Homer High School handed out awards last week to recognized student athletes who have excelled in their sporting careers as Mariners.
The following awards were presented:
Male Athlete of the Year
Pedro Ochoa (Cross-Country Running, Wrestling, Track)
Pedro placed fifth in the state in the 152 pound weight class. He won 19 matches missing many weeks with an injured foot and was the wrestling team’s captain. He placed fifth at state championships for cross country running, was team captain and a role model with an incredible work ethic. Pedro is currently ranked as a top 10 distance runner in the state in several Track and Field events.
Female Athlete of the Year
Tayla Cabana (Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field)
She is a top 10 state track and field hurdler (100/300) and long jumper. Tayla was a varsity volleyball player for two years, and led the team in attacking percentage in 2013-14. She made first team all-conference and third team all-state in basketball, and finished fifth in the individual 400, fifth in the 300 M Hurdles, third in the long jump and was part of the State Champion 4 X 400 team.
Freshman Male Athlete of the Year
Jared Brant (Cross Country Running, Wrestling, Track and Field)
Jared was the top freshman varsity athlete on the Boys third-place finish for the Homer High XCR team at state. Jared placed fifth at the state wrestling meet. He won 29 matches and earned a varsity letter. He is a gifted freshman distance runner in track and field.
Freshman Female Athlete of the Year
Megan Pitzman (Cross Country Running, Soccer)
For years she has outperformed her classmates by winning the Presidential Fitness award. She is the most versatile freshman athlete. She is a record winning runner and earned the title of the Region III cross country champion. Currently playing for the Varsity girls soccer team.
Manager of the Year
Heidi Kauffman (Football)four Heidi has been a huge part of the Mariner Football family for 4 years. Her hard work has been truly appreciated throughout those years and has made the coaches’ jobs so much easier. The care and consideration she gave our players and our program is second to none.
Parents of the Year
Phil and Sharon Needham
They have been an integral part of so many sports over the years, organizing basketball responsibilities and always there for financial, emotional and physical support. Bring up clinicians, spending long hours working the City fields for high school softball or just doing so much behind the scenes that most people don’t even notice.
Coach of the Year
Bill Bell (Softball)
He blends healthy living, instruction, communication, camaraderie and empowerment to playing any sport.
His dedication to fundraising, maintaining a current and meaningful webpage (www.marinersoftball.net), keeping current with new coaching techniques and bringing expert skills clinicians to Homer are only a few ways he exemplifies what it means to be a great coach. He is mild-mannered, balanced, yet demands a high level of commitment from players.
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