School buses lined Homer High School’s parking lot last week, trucking 274 athletes in and out for the Region III Swim and Dive Championships. The heat was on in the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, and each school represented had school pride dripping in all corners of the pool, locker rooms and hallways.
Though colors other than blue and gold lined the pool walls, it was still the Mariners’ home turf, and they made sure they screamed the loudest for their teammates.
Mariner volleyball alumni, as well as a community member, took on the current Lady Mariners last Saturday for the 2012 Alice Witte Challenge Game.
The Mariners won in three sets, wearing new pink jerseys supporting breast cancer awareness month and in honor of the Homer High School volleyball program founder, Alice Witte. Homer High’s gym is named after Witte, who passed away 18 years ago from breast cancer.
The pool at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center will be making a lot of splashes this weekend for the Region III Swim and Dive Championships. Nearly 275 athletes from 14 schools from as far away as Nome, Unalaska, Valdez and Cordova, have landed in Homer to participate in the meet.
The much-anticipated region championship has been three months in the making for Homer High School Athletic Director Pam Newton and her team.
“This event takes the entire school and a lot of organizations to put on something of this calibre,” said Newton.
The Mariner mat men were on the road again, wrestling last Friday and Saturday in Seward.
First, wrestlers were put in two pools for each weight class. The wrestler with the best record for each weight went toe-to-toe after pool play to take on the best from the other pool for the championships.
Junior Harley Wells was Homer’s only finalist.
All it takes is a little snow and skiers’ minds turn toward skiing, of course. The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is all set for winter with a full calendar of events recently updated on the club’s website.
“The thing I would stress would be the annual meeting,” said club secretary Mike Byerly.
The annual meeting, a dinner and auction will be held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Nov. 9-10.
The Homer High wrestling team traveled to Skyview High School last weekend for its first official competition of the season. Nikiski, Voznesenka and Seldovia wrestlers also took part in this mix and match competition.
Homer totaled an 8-11 record with 10 active Mariner wrestlers. Junior Harley Wells ended his first match in just 16 just seconds, making his opponent tap out.
“Wells took his opponent to his back and squeezed so hard his opponent just quit,” said Homer Head Coach Chris Perk.
The Lady Mariners went 1-1 at home last weekend as they hosted Houston and Cordova on Friday and Saturday.
Friday night the Mariners swept the Hawks 25-23, 25-19, and 25-15.
Hailey Oliver led the volleyball team in kills with 11 and 5 solo blocks. Kayla Hutt contributed nine kills. Hope Hudson and Caroline Decreeft accounted for 16 of Homer’s assists.
It’s only natural that an entire season’s worth of practice would get a team to its peak performance. With just one week until Regions, which Homer will host, the Mariners’ swim and dive team has put discipline and dedication at the top of their list.
Last week’s three-day meet at Palmer saw the Mariners at their peak performance with best times across the board for the swim team, and a new school record set for the dive team.
The Soldotna Stars completed a stellar season Saturday night by winning the 2012 medium-schools state football championship, beating the Homer Mariners 62-20 at Tom Huffer Sr. Field at Chugiak High School.
The Mariners came out swinging, driving down the field on the team’s first possession with big runs of 19 yards from Joseph Cardoza and 12 yards from quarterback Sheldon Hutt, but came up short on fourth down with only inches to go.
JUNEAU — The Mariners are headed to the state championship title game after defeating the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons 44-26 on Friday night in the ASAA medium schools state semifinal at Falcons Field in Juneau.
“This is our second trip to the state championship game and it has certainly been a tough year for this team,” said Dr. Allan Gee, HHS principal. “However, we are going to field a team of kids who will represent our school well and I hope the community will come out and support them.”
The Mariners’ dive team was on hiatus from official competition for yet another week while the swim team traveled to Seward, returning to Homer with confidence as Regions approach.
“The kids did well. The other teams at the meet were bigger so it could have been intimidating, but the kids didn’t let the bigger teams scare them,” said Head Swim Coach Rebecca Hardy.
The Lady Mariners were in Anchorage last weekend for yet another tournament, placing fourth in the Lady Grizzly Volleyball Tournament at Grace Christian School.
After Friday’s pool play, the Mariners held a 3-7 record, putting them as the fourth seed for Saturday’s double elimination tournament. Homer won two out of the four opponents, giving them a fourth place record. Zoia Basargin was selected for the All Tournament Team representing the Mariners.
Only two weeks into the wrestling season and the Homer Mariners held the second annual Alaska Wrestling Fall Festival. This two-day meet held the Takedown Tournament, as well as a day clinic by USA’s Olympic Bronze Medalist Coleman Scott. Schools traveled from as far as Koztebue and nearly 100 wrestlers took part in last week’s festival. Brackets were made for second graders up to high school seniors.