The Homer High School volleyball team exacted a little payback on the Skyview Panthers over homecoming weekend.
The Mariners pulled off an impressive comeback, rallying to win three straight games and capture a 3-2 Region III/4A match over Skyview on Friday night. The Panthers rolled to a 15-2 win in game one, then took the second game 15-7 before the Mariners rallied to win three straight games, 15-8, 15-9 and 15-12.
Homer's thrilling win came after Skyview had swept the Mariners just one week earlier.
"I think what happened was we woke Homer up," Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid said. "We had plenty of opportunities to win the match. Skyview had more talent, but volleyball is a game where you need to win as a team.
"Homer was really disciplined at that. They excelled at defense and wouldn't let the balls drop. I credit Homer for staying with it and competing."
Homer's Stacey Borgman and partner Mary Obidinski edged the crew from Canada by 0.16 seconds to win the "B" consolation final for women's lightweight double sculls on Sunday at the World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain. With that finish the pair earned 7th place overall. Borgman and Obidinski got off the line in fourth position, trailing the Canadian crew by 2.48 seconds and still sat in the fourth spot at the midway point of the race. That's when Borgman and Obidinski made their move. The crew moved into second position with 500 meters remaining and edged ahead of Canada with less than 250 meters to go to take the victory. The U.S. boat finished in a time of 7:07.33, while Canada stroked to a 7:07.49. The American pair just missed qualifying for the finals when they finished fourth in Friday's semifinal heat.
Hoop officials meeting
Cook Inlet Basketball Officials will be holding a meeting in Homer on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Pate Insurance office on the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Lake Street. Anyone interested in officiating junior high and high school games is encouraged to attend. Call 235-8019 for more information.
The Homer High School swim team will offer another skills day on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. for swimmers who would like some personal instruction on diving, turning or general techniques. For more information call the high school pool at 235-7416.