well in the Palmer game," said Kuhns.

This weekend the team heads to Kodiak to play the Bears.

Softball: Girls bring home wins

The Lady Mariners softball team had a successful first week of games. The late start to the season allowed the team more time to practice, securing them a number of wins last week.

"The girls did really well. I am pleased with their performances and the way they played against the competition last week," said head coach Bill Bell.

The Lady Mariners started the week off with two big wins against Skyview last Tuesday, final score 33-2, and Kenai last Wednesday, final score 11-3.

Friday's back to back games against South Anchroage was more of a struggle. The team lost to South 14-5 in the first game and 11-9 in the second.

"We were experimenting with different starting positions," said Bell.

Kathleen McNary pitched the entire second game against South, which was her best work all season, according to Bell.

In Saturday's game against Service, Bell went back to the original starting line up and the ladies proved their worth winning both games against Service, 16-2 and 12-3.

This weekend the team meets up with Skyview in Soldotna for another conference game.

— By Angelina Skowronski

For the Homer News