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Story last updated at 2:23 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mariner Highlights


Photo by ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman.com

Homer Mariner Travis Smith competes in the 100 meter dash during the Region III Track and Field Finals Saturday at Palmer High School. Smith took the seventh spot with a time of 12.07. For more on the Region meet, see page 21

Boys soccer team looks to play well at Regions>

The Homer High School soccer fields are burning; the Mariner boys soccer team is on fire.

Last week ended official conference games as the team heads into regions 9-0-2 overall and 5-0-0 in the Southern Division of the Northern Lights Conference.

"These kids are getting good at just the right time. This year we have a lot of kids who have put in four years of hard work and it is now paying off," said Head Coach Warren Waldorf.

On May 7, the team played Kenai for a 5-1 win over the Kardinals, followed by a win by forfeit from Seward on Friday, and an 8-1 win against Nikiski on Saturday.

The three wins last week put the Mariners at the No. 1 seed for the Region III tournament this weekend at Skyview.

"They just went undefeated. They haven't lost to any of the teams that will be at the tournament this weekend, so the chances are good," said Waldorf.

Game one at Regions decides which teams will continue to play.

Losing the first game throws the team out of the tournament. In Waldorf's five years coaching Homer's varsity boys soccer, his team has made it past the first game only once.

"Hopefully this year they will turn it around," he says. "Wins don't count now, it's just an indicator of our potential."

This weekend's three games will determine teams advancing on to the state tournament in Anchorage. Support for the team is encouraged at the Regions games in Soldotna.

"This is the best boys' soccer team Homer has ever fielded. It's going to be good soccer at Skyview," sad Waldorf. "It's not going to get any better."

The first game is held tonight at Skyview's soccer fields.

Lady Mariners end soccer season with loss to Nikiski

The Lady Mariner soccer team ended their season after an upsetting loss against Nikiski 1-0 on Saturday.

If the team had won Saturday they would be playing in the Regions tournament this weekend.

"The girls played hard to the final whistle. They dominated that game, but just couldn't put it in the net," said Head Coach Mickey Todd.

Nikiski's goal came at the 1:15 minute mark of the game and Homer was unable to claim it back despite many tries. Todd estimated 18-20 good shots on goal and a few more near nets.

The loss came after a 2-0 win against Seward on Friday. Freshman Aspen Diagle and sophomore Maggie Koplin were the scorers in that game. Friday also was senior night, honoring the seven graduating seniors: Kaya Morelli, Meaghan McCallum, Shannon Reid, Alaine Miller, Lindsey Seneff, Jody Weinfurter and Mariah Turner.

"I am proud of where we started and finished. The team's improvement was outstanding, and they played exceptionally strong this season," said Todd. "It was a privilege to work with them."

This is Todd's first year back coaching girls soccer after a three-year hiatus. He says he is looking forward to coaching the 2013 season.

"The season just ended and girls are already excited for next year," he said.

Softball team chalks up big wins as season progresses

The Mariners' softball team continues the season with big wins. Last week the team won five out of six games, giving them a 9-3-0 record as of Monday.

Last Wednesday the team played Soldotna for a 12-1 win, followed by Skyview on Thursday for a 24-6 win.

"The girls are hitting like champs," said Head Coach Bill Bell. "They are peaking nicely."

Friday's back-to-back games against Dimond and South Anchorage were a mixed bag of small defeats and big victories. Against Dimond, the Lady Mariners lost 6-5 in the final inning. The team was up 5-4 until at the top of the seventh, but let two Dimond players past home plate, giving them a loss.

The game against South Anchorage made up for their previous loss. The whopping 24-8 win against the Wolverines settled the score for Homer since the Mariner's only other two losses where against South Anchorage earlier in the season.

"The girls had great defensive moves and the reserves are playing well. No let downs," said Bell.

Saturday's games capped the week for two more exceptional wins. Hannah LaRue lead the team pitching a no-hitter game against Bartlett. LaRue had seven strike outs and 12 first pitch strikes in that game as well.

Finally, the Mariners smoked Eagle River early with 27-5 in only three innings. Miranda Beach pitched that game with three strike outs and 10 first pitch strikes.

This week the Lady Mariners have a series of conference games starting with Soldotna last night.

"We are working on being more precise. The Bartlett game was a clean game and we want to continue that," said Bell.

Mariners' baseball team loses, wins against Kodiak

In the three-game week, the Mariners baseball team had a few difficult matches, ending the week with a landslide.

Homer lost 4-1 to Kenai in last Tuesday's away game. Sophomore Brian Rowe scored the lone run for the Mariners in the first inning. A hard loss for the team, three of the Kards' four runs were received based on errors by the Mariners.

Game 1 against Kodiak on Friday ended in a painful 9-2 loss for Homer. The game was tied 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Bears plated seven runners. Junior Willie Deaver pitched that game with five strike outs and five walks.

The Mariners were able to reverse their curse with Kodiak at Game 2 on Saturday, winning by a 24-3 landslide. Sophomore Zack Haning pitched the five-inning game, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four, and walking five.

For hits, Hanning went 2 for 6, fellow sophomore Brian Rowe went 2 for 5, and senior Dylan Morrison went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs. Sophomore Tommy Bowe went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, a walk and three runs. Junior Willie Deaver also went 2 for 4 with three runs.

Watch them Play: (all games are at the HHS fields)



Homer v. Soldotna

JV @ 4 p.m.

Varsity @ 6:30 p.m.


Homer v. Houston

JV @ noon

Varsity @ 2:30 p.m.

All games are at the HHS fields.