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Weekly high school sports highlights and results

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Mariner football plays Voznesenka at home on Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

Swim and dive competes at the Seward Invite on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

Varsity cross-country running goes to state championships at Bartlett on Saturday, Oct. 1, at noon.

Mariner volleyball plays three home games in a row against Grace Christian on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., ACS on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 p.m.

Mariners crush Redington in 58-12 homecoming game, gain first win

Homecoming weekend resulted in a victory in the sun for the Homer High School Mariners when the clouds cleared long enough for the football team to grab their first win against Redington High School on Saturday, Sept. 24. The game finished with a score of 58-12.

During halftime, the homecoming spirit was in the air. The cheerleaders performed a dance, which was followed by an Ancient Greece-themed Parade of the Classes. After the parade, the homecoming court was presented.

Sports Highlights and Results

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Swim and dive competes at the Soldotna High School Pentathlon on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.

 

Varsity cross-country running competes at regions at Soldotna High School on Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Mariner football plays their homecoming game against Redington on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

 

In review

Homer High School

 

Cross-country running

Weekly sports highlights

Upcoming events

Swim and dive competes at Kenai on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. for dive and Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. for swim.

Varsity volleyball travels to Grace on Sept. 16 for a game at 6:30 p.m., followed by a game against ACS on Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Varsity cross-country running runs on the Homer Spit at 11 a.m. Sept. 17.

Mariner football travels to play Nikiski at 2 p.m. Sept. 17.

In review

Cross-country running

Upcoming youth sports events

Upcoming events

Swim and dive hold the Homer Invite on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10. Dive starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and swim begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Varsity volleyball travels to Kotzebue on Friday, Sept. 9.

Varsity cross-country running travels to Kodiak for a meet on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Voznesenka football plays Valdez on the Homer turf on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

Weekly high school sports highlights

Upcoming events

• Volleyball faces Nikiski at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in the Mariner gym. Wear blue and gold for “We Blled Blue and Gold Night.”

• Swim and dive hold their first event of the season, the triathlon fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Football plays Juneau on the turf at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Cross-country running goes to the Palmer Invite on Saturday, Sept. 3.

In review

Cross-country running

Aug. 27: Homer at Bartlett Cross-Country State Preview

Homer football cheer ready for fall season

Mariner cheer captains junior Emily Arno and freshman Riley Doughty bring a combination of experience and can-do spirit to the squad. The one thing they are not are stereotypical prissy cheerleaders, but rather athletes who support other athletes.

For one, their workouts are intense, said head football cheer coach Kelly Jo Ivone. Each practice requires the girls to do cardio, a number of ab exercises from crunches to pike-ups, all of their jumps three times, and all of their kicks.

Week in Mariner Sports

Upcoming events

• Volleyball goes head to head with Seward at home at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Mariner gym.

• Mariner football goes up against Kodiak in an away game on Saturday, Aug. 27.

• Cross-country running goes to the Bartlett Preview on Saturday, Aug. 27.

A week in review

Cross-country running:

2013 Homer High graduate returns as volleyball coach

Homer High School graduate and former varsity volleyball player Kristie Mastre has taken on a job that no one else wanted — head coach of the volleyball team. With the beginning of fall sports falling in alignment with the end of fishing season, coaches can be hard to find. Even though Mastre is leading the team, the school is still searching for an assistant coach, said Homer High School Assistant Principal Alison “Sunny” Mall.

Summer training whip Mariner cross-country team into shape for first race

Summer training whip Mariner cross-country team into shape for first race

Many returning cross-country team members spent their summer training for the fall 2016 season, which showed at the Nikiski Class Races where they split the team titles with the Kodiak cross-country team.

Sixteen members of the cross-country team, including a mix of members from the boys and girls team as well as Coach Bill Steyer, attended Steens Mountain Running Camp in Eugene, Ore. over the summer. The camp prepared the team for the coming season.

Injuries during first away game lead to crushing loss

The Ravens pounded the Mariners in a nonconference season opener Saturday afternoon in Fairbanks, finish Homer off with a 67-31 score.

“It was pretty disappointing overall,” said Homer coach Josh Fraley.

Teddy Croft, who racked up four touchdowns in the first half and five total, went out in the second half after a brutal hit. Fraley said he pulled Croft in order to follow concussion protocol.

To make matters worse, cramping took hold of receiver Noah Fisk, who missed much of the second half as well.

Mariner softball pitcher, shortstop McKi Needham signs with junior college

After being named as a player on the All Conference Team for Northern Lights Softball and recognized by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association for her academic achievements, Mariner softball player McKi Needham is going to college to play ball.

The 2016 Homer High School graduate signed a scholarship offer to play on the McCook College softball team in McCook, Neb., for the next two years. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, except room and board, Needham said. She heads down to Nebraska with her family to settle into school in mid-August.

Mud Wallow named for Carmen Field

BY ANNA FROST

STAFF WRITER

Homer kids and adults spent an afternoon wading in the mud on July 17, finding relief from temperatures that reached the high 60s. The 2016 Mud Wallow at Cottonwood Park honored the late-Carmen Field, who helped found Nature Rocks.

The muddy Homerites gathered at the wallow stayed in the mud past 3 p.m., when the event was supposed to end.

Field facilitated the Mud Wallow along with Homer resident Lisa Matlock as a way to get kids outdoors instead of on a couch or in front of a screen.

Basketball takes Nikolaevsk native to next level

Two years ago, Nianiella Dorvall left her hometown of Nikolaevsk to attend Skagit Valley College in the state of Washington, making her Nikolaevsk School’s first female to play basketball at the college level. This June, Dorvall graduated with an associate degree in biology, a 3.97 grade point average, an award as a top scholar-athlete, and a full-ride scholarship to the public Washington university of her choice.

Registration open for HoWL summer youth activities

Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) is offering six expeditions across Kachemak Bay, six day-long trips hiking and stand-up paddle boarding, and eight Discounted Rates for Boys and Girls (DiRtBaG) Service Corps days during June and July. 

“Even if you have done one of these trips with HoWL before, new staff and altered curriculum makes it a whole new experience,” wrote interim programs director Leah Lamdin in a press release.

Mariners advance to third round at tournament

Mariner baseball won one game and lost two while at the regional tournament on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27. Homer’s varsity team made it to the third round – battling Kenai in the second-place quarterfinals on Friday afternoon – but the loss to the Kardinals by one run spelled the end of the Mariner’s season. 

Homer 5, Palmer 4, 10 inn.

Homer High relay teams, Evarts, run to state titles

The Kenai Peninsula showed up in droves to take on the state’s fastest, strongest and most agile athletes Friday and Saturday at the state track and field championships at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage.

In the end, three event victories went to peninsula entrants in the Class 4A meet and eight event wins went to peninsula entrants at the Class 1-2-3A level.

Homer girls take second at region championships in Colony

Homer took second place in the Region III/3A girls meet, falling just behind the individual power of Anchorage Christian Schools. The championship meet was held Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at Colony High School. Homer’s boys took fifth place at the meet.

“Our deficit is in throwing because ACS has super strong throwing and we can beat ACS on numbers of quality runners,” said Homer High School track and field head coach Bill Steyer. “We scored better overall than them in running events.”

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