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.