Mariners swim SoHi Pentathlon
Homer’s Gregory Smith placed 11th in the SoHi Pentathlon over the weekend, while Lady Mariner Lauren Kuhns took 19th.
In a pentathlon swimming event, each swimmer participates in the 100-yard individual medley, the 50 backstroke, the 50 butterfly, the 50 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle. The five times are added up at the end of the night to determine places.
Get your sweep on …
Saturday, Oct. 5 is opening night for broomball at Kevin Bell Arena. Learn the game in scrimmage play, and first-time players play for free.
Huskies fall just short
The Homer Middle School Lady Huskies beat Soldotna Maroon 2-1 in the first game in an eight-team match-up for the Borough Middle School Championships last weekend.
The girls advanced to the championship game against Kenai, where they lost 2-0. Laci King and Lauren Cardwell each scored a goal, and Coach Wendy Todd noted the defensive efforts by Ali McCarron in goal and Brenna McCarron and Alissa Cole in the back.
The Homer B Team played against Soldotna Silver in the first game and lost 4-3 in an overtime shoot-out.
The HMS boys team beat Soldotna Maroon 9-2 for third place.
Lady M’ softballers honored
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Monday that nine of the 14 Homer High softball players were named to the rolls of All-American Scholar Athletes.
Hannah LaRue, Katie Kirsis, Adi Davis, Miranda Beach, Brenna Evarts, Larsen Fellows, Maggie LaRue, Mikayla Morrison and McKenzie Needham were all selected. All met the criteria of being on a tournament team and maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
Head Coach Bill Bell said that, as a group, the Lady Mariner team was 35th in the nation for non-weighted GPA in high school. The team finished third in last year’s state tournament.
HMS runs to wins
Middle School Cross-Country Championships
Homer Middle School finishers unless otherwise noted
6. Jaylee Martushev, fourteen minutes, 2 seconds; 21. Emilia Halstead, 15:51; 25. Miranda Martin, 16:31; 26. Chelsea Johnson, Niko, 16:37; 28. Jazlyn Fankhauser, 16:47; 33. Kristin Klaich, Niko, 17:21; 42. Rhythm Beckett-Cook, 19:10.7; 43. Solstice Kraszeski, 19:11; 46. Ellie Syth, 20:33; 49. Beverly Sellers, Niko, 22:41.
4. Jeremy Kupferschmid, SMS, 12:21; 5. Jacob Davis, 12:22; 6. Denver Waclawski, 12:32; 11. Cassidy Lush, 13:26; 15. Tucker Weston, 14:16; 17. Jay Mason-Davis, 14:23.3; 21. Koby Etzwiler, 14:47; 26. Clayton Arndt, 15:19; 34. Corbin Mattingly, 16:28; 38. Ben Kettle, 17:32; 42. Andy Super, 18:06; 48. John Jones, Niko, 25:00.
Wrestling season on its way
The 2013 Mariner wrestling program welcomes 10 new freshman and two Colorado transfers to this year’s squad. Head Coach Chris Perk called it, “one of the most talented crop of freshmen since the 2000 team that featured State Champion Monte Garroutte.”
According to Perk, the class of wrestlers comes with a number of titles: Freestyle State Champion Jared Brant; Borough Champions Jaime Rios and Andrew Doughty; Borough place winners Wyatt Lewis, Timmy Woo, Martin Welty, Ravi Cavasos and Diana Gaedecke.
“This is a group with a bright future,” Perk said.
The team also features returning State qualifiers Calvin Johnson, Pedro Ochoa, Austin McGregor, Harley Wells and Jordan Reynolds.
Johnson, who won Regions and placed fifth at State, will look to place in the top 3 this season. Perk said that, as one of the team captains, Johnson has improved his cardio and mental toughness by joining the cross country team.
Co-captain Pedro Ochoa led the team in many statistical categories last season, including logging 34 wins and 72 takedowns. He missed placing in the top 6 by one match. Ochoa is a standout on the Mariner Cross Country Team, and said he has aspirations of making the podium at State).
Wells and Reynolds are seniors and should have no trouble holding down a varsity slot. Perk said Wells had a strong season last year going 28 and 8, before a hip injury slowed him down and he had to withdraw from the State meet.
David Jack Woo, also a senior, had a good chance to qualify for State last year, but was sick at the regional tourney. Junior Austin McGregor was one win away from a top-six finish last year. Juniors Danny Rios and Antonio Ochoa should be able to earn varsity slots, as well as a trip to the State meet.
Perk said junior Colorado transfer Julian Richburg brings a unique style and years of experience to the mat. He also added that there may be four girls wrestling on the team this season.
Heather Harrington, a girls State champion, will join Diana Gaedecke, sophomore Jadzia Martin and first-year junior Alicia Anderson.
Perk said sophomore Dakota Alward should challenge for a varsity slot at 145. Elias Graham, also a sophomore, is currently suffering from tendonitis. Team goals this season are to place in the top 10 at the State meet and take 20 wrestlers to the Region tournament.
The team’s first home meet of the season is a blue/gold intersquad scrimmage in the mat room on Friday at 5 pm..
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