The Homer Lady Mariner soccer team welcomed a total of 60 kids to their soccer clinic last Saturday. Coaches Mickey and Wendy Todd said the clinic not only acts as a fundraiser for the program — to help offset the costs of ravel and referees for the upcoming season — but also a great way for the Lady M’s to share their love of the game with youth in the community.
“I did all ages (5 to 14) because I wanted to touch the whole youth soccer community,” Wendy Todd said. “We are hoping these future Mariners will come watch many of our upcoming home games.”
“The goal of the clinic was different for different age groups,” Todd explained. “For the youngest players, it was a chance for them to see what it’s all about and meet some great role models. For the older kids, we hoped to work on skill development in our passing, shooting, dribbling and footwork stations. We want and get them excited about summer soccer.”
Summer soccer is run through the Soccer Association of Homer, and information about the program is available on their website.
“I sure hope many of these kids will come watch the Mariners this spring,” Todd said. “We want them to be future Mariner soccer players themselves.”
Todd said Saturday’s clinic was a huge success, raising more than $600 for the Lady Mariners’ program.
A small contingent of Popeye Wrestlers traveled to the Valley over the weekend to compete in a Greco Roman tournament on Friday and a Folkstyle tourney on Saturday. Sixteen wrestlers brought home 16 medals from the two tournaments.
Leading the way for Popeye was Wayne Newman, wrestling in the 99-pound schoolboy division. Newman won by technical fall against all his opponents on Friday, and then placed third in the folkstyle on Saturday. Schoolboys Luciano Fasulo. 103 pounds and Teddy Croft, 134 pounds, both took home two second-place medals — one from each competition. Popeye Coach Chris Perk said Croft lost to his old-time nemesis Evan Bockman from the Battlecats.
Other second-place finishes went to 55-pounder Lucas Barnard (Greco), novice 86-pounder, Austin Shafford (Folkstyle) and cadet, Tristen Cook (Greco). Junior wrestler William Roth finished second at 137 pounds, as did cadet Jaime Rios at 130 pounds. Junior 140-pounder Austin McGregor took second in the folkstyle.
Austin Shafford lost his first match of the season, falling to Nikiski’s Tucker Vann. Shafford won last weekend 12-4 in freestyle. Schoolboy Levi King placed third at 148 pounds on both days, while cadet Kyle Wells, 141 pounds took third in Greco. Cadet wrestler Ravi Cavaso, 134 pounds, finished third in Folkstyle.
Popeyes travel to Anchorage for another Folkstyle tournament at Service High School.
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