March 9th | Sean Pearson
Homer ballers head to Regions
Despite hitting five three-pointers in last weekend's road game, the Homer boys basketball team lost a close 40-44 game on the road to the Houston Hawks.
The Mariners got off to a slow start, as the Hawks opened the game with a 13-5 run in the first quarter. But the M's closed the gap a bit in the second, and headed into the locker rooms at halftime trailing 19-23. Both teams scored an even 21 points in the second half, but Homer was unable to make up for their dismal first quarter and fell to Houston in Southcentral Conference play.
Joel Carroll led the scoring for the Mariners with 11 points, while teammates Koby Etzwiler and Justin Ellison each added nine.
The Lady M's also fell on the road with a 44-15 stomping by the Lady Hawks. Houston opened the game with a 15-5 first-quarter run, and held Homer scoreless in the second quarter to lead 25-5 at the half. The Lady Mariners improved their scoring a bit in the second half with a 10-point showing, but couldn't make up for their early deficit.
Cora Parish led the scoring for Homer with six points, while Rylyn Todd added three. The Lady M's shot 8 for 12 from the free-throw line.
Homer girls played Anchorage Christian Schools on Saturday and fell 10-72 in the seriously lopsided game. The Mariner boys also lost, but turned in a respectable 68-point performance in the 84-68 conference loss.
Regional play kicked off today in Nikiski, with the Homer boys facing Seward at 1:30 p.m., and the Lady Mariners taking on Grace at 3 p.m.
Call 'em as you see 'em
Homer High School is looking for former softball players or umpires to help umpire a full slate of Lady Mariner games this season. The season starts in late April, and training is available. If you are interested, please contact Don Felton at (805) 340-1723.
Homer skiers represent at Tour of Anchorage
Homer had a fantastic showing at the Tour of Anchorage this year — which had not held a full race since 2013. Nearly 900 skiers reportedly turned out for this year's event, with Homer's own Jasmine Fry taking first place overall in the women's 25k skate race.
Also members of Homer Women's Nordic, Stacey Buckalew finished third in her age group in the 50k, while Homer High School ski coach Alison O'Hara was third in her age group in the 40k race.
O'Hara said temperatures at the race start were below zero.
"Ski wax was imperative, as the cold increases ski friction," O'Hara explained. "We waxed perfectly with a concoction which produced some super fast skis for the conditions."
Homer High School skiers Katia Holmes and Katie Davis finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in their age group in the 25k skate race, while longtime Homer skier Pete Alexson finished second in his age group in the 50k skate race.
O'Hara said the trail was "fantastic," except for a patch of sand that had blown onto the Coastal Trail about 12k from the finish line.
"Due to a headwind, I used the drafting strategy for a few kilometers," she said. "That's where you tuck in behind a skier that has a similar pace or slightly faster to block the wind. It worked like a charm."
Welcome (back) to Homer Broomball!
Homer Broomball is alive and well at Kevin Bell Arena with open-play on Fridays at 8:30 p.m.
Broomer John Mink said the sport has been fielding enough players for full ice almost every week since November, and broomer gear is in good shape — in case you need to borrow any. Cost for participation is still only $10, and Homer broomballers have tentatively scheduled a tournament for April 8 and 9. Mink said teams from Bethel and Anchorage have committed to coming down for the tourney, with more details to be ironed out in a week or two. Stay up-to-date with everything broom ball at the Homer Broomball Facebook page.