Are you ready for some?
The Homer Mariner Football Team kicks off its 2013 season with the start of “Hell Week” on Monday. The team will practice twice daily through Friday from 6-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. A possible scrimmage/jamboree is tentatively set for Saturday, Aug. 10. All players must attend both practice sessions to be eligible to play games scheduled for Aug.17. Every player is required to have 10 practices before he can play in a game. There are no exceptions.
Head Coach Josh Fraley said he was pleased with both the player and parent turnout at Sunday’s gear check-out and barbecue at the high school practice field. He reminds parents and players that everyone must view the TAD and “See What You Hit” videos this Friday at 7 p.m. in room A-104 at the high school.
More information about Mariner Football is available at www.homermarinerfootball.org, or by accessing the Mariner Football Booster team page on Facebook.
Hey all you Mariner fans …
Official Mariner Cheer practices start at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 5 at the high school. This year’s squad is coached by Leona Alexander, with Lyn Patton acting as assistant coach.
The girls have already been doing some preseason conditioning and fundraising, and Patton said it looks like there will be enough cheerleaders participating to make up both a varsity and junior varsity squad this year.
“We have had a lot of kids interested in the football cheer squad this year, which makes us very happy,” Patton said. “The JV football players deserve to be cheered for as much as the varsity, but we usually just don’t have enough kids to make two squads.”
Cheerleaders practice two hours every night, learning new cheers and dances and making “spirit” signs and posters for the players to help motivate them, as well as the student body, for upcoming games.
They make goodie bags for varsity senior football players before every home game, and Patton said the girls have even been known to make goodie bags for cheerleaders of opposing teams to welcome them to Homer.
“It’s hard work, and these cheerleaders deserve to have the crowd supporting them as well as other sports teams,” she said. “We are really looking forward to a great season.”
Sports physicals right around the corner
Physical exams will be offered to high school students at the “Sports Physical Clinic” this Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Homer Medical Center.
No appointments are offered, however students are asked to stagger their arrival times according to the following schedule:
• Last names beginning in A-E: 8 a.m.
• Last names beginning in F-J: 9 a.m.
• Last names beginning in K-O: 10 a.m.
• Last names beginning in P-T: 11 a.m.
• Last names beginning in U-Z: noon
A physical screening is required by the Alaska School Activities Association for high school students participating in sports and activities.
Health care providers in this community are volunteering their time to provide the exams, which also acts as a fundraiser for the school’s booster club. Therefore, a $10 donation is requested. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
In an effort to speed the process along, parents are asked to please complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic. This will save time and improve service at the event.
The form can be found at www.sphosp.org or by calling 235-0397 to have a form faxed or mailed. All students must bring or wear loose-fitting shorts.
These screenings were started to look for signs or symptoms of certain risks that students might be facing in their participation in certain activities. The purpose is to screen the students and refer them for any additional evaluation prior to participating in that activity.
Hockey opens rink for garage sale
Homer Hockey Association is hosting a garage sale fundraiser this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit.
The group promises lots of great stuff for kids and adults, as well as all kinds of household goodies. Proceeds go to support hockey programs in Homer. Donations are still being accepted. If you would like more information, or would like to donate items for the garage sale, please contact Tracey at 399-3211.
Come out and support the Homer Hockey Association.
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